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St. Mary's Academy wins state mock trial competition
Courtesy Andie Petkus Photography
Members of St. Mary’s Academy mock trial team — Kyra Lauersdorf, Kaitee Steiert Madison Hogan and Molly Kelleher — speak with Classroom Law Project Executive Director Marilyn Cover before their final round. The team earned first place and advanced to the national competition, held in Connecticut this May.

Courtesy Andie Petkus Photography

Members of St. Mary’s Academy mock trial team — Kyra Lauersdorf, Kaitee Steiert Madison Hogan and Molly Kelleher — speak with Classroom Law Project Executive Director Marilyn Cover before their final round. The team earned first place and advanced to the national competition, held in Connecticut this May.

The 31st annual Oregon Mock Trial state competition brought 16 high school teams from as far as Baker City to hold trials at the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse in downtown Portland. Two days and three rounds winnowed the competition to two finalists: St. Mary’s Academy from Portland and Lakeridge High School from Lake Oswego. Village Home Education Resource Center came in third, and the fourth place saw a rare tie between Portland’s Grant High School and Catlin Gabel School.
Monday, April 24, 2017

Newest priest felt called to Oregon
Father Michael Jeeva Antony, administrator of St. Peter Parish in Eugene, is the Archdiocese of Portland’s newest priest, incardinated March 1.

He actually first came to the archdiocese from India in 2011, serving as parochial vicar at St. Mark Parish in Eugene until October 2012.


Monday, April 24, 2017
A geography bee family dynasty

For the fourth time in five years, the Duda family from St. Clare School in Southwest Portland competed in the Oregon Geographic Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Eighth-grader Dominic Duda placed in the top 25 percent at the March 31 bee.

Earlier this year, Dominic won the St. Clare School competition — his third win. Prior to Dominic’s three-peat, his older sister Clare won the school bee, but her hopes at a longer winning streak were cut short when Dominic beat her in an epic tie-breaker three years ago, when he was a sixth-grader and she was in eighth grade.


Friday, April 21, 2017
Madeleine hosts workshop on centering prayer

The Madeleine Parish in northeast Portland will host a workshop on centering prayer, the ancient method of prayer than emphasizes prayer as listening to God in silence.

“By taking time to ‘rest in God’ each day, we prepare to receive the gift of God's presence,” say organizers.


Friday, April 21, 2017
WATCH: Kids say faith and science compatible, but different

There was deep thinking in March during the annual science fair at Holy Family School in Southeast Portland.

Along with explaining a geologic model of the Grand Canyon or displaying a hose that sucks clothes to the laundry room, the Catholic grade schoolers gamely addressed how faith and science go together.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Holy Redeemer to host soccer program for students with disabilities
Holy Redeemer Soccer Club and Saints Soccer Academy will host a U.S. Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program this spring at Holy Redeemer School in Portland. TOPSoccer is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program encourages any boy or girl who has a mental or physical disability to learn and play soccer.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Centennial plaque for St. Anthony

St. Anthony Parish in Southeast Portland dedicated a new wooden plaque that bears an inscription of a St. Anthony quote March 19.  It reads: “So precious is poverty that God’s only-Begotten Son came on earth in search of it.” 

St. Anthony parishioners were invited to submit quotes from St. Anthony to be used for the plaque.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Oregon's population boom a boon for schools?

Oregon is like the kid in your class who was well-rounded, good looking and grew more popular each year.

The 33rd state is in the middle of a super-charged spurt, one that doesn’t appear to be letting up soon. Between 2015 and 2016, its growth rate surged to 1.7 percent, making it the sixth-fastest-growing state by percentage. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 4.09 million people now call this geographically diverse, scenic and arguably still-affordable region home.

But as Oregonians welcome, if reluctantly at times, an influx of new neighbors, how has Catholic school enrollment within the Archdiocese of Portland been affected? 


Monday, April 17, 2017
Coastal parishes hold public rosary

TOLEDO — Sacred Heart Parish in Newport and Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Siletz

gathered March 18 at the Toledo Police Station Gazebo for a Public Square Rosary. Thirteen Catholics prayed the rosary in support of traditional marriage. Signs were posted and many "honks" were received in support. The event was coordinated nationally by Tradition, Family and Property and its America Needs Fatima campaign.


Monday, April 17, 2017
Easter baskets go out to local families in need

OREGON CITY — For most parishes, the season for generosity is Advent and Christmas. For St. Philip Benizi Parish, however, the Easter season is also a time to give. The parish compiled eight packages containing food for Easter dinners and Easter baskets for children.

The parish’s Helping Hands group provided Easter baskets for 31 children this year, more than any year past.


