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WATCH: Screenings can detect teens' hidden heart problems
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Aislyn Putnam, a Jesuit High School freshman, gets connected for an EKG by technician Sherri Medina as part of the Play Smart program. About 12,000 teens have received free heart screenings. Many young people can have heart trouble without symptoms. 

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Aislyn Putnam, a Jesuit High School freshman, gets connected for an EKG by technician Sherri Medina as part of the Play Smart program. About 12,000 teens have received free heart screenings. Many young people can have heart trouble without symptoms. 

Teenagers can have serious heart trouble without knowing it. 

Ask former Central Catholic High School football star Hayward Demison. After rushing for a Ram touchdown in 2010, Demison collapsed to the turf. His heart stopped for two minutes until he was revived with CPR. Tests showed that Demison’s coronary artery wasn’t supplying his heart with enough blood during those big runs. 


Friday, January 20, 2017

Rural Catholic education benefits

STAYTON — With the unified administration of St. Mary and Regis, many students and community members look back with fond memories tied to both schools. Regis senior Eric Gustin grew up walking the halls of St. Mary and Regis. As a leader both on and off the football field, he has many memories.

Gustin began playing football in third grade as part of St. Mary’s Catholic Youth Organization team. Throughout his 10 years playing football for St. Mary and Regis, one of his most influential mentors was his coach, Jeff Wiltsey. Wiltsey coached Gustin’s third- through seventh-grade teams and coached him all four years at Regis. 


Friday, January 20, 2017
Special seating at the Madeleine
A chair is simply a chair, but a “Hokki” stool is something entirely different. Earlier this fall, The Madeleine School in Northeast Portland purchased two Hokki stools for use in the Learning Loft — a classroom where students can receive extra academic support from one of the school’s four learning support teachers. The stools’ convex base allows for movement in all directions.
Friday, January 20, 2017
But how 'bout the corn dogs and ketchup?

Ah, chicken nuggets, cheeseburgers and pizza, foods at the pinnacle of hundreds of years (or at least 50) of the evolution of American cuisine.

Not to mention the apex of salt, trans-fats and refined carbohydrates, alluring ingredients that make for fast-food yumminess.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017
St. Mary and Regis to merge

STAYTON — St. Mary School and Regis High School recently announced they will merge into one preschool-12 school system. The change was approved by Archbishop Alexander Sample and is effective July 1.

“Students’ experiences will be better because the schools will work more effectively and efficiently together,” said Rick Schindler, principal of both schools.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Experiencing faith in Tanzania
In the summer of 2015, Janice Richards joined other parishioners from St. Pius X Parish in Portland, witnessing the ordination of approximately 30 men in Tanzania. The trip had been organized by Father Peter Siamoo, who previously served at the Portland parish.

Richards called the trip eye- opening. She and the other participants were able to take part in the Thanksgiving Masses of many new priests, work on a mission project for local people and tour the nearby towns.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Active Fall at St. Peter
Students from the youth group at St. Peter Parish in Newberg join teens from the Archdiocese of Seattle at an annual Catholic youth conference in Puyallup, Washington, in November.
Monday, January 2, 2017
Drama director in hall of fame
At their annual meeting this fall, the Educational Theatre Association inducted Jesuit High School veteran drama director Jeff Hall into the theater educators’ hall of fame. Hall was one of four members to be recognized for his “outstanding contributions to theater education” among the approximately 100,000 members who represent about 4,500 schools across the globe.
Friday, December 30, 2016
Portland parishes form citywide youth group
The youth groups of St. Charles Parish and The Madeleine Parish in Portland have combined their programs to create #YouthGroupPDX for Portland high schoolers. Gabriel Triplett, youth coordinator for the new group, says its formation is aimed at breaking across parish boundaries to meet youths where they are.

The group is trying to gather students from North and Northeast Portland for the first youth-led rally and march across Northeast Portland in celebration of Martin Luther King Day.

