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  • 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.
  • Records fall at CYO season-end track meet
    Catholic Youth Organization track and field finished the season with two regional meets for grades three and four and the grand finale, Meet of Champions, with qualifiers in third through eighth grades.

    The regional meet winners were Our Lady of the Lake and St. Anthony. The Meet of Champions, which includes the finalists from the two regional meets, welcomed 1,037 competitors over two days. The overall winner was St. Pius X. This year’s meet featured streaming video and up-to-the-minute results.
  • WATCH: A century of faith and fun
    Father Pat Donoghue muses that even the weather celebrated the centennial of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Southeast Portland. Temperatures climbed to 100 on the days of a banquet and Mass of thanksgiving.  

    Father Donoghue, with a generous head of curly hair, just missed having a little ventilation for the heat wave. To mark the centennial, he promised to shave his head in a tonsure like that worn by the parish’s patron saint, a 13th-century Franciscan friar, if donors to the “Shave” side of the campaign could outdo donors to the “Save” side. “Save” won by a hair, with many small donations coming from fans of the wavy locks.
  • Meet your new school administrator
    This fall, students will be greeted by a number of new school principals and presidents. The Portland archdiocesan Department of Catholic Schools has announced five new principals, an interim principal, two new presidents and a new associate superintendent. Here are their brief biographies and reflections on their appointments.
  • School baby shower celebrates life
    MEDFORD — For Lent this year, Sacred Heart students selected items from a list of needs given by the Magdalene Home for homeless pregnant teens; Court Appointed Special Advocates (known as CASA), advocates for abused children; and the Family Nurturing Center, which works to prevent child abuse and neglect. The students wrapped their gifts and brought them to class for a schoolwide baby shower. During the shower, the children unwrapped their items and shared what they brought while enjoying a cookie and some lemonade. Afterward, all gifts were donated to one of the three charities.
  • Seniors have a ball during honor walk
    BEAVERTON — Eight days before walking across the stage on graduation day, Valley Catholic High School seniors took part in another meaningful procession: the school’s second Senior Walk of Honor across the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus. On June 2, dressed in their graduation robes, the seniors visited everyone who studies, works and lives on the campus.

    After leaving the high school, the seniors visited the motherhouse, where they were greeted by Sister Charlene Herinckx, superior general, as Valley Catholic President Bob Weber and other staff members applauded. The bell on the roof of the motherhouse rang out once for each of the 100 graduates, the largest graduating class in school history.
  • Veterans honor students
    Six students in the Archdiocese of Portland were honored with the Catholic War Veterans Achievement Medal by Catholic War Veterans, Oregon, for the 2016-2017 school year. The students are all members of the junior ROTC military youth program at their respective high schools.

    From Lebanon High School, Cadet Allie Flanigan won gold (second award), Cadet Donovan Seiber won silver (second award) and Cadet Andrew Salinas won bronze (second award). All of these cadets attend St. Edward Parish in Lebanon.
  • Fatima parish marks 60
    SHADY COVE — Sunday, June 11 was a day of celebration for Our Lady of Fatima Parish here. The day marked the 60th anniversary of the dedication of the church by former Portland Archbishop Edward Howard.

    Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith was the main celebrant for Mass and Father Ben Tapia, current pastor, served as concelebrant. The small church was filled with parishioners from the Upper Rogue Valley area.
  • WATCH: Tillamook parish bringing communities together
    TILLAMOOK — The sun is setting behind the church at Sacred Heart Parish here. The parishioners fill the parish hall where they are enjoying tamales and cake. Teenagers have gathered for soccer in the yard separating the church from the festivities and children are playing games. The parish has come together to celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

    For the parish’s first attempt at such an event, everyone says it has been a success. This is Father Amalanathan Irudayaraj’s perspective.
  • St. Therese celebrates Pentecost with international cuisines
    Apostles of Jesus Father Dominic Ngayaku joined St. Therese parishioners on the feast of Pentecost at the parish’s sixth annual International Food Tasting.  More than 200 people attended and shared food prepared and cooked by 16 parishioners representing 13 different cultures. Ethnic music set the mood.
  • Retiring Veneta pastor tied to Blessed Fr. Solanus Casey
    VENETA — Nearly 40 years after his priestly ordination, Father Michael Morrissey will be retiring from archdiocesan work at the end of June. He served as pastor at St. Catherine of Siena Parish here for the past decade.

    Father Morrissey, once a Capuchin himself, has a close connection to the newly Blessed Capuchin Father Solanus Casey. Father Morrissey attended two high school seminaries operated by American Capuchins in Detroit and New York. He still recalls hearing stories about Father Casey from his high school German teacher, who used to live with the famous Detroit priest.
  • "From the Ashes," distributed by National Geographic Documentary Films, will be presented at Holy Trinity Church, 13715 SW Walker Road, Beaverton, on Tuesday, June 20, 7-9 p.m. in the Fireside room.
  • St. Joseph confirmation
    SALEM — Karina Davila is confirmed by Archbishop Alexander Sample at St. Joseph Parish here May 25. Davila graduated from St. Joseph School in 2016 and now attends Blanchet Catholic High School as a freshman.