Monday, April 17, 2017
Basketball tourney a win in many ways

EUGENE — St. Paul School here hosted 14 teams from Catholic schools around the state to participate in its 44th annual basketball Tournament of Excellence this winter. Girls and boys teams hailed from St. Paul and O’Hara here, Blanchet in Salem, Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s in Medford, St. Mary in Stayton, and a combined team from St. Francis in Banks and Visitation in Forest Grove. The teams spent the weekend competing on the basketball court and bonding off the court. 

“It’s about building a greater community within our Catholic schools, giving students an opportunity to shine through the sport of basketball,” said Kelli Braud, St. Paul principal.


Monday, April 17, 2017
8 Catholic high schools among state's top 25
Eight out of the 10 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of Portland have been named among the top 25 private schools in Oregon by Pittsburgh-based researcher Niche.

St. Mary’s School in Medford received the highest rankings among the Catholic schools, coming in fourth. Portland landed 10 schools on the state’s top-25 list. Schools from the Portland suburbs hold seven of the spots, while institutions from the city’s exurbs hold three.

Thursday, April 13, 2017
WATCH: Parish seeks to serve beyond sanctuary walls
BEAVERTON — Two years ago, Jamie Hauth was living in a car with her 6-year-old son. Now, thanks to Holy Trinity Parish here, she has a tidy room, holds down a job and sends her boy to school each day clean and fed.

Hauth, 37, was invited to live in a cheery 10-bedroom house the parish purchased and turned into a haven for overseas refugees and local homeless families.

Monday, April 10, 2017
DNA and dance: Students explore science through movement

BEAVERTON — Three students sliced the air with precise kicks. Several girls twirled while a boy’s arms flailed then flopped.    

It was just before 10 a.m. in the parish hall across from St. Cecilia School, and eighth-graders were moving their bodies, giggling — and studying genetics. 

The five-day program, entitled “Making Science Dance,” used the power of kinesthetic learning to help children in all grades better grasp scientific concepts, learn movement techniques, feel more comfortable in their bodies and support one another.


Sunday, April 9, 2017
Polish Easters built on traditions of faith and food
One entire end of the sideboard at a traditional Polish Easter breakfast would be devoted to cakes, including mazurek, a flat cake reputed to have come from Turkey in the 17th century, and the famous babka cake, a yeast cake similar to the Italian panettone. “Babka” means grandmother, and Ted and Alicia Fiszer, who manage Grampa's Cafe, catering to Portland's Polish community, think its name comes from the fact that it’s baked in a fluted babka pan, making a cake shaped like grandmother’s skirt.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Valley Catholic honors leadership, service
BEAVERTON — Health care leader, nurse and educator Kelly Fox is the 2017 recipient of the Valley Catholic Distinguished Alumni Award. Fox, who graduated from St. Mary of the Valley (now Valley Catholic) High School in 1986, was honored following an all-school Mass during Catholic Schools Week.

After graduating from the University of Portland with a degree in nursing, Fox received a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Washington. An adjunct professor at U.P., Fox is scheduled to complete her doctorate in nursing practice from Yale University this year.

Sunday, April 9, 2017
Meet members of Rose Festival Court
The Portland Rose Festival has announced the 2017 Rose Festival Court. The Queen of Rosaria will be named June 10, before the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade. In March, the 15 members of the court were announced at Portland high schools, including at St. Mary’s Academy and Central Catholic.

St. Mary’s princess Luchanna (Lucy) Sagoo, aa senior, was born in Portland to Bhupinder Sagoo and Jeanne Sheets-Sagoo. She has one sibling. Sagoo eventually plans to pursue a law degree and serve as a lawyer or in politics. She is a member of the Marian Singers, an athletic scholar and gave a TEDx Talk focusing on the physical, emotional and philosophical effects of music on the world.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Medford firefighter called to the diaconate
MEDFORD — In 2009, Dennis Macey found himself in a hospital bed reading his church’s bulletin. It was in this moment that the Medford firefighter began pondering if he should pursue a path toward the diaconate. He came across a note in the bulletin about a nearby informational session on the permanent deacon vocation.

“God put me there in that moment to slow down enough to give it some serious thought,” he says.

Friday, April 7, 2017
Scouts awarded at Cathedral
The annual Archdiocese of Portland Mass and Scout Recognition took place in February at St. Mary Cathedral. Archbishop Sample gave 97 religious recognition awards to Catholic youths involved in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Campfire and American Heritage Girls. Two adults received recognition for service in scouting.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Time capsule found at Silverton parish
SILVERTON — It was merely a coincidence that Bryan Pfeifer was working as the superintendent for Dalke Construction on the remodel of St. Paul Parish. The Silverton resident was once an altar boy at the parish that his son now visits for youth group. But in early February, that coincidence became something much more.