Thursday, December 29, 2016
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton holds Mass in honor of tiny saints
ALOHA — St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish here is holding a rosary and Mass to celebrate the feast of the Holy Innocents. The rosary will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 with the bilingual Mass following at 7 p.m.

The parish invites attendees to remember all deceased children, especially those who have died before birth or are victims of abortion.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Pageant allows people with disabilities to deepen meaning for everyone
Holding 7-month-old Amaya Paz, Cheryl Kuehl portrayed the Virgin Mary, gazing at the child with an unabashed grin.

Kuehl and dozens of other people with disabilities convened Dec. 10 in the University of Portland Chapel of Christ the Teacher. There, they acted out the story of Jesus’ birth — with an emphasis on joy. Almost everyone takes a role as either a member of the Holy Family, a king, an angel or a shepherd.

Saturday, December 24, 2016
Renovation begins at St. Joseph the Worker
The community at St. Joseph the Worker Church broke ground on a major renovation in November.

For some time, the parish has had an overflow room during Mass on Sundays. More than 100 people often are found sitting in the room and watching a livestream of the Mass on television.

Thursday, December 22, 2016
Rams lose in state football final
With cross-country and volleyball titles already in the bag for 2016, Central Catholic was aiming for the 6A football title, too. The gritty Ram team had defeated rival Jesuit and then won a thriller against Tigard. But in the championship game Dec. 3, top-ranked West Linn played even beyond expectations with a 62-7 rout.
Monday, December 19, 2016
St. Cecilia Christmas Mass schedule
Here are Christmas Mass times for St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton.
Monday, December 19, 2016
Catholic preschools introduce children to faith
Eloise Jacobsen works in one of the Children’s House classrooms at Franciscan Montessori Earth School in Southeast Portland. The room is filled with child-sized furniture, learning tools and beautiful art. One boy is washing dishes while others are honing skills like writing and drawing shapes.

The children have about three hours each morning to develop these kinds of abilities.

Friday, December 16, 2016
Principal: We can do more to help teens with eating disorders

In the Nov. 18 issue of the Catholic Sentinel, we ran the story “Hungry for hope,” about factors contributing to teenage eating disorders, how Oregon Catholic high schools are responding and what parents can do to help.

Brian Heinze, principal of Blanchet Catholic School in Salem, followed up with us to add insights into the condition and discuss how schools might more effectively help teens with anorexia, bulimia or other eating disorders.


Thursday, December 15, 2016
Oregonians to provide education for Hondurans
CHAMELECON, Honduras — Every year, Tim Stadelman of Star of the Sea Parish in Brookings leaves his electric contracting business behind and boards a plane for a place that is very different from his idyllic coastal town. He travels to oversee a project dear to his heart in the chaotic industrial capital of Honduras, San Pedro Sula. The project is a school he helped create with the nonprofit Caminando por la Paz.

San Pedro Sula has the distinction of having one of the highest murder rates in the world. Two major international gangs struggle for control of the streets of Chamelecon, a suburb of San Pedro Sula.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
St. Mary enlivens Nativity
EUGENE —  Final rehearsals are underway at St. Mary Church here for “The Christmas Story.” A cast and crew of nearly 75 volunteers will perform two concerts to proclaim the joy of the upcoming Christmas season. The 50-member choir will accompany Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth and King Herod along with Wise Men, shepherds and angels as the story of Christ the King’s birth is retold.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Campus missionaries build disciples
EUGENE —  A team of young adults excited about their Catholic faith has moved near the University of Oregon to add even more fire to campus ministry.

UO is one of a dozen campuses nationwide with new teams from FOCUS, Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Other new sites include Washington State, Boise State, Idaho State and the University of Idaho. More than 550 FOCUS missionaries serve on 123 U.S. campuses.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Plan for archbishop's birthday energizes parish projects
SALEM — The house always gets spruced up best when guests are on the way. The same goes for St. Joseph Church here.

