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  • Firefighters to the rescue at North Portland  parish
    First responders in North Portland lent a helping hand — and some brawn — to Holy Cross Parish this summer. On Sunday, Aug. 8, two young inebriated men tipped the parish’s outdoor statue of Jesus from its base. The hands and thumb were broken in the fall.
  • The little parish that could: Members of St. Frederic celebrate extensive renovations
    With encouragement from their pastor, Father Nicolaus Marandu, they prayed hard and gave what they could. When the pandemic arrived, they kept at it.
  • Sherwood church celebrates 100 years

    SHERWOOD — Joe Corello notes that St. Francis Parish here is even older than he is. “That’s a long time,” said Corello, 87. A parishioner for 18 years, he contends his suburban/rural community has aged gracefully in the past century. He sums it up: “Nice. Friendly.”

  • Youths make pilgrimage to St. Joseph shrine and then are consecrated to the saint
    Dozens of young people from St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton this summer joined their parents in a pilgrimage walk to contemplate the seven pains and joys of St. Joseph. The devotion took place in Northeast Portland at The Grotto, the popular name for the National Shrine of Our Sorrowful Mother.
  • School supply budget crunch
    The bad news for parents’ pocketbooks is that the cost of school supplies is rising, and some families may even incur debt this year outfitting kids for the classroom. The good news is there are a number of ways Oregon Catholic schools and local organizations help parents foot the bill.
  • Long-anticipated Mass held for Micronesian community
    A priest from the Diocese of Honolulu celebrated Mass for a group of Chuukese Catholics at St. Anthony Parish in Southeast Portland earlier this summer.
  • ‘Talented and bold’: Youths examine social issues through art
    TIGARD — Climate change, pandemic-caused isolation, LGBTQ harassment, racism, sexism. These were some of the themes explored in pencil and paint, collage and video at St. Anthony Church here last month.
  • Blue Mass to honor first responders
    EUGENE — A Blue Mass will be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at St. Jude Church here. The liturgy is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 17442.
  • Colleagues recall Dick Gedrose, a pillar at Jesuit
    Dick Gedrose, who died Aug. 1 at age 77, walked the halls of Jesuit High School as a student more than 60 years ago. For the next six decades, he served as a teacher, coach, athletic director, vice principal, principal and president at the Southwest Portland school.
  • A tribute to a pastor in honor of his anniversary of ordination

    WALDPORT — “He will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock” (Jer 31:10). And so they gathered. The parishioners of St. Anthony Parish here joined together July 11 to celebrate 22 years of priesthood for Father Joseph Hoang.

  • School bids farewell to longtime counselor
    De La Salle North Catholic High School said goodbye to longtime college counselor Barbara Ward over the summer. Ward, who’d been in the position for the past 16 years, helped numerous youth at the North Portland high school apply to college.
  • St. Stanislaus parishioner celebrates a century
    Local Catholic Helena Kosciuch Bujak, a Nazi labor camp survivor, reached the century mark earlier this year. An active and longtime member of St. Stanislaus Parish in North Portland, Helena continues to attend Mass at the church she cherishes. 
  • St. Mary directory goes digital
    ALBANY — Members of St. Mary Parish here soon may find it remarkably simple to speedily email fellow parishioners with a prayer request, text them about an upcoming potluck or call to fill an open altar server slot.
  • New digs for St. Juan Diego Parish coming soon
    Staff of St. Juan Diego Parish in Northwest Portland have gotten creative with a tight squeeze — for example using their reconciliation room as an office and the utility room as a sacristy. But with symbolic scoops of dirt, the parish community was one step closer to a more spacious facility.
  • Books requested to support St. Rita
    The annual book sale at St. Rita Parish in Northeast Portland has returned. The sale will be Sept. 24-25, and proceeds support the parish.
  • Catholic school teachers, staff and volunteers to be vaccinated by Oct. 18
    Catholic school teachers, staff and volunteers will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18, according to a recent Oregon state directive and a statement released Monday by the Archdiocese of Portland.
  • How has Central Catholic built such a strong football program? It’s crafted
    The football program at Central Catholic High School has impressive stats — multiple state championships, countless conference championships, nearly 70 players who went on to play in college, five active players in the NFL and a 5-1 record in 2021’s truncated spring season.
  • A powerful faith turns tragedy to grace
    SCAPPOOSE — Jeff and Bev Heller are active members of St. Wenceslaus Parish here. They have contributed immense amounts of support and have overcome great challenges.
  • New center at Gresham church seen as tool of community and evangelization
    GRESHAM — The soul of Father Augustine Meyer surely was extra blissful recently. One of his dreams for St. Henry Parish here was fulfilled.
  • Worldwide Ignatian Year celebration begins
    SPOKANE, Wash. — Jesuit ministries around the Northwest, including Gonzaga University, are celebrating the 500th anniversary of St. Ignatius Loyola’s “cannonball moment.”
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