As his crew carefully removed the old cornerstone from the church’s brick facade, one of the crewmembers came up to him, telling Pfeifer there was a copper box behind the stone.

Friday, April 7, 2017
Blues hoopsters exceed expectations
When the regular season ended in February for St. Mary's Academy basketball, The Blues had little reason to think they would earn a post-season trophy.

The Blues ended the season losing four of their final six games. They finished 11-11 overall and squeaked into the playoffs. St. Mary's was ranked 25th in the state and had to win two playoff games on the road in order to play among the elite 8 at the state tournament in March. Only one 6A girls team had ever done that.

Thursday, April 6, 2017
New research opportunities, new halls at UP

Parkes Kendrick, a University of Portland senior math major, was invited by several professors to join in their research. A soccer and track star as well as a high-flying student, Kendrick jumped in. She studied brain samples to get clues about degenerative disease. Then, in a dream come true, she was able to apply math to biology in a project on interpersonal violence.

“I have clarity because of all these experiences and I am certain that I want to dedicate my life to research,” she told a crowd Feb. 28 at a University of Portland luncheon.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Theater camps: from campy to Shakespeare
Long-time drama coach Ernie Casciato, one of Oregon’s best-known Catholic theater luminaries, may have put it best about the kind of community and personal growth theater can engender:

“I believe that outside of my family, the closest thing to a Christian community is a theater ensemble,” he told the Sentinel a couple years back, adding that music, drama and dance provide “cultural service to our communities.”


Friday, March 31, 2017
Bringing Catholicism to vacation Bible school
When Molly Teeter started with the Vacation Bible School program at St. Matthew Parish in Hillsboro, the curriculums used were non-denominational Christian.  But Teeter, the parish coordinator for children’s faith formation, and her team wanted a “100 percent Catholic” program.

“We had these kids for a week in the mornings,” she thought at the time. “What a great opportunity to get them excited about their faith with all of the music and activities that happen during a normal [vacation Bible school].”


Thursday, March 30, 2017
Got small campers? Some top spots to pitch your tent
With its sand dunes to climb, cascading falls to contemplate, mountains to trek and sparkling waters to paddle, Oregon is a nature-lover’s paradise. And it’s not just for the young adventurist or avid hiker: The state offers abundant spots for families to pitch a tent — or rent a yurt (a circular tent with a design used by nomadic Central Asian peoples) — and explore these wonders together.

From among the many gems, we’ve selected five places to consider camping with your kids this summer. We included a nearby parish where your family could attend Sunday Mass and some tips for keeping your small campers happy.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017
New at camp: Flying drones, solving crimes
The summer camp that brought your kids paintball is about to teach them about flying drones and solving crimes.

Catholic-run Camp Howard provides the splat and gee-whiz that kids want, but always with a dose of values and morals.


Monday, March 27, 2017
Students from Lasallian schools visit Milwaukie's La Salle Prep 
MILWAUKIE — They hail from different schools and three different communities in the Northwest. Despite their differences, students from three Lasallian schools all speak the same words when they bow their heads to pray, “Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God.”
Friday, March 24, 2017
Notre Dame professor to talk jokes at UP
Mark Roche, professor of German and philosophy at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, will present “What’s So Funny About a Joke?” as the annual Hesburgh Lecture at the University of Portland. The lecture will be March 23 in Franz Hall, Room 120, on the U.P. campus at 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
The life and origins of a super-parishioner

EUGENE — Caitlin Breitenstein is all in.

At 28, she’s a member of St. Paul Parish here, where she grew up. She has led vacation Bible school, confirmation class, youth group sessions and a cooking camp. She’s a eucharistic minister. She and husband Eric host a faith-sharing group for Lent and she coordinates weddings.  

Breitenstein teaches at the parish school, where she and Eric graduated 14 years ago. They intend to have their toddler, Ian, enroll there — “of course.” In addition to many duties as a learning specialist, Caitlin teaches an elective class on Thai cooking, plus some math and American Sign Language.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Archbishop Sample visits St. Matthew

HILLSBORO — To help the students, staff and families of St. Matthew Catholic School here honor Catholic Schools Week, Archbishop Alexander Sample celebrated the school Mass Feb. 2 — the high point of St. Matthew’s weeklong celebration. 

