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Liturgy the African way
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Sr. Emiliana Moshi holds the Book of Gospels before a procession during an African Mass at St. Philip Benizi Parish in Redland Sept. 11.
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Sr. Emiliana Moshi holds the Book of Gospels before a procession during an African Mass at St. Philip Benizi Parish in Redland Sept. 11.
OREGON CITY — It’s not every day in rural Oregon that seven nuns dance and sing their way up a church aisle.

For a parish on the fringe of the Portland metropolitan area, St. Philip Benizi here is an international hub. There are major Hispanic and Filipino communities.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Unlikely marriage shows eternal nature of love

SALEM — Recently, Queen of Peace Parish witnessed new meaning for the marriage blessing: “As long as you both shall live.”

Mary Standefer and Joseph Martinez, both residents of a local retirement home, joined in marriage at the age of 87 and 96 respectively.

Friday, October 21, 2016
Shadow puppets shed light on Bible stories
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. The stories were recorded and shared with the student body during an assembly.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Students raise prayers, funds for children with cancer

It was a fitting weather combination for a day that acknowledged both heartbreak and joy. After raining all morning, the drops let up as soggy but smiley students wound their way down a muddy incline and gathered with an estimated 400 peers for Mass.

“Today is about amazing kids who get out of bed on a rainy day … to make the world just a little bit better for the kids who can’t get out of bed,” Regina Ellis told the teens. Ellis founded the Children’s Cancer Association more than 20 years ago after losing her 5-year-old daughter, Alexandra, to the disease.

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Playground being renovated

Over the summer, St. John the Apostle School in Oregon City began a playground renovation project. Excavators from Oregon Under Ground  installed necessary drainage, a water line and leveled the play area. Portland Road a foundation under the play structure. That made way for Wildwood Playground NW along with Precision Recreation Contractors to install the SurfaceMax rubber tile under the play structure.  

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Czech inspired Mass planned for Salem

SALEM — Salem Catholic Schools Foundation will hold a special Mass celebration on Oct. 30 at the East Salem Community Center.

The Mass is inspired by the foundation’s “Inspire Tour to the Czech Republic” with Archbishop John Vlazny which took place last year. Archbishop Vlazny is the retired archbishop for the Portland archdiocese.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
A hall of welcome
MILWAUKIE — Cranes swung through a cloudless sky on a recent morning at Christ the King Parish. A crew carried slabs of wood and rope, working in the sunshine on a new parish center. The structure, costing just over $3 million, will include a kitchen, cafeteria event and storage space, and a “fireside room,” a peaceful gathering or meeting spot, said Chris George, principal of Christ the King.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Built on faith

VERBOORT — Close families are happiest when all members are under one roof. Thanks to plans for a new school building, the tight-knit Visitation community soon hopes to enjoy the gifts of a fully shared space — along with more wiggle room and much-needed upgrades. 

A capital campaign was launched in February to fund a new structure for the 133-year-old institution.

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Priest of gang members to speak
Jesuit Father Gregory J. Boyle will be the keynote speaker at Jesuit High School’s 14th annual financial aid luncheon Oct. 17 at the Oregon Convention Center. Father Boyle is founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, which trains and employs former gang members in a range of enterprises and provides critical services to 15,000 men and women each year. Homeboy Industries is among the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry programs in the world.
Friday, October 14, 2016
Medford school will have a dorm
MEDFORD — St. Mary’s School is planning a $10 million project that will include the addition of two new buildings and feature a dorm for international students, a STEM center and the school’s first cafeteria. The school intends to break ground next May.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Church to feel like home for all
CORNELIUS — Every weekend, each of the six Masses at St. Alexander Parish overflows with sometimes more than a hundred people pouring into the church’s classrooms and hallways.

For a town of more than 12,000, St. Alexander is a stronghold in Cornelius and among Portland’s Spanish speakers.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Back to school with Christ
SHERWOOD — Students at St. Francis School set the tone for the new academic year by spending time with Christ early last month.

Led by Father James Herrera, administrator of St. Francis Parish here, youths participated in Benediction and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament to close the first week of school.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Area churches make family shelter a reality
Community of Hope family shelter began remodeling its home in North Portland in May. After five months of construction, the Hope House was dedicated Sept. 29.

Community of Hope was created out of a coalition of local churches, including Holy Cross Parish, seeking to help homeless families in North Portland. In 2014, the group formed to provide classes and transitional housing for homeless mothers, fathers and children.

Monday, October 10, 2016
Teaching by connection
MILWAUKIE — Second-grader Jack Weaver alternately sways and bobs on a large pink ball, but his eyes look straight ahead.

