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Demolition begins in Grants Pass
Courtesy Carolyn Trumble
After rapidly raising the millions of dollars needed to build a new church, demolition began July 7 on the St. Anne Parish church building built in 1959.

Courtesy Carolyn Trumble

After rapidly raising the millions of dollars needed to build a new church, demolition began July 7 on the St. Anne Parish church building built in 1959.

GRANTS PASS — With the swipe of a tractor scoop, demolition began July 17 on the church building at St. Anne Parish here.

“As we tear down the current church structure we honor and remember all those who built this church which has been the place of so many life events. Many have celebrated baptisms, weddings, and funerals under this roof,” Father William Holtzinger, pastor at the parish, said in a statement to the press.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A quest for gratification
Meagan Montanari searched for something. Something to fulfill her. Something to make her happy. And two years ago she found it: the Eucharist and the Catholic Church. Still, her body displays the scars from 15 years spent searching.

“They’re reminders,” she says. “Because I have to remind myself that, ‘Yeah, you were homeless, you were walking into the methadone clinic every morning.’ It was bad.”

Saturday, July 22, 2017
A parish son's first Mass
Father Hans Mueller celebrated his first Mass June 4 at St. Joseph Parish here. The priest was ordained by Archbishop Alexander Sample in Portland June 3.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Sacraments in Yamhill
YAMHILL — As in parishes throughout the archdiocese, St. John Parish here celebrated confirmations and first Communions in the spring. Astoria Culver, Leo Murray, Tony Fer and Lacy Lazott received first Communion. Mariana Alvarez, Jose Medina, Albert Medina and Emma Prine were confirmed in May by Archbishop John Vlazny.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
WATCH: Ascending and descending at Ascension Parish
Church life has its ups and downs. It turns out that’s a good thing at Ascension Parish in Southeast Portland.

Parishioners gathered after Mass July 9 to bless a new elevator that will carry parishioners between the church and the basement social hall. As Father David Jaspers put it, with a play on the parish name, the community will ascend and descend.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Northeast Portland parish marks Hispanic ministry milestone
About 600 people gathered this spring to celebrate 25 years of Hispanic ministry at St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland. At a bilingual Mass, Father David Zegar, pastor, sounded themes of love, unity and cooperation.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Parish celebrates freedom, attracts many visitors
For the past 41 years, the Vietnamese community has come together on the weekend before July Fourth to celebrate and give thanks for God’s gifts.

Many out-of-town families made the annual pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lavang Parish in Northeast Portland, a tradition that started with their loved ones many years ago.

Monday, July 17, 2017
St. Francis School named kindest in US
SHERWOOD — St. Francis School here discovered May 26 that although they were one of the smallest schools to participate in a nationwide competition sponsored by the nonprofit Think Kindness, they had received top honors for kindergarten through eighth-grade grade schools.

This year, Think Kindness — which promotes measurable acts of kindness in schools and communities around the world — challenged 68,290 students at 88 schools to make a difference in their communities by documenting 5,000 acts of kindness in 15 days.

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Holy Cross parishioner paints a massive mural of Jerusalem to evangelize, unify

As churchgoers meander out of a morning Mass at Holy Cross Parish in early July, a few stop to glance across the gray slab of parking lot at a once-barren wall. They are checking in on a city in progress.

Inches from the wall, a man with a ponytail and flash of white in his black hair squats atop scaffolding. Surrounded by paintbrushes of all sizes, he dips bristles into a can of swirled paint.

With each dab and stroke, longtime parishioner Senen Angon is creating a mural of Jerusalem across the side of the Holy Cross School gym.


Thursday, July 13, 2017
Saints brought to life at O'Hara
EUGENE — Early last month, nearly 1,000 people from around Oregon visited O’Hara School here for a self-guided journey of spiritual heroes at the 19th annual Living Saints Presentation, a nationally recognized, award-winning project.

Every spring, each sixth-grade student selects a saint to study for three months. Students write about the country their saint lived in, study ancient cartographic techniques and create antique-looking country maps, write reports about their saint’s life, and study the medieval art of illuminated manuscript and the art of iconography.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
WATCH: Pentecost by smart phone
SPRINGFIELD — St. Alice Parish is using simultaneous translation technology as a next step in bridging the gap between Spanish-speaking and English-speaking worshippers.

