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  • How’s it going, Mr. Galati?
    After 33 years as an educator in Portland Public Schools, Joe Galati took the helm at Holy Family School in Southeast Portland July 1. Four months into his tenure, members of the school community were curious about what he thinks of this new experience.
  • Parish moves toward zero waste
    EUGENE — The evening sun sparkles, following a week of early September rains, as St. Thomas More parishioners gather at a makeshift sidewalk bistro in front of the Newman Center for the parish’s annual appreciation barbecue.
  • Westside parish honors Dia de los Muertos
    HILLSBORO — Father José Ortega Tejeda’s photo sat on one of the Dia de los Muertos altars at St. Matthew Parish here the weekend honoring All Souls. The photo of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit priest, who died in August of last year, was one of many photos and items honoring the dead.
  • Feast day observed at parish
    MYRTLE CREEK — All Souls Parish here quietly marked its patronal feast day Nov. 3, the Sunday following All Souls Day, with the use of the prayers, preface and special intercessions from the All Souls Mass. Father Karl Schray shared with the congregation Pope Benedict XVI’s message about the feast day as well as the origin of the parish’s name.
  • It follows you everywhere
    Rosemary Kennedy is a mom of three teenagers. She initially made her children wait until the minimum age allowed on social media websites — around 14 or so. But that’s not where her involvement ended. 
  • Lecture on faith and science

    Science led her to Christ. That’s the short version of Stacy Trasancos’ story. Trasancos, a chemist trained at Penn State, delivers the next installment of the Archbishop’s Lecture Series, set for Monday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at St. Anthony Parish in Tigard.

  • Crucifix crafted by parishioner hangs behind the altar in North Plains
    NORTH PLAINS — Walking into the sanctuary at St. Edward Parish here, the life-size crucifix hanging behind the altar draws worshippers into the space. The figure of the crucified Christ is not just an ornament but a chance for meditation on the paschal mystery.
  • Lawmaker speaks at Madeleine
    The altar society at The Madeleine Parish in Northeast Portland welcomed State Senator Michael Dembrow (D-NE Portland) to speak Monday, Nov. 4. His talk will focused on the steps the Legislature has taken regarding homelessness and the new strategies he envisions could end the crisis in Portland and across Oregon. 
  • Byzantine parish welcomes new pastor
    St. Irene Byzantine Catholic Church in Portland has a new priest — Father Vasyl Mutka. Born in Drohobych, Ukraine, Father Mutka came of age when the Ukrainian Catholic Church was considered the largest illegal church in the world because it was banned by the Soviet Union.
  • Prayer shawl ministry conference held
    KEIZER — Crocheters and knitters from eight different parishes gathered Sept. 28 for the seventh annual Prayer Shawl Ministry Retreat held at St. Edward Parish here.
  • MCMINNVILLE — Father Joseph Hung Nguyen was named Parochial Vicar at St. James here effective Oct. 1.
  • Donald and Joanne Raab Dindia, members of St. Philip Neri Parish in Southeast Portland, are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary Nov. 7.
  • Walking with intention
    More than two decades ago, Jesuit High School began the Children’s Cancer Association Walk as a rock-and-roll concert. It evolved into a portion of the Portland Marathon and then into a walk. 
  • Blanchet community makes pilgrimage to namesake’s gravesite
    SALEM — Earlier this fall, students and staff of Blanchet School here loaded five buses and took a pilgrimage to St. Paul Church and cemetery to visit the gravesite of Archbishop Francis Norbert Blanchet, the first archbishop of the Oregon Territory and for whom the school is named.
  • “Sharing the Journey II,” a program on immigration featuring Franciscan Sister Veronica Schueler, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Portland, and John Herrera, Immigration Legal Services Director for Catholic Charities, was held for Monday, Oct. 28, at St. Henry Church in Gresham.
  • Fond memories of school
    MILWAUKIE — The Catholic Sentinel of April 3, 1919 carried the news. In the growing riverside town of Milwaukie, Father John Bernard and the people of St. John the Baptist Parish would build a school over the summer — two rooms for now, more later.
  • Dindias of St. Philip Neri Parish celebrate 70 years
    Donald and Joanne Raab Dindia, members of St. Philip Neri Parish in Southeast Portland, are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary Nov. 7.
  • UP provost announces he’ll retire
    After more than 35 years as an instructor, administrator, professor and leader at the University of Portland, Thomas Greene will retire at the end of the academic year.
  • Heavenly Rainbow
    On a recent rainy day, a double rainbow kisses St. Helen Church in Sweet Home.
  • Quilt fair marks 49 years
    VERNONIA — People from across the region descended upon St. Mary Parish here last month to eat soup, chat with old friends, and survey the quilts and crafts on display at the annual Quilt and Craft Fair.
  • New staff join parish
    ASHLAND — Our Lady of the Mountain Parish here welcomed two new staff members recently.
  • WATCH: St. John the Apostle School marks 175 years
    OREGON CITY — The 19th-century missionary Father Pierre-Jean De Smet would have been befuddled by the parents’ iPads — whipped out to capture young square dancers’ springy steps — and the slideshow flipping through decades of images.
  • Tamale benefit in Hillsboro