His attention is on Patty Gabrish, the learning specialist at Christ the King School in Milwaukie.

Gabrish holds up a card with an “a” on it, and Jack loops the shape in the air with his fingers while saying the letter’s name. Then, biting his bottom lip in concentration, he writes the letter on lined paper.

Saturday, October 8, 2016
New pastor of Our Lady of Lavang blessed

Last month Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith blessed and passed on the duties of pastor of Our Lady of Lavang Parish to Domus Dei Society of Apostolic Life Father Ansgar Tinh Pham.

Our Lady of Lavang, home parish to the Southeast Asian Vicariate of the archdiocese, celebrates Mass in Vietnamese, Laotian and H’mong. There are around 1,900 registered families.

Friday, October 7, 2016
Blessed be the bicyclists
Before they walk and roll their way safely through the city Oct. 7, students from Holy Redeemer School in North Portland will have their shoes, bikes and scooters blessed by Holy Cross Father John Dougherty, pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish. The annual blessing began six years ago and takes place prior to an International Walk and Roll to School Day parade — held in partnership with local public schools.  
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Lead me not into temptation

While financial controls may seem based on a lack of trust, a better way of thinking about them might be that they’re based on the Lord’s Prayer: “Lead me not into temptation.”

In 2002, reviews at 80 or so Archdiocese of Portland parishes and schools uncovered four instances of embezzlement, with losses ranging from $1,200 to $190,000. The losses totaled $280,000.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Jesuit sports ranked first in nation

Jesuit High in Portland tops the list for best overall high school athletics program in the nation. That’s according to high school sports news aggregator MaxPreps. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Programs expand
St. Agatha School in the Sellwood district of Southeast Portland is expanding many of its programs. Internet speed tripled in the building to make way for two new class sets of Chromebooks. Funding for the computers came from a $10,000 grant from the Juan Young Trust. 
Monday, October 3, 2016
De La Salle North has largest freshman class
For the second year in a row, De La Salle North Catholic High School enrolled its largest freshman class with 104 students. For the 2016-17 school year, enrollment will be 330 students, the highest since 2012. About 84 percent of the class of 2020 are students of color.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
New pastor, new teacher
St. Clare School is off to a fresh start as it welcomes a new pastor, Father Don Gutmann, and the new seventh-grade homeroom teacher/middle school language arts specialist, Beth Gould.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Goal: Leadership that helps all
With books, seminars, TED Talks and all other manner of rumination on the subject, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the concept of “leadership” was little more than a cliché. But at St. Mary’s Academy, leadership is more important than ever.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
New science home, new leaders
BEAVERTON — The first day of the 2016-17 term marked a milestone at Valley Catholic School, as high school students became the first to take classes in Valley Catholic’s new science building.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Good sports at Valley Catholic
BEAVERTON – At Valley Catholic High School, the start of the new school year was a celebration – not only for students — but for the entire school community. Kelly Foster of the Oregon School Activities Association honored the school as the winner of OSAA’s 2015-16 Sportsmanship Award.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
De La Salle students learn interview skills
More than 40 volunteers helped De La Salle North Catholic High School conduct mini interviews with incoming freshmen to evaluate them on communication skills like eye contact, engagement and handshake.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Schoolgirls help homeless
Catholic school eighth graders often perform service projects. But for two homeschoolers from the Clackamas County Catholic Homeschoolers group, no one had set a standard. 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Baseball growing in Portland
Youth baseball, fondly referred to as America’s pastime, has been played since the 1880s when leagues were formed for pre-teen children in New York.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Student pens poem of faith
EUGENE — O’Hara student Allie Ferrari delighted staff by writing a poem that nicely illustrates the faith of a primary schooler
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
School theme of year: Be original
St. Thomas More kicks off the school year with the announcement of the theme selected by the eighth grade leadership team:  Be Original!
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Catholic school rivals team up, fight cancer
Students from Central Catholic, Jesuit, St. Mary’s Academy and Valley Catholic high schools are coming together in support of children suffering from serious illness, in support of Portland’s Children’s Cancer Association.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Peacemakers keep eye out
A program called Madeleine Peacemakers is beginning its second year at The Madeleine School in Northeast Portland, thanks to the efforts of school counselor, Carolyn Ullman. Fifth graders will again participate in a peer helper program at recess where they will work in conjunction with recess staff. The objective of the program is to build problem-solving skills with peer support. The hope is that students will become self-managers on the playground.
Monday, September 26, 2016
New principal for Holy Redeemer
Holy Redeemer School welcomes a new principal, Luke Harkness. Harkness will be filling the void left by the retirement of Anna Raineri, Holy Redeemer principal for 13 years.
Monday, September 26, 2016
St. John the Apostle welcomes new staff
OREGON CITY — Fall is an exciting time for all of those heading back through the front doors of St. John the Apostle School here. Students are eager to meet their teachers, to learn new things and make new friends. Staff members come prepared with the tools necessary to educate students and teach them necessary life skills and to share their love for the Catholic religion.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Schools honored for overall work
Two Oregon Catholic high schools have been awarded the Oregonian Cup in their divisions. The honor, given by the Oregonian newspaper, recognizes overall excellence. 
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Opera in Salem
SALEM — Area Catholic school students in August performed “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti. The one act opera in English, held at the East Salem Community Center, showcased the surging arts education at Salem Catholic schools.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
New leadership in Stayton