On Feb. 11, the parish will hold a to-do for the 80th birthday of Archbishop John Vlazny, the amiable retired leader of the Archdiocese of Portland. The day includes an 11 a.m. brunch for clergy and a 2 p.m. Mass for everyone, with music led by Catholic school students. A reception follows at the East Salem Community Center.

Monday, December 12, 2016
Supplies gathered for homeless teen moms
ASHLAND — For many new mothers, a baby shower is a blessing. But receiving presents and supplies for a newborn is not always a guarantee.

At Our Lady of the Mountain Parish here, parishioners gathered to provide some of the things a new mom might ordinarily receive. With a baby shower offered Nov. 21, parishioners collected diapers, wipes and baby clothes, plus clothes and shoes for teenage mothers.

Monday, December 12, 2016
Fall sports titles add up for Catholic schools
There were two Holy War football games in Oregon this fall, with a major turnabout from the first to the second. Early in the season, Jesuit pounded Central Catholic 56-19 in the annual game between crosstown Catholic high school rivals. But in the quarterfinals of the 6A playoffs Nov. 18, the Rams won 21-9 when it counted most, with a few bursts from running back Amari Hale and stingy defense in the second half. Central Catholic went on to defeat Tigard in a thrilling double overtime semifinal game. The 6A final was set for noon Saturday, Dec. 3, at Providence Park against West Linn.
Friday, December 9, 2016
De La Salle raises funds for flood-damaged Cristo Rey sister school in Louisiana
When catastrophic floods devastated Louisiana last summer, Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School was forced to close its doors just four days after opening.

Cristo Rey schools around the country, including De La Salle North High School in Portland, responded with fundraising efforts and support.
De La Salle came up with a creative fundraising campaign and accompanying video, posted on Facebook.

Friday, December 9, 2016
Creatures of all sorts blessed
OREGON CITY — Some hopped, others slithered or trotted, but all animals were welcome at this year’s blessing of the animals at St. John the Apostle School. Even stuffed animals could line up, with a little help, for a blessing from Father Maxy D’Costa, pastor of St. John the Apostle Parish. As students, staff and guests sang, dogs, cats, bunnies and caterpillars gathered on the school playground with their humans to be prayed over.
Friday, December 9, 2016
New assignment for priest
As of Nov. 26, Father John Arcidiacono was assigned to serve at St. Joseph Parish in Salem.
Father Arcidiacono has made the transition to St. Joseph after serving as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish in Stayton.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Parish begs for bloomers
The street corner outside of St. André Bessette Parish in Portland was lined with parishioners waving boxers, briefs and signs Nov. 23.

This event, the second annual “Pantaloons Rally,” was created to draw the attention of Portlanders — which it surely did. Signs asked commuters for help providing basic hygiene items like underwear for homeless and impoverished residents of the Old Town neighborhood.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Jubilee celebration for Fr. Amancio Rodrigues
Father Amancio Rodrigues is inviting relatives, friends and former parishioners for a celebration of his 50th anniversary of ordination with a Mass of thanksgiving at noon Saturday, Dec. 17, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Southeast 52nd and Woodstock, Portland, followed by a luncheon in the parish gymnasium.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Goaltender always pushing to improve
Jesuit High School senior Emma Hinson will join 42 of the nation’s elite women’s high school soccer players in the 2016 All-American game held in Raleigh, North Carolina, Dec. 3. Hinson was selected out of thousands of high school players to represent Team West as goalkeeper in the game.
Friday, December 2, 2016
20 years collecting necessities for homeless
At St. Clare Parish in Portland, “Father Jim’s Toiletry Drive for the Homeless” marks its 20th anniversary this year. The drive is supported by St. Clare students, neighbors and parishioners.

Launched in 1996 by Father Jim Galluzzo and parishioners Kathy Kowash, Mary Sue Richen and Marty Matcovich, the drive has helped thousands, according to organizers.

