Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Regional Report

the Inland Register

(From the July 1, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Archdiocese of Portland

PORTLAND – A Wisconsin woman has created a book – part cookbook, part travel guide, and part spiritual memoir – which features two Oregon Catholic monasteries, among others.

A Taste of Heaven explores the food and drink made by Catholic Religious orders in America, Belgium, France, and Germany.

“I have been to a lot of monasteries and Oregon just captured my heart,” said Madeline Scherb, a member of St. Bernard Parish in Middleton, Wis. “And it’s not just the place, it’s the monks.”

She found that communities where monasteries are located treasure the houses of prayer. Monastic life gives great hope, she said.

There are 30 recipes in the book, ranging from Belgian quiche to a caramel sauce from an Iowa Trappist monastery.

The fruitcake created by Oregon’s Trappists, as well as the candies made by the Brigittines south of Portland, are among the foods celebrated.

PORTLAND – When protesters from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., decided to picket St. Michael the Archangel Parish, the Catholic community responded: with coffee, donuts, and juice.

Parishioners “walked over to the protesters who were saying we’re going to hell, should die because that’s what God wants … and offered them this food,” said Father James Mayo, pastor.

The Westboro group is notorious for staging protests across the country, waving signs with slogans like “God hates America.” They were visiting various Portland sites at the end of May and beginning of June.

In a way, it was a repeat performance. They also visited Oregon several years in protest of gender-neutral bathrooms.

In addition to spreading anti-gay, anti-Catholic, and anti-Jewish messages (among others), the Westboro church maintains web sites like and

“We wanted them to know that we like them. We don’t dislike them,” said Dr. Russell Sacco, who coordinated the St. Michael parishioners’ efforts.

“At the end of the day, when Pastor Fred Phelps’ crew from that nasty church recap their day and their memory of St. Michael’s, it (is) that we fed them, smiled at them, welcomed them, then we were beginning to hear the Gospel ourselves,” said Father Mayo. “I was so proud of my people. I am lucky to have them as a flock.”

— Catholic Sentinel (Archdiocese of Portland)

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