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  • In July, Joey Loftis completed training as an altar server at Holy Family Church in Southeast Portland. It was a crowning moment for a 13-year-old boy with Down syndrome who has been searching for a faith and education home.
  • Professional development helps St. Mary’s nurture future leaders
    While students and parents enjoyed summer break, the faculty and staff at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland prepared for more than 700 girls to return to school.
    While every day is filled with learning opportunities for high school teachers, St. Mary’s takes professional development seriously and strategically. Principal Nicole Foran encourages teachers to be lifelong learners.
  • Grads attending military academies
    Five Oregon Catholic school graduates received appointments to military academies this fall.
  • Celebration for Our Lady of Lavang
    Around 2,000 people showed up in August to mark the anniversary of the opening of Our Lady of Lavang Parish in Northeast Portland. The festival included an outdoor Mass, Vietnamese food alongside pizza, a bounce house, a rock climbing wall, face painting, balloon animals, concerts and a presentation of martial arts skills.
  • Feast of Peñafrancia

    BEAVERTON — Holy Trinity Parish here will celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia Sept. 9 at 11 a.m.

    “The image of the Lady, according to legend, was found on a very rainy September day by a farmer in a pineapple plantation [in the Philippines],” writes Father Cit Guiriba, administrator of St. James Parish in Molalla.
  • Homelessness and artwork
    Community members experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty will display their multimedia artwork alongside that of church volunteers and staff at the St. André Bessette Parish in Northwest Portland Sept. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The parish provides an art program three days per week during morning hospitality. The event will be free and open to the public.
  • Parish to hold Blue Mass
    St. Piux X Parish in Portland is hosting a Blue Mass Sept. 11 to celebrate and honor first responders, their families and friends. The Mass, which begins at 7 p.m., will be celebrated by Father Sean Weeks, the parish’s pastor and a longtime law enforcement volunteer.
  • Nativity receives Murdock Match Grant
    St. Andrew Nativity School in Portland, Oregon’s only nonprofit private school for low-income students of all faiths and backgrounds, recently received a Murdock Match Grant of $150,000 from the Silver Family Foundation.
  • La Salle hosts Camp Exceptional
    MILWAUKIE — The campus of La Salle Prep filled with the laughter of 150 kids taking part in Camp Exceptional in July.

    Run by the Bald Faced Truth Foundation, the camp brought together children with and without disabilities to learn about one another through games and sports.
  • New admissions director at De La Salle
    De La Salle North Catholic High School has hired Ni’Cole Sims as director of admissions. Born and raised in Portland, Sims attended Marshall High School. Her passion for education was developed while an undergraduate student at Portland State University, where she earned four bachelor’s degrees.
  • Parish to host major festival for end of summer
    LAKE OSWEGO — All are invited to the Summer’s End Festival with ROLL bike ride and parade hosted by Our Lady of the Lake Parish here. The event is set for Sunday, Sept. 10. The parish is inviting people to bring friends, family and neighbors. Those who come are welcome to wear parade or bike gear to the 11 a.m. Mass or stay after the festival ends to attend the Life Teen Mass at 6 p.m.
  • De La Salle student collecting school supplies for immigrant students
    Abel Getachew, an immigrant from Ethiopia and rising senior at De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, is collecting school supplies for low-income and immigrant families. 
  • WATCH: Attracting via truth, goodness and beauty
    Former hipster Shawn Natola, 32, stands in front of St. Stephen Church in Southeast Portland. The 8 a.m. Latin Mass has just ended and he points a thumb over his shoulder.

    “This is awesome, and kind of weird, and really, really beautiful,” says Natola, a parishioner for three years. For him, “kind of weird” is high praise, denoting a refusal to pander.
  • Run set for Salem schools

    An Aug. 26 run aims to unite the faith community in Salem and raise support for the area’s Catholic schools.