Friday, December 2, 2016
Skateboarders on parish grounds
They can be annoying and even dangerous, but they offer an opportunity for engagement.

Skateboarders — never a core churchgoing demographic — prize church grounds for open space, ramps and rails. One adventurous Milwaukie skateboarder tried to ride on the iconic sloping roof of St. John the Baptist Church. Not surprising, that ended in injury.

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Couple's steadfast ticket service recognized
A Catholic couple who have shown up to sell and take tickets for every Jesuit High School football game for the last 20 years got a surprise this season.

The school in Southwest Portland built a new booth for security guards and ticket sales and named it after Bruce and Diann Bruno, members of Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Another award on the books for Holy Cross
Summertime: A chance to sleep in, sample new ice cream flavors and dash through sprinklers. And, if you’re a student at Holy Cross School, immerse yourself in a world of words.

For the fourth year in a row, Holy Cross students logged more hours reading last summer than any school in Oregon, earning the title “Best in State” in the 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Pope Francis honors Portland philanthropist
Elie Kassab says he never expects rewards for doing what faith calls him to do. But when Pope Francis says thank you, even humble people like Kassab simply have to accept it.

Pope Francis has named Kassab, a Portland businessman and philanthropist, a Knight of the pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Cathedral embraces #Movember for prostate cancer
St. Mary Cathedral in Portland is taking the month of November to draw attention to the prevelance of prostate cancer, the second most common cancer in men worldwide.

Father Tim Furlow, parochial vicar at the cathedral, started participating in support of his father who has stage 4 prostate cancer.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Communities give 'a lift up' for Thanksgiving

For those on limited incomes, providing a Thanksgiving meal for family can be difficult. If a family is receiving food assistance, they often run out by the end of the month, including November.

“At Thanksgiving time, we’ve got a lot of families that are struggling,” says Veronica Kennedy from Portland’s St. Vincent de Paul council. “That can be a very depressing time for families.”


Thursday, November 24, 2016
All Saints celebrates 100 years

With trumpet flourishes, Archbishop Alexander Sample processed into Mass with 67 third-graders dressed as saints.  The Nov. 6 celebration marked the beginning of festivities for the 100th anniversary for All Saints Parish in Northeast Portland. It’s a parish tradition for third-graders in the school to study the saints, select one to portray and lead the procession in costume for the parish feast day. 

With the anniversary theme “Treasuring Our Past – Embracing Our Future,” longtime parishioners and the smallest children in the congregation joined the opening procession. 


Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Salem parish to hold holiday concert
Queen of Peace Parish in Salem welcomes Julie Hoy for her 20th annual “Giving Thanks” concert. Through music and storytelling, Hoy and her musical friends hope to make the evening one of inspiration.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Mass helps parents mourn loss of unborn babies

TUALATIN — Three and a half years ago, Patricia Mackie and her family were facing the devastating loss of their third baby.

Living in Chicago at the time, Mackie was able to turn to one of the many pregnancy loss ministries existing in Chicago.

These ministries kept her afloat, she says. She and her family attended a memorial Mass in honor of children lost during pregnancy every year.


Monday, November 21, 2016
St. Henry volunteers visit prisoners at Columbia River

In this Year of Mercy, the Archdiocese of Portland suggested “Visiting the Imprisoned” as the focus for August.  

St. Henry Parish Justice and Peace Committee members telephoned the nonprofit Phoenix Rising Transitions and that group helped the St. Henry parishioners visit the Columbia River Correctional Institution in Northeast Portland.  


Friday, November 18, 2016
Vocations Dinner in Bandon

At a recent vocations dinner in Bandon, Sr. Michael Francine Duncan, right, was accompanied by Sr. Angeline Sohler, who is shown with her siblings Alice Stadelman and Vivian Linahen. Sr. Angeline entered the convent at 15 years of age, 73 years ago. 


