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  • O’Hara students raise funds
    EUGENE — O’Hara School students could wear jeans instead of their regular school uniforms one day this fall.

    The catch? The price was $1 per student.
  • La Salle student collects coats to give to the needy

    MILWAUKIE – La Salle Prep junior Lucas VanWagner is holding at Coat Drive through Friday, Nov. 17. Donations of men's, women's, and children's coats can be left 8 am - 4 pm Monday-Friday in the lobby of the school at 11999 SE Fuller Road in Milwaukie.

  • Concert helps altar society
    For the 16th year in a row, pianist Michael Allen Harrison will play contemporary music with Julianne Johnson’s singing at St. Philip Neri Parish in Portland. The concert is set for Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at 2408 SE 16th Ave.
  • WATCH: A century of All those Saints
    Cars buzz around the Joan of Arc statue that inhabits the heart of Coe Circle at the intersection of Portland’s Northeast Cesar Chavez Boulevard and Glisan Street. In a city often described as unchurched, the existence of such a prominent statue may be puzzling.
  • Catholic Daughter's Tea
    EUGENE — Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Oregon #118 had their sixth annual high tea, “Tiaras, Fascinators and Hat’s off to the Queen,” Oct. 28. The event at St. Mary Parish in Eugene drew 168 including Frs. Ron Nelson, Edgar Rivera and Bryce McProud, Fr. Ken Olsen and his mother Anne, and Irene Duda, state regent of the Catholic Daughters.
  • St. Stephen fall arts show
    St. Stephen Parish in Southeast Portland hosts a first annual group exhibition by local parishioners through Nov. 19.

    The feast of St. Luke, author of the Acts of the Apostles and patron saint of artists, is Oct. 18. In honor of his patronage and inspired by St. John Paul II’s Letter to Artists, the St. Stephen Parish arts community presents visual art, poetry and crafts for an all-ages exhibition, reading and craft sale.
  • Grace at Mass
    “All are welcome in this place,” sang the cantor and choir at a recent Sunday Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church in outer Southeast Portland. The congregation followed Marty Haugen’s lyrics for the chorus and mostly listened to the cantor’s soaring verses: “A place where saints and children tell...
  • Hurricane benefit concert
    HILLSBORO — The Portland Community College Rock Creek Campus music program will present Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass in a concert benefitting hurricane relief at St. Matthew Parish here Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sweet Home parish blesses refurbished steeple
    SWEET HOME — Although there is some confusion about when the steeple was taken down at St. Helen Parish, a large group of parishioners gathered Oct. 8 to celebrate its return, cheering loudly as it was hoisted atop a new covered church entry.
  • Catholic high school educators gather to teach one another
    MILWAUKIE – More than 375 Oregon Catholic high school educators gathered at La Salle Prep last month to learn from some of the greatest instructors around: each other.
  • Parish holds Mexican fiesta
    GRESHAM — St. Henry Parish’s Hispanic ministry committee here will hold its Mexican Fiesta Nov. 12. The event will include tamales, tacos and other delights after each Mass, available for dining in or take home. The largest event will be after the 1:30 p.m. Spanish Mass which will include music and dancing.
  • Workshop for immigrants held at school
    De La Salle North Catholic High School is home to low-income families from many backgrounds. About 40 percent of students are Hispanic.

    Because of national developments in immigration policy and changes proposed for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the school is teaming up with Catholic Charities of Oregon to offer resources and education for families at De La Salle and other Catholic schools in North Portland.
  • St. Mary School wins Oregonian Cup
    MEDFORD — St. Mary School here was presented with the 2016-2017 3A Oregonian Cup Oct. 6.

