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New Catholic school teachers graduate
Sixteen teachers graduated from the Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education program during a Mass at the University of Portland Aug. 5. Holy Cross Father Mark Poorman, president of the university, presided.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Coastal parish celebrates
ROCKAWAY — St. Mary by the Sea Parish will celebrate the completion of its new entryway from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Southern son coming to Eugene
EUGENE — Renowned Southern writer Walker Percy will come alive for the Religion in Literature group at St. Mary Parish. The readers suspended their get-togethers for the summer, but will be back to the books beginning with Percy. The group will discuss “Signposts in a Strange Land” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the parish center.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
In Mulieribus named ensemble in residence at St. Mary Cathedral
St. Mary Cathedral has named In Mulieribus the ensemble in residence for the for the 2016-2017 season. In Mulieribus (the Latin phrase meaning “amongst women”) is a female vocal ensemble with a focus on works written primarily before 1750.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Parish adds app for more connection

After Mass on a summer Sunday, Holy Redeemer Parish, seminarians and parishioners hunch over smart phones, consulting.

Karl Romkema and Nick Galasso, in priestly formation for the Congregation of Holy Cross, were helping parishioners download the Holy Redeemer application onto their phones.


Sunday, August 21, 2016
A priest's dog - and cat - to the rescue
Science backs dog-friendly priests. Studies have found that dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than their dogless counterparts. Dogs also reduce stress and anxiety, encourage playfulness and lower blood pressure — and cats are no slouches in the companionship Olympics either.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
Dominicans marking 800 years

Oregon’s Dominican Friars and Dominican laity are inviting the public to help celebrate the 800th anniversary of their seminal religious order.

Set Out in Faith, a jubilee celebration, is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Holy Rosary Church, 375 NE Clackamas St. in Portland.


Friday, August 19, 2016
Grateful principal to stay on as mentor
MCMINNVILLE — School will begin later this month without one veteran at the helm. Jeananne Bloudek, a Catholic school principal for 21 years and a teacher for 14 years before that, has retired from her post at St. James School here. She was also longtime principal at St. Anthony School in Tigard, one of the largest Catholic schools in the state.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Assumption celebrated with procession
SCOTTS MILLS — This was the 63rd year for Oregon’s traditional Marian Pilgrimage at Holy Rosary Church in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Rolling in Lake Oswego
Our Lady of the Lake Parish is rolling out their second annual ROLL (Ride with Our Lady of the Lake) neighborhood party and bike ride from noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, August 28, at the parish. It’s followed by the life teen Mass at 6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Newport parishioners support police
Judy and Michael Gibbons, Toledo, members of Sacred Heart church, Newport, met with 12 people at the Toledo Police Department on Saturday July 16 at noon to pray in support of the police.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Fun and God in the summer
Summer REC (religious education course) is finished now for 2016 at Holy Redeemer, Portland, but its lessons on opening doors of mercy will live on for the scores of children who attended.
Monday, August 1, 2016
Retiring president to students: Be the change
A large crowd filled the gym at Jesuit High School on a hot June evening to bid farewell to John Gladstone, the amiable former Latin teacher who led Jesuit into a new era over the past decade.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Teamwork for a powerful event
BEAVERTON —  St. Pius X Parish in June hosted a week-long vacation Bible school for the entire Beaverton vicariate: St. Pius X, St. Cecilia, Holy Trinity, St. Juan Diego and St. John Fisher.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Roy's class of 2016 stayed active
ROY — St. Francis of Assisi School here graduated 13 eighth graders in their class of 2016.
The students had a busy year of academics, sports and fundraising. They participated in the National Geographic Bee in January, the Valley Catholic Speech Tournament in February, the St. Francis of Assisi Science Fair in March and the regional spelling bee in April. Charlie Harris won the school’s geography bee and participated in the regional competition in April. He placed 10th in his division.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
New pastor for Our Lady of Lavang
Domus Dei Father Bartholomew Dat Pham, pastor of Our Lady of Lavang Parish since 2010 and administrator before that, will be leaving this summer. He will be replaced Aug. 15 by Domus Dei Father Ansgar Pham.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Korean Catholics: a growing church
In August 2014, Pope Francis visited Korea; 800,000 Koreans turned out in Seoul to welcome him, possibly the biggest single crowd the city has ever seen. During his time there, the pope beatified 124 Korean martyrs.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Priest now linked to archdiocese
An English priest who has led the Tribunal in Portland and served as pastor of St. Stephen Parish has become bound to the Archdiocese of Portland.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Special gifts and special needs at Mass
Father David Schiferl, who leads a monthly adapted Mass at St. Alexander’s in Cornelius, reminded people at a recent adapted Mass at St. Rose, Portland, that the day’s Gospel message — the woman who washed Jesus’ feet — showed that Jesus loves us all, without ever putting people into categories. Pope Francis (who led an adapted Mass that Sunday as well) likewise teaches us not to categorize people but to love one another as individuals.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
New dean of Clark Library at U.P.
The University of Portland has announced Xan Arch has been named the new dean of the Clark Library.  She replaces Drew Harrington, who retired after serving as dean for 10 years. Arch will start in her new position on August 22.
Saturday, July 9, 2016
The bells of (Portland's) St. Mary's
Stowed high in the bell tower of St. Mary Cathedral in Northwest Portland, St. James, St. Francis and Immaculate Conception will soon ring out again.

