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  • Our Lady of La Vang purchase of new church moves forward
    Our Lady of La Vang Parish took occupancy of New Hope Church in Happy Valley June 1, and expects to begin holding Masses there after renovations are completed.
  • UP students named Fulbright finalists
    Ten students from the University of Portland’s 2020 graduating class recently were named Fulbright U.S. Student Program Finalists. Each student was offered an award to teach English abroad. 
  • ‘A great role model’
    GERVAIS — The National Catholic Educational Association recently named St. Mary of Oregon Sister Ina Marie Nosack, who attended Sacred Heart here, as the school’s 2019-20 NCEA Catholic Elementary School Distinguished Graduate.
  • Parish reaching the vulnerable
    MOUNT ANGEL — As parishes around the Archdiocese of Portland change their operations, St. Mary Parish here is keeping up its ministry efforts.
  • A tribute to medical staff
    KGW television news in Portland last month featured a Portland priest as its local coronavirus pandemic hero for the day.
  • UP honored for fostering post-grad service
    The University of Portland has earned honors as one of the nation’s top campuses for promoting faith-based service and volunteerism.
  • Parish delivers thousands of meals
    LAKE OSWEGO —For weeks, members of Our Lady of the Lake Parish here have spent their quarantine experiences making thousands of sack lunches for those in need in the Portland metro area.
  • Priest prays over families in their vehicles
    CANBY — Father Arturo Romero, pastor of St. Patrick Parish here, heeded the voices of dozens of parishioners who asked for a blessing after being isolated and afraid in their homes for more than a month.
  • Where we (will again) worship
    Like perennial sports champions, St. Joseph Parish in Salem and Our Lady of La Vang in Portland have competed over the last decade for largest Mass attendance in the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. Last November, at the latest count, Our Lady of La Vang edged out St. Joseph, with 4,357 in the Vietnamese parish’s pews to 4,323 at St. Joseph. 
  • Participation up among youngest players
    The 2020 Catholic Youth Organization winter Hots Shots season had almost 550 participants on 52 teams, up from 46 teams last year. The popular co-ed basketball program is an introduction to the game for first- and second-graders.
  • Nativity students perform at Catholic Charities gala
    Students from St. Andrew Nativity School in Northeast Portland, a Jesuit tuition-free middle school, have taken the school’s mission to become “people for and with others” to heart. They have also worked to fulfill the Jesuits’ global mission to end poverty and protect the environment. 
  • Praying for persecuted Christians
    SPRINGFIELD — Members of Nativity of the Mother of God Ukrainian Parish here served the Divine Liturgy Feb. 8, asking the Lord for the relief of persecuted Christians throughout the world. After the Liturgy a prayer service, Moleben to the Mother of God, begged the intercession of Mary for Christians living under threat of suffering and violence.
  • Parish bands together to create tapestry
    CORNELIUS — St. Alexander Parish here unveiled a new art fixture — a quilted tapestry — to adorn the church’s back wall. The art was about a year in the making, begun after the parish’s design committee wanted to purchase a large tapestry for the space but soon discovered the cost was far more than the parish could afford. That’s where Mary Kline came in.
  • Uplift Your Priest campaign
    St. Pius X Parish in Northwest Portland hosted a Prayer for Priests novena that began April 23. The prayer was part of the parish’s participation in the national Uplift Your Priest campaign.
  • Offertories drop amid virus, but parishes doing more than ever
    Early this year, Jim Seymour changed the way he donates to his parish, St. Peter in Newberg. Instead of writing a check each Sunday, he authorized a periodic automatic bank withdrawal that goes directly to St. Peter for its good works and operating expenses.
  • There are five of him
    Father John Kerns showed astute Old Testament knowledge — plus keen acting, singing and technical skills — in a video he released on YouTube March 31.
  • St. Mary’s teacher wins grant for solar studies
    MEDFORD — St. Mary’s School here announced April 2 that Sean Snider, a science teacher and alumni of the school, has won a $19,000 grant from the Murdock Trust’s Partners in Science program.
  • Whistle blown on CYO basketball championships
    Saving the best for last did not work out for seventh and eighth grade Catholic Youth Organization basketball teams this winter as the whistle was blown on the championships midway through the final weekend of tournament play. Third through sixth grade tournaments were finalized the prior two weekends and the seventh and eighth graders played through Wednesday of their tournament week before the governor called a halt to school activities through April. 
  • Some church staff laid off
    He dreaded it, but Father Lucio Villalobos has laid off some staff at St. Matthew Parish in Hillsboro. Father Villalobos, a member of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, wants the layoffs to be temporary and intends to bring workers back to the church and school once the pandemic subsides.
  • A different Easter at St. Rose
    Entering St. Rose of Lima Church in Northeast Portland on any other Easter Sunday one would find a festive sanctuary filled with welcoming smiles, friendly handshakes and hugs. Parishioners and their families would be dressed up a little more than the usual Sunday Mass attire. There are 475 active households.
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