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  • Parish practices emergency evacuation
    After Masses May 25 – 26, a Northeast Portland congregation practiced evacuations for scary scenarios — earthquakes, bomb threats, fires, active shooters. The goal at The Madeleine Parish was to help worshippers find the best way to get out of the church and to a safe meeting site.
  • PrinciPALS
    They were part solemn educational collaborators, part comedy team. As the school year ended, the principals of two Portland area Catholic high schools dropped the mic on a decade of mutual innovation, common causes and horsing around at meetings.
  • Baseball rivalry, track and field mastery
    Spring prep sports wound up this month, with Catholic high schools in the hunt for titles, often succeeding.
  • O’Hara sends off 46 graduates, each ready for the future

    EUGENE — This year O’Hara School here will say goodbye to 46 students. Graduation takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at St. Mary Church.

  • Eighth graders give physics a whirl

    MILWAUKIE — St. John the Baptist School's eighth graders attended physics day at Oaks Park in Southeast Portland May 10. Students have been studying physical science all year, and the annual event at the amusement park is an opportunity to feel the forces and collect data on various rides. All kinds of analysis can be done, including calculations of speeds, accelerations, forces and energies.

  • St. Pius X sends forth 58
    St. Pius X School in Northwest Portland will honor 57 graduates at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, at St. Pius Church. Salutatorian is Owen Davies and valedictorian is Kelsey Jones. 
  • St. Paul Parochial graduates six
    ST. PAUL — St. Paul Parochial School here celebrates its graduates Frances Lear and Logan Connor and Michael Hiller, Sofia Vachter, Mary Lou Lozano and Gabe Schibel.
  • St. Therese says goodbye to 19
    St. Therese School in Northeast Portland will honor 19 departing eighth graders with Mass at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, and a graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. Both will be at St. Therese Church.
  • Celebrating 25 years of community service
    St. Rose School in Northeast Portland is celebrating 31 graduates at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at St. Rose of Lima Church.
  • Nativity’s after-school work enriches education
    St. Andrew Nativity School in Northeast Portland will hold its graduation at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the St. Andrew community center.
  • A journey to STEM leadership

    BEAVERTON — The Valley Catholic Middle School graduation for 83 eighth graders is at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, in the Valiants Gym. The middle school is positioned to chart a course as a leader in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning, according to school staff.

St. Francis Academy students immersed in peace studies
    This year 23 St. Francis Academy students graduated Thursday, June 6, at 2 p.m. at the Franciscan Montessori Earth School in the gymnasium.
  • A thank-you note from grads to departing principal
    BEAVERTON — St. Cecilia School here is sending forth 20 students this year. The eighth graders will graduate Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at St. Cecilia Church.
  • 134 at Marist
    EUGENE — Marist High School here will graduate 134 seniors at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, in the school gymnasium. The baccalaureate Mass is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the school
  • St. Mary honors 84 graduates
    MEDFORD — St. Mary School here graduated 84 students May 23 at the Craterian Theater in Medford. Valedictorian was Ying (Marina) Qian and salutatorian was Luka Cvijanovic.
  • St. Matthew sends off graduates while also helping local youths
    HILLSBORO — St. Matthew School here will distribute diplomas to its graduates June 11. The day will begin with a prayer service at 10:30 a.m., and a student and staff luncheon will follow at 11:30 a.m. That evening, a graduation ceremony will take place at 6 p.m., followed by a reception in the parish hall.
  • ‘Charismatic, energetic, adventurous’
    FOREST GROVE — Visitation School is set to graduate 15 eighth graders at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 9, at Visitation Church.
St. Paul alumna returns to serve her school
    EUGENE —St. Paul Parish School here will honor the class of 2019 during a commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, in St. Paul Church. This year the school honors 27 graduates.
  • St. Mary’s Academy grads honored

    St. Mary’s Academy in Southwest Portland celebrated 166 women during a June 1 graduation at the University of Portland Chiles Center. This year’s valedictorian was Lauren Phillips and the salutatorian was Claire LeBlanc.