Friday, November 18, 2016
Former OMSI president speaks at Marylhurst
Marylhurst University hosts a book launch for “Lives of Museum Junkies” by Marilynne Eichinger. In her book, the former Oregon Museum of Science and Industry president gives a behind-the-scenes view of the hands-on education movement. In addition to serving as president and builder of OMSI, she was founder and past president of Impression Five Science Museum in Lansing, Michigan.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Shadow puppets enliven Bible tales
LAKE OSWEGO — The art of shadow play has taken root at Our Lady of the Lake School. For the past two years, first- through seventh-graders have used the form of storytelling to recreate stories from the Old Testament such as the David and Goliath and Noah’s Ark narratives. 
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Holy couples recognized
A local spiritual group is recognizing holy married couples. The Family of St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus, founded in 2005 by Deacon An Thanh Vu of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Southeast Portland, is holding up the parents of St. Thérèse as an example. Louis and Zelie Martin were canonized last year. 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Queen of Peace celebrates Masses for disabled

SALEM — Father Tim Mockaitis has derived joy from celebrating Mass with disabled parishioners. 

“It really brings out the dignity of these people,” says Father Mockaitis, pastor at Queen of Peace Parish in Salem.


Monday, November 14, 2016
Sacred music premier at parish

St. Rose of Lima Church in Northeast Portland was the location of a world musical premier Sept. 24. During offertory at the 5:30 p.m. Mass, organist John Vergin played “Eucharistia,” a modern classical sacred piece by Portland composer Garry George Wilkes. 

Wilkes, 62, grew up at St. Rose and had a career in rock music before returning to his classical and faith roots.


Friday, November 11, 2016
Stepping into the next half-century

MILWAUKIE — With students and staff watching and with a blessing by Holy Cross Father John Dougherty, pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish, La Salle Catholic College Preparatory opened its new main entrance Sept. 30. The blessing launched a weekend celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary.

The completion of La Salle’s front entrance is the latest in strategic renovations and program enhancements that La Salle has made recently.


Thursday, November 10, 2016
New post for drama dean
Ernie Casciato, a seasoned actor and longtime teacher at La Salle Prep, is director of St. Therese School’s new drama program.

Casciato began his connection to Portland Catholic schools as a student at St. Ignatius, La Salle and the University of Portland. He says his love for drama began at an early age.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Students hit the streets on foot, bike, scooter
On Oct. 7, the Holy Redeemer School community joined thousands of schools across America and in more than 40 countries worldwide as they celebrated International Walk and Roll to School Day. The fun included Holy Cross Father John Dougherty, pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish, blessing the bikes, shoes and scooters at Peninsula Park. Following a banner made by students, the group paraded the three blocks from the park to school. Of the nearly 70 students who participated, one winner walked away with a prize.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Holy Redeemer to host vespers service
November is All Souls Month, when the Church faithfully remembers in prayer those who have died.  At Holy Redeemer Church in North Portland, a special vespers liturgy has given voice to this prayerful remembering in recent years.

This year’s vespers will be on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 4 p.m. at Holy Redeemer, 25 North Rosa Parks Boulevard. Persons of all faiths are welcome and invited to bring the written names of loved ones.

Monday, November 7, 2016
WATCH: Creating a faith community for youths
Five young Catholics link arms and run through the North Portland night, intent on finding fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Youth group leaders hid notes and actual pieces of fruit. It was a scavenger hunt with a purpose and it signaled one community’s burgeoning hope for its young people.

When Father Mark Bachmeier arrived as pastor of Holy Cross Parish in 2011, he met with many parishioners. Often, they told him they wanted a more vibrant ministry for high school teens and young adults.

Friday, November 4, 2016
St. Joseph parish serves homeless
“Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” This was the response Jesus gave in Luke 11:28 to a woman who saw Jesus more as a celebrity than as Lord. Jesus reminds us through the Gospels that those who are truly blessed are the ones who not only hear God’s word but also obey it. At St Joseph the Worker Parish in Southeast Portland, parishioners sought to do just that.
Thursday, November 3, 2016


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