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Parish fosters connections through reading
Miguel Sanchez-RutledgeGeri Heideman (right) sits with Joshua Jesiah, Finn Dardis and Jessica Jesiah from the Generations in Reading program at St. Mary Parish in Eugene. The group meets after each Mass, allowing children and adults to share in reading stories about God.
Miguel Sanchez-Rutledge
Geri Heideman (right) sits with Joshua Jesiah, Finn Dardis and Jessica Jesiah from the Generations in Reading program at St. Mary Parish in Eugene. The group meets after each Mass, allowing children and adults to share in reading stories about God.
EUGENE — It seemed only natural to create a program where two generations could share in reading and also enjoy the social interactions that a reading program could offer. That was the initial thought Sharon Dunham had when she created the Generations in Reading program in 2007.

Dunham is a teacher and catechist for children’s liturgy at St. Mary Parish in Eugene. Dunham and her family have been a part of the parish since 1960.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

St. John Fisher graduates 30
St. John Fisher School in Southwest Portland sends forth 30 graduates at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at St. John Fisher Church.

Here are the graduates: Taylor Andreas, Fiona Lenth, Katherine Barragar, John Magaddino, Maxwell Barton, Joshua Martin, Megan Birrell, Lucia Menendez, Patrick Bruce, Joseph Moore, Sam D’Ambrosio, William Osborn, Ellen Danahy, Lillian Pham, Ben Eilers, Lillianna Rosebrook, Luke Formiller, Anna Schwab, Molly Grant, Luke Spitznagel, Paige Grant, Reece Sullivan, Mari Huglin, Grace Taylor, Ava Krippaehne, Miles Wells, Joseph Lairson, Danielle Weston, Max Lavey and Adam Wolfe

Friday, May 26, 2017
Community best part of Holy Cross speech team
I’ve been privileged to be a student at Holy Cross School in North Portland since kindergarten. In June, 28 of us will be leaving this school and I’ll miss each of them dearly.

We have shared many experiences together, but one of the most memorable has been participating in the Valley Catholic Speech Competition, a contest where students have a chance to show their public speaking skills in three different rounds: elocution, extemporaneous and impromptu.

Friday, May 26, 2017
At St. Agatha, school goes 'beyond basic education'
St. Agatha School holds graduation for 25 graduates at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at St. Agatha Church in Southeast Portland.

For all students at St. Agatha, school days are full of choices.

It’s 1 p.m. on a recent afternoon: Eloise Moran is learning about the justice system in mock trial class, Lehua Morley is walking around the church taking photos for PhotoCampPDX class, and Ali Winslow is doing timed squats on a balancing ball during a high-intensity training class. No, this isn’t high school; it’s middle school electives at St. Agatha in Sellwood, where classes stretch the students beyond basic education.

Friday, May 26, 2017
Next step: Jesuit class of 2017 to commence June 4
Jesuit High School sends 335 students from the class of 2017 into the world next month. Baccalaureate is set for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the school.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Holy Trinity sends forth 28
BEAVERTON — Holy Trinity School blesses and says farewell to 28 eighth-graders in a graduation rite set for 6 p.m. Monday, June 12, in Holy Trinity Church. Here are the graduates: Camille Allen, Braden Clark, Matt David, Joseph Edmonson, Joseph Flaig, Yelena Gangelhoff, Nick Ginter, Cole Holthaus, Tom King, James Lang, Samantha Le, Gabe Llaguno, Nathan Lulay, Vanessa Martinez, Cole Merrill, Ben Mustonen, Jack Mustonen, Ethan Nguyen, Zoe Nguyen, Tanner Olson, Tyler Olson, Thien Phan, Charlie Pickard, Monse Quesada, Jake Sagapolu, Callista Shultz, Nate Shuster and Amit Valluri
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
St. Pius to graduate 32 eighth-graders
Graduation for the 32 eighth-graders at St. Pius X School in Northwest Portland begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, in St. Pius X Church.

Valedictorian is Marissa Kuo and salutatorian is Cassie Badger.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Service helped eighth-graders at St. John the Baptist grow closer to Christ
MILWAUKIE — St. John the Baptist School honors 19 eighth-graders and calls God’s blessing down on them during a commencement ceremony set for 7 p.m. Monday, June 12, in St. John the Baptist Church.