STAYTON — Regis High School and St. Mary Catholic School here have welcomed many new faces. 

Three Pacific Alliance of Catholic Education teachers from the University of Portland will join the faculty: Nathan Mattix and Michael Rezich at Regis and Erika Murphy at St. Mary. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016
St. Cecilia has helping hands
BEAVERTON — Helping hands to support Northwest Children’s Outreach has been a service project for St. Cecilia School students, grades 3 through 8, for several years. The students help sort and organize donated items at the collection and distribution center.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
New teachers at Holy Cross
Holy Cross welcomes four new teachers in the coming school year. 
Friday, September 23, 2016
New library = collaborative learning
Over the past 23 years, Jesuit High School’s Clark Library has become a magnet of activity for students, faculty and staff during the week and on many weekends. Now it’s a 7,100-square-foot hall of cooperation. 
Thursday, September 22, 2016
New La Salle teachers fired up
MILWAUKIE — As La Salle Prep began its year-long celebration of 50 years of Catholic education, the school community welcomed new students and staff. Along with more than 185 new students in the class of 2020, several new teachers joined the faculty.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
New principal for St. Joseph

SALEM — St. Joseph School welcomes a new principal, William Summer. 

Summer was born and raised on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. He spent summers with family in upstate New York and had the opportunity to attend Camp Don Bosco in Newtown, New Jersey. The camp, the philosophy of St. John Bosco and the Salesians continue to be at the core of who he is and what he hopes to share with St. Joseph School.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
A veteran teacher is there to help
Less than a mile from the University of Portland, Holy Cross School is a frequent training ground for student teachers. And like most other Catholic schools, many young instructors land their first jobs there.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Three new teachers bring expertise

OREGON CITY — St. John the Apostle School is welcoming three new teachers.

Stephanie Hussey-Pack is relocating with her husband from North Carolina, where she has taught English at the middle and high school level. Hussey-Pack is also versed in digital arts. Hussey-Pack will be teaching middle school.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
A sweep for Sherwood, a gift to vision
SHERWOOD — Before school ended last spring, students from St. Francis School here made history in a contest to create posters that seek to prevent eye injury.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Welcome back, Principal Gomez
MILWAUKIE — St. John the Baptist School is welcoming back Angela Gomez, holder of a doctorate who is already blossoming in her role as principal.
Monday, September 19, 2016
3D printers enhance science, math
HILLSBORO — Students at St. Matthew School are crowded around a table in the computer lab, peering over one another and talking excitedly. In front of them, a machine hums and beeps, creating something small and round.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Science gear sets up an environment of investigation
HILLSBORO — It’s time for new shoes, new backpacks and new lunchboxes. And at St. Matthew, it’s time for new science equipment. Made possible by a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, motion detectors, sensors and probes were purchased exclusively for the St. Matthew science lab and are part of a complete middle school science program – newly acquired for the 2016-17 school year.
Monday, September 19, 2016
School restores original name
In 1913, four Holy Child sisters left their homes in England and traveled to Oregon with the intention of starting a new school and community. 
Sunday, September 18, 2016
She wants students to be best selves
GERVAIS — The newest addition to Sacred Heart School’s teaching staff is Marissa Casanova, a native of Southern California. She pauses for a few minutes in a day of busily setting up and arranging her new third and fourth grade classroom, reflecting on Sacred Heart’s theme for the 2016- ‘17 school year: “For it is by grace you have been saved” — Ephesians 2:8.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
WATCH: New Jesuit president had no silver spoon
The new president of Jesuit High School worked as a switchboard operator and summertime janitor to fund his own secondary education with the Jesuits in Sacramento, California.
Friday, September 16, 2016
Blanchet spruces up, examines technology
SALEM — Blanchet Catholic School is extending a welcome to all the families and students joining the community this school year. The Cavaliers started school with an enrollment of 343 students, including 20 international students and 28 sixth graders.
Friday, September 16, 2016

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