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  • Parishioners from St. Ignatius Parish in Southeast Portland formed a team for the Portland Carry5 Walk for Water. The event, a 5 kilometer walk, requires participants to carry water thoughout the walk to support those in the world without access to clean water.
  • Pilgrimage through the Avenue of Roses Parade
    Portlanders lined the streets of 82nd Avenue in Southeast Portland April 28 to take in the 11th annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade, or what local Catholics called the St. Anthony to Ascension Parade.
  • She followed her calling
    To someone looking into Room 107, it may appear to be a scene out of Central Catholic High School’s early days. A sister in a long brown habit and black veil stands in front of 27 sophomores who are taking a quiz. Signs of modern times come into focus though: a shoe rack full of cellphones hangs on the far wall. The teacher herself is leaning an elbow against a cart of laptop computers.
  • New editor for Portland magazine
    Jessica Murphy Moo has been appointed editor of Portland magazine, a publication of Catholic-run University of Portland.
  • St. Stephen Parish in Southeast Portland welcomed the music of the celebrated composer Arvo Pärt in April. Pärt’s music is said to provide a “contemplative oasis in the midst of today’s busy world.”
  • Sherwood series on aging
    SHERWOOD — St. Francis Parish here will host a four-week series on aging with Mike Faber, gerontology instructor and author of “Introduction to Aging: A Positive Interdisciplinary Approach.”
  • Teen brings Eagle Scout work to St. Rita
    ASHLAND — It was after his mother attended a retreat at St. Rita Retreat Center that Sean Patrick Milligan, a parishioner of Our Lady of the Mountain Parish here, discovered the beauty of the Rogue River Valley retreat center. When it came time for him to pick an Eagle Scout project, there were other potential beneficiaries, but St. Rita’s won out.
  • Divine Mercy Consecration
    Twenty people made a consecration to merciful love, or divine mercy, April 8 at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Southeast Portland.
  • Peace pole dedication set
    MILWAUKIE — The dedication of a peace pole at Christ the King Parish here is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, following the Pentecost vigil Mass.
  • Retreat gathers prayer shawl creators in Mount Angel
    MOUNT ANGEL — St. Mary Parish here and St. Edward Parish in Keizer hosted 55 prayer shawl ministry members from nine different parishes April 21 at St. Mary Parish Center.
  • Save the date: Retirement party
    SALEM — Maria Palacio, principal of St. Vincent de Paul School here from 2012 to 2018, is retiring. A party to celebrate her dedication to children and service to the community will be held Friday, June 6, in St. Vincent de Paul Church’s Reedy Hall at 6 p.m.
  • Superintendent to stay another year
    Holy Cross Brother William Dygert, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Portland, was slated to retire this summer. But Archbishop Alexander Sample has asked him to stay on for another year.
  • Valley Catholic wins dance title
    BEAVERTON — With only three seniors and plenty of new faces, Valley Catholic’s Charisma Dance Team expected this to be a building year. Instead, they soared during a perfect season that ended with a state championship.
  • Students award $5,000 to nonprofits
    Students in the Community 101 class at De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland raised $5,000 for local nonprofits.
  • Regis St. Mary wins grant for theater
    STAYTON — Regis St. Mary School here is one of 50 high schools in the United States to claim an NBC R.I.S.E. America grant, not related to the above group.
  • Marist combats bullying
    EUGENE — Marist High School here launched a weeklong campaign last month called “Take A Stand — Lend A Hand.” Created by and for students, the goal was to raise awareness and provide information about the seriousness of bullying.
  • Men reading for Jesus
    CENTRAL POINT — Generally, the men in Terry Marks’ Shepherd of the Valley book club are not readers. And yet, they are devoted to reading the literature chosen for the group, scribbling notes in the margins and discussing their thoughts with each other.
  • Leadership program revamped at Marylhurst
    Marylhurst University is now accepting applications for its reinvigorated master’s in interdisciplinary studies program; classes will begin fall term 2018.

    The goal of the master’s program, with a focus on social justice and leadership, is to prepare students to better understand and engage with the social world so they can be effective leaders, problem-solvers and agents of change.
  • Breaking through the myths of civil divorce and marriage nullity
    BEAVERTON — Among the many myths that exist among Catholics is the idea that individuals who have gone through a civil divorce cannot receive Communion.
