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The bells of (Portland's) St. Mary's
Surrounded by the press, school children, passers-by and the engineers who would soon move St. Mary Cathedral’s massive bells into their tower aerie, Msgr. Patrick Brennan beams. He is the cathedral’s pastor. Courtesy Msgr. Pat Brennan
Surrounded by the press, school children, passers-by and the engineers who would soon move St. Mary Cathedral’s massive bells into their tower aerie, Msgr. Patrick Brennan beams. He is the cathedral’s pastor. Courtesy Msgr. Pat Brennan
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

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
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
Records fall as CYO track picks up speed
More than 1,700 athletes from 23 teams took part in this year’s CYO track and field season. CYO has long been a hotbed of upcoming talent, and this year was no exception.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
St. James bids farewell to 10
MCMINNVILLE — St. James School here will graduate 10 students from fifth grade at 10 a.m. Friday, June 17 at an all school Mass.  Approximately one–third of the graduates will attend a private school. The remaining two thirds of the students will attend McMinnville public schools or public schools in the surrounding area.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Inclusion of students with disabilities discussed
Parents, educators and experts gathered at St. Thomas More Parish in Southwest Portland last month to discuss paths forward when it comes to Catholic schools serving students with intellectual disabilities. Staff members from many Catholic schools attended.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Catholic Community Services of Lane County aiding refugees
EUGENE — Millions of families worldwide are living as refugees, uprooted by war, persecution or natural disaster. A few families may find a new home in Lane County, thanks to a new refugee placement program, established by a local community task force and coordinated by Catholic Community Services of Lane County.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Spring brings out the bees
The subtle humming on warm spring days conjures images of lazy picnics and flowers blooming. It also means bees are out and active. 
Monday, June 13, 2016
Giving time for curiosity
Students in Kristin Tufo’s science classes at St. Thomas More Catholic School spend 20 percent of class time dedicated to what Tufo calls Genius Hour.  

A riff on Google’s “Passion Time” employee initiative, Genius Hour allows the students to devote an hour each week to solving questions that are particularly interesting to them but not on the traditional syllabus. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016
St. Francis in Roy says farewell to 17 in 2016
ROY — Officials at St. Francis School and Parish here are congratulating the class of 2016.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
St. Matthew says goodbye to graduates
Saturday, June 11, 2016
St. John Fisher graduates recalled fondly
Graduation for eighth graders at St. John Fisher School in Southwest Portland is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14 at St. John Fisher Church.

School leaders say the eighth graders have worked diligently and studied hard.

Friday, June 10, 2016
Sacred Heart's graduates reflect on how school formed them
GERVAIS — When describing the graduating class of Sacred Heart School in Gervais, teachers and staff use these words: Intelligent. Happy. Kind. Attractive. Athletic. Eager. Helpful. Energetic. Inquisitive.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Madeleine graduation June 14
The class of 2016 from The Madeleine School graduates at a Mass set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Northeast Portland.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Students, tree farm form partnership
EUGENE — In the fall of 2014, O’Hara seventh graders visited Bauman Tree farm west of Eugene near the town of Crow. Students took roles in a skit about a family involved in the inheritance of a tree farm worked through generations.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
WATCH: They learn from each other
They’re the only mother-son principals in the history of Oregon Catholic schools. And go figure — both have impeccable comic timing.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Visitation graduates value retreat
VERBOORT — Visitation School and Parish is a community rich with traditions. One is a retreat for the graduating eighth grade class that takes place every May. It includes activities such as a day retreat with Father Michael Vuky, multiple museum visits, hikes and a service project.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016


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