    A 5 kilometer run and a shorter family race will take runners over the new Peter Courtney Bridge into Minto Brown Park and back. It is the real deal, with timing chips a finish line and snow cones for kids after the run.
  • Repairs begin in Congo
    Last spring, a tornado hit Salisa Bana School in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The school is a project organized by Deacon Jim Pittman of St. Philip Benizi Parish in Oregon City and backed by many local Catholics.
  • Corpus Christi in Beaverton
    BEAVERTON — Five hundred faithful gathered at St. Cecilia Church in Beaverton June 17 to form a Corpus Christi procession. This was an outward demonstration of participants’ faith and witness to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Madeleine sale raises $27K
    Parishioners at The Madeleine Parish in Portland raised $27,090 during the parish’s annual garage sale in July. In more than 16 years of garage sales, The Madeleine community has raised $327,461 for the Louverture Cleary School in Haiti, which provides a free Catholic education to some of the poorest children in our hemisphere.
  • Fatima statue visits Oregon on national peace tour

    It all started with an angel appearing to shepherd children in Portugal during World War I. Soon, the apparitions and miracles that occurred in the village of Fatima swept across the world, bringing about the creation of a statue reflecting the image of Our Lady of Fatima.

  • Freshened faith  formation
    Listen up, regular Catholics who sense a call to parish ministry but don’t feel prepared. The Institute for Catholic Life and Leadership wants you.
  • UP nursing school adds graduate programs
    The University of Portland School of Nursing recently received accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities for two new master’s degree programs for health care professionals. The programs, a master’s in quality and safety in health systems and a master’s in innovation in health systems, are accepting applicants for the fall 2017 term.
  • Annual mission pilgrimage
    CROOKED FINGER — For the 64th year in a row, Holy Rosary Mission church here will hold its annual pilgrimage honoring the Assumption of Mary into heaven.
  • Expansion planned at Salem parish

    SALEM — Queen of Peace Parish is pursuing a long-hoped-for parish expansion project. Plans call for a new parish office, youth center, several meeting rooms, new parish kitchen and a space for music rehearsals.

  • Marylhurst now offers hospitality management degrees
    We’ve heard millennials are collecting experiences not things, and that may be one of the reasons behind the increased career opportunities in the hospitality and tourism industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for lodging managers will grow steadily at a rate of 8 percent between now and 2024, and most full-service hotel chains hire candidates with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality or hotel management.
  • St. Vincent Parish in need of archival material
    SALEM — St. Vincent de Paul Parish here is trying to rebuild its archives and parishioners are reaching out for help. They are looking for pieces from the past from all years but especially prior to 1990. Do you have any St. Vincent de Paul School pictures, including class photos or those capturing student activities; memorabilia; or items from Troop 16? If so, the parish would appreciate a copy or donation.
  • Record amount of mac and cheese donated
    Seven schools in the Portland area recently competed to see who could bring in the most macaroni and cheese to help feed local children in need.

    The seventh annual Mac Attack, which ran May 15-26, collected 5,946 pounds of macaroni and cheese to be distributed by the Portland Police Sunshine Division, the area’s only 24/7 food bank. The participating schools were: St. John Fisher in Portland, St. Cecilia in Beaverton, Cathedral, Valley Catholic in Beaverton, St. John the Apostle in Oregon City, St. Joseph in Vancouver and St. John the Baptist in Milwaukie.
  • St. Pius X students fight malaria
    According to the World Health Organization, more than 400,000 people die of malaria each year, but with advanced efforts in prevention and treatment, more than 3 million lives have been saved in the past decade. This was the message Father Freddy Ocun, director of pastoral services at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland and founder and advocate for the Showers Medical Center in Uganda, gave fourth-graders of St. Pius X School in Portland earlier this spring.
  • A parish son's first Mass
    Father Hans Mueller celebrated his first Mass June 4 at St. Joseph Parish here. The priest was ordained by Archbishop Alexander Sample in Portland June 3.
  • Sacraments in Yamhill
    YAMHILL — As in parishes throughout the archdiocese, St. John Parish here celebrated confirmations and first Communions in the spring. Astoria Culver, Leo Murray, Tony Fer and Lacy Lazott received first Communion. Mariana Alvarez, Jose Medina, Albert Medina and Emma Prine were confirmed in May by Archbishop John Vlazny.
  • WATCH: Ascending and descending at Ascension Parish
    Church life has its ups and downs. It turns out that’s a good thing at Ascension Parish in Southeast Portland.