The week included several student-spirit days, a schoolwide service project, a staff-versus-eighth-grade volleyball game and Special Friends’ Day — when students were invited to bring a friend or relative to join them. Thursday morning, guests were invited to enjoy coffee and breakfast, a musical performance from the third-grade class, and readings from St. Matthew middle schoolers about what attending a Catholic school means to them.


Monday, March 20, 2017
A sentimental favorite, St. Patrick's Day at his churches
Sure ‘tis himself and no other: St. Paddy, giving a grand Irish pause to Lent so we can go all sentimental for the old country — whether she’s ours or not.

Still, we’re thinking the mighty saint may be abroad for his day some places more than others. Indeed, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin must echo with the slivering ghosts of Ireland’s banished snakes on his holy day and its light must shimmer with the green of the shamrock he used to explain the Holy Trinity.


Monday, March 20, 2017
Blanchet to host St. Patrick Day Mass

SALEM — Blanchet Catholic School will host a St. Patrick’s Day Mass at 7:30am at the school’s chapel, St. Patrick Chapel named in honor of Msgr. Taaffe.

The Mass, a part of the school’s special Lent program, will be said by Father John Aridiacono, parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Salem.


Thursday, March 16, 2017
A sampling of Catholic Colleges
From the nearby University of Portland to the far away Fordham University in New York City, explore this listing of just some examples of Catholic colleges around the country.
Monday, March 13, 2017
Catholic prep schools prepare the whole person

There are still die-hard advocates for throwing kids in the deep end to teach them how to swim. But representatives from the Archdiocese of Portland’s Catholic high schools, many of them schools boasting the word “prep” or “preparation” in their title or mission, say their results show that kids do better with nurturing and, well, preparation.

Peter Johnson, director of college advising at Jesuit High School in Portland, says any school that is concerned about the whole person provides their students with quality support for that time when their graduates will be in the deep end, negotiating their college career. The preparation and support they receive in high school is critical to their success.


Monday, March 13, 2017
La Salle Prep student scores highest possible on PSAT

MILWAUKIE — A junior at La Salle Prep has earned the highest score possible on the PSAT/NMSQT he took last fall. 

“It was really surprising,” student Derek Wong said of his 1520 score. “I didn’t think I did particularly well.”


Sunday, March 12, 2017
Why non-Catholics attend Catholic universities

Elijah Fisher is not Catholic, but he studies in classrooms where crosses hang, socializes in a dorm where the Eucharist is celebrated and crisscrosses a campus where Holy Cross priests and brothers are more common than a pre-exam all-nighter. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Fisher, a junior studying theater and music at the University of Portland, wanted to attend a college that challenged him academically. But what he values most about U.P. is harder to quantify: a strong community and “the chance to gain new insights about myself,” he said. 


Saturday, March 11, 2017
St. Mary's School coach receives national award

MEDFORD — Jamie Young, football coach and athletic director at St. Mary School here, has been named a winner of the 2017 Positive Coaching Alliance’s Double-Goal Coaching Award. The annual award is given to 50 coaches around the country who’ve been selected out of 150 finalists and more than 2,000 nominations.

The Positive Coaching Alliance is a national organization created to provide resources to coaches, student-athletes, administrators and parents with the stated goal of developing “better athletes and better people” in youth and high school sports.


Friday, March 10, 2017
Catholic high school counselors offer advice for making sure the right college says yes
There’s a movie scene in which a hopeful teen is handed theletter, the one he’s been waiting for, with a college’s logo embossed on it. It’s a charged moment, and the student has to brace himself to open it.

Most colleges have turned to emails these days, but the tension is just as great. With one click, the gates to a student’s chosen path are either opened or slammed shut.


Thursday, March 9, 2017
Tips for finding the right college
Amid sports and band practice, homework and the social complexities of high school life, choosing a college is daunting. Stacks of college guides, piles of glossy brochures and countless websites at their fingertips can make the process both more informed and formidable for students. For many teens, it’s the biggest decision they’ve ever made.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Catholic colleges often the right fit for Latinos

Victor Rodriguez Valdovinos scored straight As in his first semester at the University of Portland. In some families, that might elicit a thumbs up. For Victor’s family, it’s akin to reaching a mountaintop.

Victor, a nursing major at the North Portland university, is the son of hardworking Mexican immigrants, neither of whom attended high school.


Thursday, March 9, 2017
Catholic college leaders urged to bridge racial divides on campus

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholic college leaders were encouraged Jan. 29 to take steps to heal racial divides on their campuses during an annual meeting in Washington.

