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  • 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.

‘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.
  • Grotto provides holy place for prayer in Eugene

    EUGENE — She stands amid a 16-foot-tall basalt wall, surrounded by flowers and solar powered lanterns. She is a statue of Our Lady of Grace who came from South America by way of Idaho and now represents the dedication of St. Mark Parish here to the Mother of God.

  • Local parishioner wins scouting scholarship
    OREGON CITY —  Matthew Stevenson, a member of St. John the Apostle Parish here, was awarded a $3,000 scholarship by the National Catholic Committee on Scouting. It is the first time the Emmett J. Doerr Scholarship has been awarded to an Oregon Scout.
  • Members of St. Therese Parish in Northeast Portland will dedicate the community’s new icon triptych, Sunday, Aug. 18, during the 11:30 a.m. Mass. Bishop Peter Smith will be celebrating the Mass.

  • Gervais Knights fund ultrasound machine
    The Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart Parish in Gervais raised money to purchase an ultrasound machine with the help of matching funds from the Knights’ Supreme Council.
  • Our Lady of Sorrows in Southeast Portland welcomes new pastor
    After the death of their pastor, Father Ronald Millican, last year, the mourning members of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Southeast Portland were effectively without a pastor for 18 months.
  • New marketing, communications VP position at U.P.
    Holy Cross Father Mark Poorman, president of the University of Portland, has appointed Michael Lewellen to the newly formed position of vice president for marketing and communications.
  • Students find their voice in speech competition
    BEAVERTON — This month students may be daydreaming about their next dip in the pool or summer camp adventure. But before the school year closed, more than 400 contestants from around the region participated in Valley Catholic Middle School’s 52nd Annual Speech Tournament.
  • New riverfront destination: Kuffner Cove
    Jim Kuffner may be the only member of Holy Cross Parish to have a body of water named for him.
  • Toasting togetherness in their new ‘Fellowship Hall’
    Scott Tracy, a member of the men’s group at Southeast Portland’s Sacred Heart Parish, manned the door at the inaugural spaghetti dinner at the parish’s new Fellowship Hall last month.
  • Holy Rosary brings Lourdes to Northeast Portland

    Nearly 200 Holy Rosary parishioners crowded around their restored grotto for the long-anticipated unveiling of the figures of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette on Sunday, June 30. 

  • Glory through gardening
    As the Rose Festival came to an end in Portland, two Catholic parishes were honored with awards in the Royal Rosarian Foundation Rose Garden contest. Holy Cross Parish in North Portland was awarded in the Churches, Hospitals and Schools category, while The Madeleine Parish in Northeast Portland earned top prize in the Commercial Public Agency category.
  • “Making the faith accessible”: St. Stephen’s Philosophy Nights
    Every third Thursday, the rectory basement at St. Stephen Church in Portland fills up with people of all ages. They mingle and gather snacks before taking their seats as Father Eric Andersen introduces the night’s topic of discussion.
  • Group works to unite young professionals in Portland
    Samantha Matthews walks — drink in hand — mingling and greeting people at Kell’s Pub in Southwest Portland for her Young Catholic Professionals event recently. She smiles, kindly catching up with old friends and welcoming new ones. It is the kind of thing that Young Catholic Professionals in Portland provides — fellowship.
  • Parish seeks parking restrictions
    Amid a flurry of new apartment developments along North Lombard Street, Holy Cross Parish is seeking parking restrictions on the perimeter of church property.
  • Lively fundraiser on the links
     GEARHART — The 17th annual Holy Cross Golf Tournament was June 15 at the 127-year-old Gearhart Golf Links. The school fundraising event was held in memory of Dorothy Murphy; the Murphy family is a longtime supporter of Holy Cross School in North Portland.
  • Scouting program offers fellowship for boys
    AMITY — Sounds of laughter echoed around the pond at the Brigittine Abbey here as adolescent boys rowed across the water in homemade boats made of cardboard and duct tape.
  • First Bounty
    Regis St. Mary School in Stayton operates a school community garden. St. Isidore Garden provides fresh fruits and vegetables to the Stayton Community Food Bank. A Catholic Relief Service Rice Bowl Small Grant of $800 helped with expenses.
  • Msgr. Murphy accepts Catholic education award
    Msgr. Tim Murphy, a 1958 graduate of Central Catholic High School and a longtime teacher, administrator and spiritual leader at the school, received a Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award this spring from the National Catholic Educational Association.
  • ‘Rooted in Christ’
    EUGENE — “I would have been lost if I hadn’t found Newman,” said Alison Hicks. “I discovered that my identity was rooted in Christ.”
  • Blanchet breaks ground on new athletic facility
    SALEM — Last month as the Blanchet School community looked on, an assembled group of board members, coaches and students broke ground on the school’s $2.1 million multipurpose turf field and track facility, complete with lights, a grandstand and fencing.
  • Christmas in July

    Holy Family Parish in Southeast Portland is preparing for the 13th annual Christmas in July celebration. The celebration is less about presents and decorations and more reflecting the true spirit of Christmas — charity.

  • Bringing Jesus to All
    A number of men, all associated with St. Stephen Parish in Southeast Portland, are part of the local Urban Missionaries group. Urban Missionaries walk the streets of downtown Portland, Southeast Portland or Northeast Portland several days a week, hoping to evangelize and bring God to people.
  • Novena for cancer sufferers
    EUGENE — One Eugene man has taken up the cause to pray for men, women and children suffering from cancer.
  • Music: A powerhouse of evangelization

    A warm evening got spiritually fiery for families from Ascension Parish in Southeast Portland June 14. Children danced in the aisles and adults clapped, cheered and wept as Koren and Jessica Ruiz offered a rally of praise music in Spanish in the parish hall.