The class of 2017 will go to The Springs at Clackamas Woods, a retirement community in Milwaukie, one last time before graduation. Students say their service experiences through school have helped them grow in compassion and brought them closer to God.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Central Catholic graduates 203 June 2

Central Catholic High School bids farewell to 203 seniors at a graduation ceremony set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 2,  at the University of Portland sports dome.

Valedictorian is Gavin Macpherson and salutatorian is Eric Pence.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Farewell to 51 at Blanchet
SALEM — The class of 2017 from Blanchet Catholic School counts 51 members. A baccalaureate is set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, at the school. Graduation takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 3, also at the school.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
De La Salle student organizes collection for Congo
Felix Songolo was supposed to be born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, yet because of ongoing violence in the central African nation, he was born in a Zambian refugee camp instead. This summer, the junior at De La Salle North Catholic High School will return to the country that’s a part of who he is but that he’s never seen. With him, he’ll not only carry the many stories his parents have told him about their native land but also items he hopes will make a small but meaningful difference in the lives of a few local Congolese students.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Memorial Day Mass to be held in Scappoose
St. Wenceslaus Parish, 51555 Old Portland Rd. in Scappoose, hosts an annual Memorial Day service and lunch Monday, May 29. The ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. with massing of the colors, flag folding, a three-volley salute and taps, followed by the rosary for deceased service members and veterans. A memorial Mass for service members and veterans begins at 11 a.m. It includes a soldier’s cross made of rifle, boots and helmet. Then comes noon luncheon with the missing service member ceremony and a toast. All are invited to the event, sponsored by Catholic War Veterans of Oregon.
Monday, May 22, 2017
St. Mary's Academy valedictorian is a STEM star
St. Mary’s Academy will celebrate the graduation of 190 students at noon Saturday, June 3, at the University of Portland’s Chiles Center. Valedictorian is Lucy Cummins and salutatorians are Helen Buck and Maggie Rohling.
Monday, May 22, 2017
St. Anthony graduates 47
TIGARD — Forty-seven eighth-graders from St. Anthony School here will graduate at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 14, in St. Anthony Church. A reception will follow in Francis Hall. Here are the graduates: Connor Adamy, Molly Block, Grant Carufel, Alexander Casias, Taryn Collier-Burke, Kristina Do, Athena Doherty, Brody Dorsh, Blake Ekberg, Elija Fishler, Averi Fuchs, Danny Fuchs, Reagan Geil, Sophia Goodell, Jack Gray, Rolin Griffiths, Corinna Hatfield, Amanda Henry, Reid Jucar, Jayden Kaske, Hayden Kaufmann, Kean Khouri, Eli Kuzniar, Samuel Lazo, Payton Link, Giselle Machorro Avila, Stefanie MacKinnon, Broderic McCarthy, Griffin Mentzer, Phoebe Mikolaj, Giselle Morales, Bennett Nasser, Jacob Ness, Kayla Paloma, Jerome Petrin, Justin Pham, Hunter Redding, Amanda Rocha, Stanley Schoppe, Savannah Short, Lauren Snook, Nathan Timmins, Vishnu Vijayakumar, Tiffany Vu, Michael Wanner, Jordan Woodin and Madeline Woodruff


Saturday, May 20, 2017
O'Hara sends forth 50

EUGENE — O’Hara will hold its graduation for 50 students at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at St. Mary Church. The graduates include: (back row) Amoline Foerstler, Celia Van Den Wymelenberg, Anika Thompson, Isabel Yu, Laura Kokkeler, Madeline Mahalak, Rogan de Calesta, Ryan Watts, Hagan Stephenson, Avery Anderson, Charlie Papé, Justin May, Derek Saxman, Dillon Jaspers and Miguel Rivas; (middle row) Abigail Hass, Isa Byrum, Maddie Meyer, Briana Howe, Jena Miko, Ava Eklund, Sam Eagen, Bene Sušec, Alec Vendetti, Anna Bouressa, Libby Korth, Madison Tuski, Whitney Korth and Ellie Christian; and (front row) Natali Hayes, Lindsey Sargent, Gloria Rear, KC Kimble, Jay Kartub, Jackson Whittaker, Liam Kaperick, Colin McDowell, Jack Thornton, Joey Laing, Peter Collins, Luke Eagen, Ryan Murphy, Ethan Cross, Sean Hurley and Jordan Lee. Not pictured are Cindy Cardenas, Kira Cosgrove, Shawn deCalesta, Logan Griffin and Tatum Pond.