  • Sending forth men and women of service
    Jesuit High School in Southwest Portland held its graduation for 309 seniors Sunday, June 2, at the University of Portland Chiles Center. Valedictorian was Anisha Kumar and salutatorians were Nolan Aylward and Gregory Cowles.
  • Art connects past, present, future at Valley Catholic
    BEAVERTON — Valley Catholic will hold its graduation for 96 seniors at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in the Valiants Gym.
  • St. James graduates ready for the future

    McMinnville — St. James School here will honor its nine fifth graders Friday, June 14, with Mass in St. James Church at 10 a.m. Graduation will follow.

  • St. Luke in Woodburn graduates 15
    WOODBURN — St. Luke School here will hold its graduation Mass for 15 eighth graders Friday, June 7,  at St. Luke Church.
  • St. John the Apostle graduates 18
    OREGON CITY — St. John the Apostle School will hold a baccalaureate Mass and graduation for 18 eighth graders at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at St. John the Apostle Church.
  • ‘Part of my life for many years’
    St. Ignatius School in Southeast Portland celebrates the graduation of its 26 eighth graders with a Mass Thursday, June 13, at 8:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church and with a prayer service that evening at 7 p.m. in the church.
  • Students who ‘go on to be leaders’
    STAYTON — Regis St. Mary School here will graduate 15 seniors Sunday, June 9, at 1:30 p.m. in the Regis gymnasium. Valedictorian is Andrew Tabor and salutatorian is Holly Blish.
  • St. John Fisher graduation June 11
    St. John Fisher School in Southwest Portland will graduate 19 eighth grade students Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. in St. John Fisher Church.
  • St. Anthony to honor 43 grads
    TIGARD — This year St. Anthony School here will celebrate 43 eighth graders as they graduate Wednesday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony Church.
  • Students rise before dawn to help less fortunate
    SHERWOOD — Graduation for St. Francis School’s 10 eighth graders is set for Tuesday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Church here.
  • Holy Trinity honors 25 graduates
    BEAVERTON — Holy Trinity School’s 25 eighth graders will celebrate their graduation Mass Monday, June 10, at 6 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church here. A reception will follow in the school cafeteria. Valedictorian is Christopher Mannino and salutatorian is Emma Blevens.
  • Family groups build unity, leadership skills
    Holy Family School will hold its graduation for 20 eighth graders at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Holy Family Church in Southeast Portland.
  • Music teacher inspired grads, school community
    MILWAUKIE — Christ the King School here honors 29 graduates this year. The baccalaureate Mass was slated for 9 a.m. Thursday, June 6, with graduation at 7 p.m. in Christ the King Parish Center.
  • De La Salle North students ‘Enter to learn, leave to serve’
    De La Salle North Catholic congratulates 54 graduates this year. The baccalaureate Mass was May 31 at St. Andrew Church in Northeast Portland. Graduation was the following day, Saturday, June 1, at 5 p.m. at the University of Portland Chiles Center.
  • Central Catholic says goodbye to beloved teacher along with grads
    After 43 years of teaching and coaching at Central Catholic, beloved social studies teacher Steve Halligan retires at the end of the school year.
  • ‘How much I’ve grown’
    MILWAUKIE — La Salle Prep will graduate 167 seniors this year at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin. Brigid Hanley is valedictorian, while salutatorians are Ting-Chien Huang, Lenora Mathis and Reed Metzler-Gilbertz.
  • Madeleine graduates 30 and student wins $10,000 scholarship
    The Madeleine School in Northeast Portland will honor 30 graduates at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at The Madeleine Church.
  • Holy Cross increases learning, fun
    Holy Cross School in North Portland will have 18 graduates this year. The baccalaureate Mass is in the church Wednesday, June 12, at 8:30 a.m. and graduation will be in the school hall that evening at 7 p.m.
  • Eighth graders reflect at St. Clare
    The 26 eighth grade students at St. Clare School in Southwest Portland were set to join the ranks of alumni at their graduation ceremony set for 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, at St. Clare Church.
‘Proud of what you have become’
    MEDFORD — Sacred Heart School celebrated the graduation of its eighth grade students May 31, beginning with Mass at Sacred Heart Church. A celebration of their accomplishments was held after the liturgy in the parish hall. Four of the nine graduates began their education at Sacred Heart.
Leaving St. Francis as leaders