The parish is in a working-class town of 60,000 that is still feeling the effects of the timber industry’s demise. For decades, it’s been trying to resolve cultural discord, one of the signature challenges in western Oregon Catholic life.

Saturday, July 8, 2017
WATCH: Thousands flock to Freedom Mass
Nestled beneath the trees along one of the paths which winds through the Grotto, Phuong Than stands holding her baby. Like so many of those who attend the Freedom Mass, Than could not physically see the altar from her position. Thousands of refugees and worshippers gather each July to thank God for bringing them to America.
Friday, July 7, 2017
WATCH: Here's to you, Fr. Robinson
When Larry Robinson arrived at newly built Jesuit High School as a Jesuit-in-training in 1958, Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway was a two-lane country road.

Like the thoroughfare that’s now wide and bustling, the 85-year-old priest’s soul is full and flourishing.

When asked to come back to teach history at Jesuit in the late 1960s, Father Robinson fondly recalled his pioneer experience of a decade earlier. He consented.

Friday, July 7, 2017
Records fall at CYO season-end track meet
Catholic Youth Organization track and field finished the season with two regional meets for grades three and four and the grand finale, Meet of Champions, with qualifiers in third through eighth grades.

The regional meet winners were Our Lady of the Lake and St. Anthony. The Meet of Champions, which includes the finalists from the two regional meets, welcomed 1,037 competitors over two days. The overall winner was St. Pius X. This year’s meet featured streaming video and up-to-the-minute results.

Thursday, July 6, 2017
WATCH: A century of faith and fun
Father Pat Donoghue muses that even the weather celebrated the centennial of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Southeast Portland. Temperatures climbed to 100 on the days of a banquet and Mass of thanksgiving.  

Father Donoghue, with a generous head of curly hair, just missed having a little ventilation for the heat wave. To mark the centennial, he promised to shave his head in a tonsure like that worn by the parish’s patron saint, a 13th-century Franciscan friar, if donors to the “Shave” side of the campaign could outdo donors to the “Save” side. “Save” won by a hair, with many small donations coming from fans of the wavy locks.

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Meet your new school administrator
This fall, students will be greeted by a number of new school principals and presidents. The Portland archdiocesan Department of Catholic Schools has announced five new principals, an interim principal, two new presidents and a new associate superintendent. Here are their brief biographies and reflections on their appointments.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
School baby shower celebrates life
MEDFORD — For Lent this year, Sacred Heart students selected items from a list of needs given by the Magdalene Home for homeless pregnant teens; Court Appointed Special Advocates (known as CASA), advocates for abused children; and the Family Nurturing Center, which works to prevent child abuse and neglect. The students wrapped their gifts and brought them to class for a schoolwide baby shower. During the shower, the children unwrapped their items and shared what they brought while enjoying a cookie and some lemonade. Afterward, all gifts were donated to one of the three charities.
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Seniors have a ball during honor walk
BEAVERTON — Eight days before walking across the stage on graduation day, Valley Catholic High School seniors took part in another meaningful procession: the school’s second Senior Walk of Honor across the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon campus. On June 2, dressed in their graduation robes, the seniors visited everyone who studies, works and lives on the campus.

After leaving the high school, the seniors visited the motherhouse, where they were greeted by Sister Charlene Herinckx, superior general, as Valley Catholic President Bob Weber and other staff members applauded. The bell on the roof of the motherhouse rang out once for each of the 100 graduates, the largest graduating class in school history.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Veterans honor students
Six students in the Archdiocese of Portland were honored with the Catholic War Veterans Achievement Medal by Catholic War Veterans, Oregon, for the 2016-2017 school year. The students are all members of the junior ROTC military youth program at their respective high schools.

From Lebanon High School, Cadet Allie Flanigan won gold (second award), Cadet Donovan Seiber won silver (second award) and Cadet Andrew Salinas won bronze (second award). All of these cadets attend St. Edward Parish in Lebanon.

Monday, July 3, 2017
Fatima parish marks 60
SHADY COVE — Sunday, June 11 was a day of celebration for Our Lady of Fatima Parish here. The day marked the 60th anniversary of the dedication of the church by former Portland Archbishop Edward Howard.

Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith was the main celebrant for Mass and Father Ben Tapia, current pastor, served as concelebrant. The small church was filled with parishioners from the Upper Rogue Valley area.