    This is the second year and the seventh time in a decade that the school has received the award.
  • WATCH: Teddy Roosevelt visits Holy Family School in Portland
    The president came to Holy Family School in Southeast Portland Oct. 9. Didn’t hear? No worries. This fellow hasn’t been in the Oval Office since 1909.
  • Portland community welcomes Myanmar bishop
    Bishop Felix Lian Khen Thang, Bishop of Kalay Diocese in Myanmar and the current president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Myanmar, visited the Zomi Catholic community in Portland in September.
  • O’Hara students collect supplies
    EUGENE — Over the summer, students at O’Hara Catholic School here collected school supplies for Catholic Community Services of Lane County.
  • Players come together in prayer
    MEDFORD — Onlookers witnessed a powerful moment here last month when the undefeated Sacred Heart School middle school girls varsity volleyball team met the undefeated Rural Virtual Academy. Sacred Heart won the first set, RVA the second, and the final went 15-12 to RVA.
  • Caregivers ministry event
    The Caregivers Ministry of St. Juan Diego Parish will host Marcy Cottrell Houle to speak at the parish Sunday, Nov. 12, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Houle is an award-winning biologist and author who co-authored “The Gift of Caring: Saving our Parents from the Perils of Modern Health Care” with Elizabeth Eckstrom.
  • Parish welcomes Fatima
    The pilgrim statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Our Lady of Fatima traveled to many parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Portland last month.
  • Pamplin School of Business given military award
    The University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business was given the Seven Seals Award for its support of military personnel. Robin Anderson, dean of the Pamplin School, and Dave Romero, director of the university’s Air Force and Army Reserve Officer Training Corps, accepted the award at the Northwest Military Employer Summit in June at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas.
  • Inclusion benefits entire student body
    Nate Trevino spent his primary and middle school years at public schools in Portland. Parents with a Down syndrome child like Nate usually don’t have much choice. But during Nate’s eighth grade year, a member of All Saints Parish told his mother about a new program at Central Catholic High School and suggested she check it out. That’s what Sandy St. Clair did.
  • With input from priests from all over western Oregon, Archbishop Alexander Sample has assigned regional priest leaders — or “vicars forane” in the language of canon law.

    Vicars forane coordinate ministry in a region, promoting cooperation.
  • WATCH: Sesquicentennial surge
    ROSEBURG — Father José Manuel Campos has a habit of ducking into the kitchens of local restaurants. “Are you going to Mass?” the smiling clergyman asks workers. “We have an RCIA program, you know.”
  • SMA hosts national education meet
    St. Mary’s Academy will host the Institute for Innovation in Education’s “Designing for Playful Learning” Oct. 28 – 29.

    The event will explore designing learning that is more playful, engaging and meaningful. An international group of professionals from schools, universities, non-profit organizations and government groups will participate.
  • Celebrating the blessing of the animals at school
    OREGON CITY — The blessing of the animals is one of the most anticipated days of the year at St. John the Apostle School here.

    On the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Oct. 4, students at the school bring their pets for a special blessing. This year as in most, the playground was filled with dogs, cats, bunnies, caterpillars, lizards, stuffed animals and photographs of beloved pets gone too soon.