Saturday, May 20, 2017
La Salle grads stand out
MILWAUKIE — La Salle Prep will send forth 176 students at this year’s graduation, set for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin. Seven students were named valedictorians; they earned top grades in a variety of Advanced Placement and honors classes, and all have grade point averages of 4.22 or higher.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
St. Clare grads inspired
St. Clare School in Southwest Portland sends out 22 eighth-grade graduates after a ceremony set for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in St. Clare Church.

The class learned about world poverty in a concrete way. Cathy Kollars, eighth-grade teacher, used the principles of Catholic social teaching to inspire students to participate in a 24-hour fast, part of a religious curriculum unit designed by Catholic Relief Services.

Friday, May 19, 2017
Class 'small but mighty'
WOODBURN — St. Luke School sends blessings along with 10 students who will graduate at a ceremony set for 10 a.m. Friday, June 9.

School officials call the 2017 crew “a small but mighty class who have blessed the St. Luke community with their goodness and their quiet leadership.” 

Friday, May 19, 2017
Medford graduation June 8
MEDFORD — The six eighth-graders from Sacred Heart School in Medford gather for Mass at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in the church here. A commencement ceremony follows in the parish hall.

Here are the graduates: Owen Caporicci, Nicholas Cramer, Alta Allison, Emma Schmerbach, Cailey Conner and Elizabeth Montgomery

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Franciscan Montessori Earth School grads explore peace
Franciscan Montessori Earth School and St. Francis Academy will hold its graduation for 13 eighth-graders at 2 p.m. Thursday,  June 15, at the Southeast Portland school.

The graduates are working to finalize appointments and visits for Peace Trip, their annual study that allows students to compare and contrast the social outreach programs of Portland with those of another city. During their study trip to San Francisco, students will gather information and synthesize it into their ideas about the human condition and how it relates to the need for peace.

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Madeleine celebrates grads - and fifth-grade winners
The 25-member class of 2017 from The Madeleine School in Northeast Portland will graduate at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at The Madeleine Church.

Along with the eighth-graders, several fifth-graders also have much to celebrate this spring.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
La Salle grads stand out
MILWAUKIE — La Salle Prep will send forth 176 students at this year’s graduation, set for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 17, at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin.

The seven valedictorians —  Will Adriance, David Bryan, Greg Bryan, Joseph Kreitzberg, Jonah Lyon, Christian Reyes and Kevin Nguyen — have a collective resume that would make any college admissions officer swoon.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Playing catch-up: Catholic schools reach out to Oregon's Hispanic community

Part of a series on race in Catholic schools, this piece is the first of two focused on Hispanics

As a cap-and-gown clad Sally Luciano steps across the stage and receives her high school diploma this June, she’ll be surrounded by the cheers of Kleenex-clutching parents and the faculty and staff of St. Mary’s Academy, the 158-year-old prep school in downtown Portland. It will be a treasured moment for the teen and her parents, who emigrated from the Dominican Republic before their daughter was born. It also will reflect a relatively uncommon occurrence in the Archdiocese of Portland.  

 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Central Catholic names UP alumnus as new president
Central Catholic High School has hired Colin McGinty as its new president. He was appointed to the position by Archbishop Alexander Sample and will assume the role July 1.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Community harnesses brain power
STAYTON — Students who have struggled with focusing in the classroom will now be able to use critical thinking skills to respond mindfully rather than react impulsively, thanks to a new three-year social-cognitive program at St. Mary School here. Social-cognitive specialist Hanna Bogen, co-creator of Brain Talk Therapy, already has begun making visits to the school to implement her curriculum.
Monday, May 15, 2017
O'Hara students perform 'Aladdin, Jr.'
EUGENE — For three nights in March, the crowd in the gymnasium at O'Hara Catholic School was transported to Agrabah, the fictitious kingdom in the story of “Aladdin.” Co-Directed by Kathryn Leonard, O'Hara's music specialist, and Paige Showalter, O'Hara's 4th through 8th grade Spanish specialist, the play was attended by more than 350 people each night. More than 90 students in grades five through eight made up the cast and crew in the fifth year of the school's drama program.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Students bring Last Supper to life
On Holy Thursday, seventh- and eighth-graders at Sacred Heart School in Medford re-enacted the Last Supper for the school community. The cast consisted of: Jesus, Cailey Conner; Judas, Elizabeth Montgomery; Peter, Michael Curiel; James, Nicholas Cramer; John, Owen Caporicci; Bartholomew, Gavin Bergen; Andrew, Cooper Becklin; James the Greater, Erick Santacruz; Philip, Jacquelyn Aukusitino; Matthew, Matthew Van Dyck; Jude, Clare Snyder; and Simon, Alejandro Ramirez.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Parish educates on end-of-life care