Friday, June 30, 2017
WATCH: Tillamook parish bringing communities together
TILLAMOOK — The sun is setting behind the church at Sacred Heart Parish here. The parishioners fill the parish hall where they are enjoying tamales and cake. Teenagers have gathered for soccer in the yard separating the church from the festivities and children are playing games. The parish has come together to celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

For the parish’s first attempt at such an event, everyone says it has been a success. This is Father Amalanathan Irudayaraj’s perspective.

Thursday, June 29, 2017
St. Therese celebrates Pentecost with international cuisines
Apostles of Jesus Father Dominic Ngayaku joined St. Therese parishioners on the feast of Pentecost at the parish’s sixth annual International Food Tasting.  More than 200 people attended and shared food prepared and cooked by 16 parishioners representing 13 different cultures. Ethnic music set the mood.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Retiring Veneta pastor tied to Blessed Fr. Solanus Casey
VENETA — Nearly 40 years after his priestly ordination, Father Michael Morrissey will be retiring from archdiocesan work at the end of June. He served as pastor at St. Catherine of Siena Parish here for the past decade.

Father Morrissey, once a Capuchin himself, has a close connection to the newly Blessed Capuchin Father Solanus Casey. Father Morrissey attended two high school seminaries operated by American Capuchins in Detroit and New York. He still recalls hearing stories about Father Casey from his high school German teacher, who used to live with the famous Detroit priest.

Friday, June 23, 2017
Film of legacy of coal industry set for June 20
"From the Ashes," distributed by National Geographic Documentary Films, will be presented at Holy Trinity Church, 13715 SW Walker Road, Beaverton, on Tuesday, June 20, 7-9 p.m. in the Fireside room.
Monday, June 19, 2017
St. Joseph confirmation
SALEM — Karina Davila is confirmed by Archbishop Alexander Sample at St. Joseph Parish here May 25. Davila graduated from St. Joseph School in 2016 and now attends Blanchet Catholic High School as a freshman.
Monday, June 19, 2017
First Communion for St. Luke students
WOODBURN — Fr. Scott Baier stands beside Joey Hepp, Adrian Ramos-Lopez, Juan Ramos-Lopez, Morgan Ludlow, Wyatt Smith, Diego Bolanos-Gerber, Julian Clemente Martinez, Gabriel Bischoff, Hailey Kearns, Annabelle Aranda, Amanda Preuitt and Mya Leon, who received first holy Communion at St. Luke Church in May.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
There's an app for that: Spiritual readings brought to your smartphone thanks to Visitation students

VERBOORT — How many times a day do you check for texts or swipe to see a social media post? How many times do you flip open the Bible or pray?

Visitation School here has created a tech-savvy way to bring the word of God into your everyday life via a daily companion — your smartphone. In the process, students are helping raise funds for a new school facility. 

 


Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Vandals strike twice at Holy Rosary Parish
Nestled along the side of the church at Portland’s Holy Rosary Parish sits a grotto, bordered by rock and greenery. Until the morning of May 11, the grotto held a statue of Mary. That is, until in the middle of the night, someone came and grabbed the statue, pulling it to the ground in pieces. The broken statue resulted in the image being separated from the pedestal on which it sat.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Mass to remember fallen
SCAPPOOSE — Massing of the Colors by the fourth degree, folding of the colors and three-volley Salute by American Legion Post 42, playing of taps by the local Boy Scouts, praying of the rosary and the celebrating of Mass: These were among the events at the Memorial Day celebration here hosted by the local Knights of Columbus.
Monday, June 12, 2017
JPII relic visits Springfield
SPRINGFIELD — The official relic of St. John Paul II came to St. Alice Parish here May 24. The relic was part of the pilgrimage by the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Visitors celebrated in a Mass, saw a presentation by the Sisters of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary, and took part in veneration with music, the rosary and private prayer.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
The parish once known as St. Mel
JUNCTION CITY — The first Catholic church in Junction City was named after St. Mel, a fifth-century evangelizer in Ireland who was a nephew of St. Patrick.

Two main rail lines were supposed to meet here, but never did. Later, two major highways did conjoin in the town.

