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Bringing Catholicism to vacation Bible school
Courtesy of St. Matthew ParishOne of the priests or brothers at St. Matthew Parish in Hillsboro greets the vacation Bible school children each morning with a blessing for the day. Here, Missionaries of the Holy Spirit Fr. Jose de Jesús Ortega Tejeda offers his blessing to the children.

Courtesy of St. Matthew Parish

One of the priests or brothers at St. Matthew Parish in Hillsboro greets the vacation Bible school children each morning with a blessing for the day. Here, Missionaries of the Holy Spirit Fr. Jose de Jesús Ortega Tejeda offers his blessing to the children.

When Molly Teeter started with the Vacation Bible School program at St. Matthew Parish in Hillsboro, the curriculums used were non-denominational Christian.  But Teeter, the parish coordinator for children’s faith formation, and her team wanted a “100 percent Catholic” program.

“We had these kids for a week in the mornings,” she thought at the time. “What a great opportunity to get them excited about their faith with all of the music and activities that happen during a normal [vacation Bible school].”


Thursday, March 30, 2017
Parish and School News
Bringing Catholicism to vacation Bible school
When Molly Teeter started with the Vacation Bible School program at St. Matthew Parish in Hillsboro, the curriculums used were non-denominational Christian.  But Teeter, the parish coordinator for children’s faith formation, and her team wanted a “100 percent Catholic” program.

“We had these kids for a week in the mornings,” she thought at the time. “What a great opportunity to get them excited about their faith with all of the music and activities that happen during a normal [vacation Bible school].”



Thursday, March 30, 2017
Got small campers? Some top spots to pitch your tent
With its sand dunes to climb, cascading falls to contemplate, mountains to trek and sparkling waters to paddle, Oregon is a nature-lover’s paradise. And it’s not just for the young adventurist or avid hiker: The state offers abundant spots for families to pitch a tent — or rent a yurt (a circular tent with a design used by nomadic Central Asian peoples) — and explore these wonders together.

From among the many gems, we’ve selected five places to consider camping with your kids this summer. We included a nearby parish where your family could attend Sunday Mass and some tips for keeping your small campers happy.



Wednesday, March 29, 2017
New at camp: Flying drones, solving crimes
The summer camp that brought your kids paintball is about to teach them about flying drones and solving crimes.

Catholic-run Camp Howard provides the splat and gee-whiz that kids want, but always with a dose of values and morals.



Monday, March 27, 2017

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