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  • St. Mary’s seniors earn honors
    St. Mary’s Academy students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for academic achievement.
  • Holy Cross School has reason to celebrate because its students read more than 237,718 minutes this summer, earning them the title of “Best in State” for Oregon in the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Winter breakfast in St. Paul
    ST. PAUL — St. Paul Parish here is hosting a winter breakfast at the St. Paul Community Hall located at 20239 Main St. on Sunday, Jan. 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..
  • Portland’s St. Anthony Parish buries time capsule
    As part of the conclusion of St. Anthony of Padua Parish’s centennial year, Father Pat Donoghue, pastor at the Southeast Portland parish, blessed a time capsule that now nestles in the floor near the church entrance.
  • Parish pries up some pavement
    A few years ago, the water bills soared at Ascension Parish in Southeast Portland.
  • La Salle Prep seeks staples to share
    MILWAUKIE – La Salle Prep is collecting household supplies for more than 35 families whose children attend nearby Lot Whitcomb Elementary School.
  • School: Tax plan ‘disastrous for us’
    Officials from De La Salle North Catholic High School say provisions in a federal tax plan being debated by Congress could thwart their project of bringing Catholic education to lower-income students.
  • Students rethink  remembrance
    The students of St. Thomas More School in Southwest Portland celebrated veterans for a week last month, thanks to the special efforts of teacher Melissa Conlan.
  • Students make huge rosary
    OREGON CITY — As part of the centennial celebration of Mary’s apparition in Fatima, Portugal, students at St. John the Apostle School here have a giant rosary.
  • Loving our forbears
    Altars created for the Day of the Dead come alive. Photos, sweet breads, candles, flowers — all are meant to help us remember loved ones who have departed from this world.
  • Siblings serve Mass together
    OREGON CITY — The Kaminski children, Hope, Grace and Chas, are all altar servers at their family’s parish, St. John the Apostle here. All three also attended the parish school.
  • Pilot runners head to nationals
    The University of Portland had three runners in the top four as the Pilots claimed the men’s NCAA West Regional Cross Country crown Nov. 10 in Seattle.
  • Business school head named
    Lifecycle marketing expert and business growth consultant Anne Ruybalid was selected to lead Marylhurst University’s business programs.
  • Librarians honor principal
    The Oregon Association of School Libraries has presented the Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators to Merrit Holub, principal of St. John Fisher School.
  • Religious education not just for the children
    It’s a Monday night in November when parents and their children fill the church hall at St. Thomas More Parish in Southwest Portland. The families sit around tables in family groups as part of the parish’s religious education program.

    Most often, parish religious education classes are a drop-off-the-kids-and-pick-them-up-in-an-hour situation. Not here
  • Julie Hoy concert in Salem
    SALEM — For the 21st year, muscian Julie Hoy will perform her Giving Thanks Concert.
  • Immigration, social justice discussed
    Jesuit High School on Nov. 4 hosted the Jesuit Teach-In for Social Justice, focusing on immigration and racial justice.
  • 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 held a coat drive last month. Men's, women's, and children's coats flowed in.

  • 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