Friday, June 9, 2017
Corpus Christi procession
BEAVERTON — St. Cecilia Parish will hold a Corpus Christi procession through the streets of the city here. The June 17 procession will begin and end at the church with benediction, and organizers plan to distribute “Catholic Come Home” cards to passersby.

Temporary altars will meet those processing at Veterans Memorial Park and the Beaverton Library lawn. The procession will be escorted by police through the city and a reception will follow at the parish activity center.

Friday, June 9, 2017
So others may see
MILWAUKIE — St. John the Baptist Catholic Church here has teamed up with Dr. Wally Walker, a Milwaukie optometrist, and his mission team to collect used eyeglasses that will be examined and catalogued by Pacific University students. The students and Walker’s team travel to emerging countries to provide eye exams and offer the glasses to those otherwise unable to obtain them.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Humble maintenance man a hero to St. Clare students
It’s lunchtime at St. Clare School in Southwest Portland and a flock of chattering third-graders has gathered around their custodian. They want to testify about how much they love him.

“He’s funny.”

“He cleans up when we make a big mess.”

“He’s amazing.”

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
La Salle Prep marks 50 years with Mass at cathedral
Archbishop Alexander Sample praised La Salle Prep during the school’s 50th anniversary Mass at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland May 17.

“It is a joy to celebrate with you this incredible milestone,” he said to a congregation of students, staff, alumni, parents, benefactors, priests, Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, and De La Salle Christian Brothers from the San Francisco/New Orleans District.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
St. John the Apostle alum bound for NFL
OREGON CITY — Students from St. John the Apostle School here learned just how far a graduate can go.

Xavier Coleman, who attended the K-eight school and then went on to Jesuit, has just signed to play football for the New York Jets. After Jesuit, he attended Portland State University and played football there.

Monday, June 5, 2017
Valley Catholic eighth-graders to graduate
BEAVERTON — A graduation ceremony for Valley Catholic Middle School students will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 9, in the Valiants gym, located in the Valley Catholic Athletic Center.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Christ the King graduation is June 12
MILWAUKIE — Christ the King School holds graduation for 30 eighth-graders at 7 p.m. Monday, June 12, at the school.

Here are the graduates: Katherine Godoy, Colin Wong, Alyna Nguyen, Ainslee Smith, Harold Nguyen, Ryan Nguyen, Phoebe Huskey, Darren Nguyen, Michael Nguyen, Blake Martin, Carson Cardwell, Vishal Casper, Linsy Brown, Matthew Aizawa, Corrina Rubio, Payton Horsch, Dakota Canzano, Ryan Schraner, Andrew Bergeson, Alexandra Kimberling, Paige Martin, Tristen Horsch, James Tyson, Jason Page, Nicolas Boyd, Jacob Spitulski, Jacob Owens, Michael Drenner, Milton Nguy and William Griffiths

Monday, June 5, 2017
Sisters have a big day at UP
May 7 was a memorable day for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.

During the University of Portland commencement ceremony, the superior general, Sister Charlene Herinckx, received the Christus Magister Medal — the university’s highest honor.

Sunday, June 4, 2017
Roy grads made a difference for others
ROY — Graduating students from St. Francis of Assisi School have been instrumental this year in leading two fundraisers. One was in Advent with the student council collecting nonperishable food for the local St. Vincent de Paul food pantry and the Banks Sonrise Food Bank.  The students collected a total of 1,600 pounds of food. 
Sunday, June 4, 2017
A return to history in Northeast Portland
On June 14 at 6 p.m., St. Rose School will graduate its first class in 30 years — under that name. The ceremony will take place at St. Rose of Lima Church.  

With a constant 104-year history, the school spent three decades under the name Archbishop Howard School. The change originally occurred in 1986, when the Archdiocese of Portland restructured and merged St. Rose and St. Charles schools, strengthening their financial viability for the future. In September 2016 and with permission from Archbishop Alexander Sample, the St. Rose name was restored as it was when founded in 1913. Returning to its given name is a step toward a more unified campus vision for St. Rose of Lima Parish and the school.

Sunday, June 4, 2017
St. Matthew says goodbye to graduates
HILLSBORO — St. Matthew holds a prayer service for its 25 graduates at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 13, at St. Matthew Church, with a student and staff luncheon following at 11:30 a.m. in the parish hall. Graduation is set for 6 p.m. at the church, and a reception in the parish hall will follow.

