Welcome to St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon.

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Independence Day:  Mass for Saturday, July 4 will be at 9am. There will be no 7:30am Mass that morning but there will be the regular Vigil Mass (for Sunday) at 5:30pm. The parish office will be closed on Friday, July 3.

A Quartet of Artist Priests: A Calligrapher and Three Photographers at the ArtReach Gallery in the First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Avenue from July 1 to 31.

Fr. Robert Palladino taught calligraphy at Reed College to hundreds of students. Apple founder Steve Jobs praised the beauty of design he learned from Fr. Robert, who will exhibit selections from 50 years of calligraphy. Two of the three photographers feature Oregon landscapes; the third is interested in people. Msgr. Patrick Brennan enjoys cityscapes, architecture, main street and landscapes, particularly the high desert of eastern Oregon. Msgr. Charles Lienert includes a wide range of subjects in black and white as well as color, with a principal interest in the beauty of Oregon landscapes. Fr. Leo Remington says, “God, the Creator, continually revels to us great images of His work in our midst. These images include people and celebrations at St. Andrew Church in North Portland.

The ArtReach Gallery exhibition is sponsored by Sanctuary for Sacred Arts.

Feast of St. James: We will be celebrating the Feast Day of St. James on Friday, July 24 at the 5:30pm Mass. All are welcome, especially those who have walked, or are planning to walk the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James), the ancient 500 mile pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in the NW corner of Spain.

Homilies by Msgr. Patrick Brennan, Pastor at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception are  available for download. Please navigate to the page by clicking the button on the left.

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: December 4, 2013 will be the 50th anniversary of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, the first document of Vatican II. Learn more about how the document still guides our liturgy today by viewing the twelve 5-minute videos now posted on the church website.  Click on the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy button in the list on the left to view these videos.

Pastoral Plan: To read the Pastoral Plan approved by the Parish Pastoral Council on April 11, 2013, please click on the “Mission” button on the left near the top of this Home Page.

TUESDAYS AT CATHEDRAL: The 2014-2015 season has completed with the last presentation on April 21, 2015. Thank you to all who had participated in this program.

Adult Faith Education 2014-15

Electronic giving is now available at St. Mary’s Cathedral for registered parishioners. Electronic giving is designed to enable you to contribute online and transfer funds electronically. To set up your personal giving profile, please click on the E-Giving button at the top left side of this page. Registered parishioners are able to donate via credit/debit cards or checking/saving account. Your parishioner number is needed for setting up the donation profile. If you do not know/ remember your parishioner number, please call the parish office.

Sunday School of Religion: Classes for 2014-2015 have started on September 21, 2014. Classes are from 10:05 to 10:55am over at the Cathedral School. We  have classes for K through 2nd Grade. (More grade levels might be available, too.) To register, please pick up a Registration Form, which is available at the church entrance or at the parish office. Go to the Education page for more details.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) or Catholic Inquiry: RCIA is a vital part of the journey for those adults who have been beckoned by the Father to follow Jesus, the Son, and to participate in the Church. RCIA serves as the specific process that adults follow to enter fully into communion with the Catholic church. The RCIA program for 2014-15  has resumed with the first class on  September 3, 2014. Classes are from 7 to 8:30pm and are held in the Cathedral Center (131 NW 17th Ave.). Pre-registration is requested. To register, please call the parish office at 503.228.4397. We welcome those who are not baptized, or baptized in another Christian tradition, or baptized Catholic with little or no contact with the Church.  Please go to the Education page for more details.

Fr. Chun’s Art of Cinema Series: An opportunity for spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional enrichment!  God Speaks to Us through the Art of Cinema: Grasping His Lessons. Every true artist is somehow inspired (breathed upon) by the Holy Spirit, the Creative Breath of God. Cinema as a fine art can expand the mind and heart. When the mind and heart expand, the soul expands.

Fr. Francis Chun will lead a discussion of both movies each month. He will not lecture on the movies. Watch the movies first at home, then come to the talk.  Through September 2015, a series of about 12 films are to be discussed. The talk will take place in the St. Joseph Hall (formerly called Lower Cathedral Center) from about  7 to 8:45pm. Enter from the NW 17th Cathedral Center entrance. List of movies to be discussed for 2015 are:   Monday, February 2-Unconditional Love; Big Fish.  Monday, March 2-The Impossible; Mother and Child. Monday, April 6-Seraphine; Sundays and Cybele. Monday, May 4-What We Lost in the Fire; House Built on Sand. Monday, June 8-Soundless; Don’t Tell Anyone. There will be no sessions in July and August. Monday, September 14-Sansho the Baileff (Manager); Two Brothers.

Focus on the major and minor issues (basic human problems or themes) the movie deals with. We will begin our discussion by listing these issues, and then discussing what the movie is saying about these issues. A free-will offering of $5 is suggested.

For information regarding Child Protection/ Victim Assistance and Charter to Protect Children and Young People, please visit the Archdiocese of Portland website. A link is provided on the left hand side of this page.

The Catholic Sentinel is the oldest Catholic newspaper on the West Coast. Established in 1870, it has long played a vital and bolstering role for the Catholic community.The Catholic Sentinel is published twice monthly by Oregon Catholic Press, and is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Portland.

Link to the Catholic Sentinel website:

Catholic Sentinel

As noted in the  “A Word From The Pastor”  column in the December 7, 2014 bulletin, the hand-carved nativity scene set St. Mary’s Cathedral is considering is a masterpiece from the studio of Josef Albl of Oberammergau, Germany. For all who are interested to view these hand-carved figures, please visit the studio’s website. You can switch between German and English languages by clicking on the words on the upper right hand side.

Link to the studio of Josef Albl of Oberammergau, Germany website:

Josef Albl of Oberammergau, Germany

Upcoming Concert(s):

For ticket and general information about all concerts, please do not call the church office. You can obtain those information directly by calling the group performing at the concert.






Office Hours:

1716 NW Davis Street    Portland, OR 97209

Monday – Friday

9:00 AM to Noon and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM





Social Services Office:


School Office:

Cathedral School

110 NW 17th Avenue  Portland, OR 97209



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