    Parishioners gathered after Mass July 9 to bless a new elevator that will carry parishioners between the church and the basement social hall. As Father David Jaspers put it, with a play on the parish name, the community will ascend and descend.
  • Demolition begins in Grants Pass
    GRANTS PASS — With the swipe of a tractor scoop, demolition began July 17 on the church building at St. Anne Parish here.

    “As we tear down the current church structure we honor and remember all those who built this church which has been the place of so many life events. Many have celebrated baptisms, weddings, and funerals under this roof,” Father William Holtzinger, pastor at the parish, said in a statement to the press.

  • Northeast Portland parish marks Hispanic ministry milestone
    About 600 people gathered this spring to celebrate 25 years of Hispanic ministry at St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland. At a bilingual Mass, Father David Zegar, pastor, sounded themes of love, unity and cooperation.
  • Parish celebrates freedom, attracts many visitors
    For the past 41 years, the Vietnamese community has come together on the weekend before July Fourth to celebrate and give thanks for God’s gifts.

    Many out-of-town families made the annual pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lavang Parish in Northeast Portland, a tradition that started with their loved ones many years ago.
  • St. Francis School named kindest in US
    SHERWOOD — St. Francis School here discovered May 26 that although they were one of the smallest schools to participate in a nationwide competition sponsored by the nonprofit Think Kindness, they had received top honors for kindergarten through eighth-grade grade schools.

    This year, Think Kindness — which promotes measurable acts of kindness in schools and communities around the world — challenged 68,290 students at 88 schools to make a difference in their communities by documenting 5,000 acts of kindness in 15 days.
  • Holy Cross parishioner paints a massive mural of Jerusalem to evangelize, unify

    As churchgoers meander out of a morning Mass at Holy Cross Parish in early July, a few stop to glance across the gray slab of parking lot at a once-barren wall. They are checking in on a city in progress.

    Inches from the wall, a man with a ponytail and flash of white in his black hair squats atop scaffolding. Surrounded by paintbrushes of all sizes, he dips bristles into a can of swirled paint.

    With each dab and stroke, longtime parishioner Senen Angon is creating a mural of Jerusalem across the side of the Holy Cross School gym.

  • Saints brought to life at O'Hara
    EUGENE — Early last month, nearly 1,000 people from around Oregon visited O’Hara School here for a self-guided journey of spiritual heroes at the 19th annual Living Saints Presentation, a nationally recognized, award-winning project.

    Every spring, each sixth-grade student selects a saint to study for three months. Students write about the country their saint lived in, study ancient cartographic techniques and create antique-looking country maps, write reports about their saint’s life, and study the medieval art of illuminated manuscript and the art of iconography.
  • WATCH: Pentecost by smart phone
    SPRINGFIELD — St. Alice Parish is using simultaneous translation technology as a next step in bridging the gap between Spanish-speaking and English-speaking worshippers.

    The parish is in a working-class town of 60,000 that is still feeling the effects of the timber industry’s demise. For decades, it’s been trying to resolve cultural discord, one of the signature challenges in western Oregon Catholic life.
  • WATCH: Thousands flock to Freedom Mass
    Nestled beneath the trees along one of the paths which winds through the Grotto, Phuong Than stands holding her baby. Like so many of those who attend the Freedom Mass, Than could not physically see the altar from her position. Thousands of refugees and worshippers gather each July to thank God for bringing them to America.
  • WATCH: Here's to you, Fr. Robinson
    When Larry Robinson arrived at newly built Jesuit High School as a Jesuit-in-training in 1958, Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway was a two-lane country road.

    Like the thoroughfare that’s now wide and bustling, the 85-year-old priest’s soul is full and flourishing.

    When asked to come back to teach history at Jesuit in the late 1960s, Father Robinson fondly recalled his pioneer experience of a decade earlier. He consented.