The three cathedral bells left their perch last fall to be restored by Chime Master Systems, an Ohio-based bell company. They arrived home on June 15 to a joyous welcome.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Testimony on immigration
Monday, July 4, 2016
From Seaside to Tanzania, with love
SEASIDE — When Father Nick Nilema, an Apostolic Life priest from Tanzania, was assigned nearly 19 years ago to head Our Lady of Victory Parish here, no one could have predicted the consequences.
Monday, July 4, 2016
Parish works to keep Laudato Si' challenge alive
On a day when temperatures soared to record levels and the small community of Mosier confronted the damage caused by an oil-train derailment, 50 people from various faiths and localities gathered at St. Juan Diego Parish in Washington County. They were attending the Coming Together to Heal Creation event sponsored by the parish’s social justice committee. The event culminated a nine-month study of and reflection on Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’.  The process involved 95 parishioners in small faith communities, individual study and weekly bulletin announcements.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
LaSalle is alive with the sound of music
MILWAUKIE — As school let out last month at La Salle Prep, music was everywhere — graduation, the spring musical, closing concerts, parties and even impromptu jam sessions between classes in the hallways.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Gonzaga student to research Zika Virus at OHSU
SPOKANE, Wash. — Douglas Kempthorne, a Gonzaga University biology major, is gaining hands-on laboratory experience and research skills this summer in an eight-week paid and mentor-led internship through the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
Christ the King project to include outdoor space for gathering, prayer
MILWAUKIE — Every day, Christ the King Parish here faces the challenge of having too little space for its growing ministries. Meeting room is at a premium as people from the school, adult education, youth ministry, Knights of Columbus, the “Life is Sacred” group, peace and justice ministry, St. Vincent de Paul and others seek to carry out their work.
More cultures are calling Christ the King home. Filipino and Vietnamese Catholics hold large gatherings. 

Friday, July 1, 2016
Christ the King's graduates
Christ the King graduated its 8th grade class last month.
Friday, July 1, 2016
Student wins presidential kudos
Clare McLeod, a senior at St. Mary's Academy, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a President's Volunteer Service Award.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
A firefighter and a cop, all in one day
It was a stunning twofer. Preschoolers jogged in place for joy May 20 when both a fire truck and a police car arrived for visits on the playground of Holy Cross School in North Portland.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Marylhurst chamber choir won honors on a tour of Ireland
Marylhurst University’s top choral ensemble brought home two awards from the 2016 Cork International Choral Festival in Cork, Ireland. The Marylhurst Chamber Choir, directed by Justin Smith, placed third in the festival’s most prestigious competition for the Fleischmann Award. Swedish and Turkish choirs took the top spots.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Jesuit piles on the wins in spring sports
Catholic high schools, especially Jesuit, fared well in spring sports in Oregon. Here’s a wrap up.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Marist player honored for many reasons
EUGENE — Lauren Burke, Marist Catholic High School junior shortstop, has been awarded the 2015-16 Gatorade Oregon Softball Payer of the Year for athletic and academic achievement and exemplary character.
Monday, June 27, 2016
La Salle Prep junior a Navy cadet standout
MILWAUKIE — Emily McCoy, a La Salle Prep junior, has been named to participate in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps International Exchange Program. One of only nine cadets selected, she will be heading to Vancouver, British Columbia, to work alongside cadets from around the world. Cadets will be trained in small boat operations, sailing, firearms, shipboard and military drills. They will also travel around British Columbia for social and cultural activities.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Jesuit High auction raises $2.7 million
Jesuit High School's spring auction celebrated the school's 60th anniversary and honored John Gladstone, who will retire June 30 after 11 years as president of Jesuit. The black tie evening also set a record, raising $2.7 million.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Regis names St. Mary's principal as interim head
STAYTON — The Regis High School Board of directors announced this month that Rick Schindler will serve as acting principal for the 2016-’17 school year. Schindler is currently principal at St. Mary Catholic School in Stayton. The two schools will share management but maintain separate structure. Candi Hendrick will continue as assistant principal and dean of students at Regis, while Schindler will likely hold office hours at both schools.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Crew helps students dance the night away
The last CYO dance of the school year took place May 13. The weather was ideal for an outdoor dance at Oaks Park, with the Willamette River in clear view.