TUALATIN — Resurrection Parish will continue the parish’s recently formed comforter companion ministry with a workshop May 20.

The ministry is in response to the spiritual needs of those at the end of their lives. The project began in the fall of 2015 and now 19 parishioners are trained for providing comfort and care during home visits to those at the end of their lives.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Centering prayer comes to Albany

ALBANY — St. Mary Parish in Albany is hosting a centering prayer workshop May 20 for parishioners or anyone interested in learning about the method.

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer revived from ancient teachings in the Catholic Christian contemplative heritage that emphasizes prayer as listening to God in silence.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Tough project: Keeping college kids Catholic
Catholic parents fear that their children might veer from practicing faith during college.

There is good reason for concern. A 2010 study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University found that a third of Catholic students who go to a public college attend Mass less frequently than they did at home. Even at Catholic colleges, 25 percent report a similar drop off.

Monday, May 8, 2017
SMA sets auction record
For the third consecutive year, the St. Mary’s Academy school auction established a new high mark, raising $1,075,000 — the most in the 158-year-old school’s history.

“This year’s theme was ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go,’ and it was so appropriate, given that the journey taken by each young woman at St. Mary’s Academy is made possible by the support of our community,” said Christina Friedhoff, president of the Portland school.

Friday, May 5, 2017
St. Clare students recognized for art
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, recognizes teens in grades seven-12 for their work. This year there were 29 categories and 330,000 submissions nationwide.

Several St. Clare students submitted entries under the guidance of art teacher Marie Acurso, and four eighth-graders were recognized with regional awards.

Friday, May 5, 2017
Abuse case against Dominican dismissed
A man who claimed he was sexually abused as a boy by Dominican Father Emmerich Vogt has dropped his lawsuit against Holy Rosary Parish in Portland and the California-based Dominican province.

A lack of evidence and exculpatory testimony by the plaintiff’s brothers caused the shift, says John Kaempf, a Portland attorney representing Holy Rosary and the Dominicans.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Dutch community welcomes new windmill
VERBOORT — The Verboort Dutch community near Forest Grove has been enhanced with a large handmade Dutch windmill. It is in the front yard of one of Visitation Catholic Church’s parishioners and across the road from the parish hall and rectory. The windmill replaced a 95-foot sequoia redwood tree.

Just recently, windows, a walkway, Dutch figurines and blooming tulips were added to the windmill for a finished look.

Monday, May 1, 2017
Windstorm takes toll on archdiocesan churches
Crack! It’s usually the sound heard coming from a baseball bat in spring. However, it was a sound heard throughout much of Oregon during an intense windstorm in early April.

Branches came down, trees came down, electricity was out. This happened all over the archdiocese, and the archdiocesan churches and schools were not spared from harm.

Monday, May 1, 2017
University of Portland continues as top school for Fulbright awards among master's level institutions
The University of Portland continues to be one of the top producers of Fulbright awards in the nation among master’s-level institutions, according to a study released by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The university tied for third place in student Fulbright awards for the academic year 2016-17, with six students receiving the prestigious grant to study, conduct research and/or teach English abroad.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Student group helps sex trafficking victims
Seventh- and eighth-grade students at St. Andrew Nativity School in Portland have been hard at work raising funds for victims of sex trafficking in Oregon. The students are members of a group called Healthy Choices, led by school counselor Sonya Strickland.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
St. Mary's Academy wins state mock trial competition
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


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