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  • SPLAT: Holy Family School teachers and staff get pie for Pi Day
    Abbey Dankoff, Holy Family School fifth grade teacher, brought a fun-filled Pi Day tradition with her when she joined Holy Family School’s faculty.
  • Divine Mercy Sunday celebration in Southeast Portland
    Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Southeast Portland is celebrating the feast of Divine Mercy, this year April 11, with prayer, a reflection and sacraments. 
  • Women’s day retreat set for April 17

    STAYTON — A retreat for women, entitled “Jesus Approaches” and featuring author and speaker Liz Kelly, will be held Saturday, April 17, at Immaculate Conception Parish here. In-person attendance is limited to parishioners in the Santiam Vicariate of the Archdiocese of Portland, but all women are invited to attend online.

  • Gonzaga plans outdoor commencement
    SPOKANE, Wash. — This year’s graduates from Gonzaga University found out they will be able to celebrate their achievement in person after the university announced it is planning to hold five outdoor graduation ceremonies May 8-9. The ceremonies will be held at a 4,500 person football stadium in the area.
  • Good Friday in Ashland
    Walking prayerfully around their Ashland church campus, parishioners at Our Lady of the Mountain honored Christ’s death Friday afternoon with the Stations of the Cross. As evening came, the faithful came together again at the parish for the Good Friday liturgy to hear the Passion story and venerate the cross. 
  • Valley student honored for digital art
    BEAVERTON — Jimin Lee, an eighth grader at Valley Catholic Middle School, has been honored with a Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Key Award for her digital artwork. Her piece has been submitted to the national level competition.
  • Public funerals set again
    MOLALLA — St. James Church here hosted its first in-person funeral since the pandemic began.
  • Stations amid creation
    Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton now has outdoor Stations of the Cross to allow parishioners, visitors and students from the parish school to pray the 14-step devotion outside. 
  • Joy retires from De La Salle North
    Longtime principal of De La Salle North Catholic High School, Tim Joy, will retire in June.
  • Priest reassignment
    Father Almaraj Rayappan, who has been serving as a judge in the Portland archdiocesan tribunal, has been appointed administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Newport and Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Siletz.
  • Honoring their patron: Churches named after St. Joseph
    There are five churches named for St. Joseph in western Oregon and two that no longer exist. Here is a look at them and their plans for the Year of St. Joseph.
  • Catholic Charities forming comprehensive ministry for St. Francis site
    The St. Francis Dining Hall building in Southeast Portland is closed because of coronavirus. But the venerable feeding ministry for people who are homeless continues and now includes additional elements and big dreams.
  • UP begins new search for president
    Holy Cross Father Jim Lies will not accept the offer to serve as interim president of the University of Portland, reports the university’s newspaper, The Beacon. 
  • WATCH: Parish worked hard to stay in touch during pandemic
    Attendance is brisk and relatively young at St. Michael in part because the parish stayed in touch with worshippers and continued to offer frequent spiritual and faith formation opportunities during the pandemic.
  • Lenten journey with Ignatian spirituality
    VENETA — Members of St. Catherine of Siena Parish here are using the book “The Whole-Life Confession” as a Lenten spiritual exercise. Published by Sacred Story Press and written by Jesuit Father William Watson, it’s a four-week discernment and reflection process grounded in Ignatian spirituality.
  • Valley Catholic girls selected by Trail Blazers to help bring more girls back into sports
    BEAVERTON —Sahana Srinivasan and Sarah Thomas observed that fewer girls were enduring in athletics. So the two seventh graders at Valley Catholic Middle School teamed up to pitch an idea to Nike Game Growers to solve the problem. 
  • Rites happen at parishes
    The central Rites of Election did not take place this year in the Archdiocese of Portland because the massive crowds could pose a danger during the pandemic. Smaller Rites of Election took place at parishes on the first Sunday of Lent.
  • CYO cross-country running begins
    Isaac Forquer, chairman of the Catholic Youth Organization track and cross-country running commission, erred slightly on his clockwork. In early February, he proudly slated CYOs first ever cross-country time trials and practice for 5-7 p.m., with batches of kids coming every 15 minutes or so to keep good distance.
  • Fertility Awareness 101
    Ally Rudd majored in pre-med in college. She was drawn to using fertility awareness tracking to learn more about her body.
  • UP names new Collegium executive director-elect
    Karen Eifler, a University of Portland professor of education and co-executive director of the Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture, was named the next executive director of Collegium.
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