    HILLSBORO — The Hillsboro Council of the Knights of Columbus held its first tamale sale after each Mass the weekend of Sept. 21-22.

  • HILLSBORO — Jesuit High School claimed unofficial 6A Oregon Catholic football leadership Oct. 4 with a 42-26 win over crosstown rival Central Catholic. 
  • Prize-winning writer
    Paula Gomolski, a sixth grader at Holy Family Academy in Salem, shows off her certificate and second-place ribbon she earned in this year’s Catholic Daughters of the Americas’ National Education Contest.
  • The Dominican priory at Holy Rosary Parish was hit with graffiti in early September. The parish had the markings removed.
  • God at work through Vincentians in Washington County
    Hillsboro’s farmland and neighborhoods are Oregon picture perfect, wisps of mist framing comfortable farmhouses, copses of woods and tidy homes with well-kept gardens.
  • Cooperation across school lines
    Think of your neighborhood parish school, the Catholic high school across town and the University of Portland as three separate entities?
  • New hall at UP a home to ethics enterprise
    The newest building on the University of Portland campus houses an institute for promoting morals and ethics, a defining mission for the 118-year old Catholic college. 
  • New program director for camp
    Sister Colleen Schmitt is the new Camp Howard summer program director. She joined the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon in 2014. 
  • His art was tops
    EUGENE — A student from O’Hara School here has won a national education contest sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
  • Parish plans a new welcome center
    GRESHAM — St. Henry Parish here is on a quest to build a 6,215-square-foot multi-purpose facility attached to its current church vestibule.
  • Knights on the job for rectory remodel

     

    The Knights of Columbus at St. Pius X Parish in the Cedar Mill district of Northwest Portland include some real handymen.

  • Community wedding
    SALEM — A year ago, Father Manual Becerra, pastor at St. Vincent de Paul Parish here, invited couples who haven’t been married in the church to take part in a wedding Mass at the parish.
  • Community comes together to celebrate Cranberry Festival
    BANDON —Members of Holy Trinity Parish here pervaded the 2019 Bandon Cranberry Festival and its Cranberry Court.
  • New icons adorn the walls at St. Therese
    Those who walk into St. Therese Church in Northeast Portland will find two icons nearly glowing behind the altar.
  • This sporting family got off on the right foot with CYO

    For the Alfieri family of St. Pius X Parish in Northwest Portland, Catholic Youth Organization was a warm incubator for a life in sports.

