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Religion briefs 4-5-08

Minister to tell stories behind church windows

The Rev. Cynthia O'Brien will explain the story behind the stained glass windows on the north side of Smith Memorial Presbyterian Church, 2420 N.E. Fairview Ave., Fairview, during the 8:30 and 11 a.m. services Sunday, April 6.

The windows were designed by Portland artist David Schlicker and installed in 1992. O'Brien will explain the stories and symbolism in the windows, answering such questions as: Why does this peaceful church have two swords in the windows? What are those funky jewels for? Who are the shadowy people? Why are there birds?

'Try to get a seat towards the center or the left side of the church where you can see all the windows,' O'Brien adds.

The minister is also offering a new sermon series 'Lessons in Love,' especially for people who are looking to start or sustain a long-term relationship, get along with family members, love the world, or discover a new love, from April 18 through June 15.

For more information, call 503-667-6800 or visit Web sites www.smithmemorialpres.org or www.myspace.com/revcynthiaobrien

Grotto to offers several events

The Grotto, 8840 N.E. Skidmore St., is hosting the following events in April and May.

• Noon, Saturday, April 5, and noon, Saturday, May 3: A monthly Mass and blessing with the relic of St. Peregrine is offered in the Chapel of Mary. St. Peregrine is the patron saint of victims of cancer, AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.

• 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 11 - Eighth annual Mother's Day Brunch. Cost is $25 per person, and there will be two seatings with one beginning at 11 a.m. and a second beginning at 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 503-254-7371 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A Mass will be celebrated at noon.

• 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17 - Father Ignatius Kissel and Sister Val Lewandoski will present a retreat, 'Saints Today: Ordinary People-Extraordinary Lives.'

This day of prayer, presentation and reflection will guide participants in exploring the idea of sainthood by reflecting on what makes someone a saint, why we honor saints and the history of sainthood in relation to the church. Cost is $20. Retreat will be held in the auditorium. Bring a bag lunch. Beverages and a snack will be provided, as well as a token to the upper level gardens. Call 503-261-2430 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

St. Aidan hosts rummage sale

St. Aidan Episcopal Church, 17405 N. E. Glisan St., is hosting a rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5. Items for sale include children's clothes, bedding and linens, CDs, tapes, books, games, toys, cooking equipment, dishes, mugs and glasses.

For more information, call 503-252-6128.