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  • New faith formation director

    TIGARD — Miriam Marston, coordinator for the office of catechesis and faith formation at the Archdiocese of Portland’s pastoral center, has accepted the position of director of faith formation at St. Anthony Parish here. She began the new position in early July.

  • Parish offers formation in faith and racial justice
    St. Ignatius Parish in Southeast Portland is beginning a faith formation program meant to reveal hard truths about race, prompt healing and change unjust social systems.
  • North Catholic: Buildings gone, spirit remains
    When an alternative public school off North Emerald Avenue in Portland closed in 2014, workers razed the building to make room for new housing. The last concrete vestige of North Catholic High School had vanished.
  • Memories connect alums of lost school
    They all remember where they were when they first heard their school, North Catholic, was burning the morning of July 14, 1970.
  • Adorers gather to pray for peace and justice
    Some 100 people adored Jesus in the Eucharist during the first 24 Hours of Prayer for Justice and Peace event at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Southwest Portland June 15. The event, which included 24 hours of uninterrupted eucharistic adoration in the church, was such a success that the parish did it again June 18 and 25.
  • Father's Day Blessing
    St. Patrick Parish in Canby honored dads with a special Father's Day blessing outside the church.
  • Parish celebrates graduates
    BANDON — Holy Trinity Parish here honored its graduates with a special Mass June 3. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, there was a joyful Mass with gifts for the graduates, all of whom fielded questions about their future plans and aspirations. Mass attendees liked the event. It “was perfect for the graduates. It showed love,” one student’s family said.
  • Jesuit hurler chosen in first round
    The 15th overall pick in the 2020 Major League Baseball draft is a pitcher from Jesuit High School in Portland.
St. Mary Parish in Albany welcomes converts — especially in a pandemic
    Oregonians have stayed at home over the spring and rising COVID-19 cases suggest we might need to keep staying at home. That’s not true, however, for essential workers, like Beverly Franco, who clocks in at Home Depot, and like Corey Helling and Bernadette Podwiki, therapists at Samaritan Health in Corvallis.
  • Parishes reopening in many ways
    As Oregon emerges from the pandemic lockdown, counties are operating under a variety of health directives. That means Catholic parishes are reopening in many ways.
  • Technology bringing communities together through song
    With choirs in every church limited or on hiatus, some choir directors are turning to technology to keep their communities and their singers together.
  • Distance learning was a challenge for parents and teachers
    ALOHA — Gabriela Pérez was accustomed to taking care of five children and working full time. But things became more challenging and complicated amid the coronavirus pandemic.
  • ‘There will be other dances’
    In Salem, senior James Moore remembers his last day in person at Blanchet School. It was the second week in March and he was prepping with the rest of the cast for the opening night of “High School Musical.” He played Chad, the protagonist’s best friend.
  • UP grad going on to study theology
    Diana Salgado Huicochea watched online as the University of Portland choir offered a patched together rendition of “O God Beyond all Praising.”
  • After an incomplete spring, Beaverton teen looks to the fall
    BEAVERTON — Kendra Hicks, an eighth grader at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Beaverton, faced numerous challenges with schools closed this spring.
  • Ashland senior missing all that goes with senior spring
    ASHLAND — Sophia Cooper, a senior at Ashland High School, is not as upset about missing graduation as she is about the death and strife caused by the coronavirus.
  • Eugene eighth grader excited to start anew
    EUGENE — Last spring, as a seventh grader at St. Paul School here, Alexis Kamaru helped out at graduation. She witnessed joy and camaraderie. Next year, she thought, it will be my turn.
  • Blessings Drive Thru
    BEAVERTON — Father Cary Rivera and Deacon Bill Richardson offered blessings to dozens of parishioners at St. Cecilia Parish here during Pentecost Sunday. It was the first time the church had organized a drive thru blessing since the pandemic began.
  • SOU senior sees crisis as an opportunity to grow closer to God
    RATHDRUM, Idaho — For Daniel McDevitt, a senior at Southern Oregon University, Catholic faith has been a lifeboat during a school year torpedoed by the coronavirus.
  • UPDATE: Pastor uses spare time to remodel church
    LEBANON — During the pandemic shutdown, Father Peter O’Brien livestreamed daily and Sunday Masses, visited hospice and gave last rites at the local hospital. He did what a priest does — serving communities in Lebanon, Jefferson and Scio.
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