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  • Standing for Communion is the norm
    BEAVERTON — St. Cecilia Church here will no longer use individual kneelers as part of the Communion line. In a letter to parishioners in English and Spanish, Father Mike Walker explained that the kneelers don’t function well with the other parts of liturgy.
  • Day of remembrance for aborted children
    EUGENE — On Sept. 10, about 35 people gathered at St. Mary Church in Eugene to pay special honor to aborted children, especially those children aborted in the United States since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973.
  • Foundation aims to make Catholic education affordable
    Parents have for decades had trouble stretching their budgets so they can provide their children with a Catholic education.

    On average, annual tuition at Catholic elementary schools in Oregon is more than $5,400. High school tuition is more than twice that. That’s a bargain when you realize it’s $3,000 less than what it actually costs to educate one elementary student. And national surveys show that students in Catholic schools routinely score higher across the board in math, reading and most subjects than students in public schools. 
  • New U.P. president: We can be a beacon for the world
    The new president of the University of Portland wants the Catholic college to be “a beacon on the bluff for the whole world to see.”

  • New gym planned for Resurrection
    Plans call for construction of a gymnasium at Resurrection School in Tualatin. In addition to being used by children at the pre-K – fifth-grade school, the gym will host adult group exercise and sports.
  • Deep family roots in CYO and Camp Howard yield support that lasts generations
    Deep in Mark Auxier’s childhood memories are clear images of CYO sports, recollections that helped drive a commitment to the organization throughout his life.
  • Volunteers drive CYO onward
    Volunteers are the foundation of CYO, the gears that have kept our organization running through decades of games, matches, and meets.

  • The lasting gifts of a positive environment
    Marshall Leathers was a believer in Camp Howard decades ago when he was a camper. Now he sees how the camp nurtures his own children.
  • Atchison now a member of CYO Basketball Commission
    Last September, Maureen Clifford Atchison learned she would be the newest inductee into the CYO Hall of Fame. This year, she’s joining the CYO Basketball Commission.
  • From the rumba to volleyball
    In mid-August, Judy Winczewski, this year’s chair for the Champions of Faith annual fundraising dinner, was fighting another bout of laryngitis. Even so, she was bubbly with anticipation for this year’s dinner.
  • Program develops Catholic school teachers
    The University of Portland hosts a program in which college graduates complete a master’s degree in teaching while working at parish schools in the western United States.
  • New leadership at De La Salle North
    Interim president of De La Salle North Catholic High School is Ashleigh de Villiers, an administrator and fundraiser at the school on Portland’s north side for the past eight years.
  • World-class pianists lead music at parish
    EUGENE — St. Jude Parish here has two of the region’s most gifted pianists helping lead worship music.
  • Father Pat’s pumpkin patch
    Father Pat Donoghue, pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Southeast Portland, feels slightly guilty about the time he spends on his pumpkin vines.
  • ‘Standing on the shoulders’: Historic St. Louis Parish celebrates its 175th anniversary
    GERVAIS — Not all the scores of families who attended the 175th anniversary celebration of St. Louis Church in Gervais still live locally. But they were here Sunday, Aug. 21, for the anniversary Mass, aware of their central place in Oregon’s Catholic history. It was their ancestors who were here first, making their homes and building the first Catholic churches on French Prairie.
  • Catholic Friendship Group launched
    St. Birgitta Parish’s friendship group began when a parishioner noticed something missing.
  • ‘A strong community’
    Winding into Cloverdale from the north, drivers on Highway 101 for a moment head directly at a charming white church and its lofty steeple. The stirring vision has inspired motorists for a century now.
  • St. Mary’s Academy names new president
    The St. Mary’s Academy board of directors and the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary have named Emily Niedermeyer Becker, a 1986 graduate, as next president of the venerable downtown Portland school for girls.
  • Parish gathers to say goodbye and thank you
    VENETA — On the afternoon of Sunday, June 26, members of St. Catherine of Siena Parish here gathered to thank, celebrate and say goodbye to three individuals who have left a lasting mark on the parish.
  • St. Boniface Parish annual BBQ chicken dinner
    This Sunday, Aug. 7, is the date for the next annual barbecue chicken dinner at the historic St. Boniface Parish in Sublimity. Hours are 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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