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  • DEFENDER OF THE MONTH: Kacy Lyman, sophomore shortstop for Jesuit
    A newspaper long known as Defender of the Faith, we want to foster good defense and shine a light on those who don’t usually get the glory.
  • St. Rose Parish responds to coronavirus
    Members of St. Rose Parish in Northeast Portland, like those at parishes across the archdiocese, are responding to the coronavirus pandemic with open hearts and deep faith, said Father Matt Libra, pastor. 
  • The reunion committee for North Catholic High School has postponed its summer event because of uncertainty over the coronavirus.
  • Parishes getting creative
    Before Oregon Gov. Kate Brown issued a statewide stay-at-home order March 23, two priests in Central Point went to extra effort to make sure people who wanted to go to confession had a chance. Fathers Fredy Bonilla Moreno and Stephen Kenyon used booths, panels and curtains to fashion two outside confessionals outside Shepherd of the Valley Church.
  • Parishes turn to technology in the age of coronavirus
    As the outside world shifts to make way for life in the age of the coronavirus, so too have Catholic parishes. Events are canceled. Masses are canceled. Bible studies are canceled. Public liturgies are canceled. So, pastors and their staff across the Archdiocese of Portland are making efforts to reach their flocks through nontraditional means.
  • University of Portland cancels 2020 commencement
    As further response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Portland announced cancellation of the spring 2020 commencement ceremony planned for Sunday, May 3. It will develop plans for a virtual format.
  • Following in Christ’s profession and finding peace
    For Father Peter O’Brien, pastor of St. Edward Parish in Lebanon, pastoral ministries are a priority. Time spent in his woodshop is therapy.
Western Oregon Catholic school closures extended through April 28
    The Archdiocese of Portland’s Department of Catholic Schools has decided to extend the closure of all archdiocesan schools through April 28. This comes after Gov. Kate Brown ordered the state’s public schools to close for the next six weeks. Both public and archdiocesan schools originally had planned to reopen next month.
  • Oregon Catholic schools respond to pandemic
    School administrators in the Archdiocese of Portland have attempted to respond deftly to the new coronavirus based on the latest information — along with forethought, ongoing communication with parents and calm. 
  • St. Joseph Parish in Salem intended to separate the congregation at each Mass into the church and its school gym. But being the second largest parish in the Archdiocese, its leadership came to the decision that it was not prepared to realistically do everything necessary in just a few days.
  • All Archdiocese of Portland Catholic schools to close until April
    The Archdiocese of Portland’s Department of Catholic Schools has decided to close all archdiocesan schools beginning Monday, March 16, as a means to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
  • Defender of the Month: JJ Anderson
    COTTAGE GROVE — What started off as a single 3-point shot by the Marist High School varsity boys basketball team ended with the Catholic school defeating Cottage Grove Feb. 18 by 44 points. And who made the illustrious first basket? It was 5-foot-11 inch senior shooting guard JJ Anderson, known as an important defensive player on the Eugene team.
  • Sister Krista von Borstel, executive director of Catholic Youth Organization/Camp Howard, sent a note to CYO coaches, players and parents in advance of Lent.
  • CYO high school basketball season closes
    The Catholic Youth Organization high school City Tournament finished Feb. 16. The tourney wraps up a season high school youths say is fun and competitive. For many players, the tournament is a highlight of their high school experience. 
  • St. Andrew burned a century ago
    It was 100 years ago that fire destroyed the upper story of the combined church and school building at St. Andrew Parish on Northeast 9th and Alberta in Portland.
  • Gonzaga CPA exam pass rate ranks high in nation
    SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga University ranked seventh in the nation among large programs for its first-time pass rate on the 2018 Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination, according to results released this winter by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.
  • A family of national merit
    When the National Merit Scholarship organization announced its 2020 honorees this fall, a familiar name stood out on the list: Bengtson.
  • LAKE OSWEGO — After word broke that an employee at a Lake Oswego elementary school tested positive for the coronavirus, the Lake Oswego School District announced that all activities at all school district facilities were canceled Feb. 29 and March 1. In light of the cancellations, Our Lady of the Lake Parish here closed all weekend activities following the school district’s procedures. 
  • O’Hara art teachers receive national recognition
    EUGENE — O’Hara School art teachers Julie Fulton and Shauna Scott were named winners this year for the National Catholic Educational Association’s Lead Learn Proclaim award.
  • Learning at Kateri Park
    For residents of Kateri Park, being involved with a child’s education has its own set of challenges — challenges that most American parents couldn’t even imagine.
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