Father Bryan Massingale, a theology professor at Fordham University in New York and author of “Racial Justice in the Catholic Church,” acknowledged that Catholic colleges and universities likely have diversity plans and strategies in place, but he said such guidelines will simply sit on the shelves unless there are concrete actions behind them.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Paying for college

Gonzaga – $41,333

Catholic University of America – $41,800

University of Portland –  $41,844

Santa Clara – $47,112

Georgetown – $49,968

Kids, you may now help your parents off the floor. Tell them only a third of students pay these annual tuition sticker prices.

“The full price of tuition should never be a deterrent,” says Lesley Klecan, college counselor at St. Mary School in Medford.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Rogue Squires volunteer to raise money for worthy causes
MEDFORD — Young men from Sacred Heart Church belonging to the parish’s Rogue Squires group have spent the last year volunteering to raise money through their volunteer efforts. Money raised has gone toward Special Olympics, the Haiti Relief Fund through the Knights of Columbus and most recently a new traveling Mass kit for one of the parish’s parochial vicars, Fr. Justice Alaeto. Nicholas Budde, Christopher Cutler, Jonah Hadley, Matthew Wilkoff and Arthur Gifford are shown presenting the Squire’s check to Fr. Alaeto.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Novena for world peace
NEWPORT — Sacred Heart Parish in Newport is nearing completion of their novena for world peace.
Sara Maguire picked up a newspaper and read of the suffering of the children and families in Syria. She was inspired to pray. For nine weeks, the parish has been praying the Novena for World Peace, put out by Vatican Radio, every Friday at the end of the parish’s 9 a.m. Mass.

Monday, March 6, 2017
Star of the Sea Parish hosts respect for life event
BROOKINGS — Star of the Sea Parish marked the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with a Respect for Life rally that  drew around 70 people from the community.

The event drew support from the parish’s Respect for Life group, Altar Society, Knights of Columbus, youth ministry and parishioners, as well as a local church in Harbor.

Sunday, March 5, 2017
St. Rita Parishioners hear homeless
Parishioners from St. Rita Church in Northeast Portland held a town hall meeting Feb. 19 aimed at listening to the community’s homeless neighbors speak about homelessness in the Parkrose area.

For the last two months Harry Guildner and Lisa Porter from St. Rita worked with the Historic Parkrose Association and others to plan the event where homeless neighbors could have a voice in the city.

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Making a tangible difference'
EUGENE — Marist High School senior Maya Dotson received the Future First Citizen Award from the Eugene Chamber of Commerce last month. Given annually, “this award serves to showcase our area’s top high school seniors who excel academically, are leaders among their peers and have made great contributions to our community,” said a Eugene Chamber of Commerce representative.

A panel of composed of chamber of commerce members interviewed and judged the nominees based on contributions to their school and community, leadership ability, GPA and SAT/ACT scores.


Friday, March 3, 2017
Learning along the Oregon coast

WOODBURN — St. Luke Middle School students spent a few days this fall going to school in a beautiful outdoor setting on the Oregon coast. Thirteen sixth-graders learned about natural history and ecology while spending time at Camp Westwind Outdoor School in Lincoln City.

“Our annual Outdoor School trip is a wonderful opportunity for the sixth-graders to get out of the classroom for a few days and learn about our natural environment,” said Darrell Risen, the St. Luke seventh-grade teacher who accompanied the students on the trip along with Jesuit Volunteer Emily Curran. “Allowing them to experience our beautiful coast is the perfect setting for this type of instruction.”


Friday, March 3, 2017
Roman Catholic Challenge helps youths know their faith, and hopefully embrace Jesus

How many of his flock know that Archbishop Alexander Sample is a devotee of the nightly television show “Jeopardy” and watches it as often as his busy schedule allows? Roman Catholic Challenge, which celebrated its 30th anniversary match Jan. 27-28 at Valley Catholic School, gave the archbishop the opportunity to emcee one of its four championship rounds.

Alex Trebek, watch out.


Friday, March 3, 2017
U.P. announces 2017 commencement honorees
The University of Portland has announced honorees to be recognized during 2017 commencement ceremonies, to be held on campus in the Chiles Center Sunday, May 7. Commencement I begins at 10 a.m. and is held for undergraduate and graduate students of the Pamplin School of Business, the Shiley School of Engineering, and the School of Nursing. Commencement II starts at 2 p.m. and is for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Grant supports Japanese-language program

EUGENE — Marist Catholic High School received a $1,000 grant from the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, to purchase teaching materials for the school’s Japanese-language program.

Marist, founded by the Marist Brothers, offers five levels of Japanese, three of which are certified College Now courses — in which students can earn college credit — and taught by Miyoko Nakajima King. King has a master’s degree in Japanese language and pedagogy from the University of Oregon.


Thursday, March 2, 2017


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