  • ‘Awe, wonder and joy’: Catholic schools nurture girls in STEM
    A 6-year-old Lara Shamieh was at the Oregon coast with her family when she discovered a dead shark washed up on the beach. It was rotting and smelled foul, but the little girl rushed up to investigate. “I was so excited because I wanted to see what was inside,” said Shamieh, now 40. Shamieh grabbed a piece of drift wood and used it as her first-ever dissection instrument, carefully probing and studying the cartilaginous fish. 
  • Forming youths in the faith
    LAKE OSWEGO — The phrase “meeting them where they’re at” often is used to describe methods of evangelization and formation. Nowhere is this phrase put into practice more than during open gym basketball at Our Lady of the Lake Parish here on Sundays.

    The youth-focused project was dreamed up by Gerardo Butalid, the parish’s director of youth ministry.
  • Marking 60 years together
    Robert Joseph Dryden and Frances (Sayles) Dryden of Woodburn will celebrate their 60th anniversary April 12. They were married on that day in 1958.
  • Flora finishes remodel
    Some 70 dedicated parishioners turned up March 17, shovels and trowels in hand, to help plant the 80 trees and hundreds of shrubs and ground-cover plants that make up the landscaping in new beds surrounding the front and sides of the remodeled St. Joseph the Worker Church in Portland.
  • On Palm Sunday, families arrived at St. Peter Church in Southeast Portland. The peaceful day reflected healing from last year’s trauma.
  • Family serves together
    DALLAS — Members of St. Philip Parish here regularly witness the devotion of one of their dedicated families, the Johnsons.
  • La Salle Prep receives $1.25 million
    MILWAUKIE — Vancouver resident and philanthropist Elsie Franz Finley and her late brother, Robert W. Franz, have donated $1.25 million to La Salle Prep.
  • Future fightin’ Irish?
    EUGENE — As part of “Catholic Top and Jeans Day” during Catholic Schools Week, O’Hara School third-graders in teacher Emmy Pusateri class sport Pusateri’s impressively large collection of Notre Dame gear. The teacher is a 2013 graduate of the South Bend, Indiana, university.
  • Ministry reviews ethics
    The Caregivers Ministry of St. Juan Diego Parish will host Thompson Faller, an emeritus professor of philosophy and of the ethics of health care at the University of Portland, Sunday, April 15.
  • Lenten contemplation labyrinth
    As part of St. Peter Parish’s observance of Friday of the Passion of the Lord, the parish opened a labyrinth made of thousands of cans of food that were collected during Lent.
  • Public Witness
    Parishioners from Sacred Heart Parish in Newport and Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Siletz gather March 17 to pray. Young children stand beside fellow Catholics 90 years their senior while praying the rosary at the Toledo Police Department gazebo.
  • Remembering St. Joseph
    “Viva San Giuseppe” shouted the patrons in the hall at St. Philip Neri Parish in Southeast Portland after a table honoring the feast day of St. Joseph was blessed by Father Nazario Atukunda, pastor of the parish.
  • St. Mary Academy’s Rose Festival queen
    Senior Jennifer White has been named Rose Festival queen for St. Mary’s Academy in Portland.

    White, who plans to attend Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles this fall, is team captain of St. Mary’s dance company and club leader of the school’s novel club.
  • Newman Center turns 100
    CORVALLIS — The Newman Center at Oregon State University here will celebrate the center’s 100-year anniversary with Archbishop Alexander Sample April 14. An open house at the Newman Center begins at 2 p.m., and a procession to St. Mary Parish will follow at 4:15 p.m. for a 5 p.m. Mass with the archbishop.
  • Adventuring at church
    Every summer, children flock to their local parishes for a week of games, music, snacks and crafts all based on Catholic teaching. Each of the vacation Bible school programs have a different flavor, just like the parishes that coordinate them.
  • University of Portland unveils Franz Campus
    The University of Portland intends to turn a 35-acre riverfront property along the Willamette River into a new academic, sports and utilities complex.
  • Central Catholic Open Mic Night turns 20
    It was a night to remember as Central Catholic High School students and staff took the stage at Revolution Hall in Southeast Portland for their February Open Mic Night.
  • Seeking mystery and beauty
    HILLSBORO — As patrons began filing into the pews at St. Matthew Parish, tidbits of songs and voices from the sacristy gave the audience a glimpse of the performance they were about to witness. Soon, the Tudor Choir presented by Cappella Romana took to the steps of the front of the church to present a selection of sacred music from the Tudor and early American era.
  • Maximilian Kolbe at parish
    St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Southeast Portland will host the one-man play “Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz” by St. Luke Productions.
  • Building a house of worship
    Work on the new church at St. Anne Parish in Grants Pass continues as the foundation was poured shortly before Christmas and the steel infrastructure began being erected in January.