  • CYO/Camp Howard appreciates volunteers
    To serve about 11,000 young people each year, Catholic Youth Organization requires more than 1,500 volunteers. Each May since 1998 CYO/Camp Howard has held an appreciation banquet. 
  • Make way for Valley Catholic High’s ducklings
    BEAVERTON — The nesting duck outside the front door of Valley Catholic High School isn’t obvious, although the crime tape, orange cones and warning sign are. 
  • WATCH: Parish practices emergency evacuation
    After Masses May 25 – 26, a Northeast Portland congregation practiced evacuations for scary scenarios — earthquakes, bomb threats, fires, active shooters. The goal at The Madeleine Parish was to help worshippers find the best way to get out of the church and to a safe meeting site.
  • PrinciPALS
    They were part solemn educational collaborators, part comedy team. As the school year ended, the principals of two Portland area Catholic high schools dropped the mic on a decade of mutual innovation, common causes and horsing around at meetings.
  • Baseball rivalry, track and field mastery
    Spring prep sports wound up this month, with Catholic high schools in the hunt for titles, often succeeding.
  • O’Hara sends off 46 graduates, each ready for the future

    EUGENE — This year O’Hara School here will say goodbye to 46 students. Graduation takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at St. Mary Church.

  • Eighth graders give physics a whirl

    MILWAUKIE — St. John the Baptist School's eighth graders attended physics day at Oaks Park in Southeast Portland May 10. Students have been studying physical science all year, and the annual event at the amusement park is an opportunity to feel the forces and collect data on various rides. All kinds of analysis can be done, including calculations of speeds, accelerations, forces and energies.

  • St. Pius X sends forth 58
    St. Pius X School in Northwest Portland will honor 57 graduates at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, at St. Pius Church. Salutatorian is Owen Davies and valedictorian is Kelsey Jones. 
  • St. Paul Parochial graduates six
    ST. PAUL — St. Paul Parochial School here celebrates its graduates Frances Lear and Logan Connor and Michael Hiller, Sofia Vachter, Mary Lou Lozano and Gabe Schibel.
  • St. Therese says goodbye to 19
    St. Therese School in Northeast Portland will honor 19 departing eighth graders with Mass at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, and a graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. Both will be at St. Therese Church.
  • Celebrating 25 years of community service
    St. Rose School in Northeast Portland is celebrating 31 graduates at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at St. Rose of Lima Church.
  • Nativity’s after-school work enriches education
    St. Andrew Nativity School in Northeast Portland will hold its graduation at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, in the St. Andrew community center.
  • A journey to STEM leadership

    BEAVERTON — The Valley Catholic Middle School graduation for 83 eighth graders is at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, in the Valiants Gym. The middle school is positioned to chart a course as a leader in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning, according to school staff.

St. Francis Academy students immersed in peace studies
    This year 23 St. Francis Academy students graduated Thursday, June 6, at 2 p.m. at the Franciscan Montessori Earth School in the gymnasium.
  • A thank-you note from grads to departing principal
    BEAVERTON — St. Cecilia School here is sending forth 20 students this year. The eighth graders will graduate Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at St. Cecilia Church.
  • 134 at Marist
    EUGENE — Marist High School here will graduate 134 seniors at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8, in the school gymnasium. The baccalaureate Mass is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the school
  • St. Mary honors 84 graduates
    MEDFORD — St. Mary School here graduated 84 students May 23 at the Craterian Theater in Medford. Valedictorian was Ying (Marina) Qian and salutatorian was Luka Cvijanovic.
  • St. Matthew sends off graduates while also helping local youths
    HILLSBORO — St. Matthew School here will distribute diplomas to its graduates June 11. The day will begin with a prayer service at 10:30 a.m., and a student and staff luncheon will follow at 11:30 a.m. That evening, a graduation ceremony will take place at 6 p.m., followed by a reception in the parish hall.
  • ‘Charismatic, energetic, adventurous’
    FOREST GROVE — Visitation School is set to graduate 15 eighth graders at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 9, at Visitation Church.
St. Paul alumna returns to serve her school
    EUGENE —St. Paul Parish School here will honor the class of 2019 during a commencement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, in St. Paul Church. This year the school honors 27 graduates.
  • St. Mary’s Academy grads honored

    St. Mary’s Academy in Southwest Portland celebrated 166 women during a June 1 graduation at the University of Portland Chiles Center. This year’s valedictorian was Lauren Phillips and the salutatorian was Claire LeBlanc.

  • Sending forth men and women of service
    Jesuit High School in Southwest Portland held its graduation for 309 seniors Sunday, June 2, at the University of Portland Chiles Center. Valedictorian was Anisha Kumar and salutatorians were Nolan Aylward and Gregory Cowles.
  • Art connects past, present, future at Valley Catholic
    BEAVERTON — Valley Catholic will hold its graduation for 96 seniors at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, in the Valiants Gym.
  • St. James graduates ready for the future

    McMinnville — St. James School here will honor its nine fifth graders Friday, June 14, with Mass in St. James Church at 10 a.m. Graduation will follow.

  • St. Luke in Woodburn graduates 15
    WOODBURN — St. Luke School here will hold its graduation Mass for 15 eighth graders Friday, June 7,  at St. Luke Church.
  • St. John the Apostle graduates 18
    OREGON CITY — St. John the Apostle School will hold a baccalaureate Mass and graduation for 18 eighth graders at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at St. John the Apostle Church.
  • ‘Part of my life for many years’
    St. Ignatius School in Southeast Portland celebrates the graduation of its 26 eighth graders with a Mass Thursday, June 13, at 8:30 a.m. in St. Ignatius Church and with a prayer service that evening at 7 p.m. in the church.