This year, Fr. Mike is celebrating his 60th year as a Jesuit and
his 50th year of ordination. Such a momentous milestone
deserves great recognition!
In talking with Fr. Mike about how we might celebrate him, he
suggested that he would not feel comfortable with any celebration
that would not involve and benefit the entire community. Upon further
reflection, he suggested that since his arrival the need that has been
most often expressed to him is that of a second bathroom in the church.
Introducing…Fr. Mike’s Fund-a-Flush mini-campaign! Fr. Mike will be gone on vacation for the next few weeks, which means that you have until Sunday, October 2nd to contribute to the campaign! You may do so by using the special envelopes in the pews and adding your Fund-a-Flush donation to the offering basket, or by selecting the “Fund-a-Flush” tab in Realm. We plan to have the project completed during this milestone anniversary for Fr. Mike and have begun the process already of designing and pricing the remodel.
We are truly blessed with a pastor who desires to celebrate in community with those whom God has called him to serve!
Thank you for your generosity!
SEEL Portland would like to offer an Ignatian “virtue of the month” in honor of our patron and founder of the Society of Jesus.
The Spiritual Exercises, composed by Saint Ignatius of Loyola, are an experience first and foremost. The Exercises are also a powerful expression of prayer, a way of deepening
an ever-growing relationship with our loving Creator God and Creation, and a pathway to discernment in our everyday life. As we grow in our relationship with God, with others, with creation, we are also invited to grow in virtue.
October – the virtue of Forgiveness: The Mercy of God
“I will conclude with a colloquy of mercy-speaking and giving thanks to God our Lord for giving me life until now, and proposing with His grace, amendment for the future.” Spiritual Exercise 61
“I will also thank Christ because he has shown me, all through my life up to the present moment, so much…mercy,” Spiritual Exercise 71
Ignatius realized that sometimes the hardest person to forgive is our self. Through the Exercises, we are reminded of Jesus’ challenge to “love one another as I have loved you” also rephrased as “love yourself as I have loved you.” Ignatius wants us to savor God’s mercy and forgiveness and in so doing, live out a life that is a love response to God and all of God’s creation – fostering mercy and a forgiving heart in our everyday life.