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  • Midnight Mass at Shepherd of the Valley Parish is especially meaningful after difficult year
    CENTRAL POINT — On Christmas Eve at Shepherd of the Valley Parish here, the main lights of the church were turned down, candles flickered on the altar and worshippers held candles in their pews.
  • Portland area schools begin bringing students back full-time
    MILWAUKIE — Students and staff at St. John the Baptist School here have had students on campus in a hybrid learning model for most of the year.
  • CYO offers cross country beginning Feb. 1
    “CYO is excited to announce that we will be offering a new earlier spring sport this year: cross country, which is a sanctioned sport in Oregon,” said Sister of St. Mary of Oregon Krista von Borstel, executive director.
  • New COVID19 strain found at UP
    The University of Portland announced Jan. 16 that one of its staff members was diagnosed with the recently discovered “U.K. variant” strain of COVID-19. It is the first known case of the variant in Oregon. The staff member was already diagnosed with the coronavirus when it was discovered to in fact be the newly found and highly contagious strain.
  • God's bounty
    Fr. Patrick Donoghue, pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Southeast Portland, poses next to his pumpkin, which he harvested last fall. 
  • Christ ascends

    The Ascending Christ statue at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Southeast Portland is seen illuminated by the setting sun shining through the church’s stained-glass window Oct. 2. 

  • 'A blessing to La Salle'
    MILWAUKIE — To help students understand Hinduism, La Salle Prep religious studies teacher Tom McLaughlin has them make M&M’s cookies. Each cookie illustrates the Hindu belief that individuals (the M&M’s) can be seen even when in unity (the cookie).
  • Communications collection set
    Parishes in western Oregon will take up a second collection the weekend of Jan. 16-17 for the Catholic Communication Campaign. Half the funds stay in the Archdiocese of Portland and the other half promotes the church’s news, audio and video work in the United States and around the world.
  • Gonzaga earns gold rating for sustainability efforts
    SPOKANE, Wash. — The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has awarded Gonzaga University a gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements.
  • Eugene student earns award in VFW essay contest
    O’Hara Catholic School sixth grader Joshua Jesiah earned second place in the essay contest from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Springfield.
  • Portland church gathers more than 12,000 pounds of food for Portlanders in need
    More than 100 volunteers from St. Rose of Lima Church gathered outside recently — distanced and masked — to obtain food drive assignments. They then fanned out to canvass six Northeast Portland neighborhoods for nonperishable food donations. 
  • Marian consecration at Stayton parish draws 100 closer to Jesus
    STAYTON — Mary, doing what moms often do, recently brought together people of all ages and backgrounds for a significant event.
  • School highlighted in federal blog
    BEAVERTON — St. Cecilia School was highlighted on the U.S. Department of Education blog recently for its work during the pandemic. Lillie Stevens, principal, wrote a submission to the department in support of not only her school but Catholic education as a whole.
  • Support for ministering to people with disabilities
    A January event will help parish staff and volunteers learn how to put Pope Francis’ message for International Day of Persons with Disabilities into action and to better serve individuals with disabilities in their parishes.
  • Stayton school community raises $10,000 for wildfire relief fund
    STAYTON — Months after wildfires ravaged the Santiam Canyon, residents are still dealing with the aftermath. So what did the students, parents and staff at Regis St. Mary School do? They raised $10,000 and 930 pounds of food for the Santiam Canyon Wildfire Relief Fund.
  • Around the Archdiocese
    Knights of Columbus lead a Blessed Sacrament procession with Fr. Stephen Kenyon around the Medford Courthouse on the Latin Mass Calendar feast of Christ the King Oct. 25.
  • Living out faith differently
    Teaching religion online has plenty of obvious drawbacks.
  • Winter is coming, pandemic or no, and the faithful at St. Anthony Parish in Southeast Portland have been gathering winter clothes for Union Gospel Mission’s “Overcoat Drive.”
  • Newcomers to Portland can find a church community, even during the pandemic
    For newcomers to Portland, finding a faith community can be difficult in the best of times. During a global pandemic, finding a community when events and ministries across the archdiocese are on hold can be impossible.
  • Student ambassadors chosen for Blanchet House
    Blanchet House of Hospitality in Portland has chosen its 2020-21 student ambassadors from local Catholic high schools.
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