  • Schools report shows more Catholics can be reached
    HILLSBORO — The population within the Archdiocese of Portland is growing and of those enrolled in first Communion preparation, only 16 percent are enrolled in Catholic schools archdiocese-wide. This comes from a recent archdiocesan schools strategy report.
  • Breaking ground in Grants Pass
    Dave Thomason, Bill Bailey, Alan Crews, Cleta Gallo, and Fr. William Holtzinger, pastor at St. Anne Parish in Grants Pass, pose for the groundbreaking of the new church Sept. 17.
  • Spelling Bee Champ
    Paige Rogers, a 13-year-old parishioner at St. Mary Parish in Albany, claimed victory at the Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship last month. The 8th-grader at Memorial Middle School in Albany competed against 21 other middle school students from across the state in a written test of 25 words, with only one tie-breaker.
  • Visitation dedicates new statue and bench
    VERBOORT — Father Michael Vuky dedicated a new statue of the Holy Family at Visitation Parish here in August. The statue was purchased after the December 2016 wind storm blew over the previous one, which was donated by Tom and Cindy Sagar.
  • Local man receives national award
    FOREST GROVE — William Daly, parishioner at St. Anthony of Padua Parish here, was honored with the 2017 Board Service Award from the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators earlier this year.
  • ASTORIA — Father Ben Innes, pastor at St. Mary Star of the Sea Parish here and St. Francis de Sales Mission in Hammond, was called back to California by his Franciscan superiors for health reasons.
  • Homecoming attracts more than 800 worshippers
    All Saints Parish hosted an outdoor Mass and homecoming to honor the parish’s 100th anniversary. The celebration drew 850 guests Sept. 10.
  • Convent still occupied — by one
    VERBOORT — The convent at Visitation Parish, once home to the Vandecoevering sisters, is now weeknight lodging for Sister Alison Green. Like the three Vandcoeverings, she is a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon and a teacher.
  • Valley Catholic inspires love of music for a lifetime
    BEAVERTON — No student is too young to build an appreciation for, and love of, music. That belief is at the heart of the music program at Valley Catholic School.
  • UP receives $300,000 National Science Foundation grant
    The University of Portland has received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve teaching environments for undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Marist welcomes new faculty and staff
    EUGENE — Here are new staff at Marist High School:

    Molly Beick, math teacher, has 23 years teaching experience at both the high school and college levels. She holds a master’s in math from the University of California, Berkeley, and is an assistant volleyball coach at Marist.
  • Thankful to firefighters
    Laura La-France, art teacher at St. John the Apostle School in Oregon City, worked with students as they designed thank-you cards for firefighters working to save homes, animals, trees and landmarks at risk from the Eagle Creek fire.
  • Fr. Graham becomes pastor
    NORTH BEND ­— Once a case manager for the Oregon Department of Human Services, Father Jim Graham was ordained in 2012. Without spending any time as a parochial vicar, he was assigned by Archbishop John Vlazny to be parish administrator at Holy Name Parish in Coquille along with Sts. Ann and Michael Mission Parish in Myrtle Point.
  • St. Matthew’s fall festival
    HILLSBORO — For 80 years, the parish community at St. Matthew Parish here has been celebrating the season with a fall gathering. The 81st Annual Fall Festival will come to the parish Oct. 21-22.
  • Former NBA player speaks out on addiction
    EUGENE — Former NBA player and recovering addict Chris Herren addressed Marist High School students regarding the domino effect of substance abuse Sept. 22. Herren’s own drug use led to the premature end of a promising professional basketball career.
  • One of the region’s best youth golfers is a Buddhist who chose Central Catholic High School because of its high morals and commitment to community service.
  • Faculty work to produce leaders with consciences

    In “Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis called business “a noble vocation,” provided that businesspeople look beyond the bottom line to the common good. There’s nothing wrong with increasing goods in the world, the pope wrote, so long as we also make those goods more accessible to everyone. At University of Portland, ethics have become fuel in the education engine room, and no more so than in the Pamplin School of Business.

  • St. John Fisher welcomes new teachers
    David Jenney will join the faculty at St. John Fisher School in Southwest Portland as seventh-grade homeroom teacher, and teach science for grades four to eight and math for seventh-graders.
  • Our Lady of the Lake animal blessing
    LAKE OSWEGO — Our Lady of the Lake Parish will hold its annual “awww!” animal blessing Saturday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m.
  • Positive energy at St. Thomas More
    St. Thomas More School in Southwest Portland launches the school year with a theme decided by this year’s eighth-grade class: “Inspire Positive Energy.” Each year, rising eighth-graders pick a theme that reflects a legacy they hope to leave.
  • New staff plus a focus on Mary at  St. Matthew in Hillsboro
    HILLSBORO — As more than 260 children return to campus at St. Matthew School here, they will be greeted by new additions to the staff for the 2017-18 year.