Students from the Portland area gathered to meet new friends, enjoy old friends, listen to music and dance. There is pizza and a door prize, all for $15.

Thursday, June 23, 2016
CYO recognizes its gems
The 19th Annual CYO/Camp Howard appreciation was held at University of Portland. Special volunteers received recognition.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Cadets awarded
Catholic War Veterans of Oregon this spring has recognized Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps students who attend Oregon City High School. Those recognized for outstanding service are Lucio Dempsay-Perez, who attends St. Philip Benizi Church; Yulisa Romero, who attends St. John the Apostle Church; and Anthony Lopez, also of St. John the Apostle.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Priest and vice principal lead soccer teams
OREGON CITY — Team Maxy and Team Haluska hit the soccer pitch April 22. It was priest, Father Maxy D’Costa, versus vice principal, Mary Haluska. Spots to play were auctioned off in November during St. John the Apostle School's annual auction.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Spanish a first for Stayton middle schoolers
STAYTON — St. Mary School here will offer Spanish class next fall, making it the only school in its community to provide a full-time Spanish teacher dedicated to elementary and middle-school students. 
Monday, June 20, 2016
Farewell at Our Lady of Victory
SEASIDE — Parishioners and staff at Our Lady of Victory here are planning a farewell bash for Apostolic Life Father Nicholas Nilema, their pastor, who is being reassigned this summer.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Retiring principals valued schools as family
Two longtime principals of Catholic schools in western Oregon are retiring. Joan Codd of Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Oswego is bidding farewell after 24 years. She started a Spanish program and helped plan an environmentally responsible school building in 2012. She welcomed students with learning differences, including Down syndrome.  In Salem at Queen of Peace School, Debilyn Janota moves on after 22 years. She most proud of helping people at the school feel united.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
School praised for preserving history
HILLSBORO — The Hillsboro City Council awarded local businesses and homeowners the Preserving Historic Hillsboro Awards May 17 in the Hillsboro Civic Center. Recipients have demonstrated outstanding stewardship of local historic sites.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Corpus Christi:

On Saturday, May 28, 700 faithful gathered at St. Cecilia Church in Beaverton to form a Corpus Christi procession.

“It’s a wonderful, great turnout of joyful witness,” said Darlene Moore from St. Cecilia.


Saturday, June 18, 2016
Dual threat: music and grades
EUGENE – Marist High School’s string program won first place in Oregon’s academic all-state award for orchestra. The award goes to the group with the highest combined grade point average. Students in Marist Strings had a combined GPA of 3.81.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Fourth graders establish civilizations
BEAVERTON — Have you ever wanted to live in a perfect civilization?  
Fourth graders at St. Cecilia School here have already “imaginated” a perfect world of their own. To make a better tomorrow, the students imagined and then created models of civilizations after studying the nine federally-recognized tribes of Oregon.

Friday, June 17, 2016
St. Luke bids farewell to those formed in faith
WOODBURN — Ten eighth graders from St. Luke School graduated and were honored at a ceremony on June 3.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Medford robot teams compete in nationals
MEDFORD — St. Mary’s School's two robotics teams — C4 and TNT — competed in a World Championship in St. Louis this spring. They worked with teams from all over the world – China, Germany, Israel, India, Lebanon, Russia, Mexico, New Zealand, Romania, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Taiwan – as well as the best teams in the U.S. Team TNT ended up ranked 15th in their 64-team division. C4 moved briefly into 6th place in their division and was part of an alliance that beat the top-ranked team in their division before mechanical issues got the better of C4’s robot.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Six UP students to serve abroad with Fulbright grants
The University of Portland, which leads similar schools in producing Fulbright scholars, this year has six students and one alumnus who have been awarded Fulbright grants to work and study abroad.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016


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