St. Matthew remains committed to a curriculum rich with STEM activities and opportunities. As part of this ongoing effort, the students welcomed some exciting new residents into the school building: four female buff ducklings.

Sunday, June 4, 2017
St. Thomas More sends off 25 grads
Graduation for the 25 eighth-graders at St. Thomas More School in Portland is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, in the St. Thomas More gymnasium.

Here are the graduates: Aidan Alexander, Bergen Bakken, Margaret Bald, Jack Bennett, Colin Cameron, Andrew Clouser, Mackenzie Convery, Mia Cullivan, Molly Dooney, Madeline Dowdall, Damon Grim, George Hausner, Jackson House, R. Brennan Humberston, Payton Jefferis, Megan Kreutzer, Gunnar Munck, Natalie Niedermeyer, Jordan Pope, Blix Ratliff, Ryan Schumacher, Caroline Sgroi, Gabriella Sullivan, Grace Van Hoomissen and Parker O’Connell Wesolek

Sunday, June 4, 2017
School buildings sleepy over the summer? Nope
Once classes are out for summer, Catholic school buildings still get a workout, whether it’s for summer sessions, sports and drama camps, deep cleaning or big maintenance projects and renovations.

What happens in the summer at St. Agatha School in Southeast Portland is a little busier than average, but mostly typical. Maintenance supervisor Tony Medina cleans rooms, floors, gym, roof and grounds. Workers will install a new playground, put fresh stain on cedar siding, paint the interior, repair windows, replace gutters and put in a new key card system. Cement experts will work on the sidewalks. 

Friday, June 2, 2017
Eighth-graders reflect on time at St. Cecilia
BEAVERTON — St. Cecilia will hold its graduation for 24 eighth-graders at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at St. Cecilia Church.

Administrators say St. Cecilia students live as active Catholics who embody their faith by serving the needs of others and believing they can make a difference. Eighth-grade students were asked to share experiences that have helped them grow in respect for self and others.

Friday, June 2, 2017
Graduation for 18 at St. Ignatius
St. Ignatius School in Southeast Portland blesses 18 eighth-graders at a graduation set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, in St. Ignatius Church.

Here are the graduates: Jaedyn Balboa, Landon Bilyeu, Myles Broadous, Sydney Charlot, Elli Elias, Darius Gakwasi, Yelena Gunther, Elliot Hansen, Jake Khal, Celina Massaad, Cameron Nguyen, Gabrielle Ponto, Alexandra Ramirez Hernandez, Abigail Sheets, Christopher Sorensen, Vincent Speciale, Hanna Teshome and Ella Toku

Friday, June 2, 2017
St. John the Apostle sends forth 32 graduates
OREGON CITY — St. John the Apostle School will hold its baccalaureate Mass and graduation for 32 eighth-graders at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, at St. John the Apostle Church.
Faculty and staff call this year’s graduates “dynamic, teachable, engaged in their learning and motivated to step up and help whenever a need arises.” They are “confident, fun and wonderful role models,” and the school community wishes them the best in their high school adventures and beyond. The 2017 graduates of St. John the Apostle School attended the eighth-grade Mass at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland.

Friday, June 2, 2017
De La Salle North Catholic graduates 51
De La Salle North Catholic High School in North Portland holds graduation for 51 seniors at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 10, at the University of Portland Chiles Center.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Our Lady of Sorrows adopts app to stay in touch
Near the end of a recent Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Southeast Portland, Father Ron Millican did the unthinkable — he asked parishioners to power up their cellphones.

The aim was to help worshippers download an app that keeps track of parish activities and publications and offers links to spiritual aids like the Scripture readings of the day, prayers, the messages of Pope Francis, tips on family life and Catholic news.

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Students celebrate Mary
Students at Sacred Heart School in Gervais honored Mary this spring with a May crowning. The crowning court included the queen, eighth-grader Lyla Guerrero, and princesses Sarai Urena, a second-grader; Alaina Gomez, a pre-kindergartener; third-grader Getzemani Urena; and first-grader Rose Lyons.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Valley Catholic sends off grads, plants seeds for the future
Valley Catholic High School will honor the class of 2017 during a commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 10, in the Valiants gymnasium, located in the Valley Catholic athletic center. 
Wednesday, May 31, 2017


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