  • Galen Rupp: The man who ‘could run forever’ credits CYO
    Famed cross-country coach Alberto Salazar, then a coach at Central Catholic High School in Southeast Portland, heard about freshman athlete Galen Rupp from soccer coach Jim Rilatt.
  • Longtime directors know the value of CYO sports
    Six CYO athletic directors have been serving for a decade or more. 
  • CYO receives $1,000 donation from Catholic school grad
    Rose Booth, a freshman at Loyola Marymount University in California and 2018 graduate of Jesuit High School in Portland, selected Catholic Youth Organization as the recipient of her $1,000 Oregon Volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year financial award.
  • Tending the flock
    AROUND THE ARCHDIOCESE: Archbishop Alexander Sample spoke at St. Peter Parish in Eugene during a recent visit there.
  • The University of Portland now is ranked second out of 113 institutions listed in the “Regional Universities — West” classification in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges guide.
  • UP student has eyes on space
    Lillia Smith, a junior mechanical engineering student at Catholic-run University of Portland, earned an internship with NASA in aeromechanics — the division that handles craft with propellers like helicopters and drones.
  • Cathedral parishioners helping fight hunger
    Most visitors to Northwest Portland see its boutiques, trendy cafés and chic shoppers. A crew from St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception sees a more desperate side of the neighborhood.
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‘There is no planet B’: Catholic high school students join thousands of teens for Portland climate strike
    Spurred by a mix of anger, hope, fear and faith, students from Portland-area Catholic schools marched with thousands of their peers Sept. 20 to draw attention to climate change, promote activism and demand adults in power take meaningful steps to protect the planet.
  • Valley Catholic earns sixth OSAA Cup
    BEAVERTON — Valley Catholic has earned its sixth Oregon Schools Activities Association Cup for overall excellence in academics, activities, athletics and sportsmanship at the 4A OSAA classification. This is the sixth win in eight years for Valley Catholic.
  • New school dedicated, blessed
    VERBOORT — In a sign of their community’s intrepid commitment to Catholic education, members of Visitation Parish here gathered Sept. 8 for the blessing and dedication of a new school building.
  • Catholic high school football on the air
    Mater Dei Radio is offering a full season of Catholic high school football games.
  • STAYTON — Regis St. Mary School here dedicated the 2019-20 academic year to the Holy Spirit. “As Jesus teaches in the Gospels, to be a true disciple of Christ requires having a relationship with the Holy Spirit,” said school leaders. 
  • La Salle kicks off $5 million campaign to upgrade athletic facilities
    MILWAUKIE — La Salle Prep has launched the public phase of its effort to raise $5 million to renovate and expand its indoor athletic facilities.
  • Parish Celebrates the Season of Creation
    Under blue skies, sunshine, gentle sounds of a memorial water fountain, and a newly-renovated historic church overlooking it all, The Madeleine Parish in Southeast Portland gathered Sept. 1 for an outdoor Season of Creation prayer service.
  • Noble clowning
    Michael O’Neill, a 2010 master of fine arts graduate of the University of Portland, travels the world with an international organization called Clowns Without Borders. Members are big-hearted volunteers and trained clowns.
  • Scholarship awarded
    GERVAIS — The Catholic Daughters of the Americas in Gervais have awarded a $2,000 scholarship to John Eisenbacher.
  • Local competes in Junior Olympics
    Fourteen year-old John Riggs, Jr., a member of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Southeast Portland, joined other local teens for a chance to compete in the Junior Olympics in Orange County, California, in late July.
  • Summer Fun
    Resurrection Parish in Tualatin took to riverside Willamette Park in West Linn Aug. 25 for Mass. Members from the suburban parish then gathered for the parish picnic hosted by the Knights of Columbus, featuring field games and a karaoke championship.
  • In archdiocese, Eastern churches live on
    For a Roman Catholic at an Eastern-rite liturgy, there can be some confusion. At its core, the Divine Liturgy is just like its Roman counterpart, the Mass. There are prayers, hymns, psalms, readings, a homily and Communion. But none of these parts look or sound much like a Roman Mass.
  • Totus Tuus: Not your everyday vacation Bible school
    LEBANON — Walking through St. Edward Parish here July 17, one could hear sounds of laughter coming from a classroom. As one enters, kids are circled up squatting, kneeling, crossing themselves, saying prayers and then repeating — all at the direction of the young adult missionaries in the center of the circle.
  • Parish celebrates feast day with a medieval twist
    Abraham Mudrick, with a stern face, stands guard outside the entrance to St. Stephen Church in Southeast Portland during the parish’s Medieval Festival Aug. 4. Dressed like a Swiss Guard, he lets a smile slip as his young daughters play around him.
  • Hundreds gather for Marian Conference
    Before Archbishop Alexander Sample celebrated Mass for the second annual Marian Conference at Holy Rosary Parish, faithful waited for confession in a line that stretched around the church.
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‘Where are all the young people?’
    “Where are all the young people” is a question Ricky Shoop hears regularly as director of youth ministry for the Archdiocese of Portland. It’s a flawed question, he said.