    ROY — St. Francis of Assisi School here celebrates its four graduates Sunday, June 9, at 11 a.m. with Mass in the church, followed by a reception in the school basement.
  • St. Agatha students go 360 degrees globally
    St. Agatha School in Southeast Portland will honor its 13 graduates at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at St. Agatha Church.
  • Blanchet graduation set for June 8
    SALEM — Blanchet School here will send forth 47 graduates this year. The baccalaureate Mass is set for Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at St. Edward Church in Keizer. The graduation will be at the school Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m. Valedictorians are Nikhil Namburi, Hailey Ostby and Kalea Salang. Salutatorians are Grace Cooper and Yun-Tsung Liu.
  • 53 graduates at All Saints
    All Saints School in Northeast Portland will graduate 53 eighth graders this year.
  • New icon adorns Queen of Peace
    SALEM — An icon at Queen of Peace Parish here, which was commissioned two years ago, was blessed by Archbishop Alexander Sample recently.
  • St. Mary’s Academy student is 2019 Rose Festival queen
    St. Mary’s Academy senior Mya Brazile was crowned queen of the 2019 Portland Rose Festival Saturday, June 8, amid lively, loud cheers in Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
  • Keeping traditions alive
    It was 1966 on Chicago’s southside when the dress was first worn. Fifty-three years have passed and the dress has been worn twice more, uniting four generations of Catholic women.
  • MOLALLA — The Knights of Columbus at St. James Parish in Molalla have awarded two $1,000 scholarships.
  • Parish ministry awarded
    ESTACADA — The St. Aloysius Conference of St. Vincent de Paul, based out of St. Aloysius Mission in Estacada, was awarded the 2019 Distinguished Nonprofit Award by Clackamas County Community Action Board this spring.
  • Vicariate hosts retreat
    NORTH BEND — Holy Redeemer Parish here hosted a vicariate confirmation retreat Arecently. Parishioners from Brookings north to Newport attended. Thirty four candidates came for the day of reflection and fellowship.
  • Support for Newman Center
    The Webfoot Gala, an annual fundraiser for Catholic ministry at the University of Oregon, raised $104,000 this spring. About $22,000 will go to repairing roof and siding at the Newman Center, with $11,000 to support the young campus ministers who do outreach to students.
  • Sports as it should be
    Catholic Youth Organization track and field last month held its final contest of the season, the Meet of Champions. With 22 teams competing, athletes achieved nationally qualifying marks, distinguishing CYO as one of the strongest youth programs in the country. 
  • A discussion on the book “A disarming spirit: The life of Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen” will be held at St. Andrew Parish in the Oscar Romero Room June 2 from 11 a.m. to noon. The book by Frank Fromherz focuses on the life of the former Seattle archbishop. The forum will include a reading and conversation with Fromherz.
  • St. Andrew Nativity names new principal
    St. Andrew Nativity School has hired Lizzie Petticrew as principal. She will assume her new role Aug. 1. “I am deeply honored to lead the work of empowering middle school students to reach their God-given potential, and I look forward to collaborating with Nativity’s faculty, staff and families in the years to come,” Petticrew said. 
  • New Holy Redeemer principal has deep roots
    Holy Redeemer School in North Portland has hired Deirdre McPheeters as principal. McPheeters is a longtime parishioner and a parent of three Holy Redeemer alumni. 
  • Ministry brings clothes for Springfield kids in need
    SPRINGFIELD — More than $14,000 spent in four years to clothe the children of Springfield — and it all started in a closet.
  • New principal for Central Catholic
    Central Catholic High School announced last month it has hired a new principal, Danyelle Ramsey. She will assume the role July 1. 
  • Moreau pilgrimage set
    Eight faculty members from the University of Portland will go on a June 2020 pilgrimage to France to walk in the footsteps of Blessed Basile Moreau, founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross.
  • Project signifies permanence
    ALOHA — There’s a new sense of progress and durability at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish here. Workers have begun demolishing the rickety double wide mobile home that has served as a parish office for decades.
  • Meet members of this year’s Rose Festival Court
    The Portland Rose Festival has announced the 2019 Rose Festival Court. The Queen of Rosaria will be named June 8 at 9:15 a.m. before the Grand Floral Walk and the Grand Floral Parade.
  • The late Father Ron Millican was known in his parish community at Our Lady of Sorrows in Southeast Portland as a bibliophile. He would give away books to parishioners twice each year. 
  • One-time O’Hara employee sentenced to prison