  • Campus ministry maestro
    Each Friday at Jesuit High School, optional Masses draw a thousand teens. Students are lining up to lead retreats. Some freshmen choose the Southwest Portland school specifically for its campus ministry.
  • Parishes use social media to reach out, build community
    More and more, Catholic parishes in western Oregon are attracting new members via electronic outreach, including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Celebrating Lunar New Year
    Beginning the Year of the Dog, parishioners and Vietnamese community members came together Feb. 15 at Our Lady of Lavang Parish in Northeast Portland for Mass and a celebration in honor of the Lunar New Year.
  • Death penalty’s problems examined
    SALEM — For Catholics, Lent is a period that includes reflection on the deepest church teachings, in particular the crucifixion of Jesus and the sacrifice he made for the world.
  • Students send coats and prayers
    OREGON CITY — St. John the Apostle School here celebrated part of Catholic Schools Week doing a service project to help those in need.
  • St. Mary’s grad is the keynote speaker at LA pro-life event
    Karen Gaffney, a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, has a large set of accomplishments — most of which focus on challenging herself and promoting the value of every life.
  • Fundraising luncheon sets record
    More than 800 people filled the Portland Hilton Grand Ballroom this fall to support future women leaders of St. Mary’s Academy, raising a record-breaking $510,000. The 24th annual Food for Thought luncheon supports tuition assistance.
  • Malakai Salu of Central Catholic High School and Travis Spreen of Jesuit High School have been chosen as two of 16 football scholar-athletes in Oregon by the National Football Foundation.
  • CYO swimming crowns champions
    The 2017-18 Catholic Youth Organization swimming season ended with a spectacular set of championship meets held at the Mount Hood Aquatic Center.
  • SMA students speak up on MLK Day
    Students from St. Mary’s Academy gathered to reflect on the message of Martin Luther King Jr. as they planned the school’s assembly in celebration of the civil rights leader.
  • All Saints talks forgiveness
    Father Ray Carey, an archdiocesan priest and clinical psychologist, will speak at All Saints Parish in Portland March 7 at 7 p.m. on “The Art of Forgiveness.”
  • SSMO sister renews vows
    NEWBERG — Sister Juanita Villarreal, a member of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, renewed her vows Feb. 2 during the Mass of the Presentation of the Lord at St. Peter Parish here.
  • Vitality reigns
    KEIZER — Members of St. Edward Parish here will not hesitate to call the community extremely vibrant, with more than 120 ministries in the parish.

    Jeanie White, a parishioner of eight years, credits this to the parish’s founding not long after the Second Vatican Council.
  • Teens shower community in love
    Youths involved in the LifeTeen and confirmation preparation ministries at Resurrection Parish in Tualatin took to helping those in the community as part of the ministries’ winter retreat.
  • New advancement director for O’Hara
    EUGENE — In December, O’Hara School welcomed Michelle Meador as director of advancement.
  • La Salle Prep will host free talk on reducing teen anxiety
    La Salle Prep is bringing Kevin Ashworth, a senior clinician with the Northwest Anxiety Institute in Portland, to the school on Feb. 15 for a free discussion on how to reduce teen anxiety. The talk will start at 7 p.m. in the school’s Hamersly Library.
  • Student housing to return to Marylhurst
    Marylhurst University has embarked on a seven-month project to renovate the building known as Villa Maria into student housing.
  • Essay competition  for young Catholic writers
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The Rebus Institute has announced its first Maritain Essay Competition for young writers ages 16 to 22 in the field of human rights.
  • Dental kits give dignity
    MILWAUKIE — The lottery was a low-key affair — just a man standing at the front of a church dining room, choosing winners out of a hat.
  • Constitution team earns third at state competition
    The Central Catholic Constitution team earned third place in the We the People state competition, held Jan. 13 at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in downtown Portland. It was the sixth year the team has participated in the tournament. 
  • American Heritage Girls troop opens at St. Alice
    SPRINGFIELD — Christine Beldner’s daughter Mia, now 13, had been involved with Girl Scouts in Alabama since she was 5. Both of Mia’s brothers were Boy Scouts.
  • North Portland shelter receives grant from Lowe’s
    The Community of Hope Shelter, which receives many volunteers from Holy Cross Parish in North Portland, received a $95,159 grant from The Lowe’s Gives Foundation for Phase 2 of the shelter’s building renovations.
  • Centering prayer workshop to be held at St. Andrew
    An introductory workshop on centering prayer will take place at St. Andrew Community Center Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.