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.

The Vietnamese-language church is the largest parish in the Archdiocese of Portland with more than 5,000 members attending nine Masses on any given Sunday. Neighborhood parking constraints and overflowing children’s religious education classes pushed the parish’s leaders to decide the community had outgrown its current campus in Northeast Portland.

The new 124,000 square foot facility and 11.3 acre campus will better accommodate the growing Vietnamese community in the area. Father Ansgar Pham is pastor of Our Lady of La Vang.

“The New Hope Church campus becoming available was truly a Godsend,” said Archbishop Alexander Sample. “Father Pham and the good people of Our Lady of La Vang really stepped up to make this happen. They deserve a wonderful place like this to call home.”

New Hope’s executive pastor, Paul LeFeber, said his community was pleased to sell to another church. “The crosses will remain on the property, which is more than we could have hoped for.”

Rev. LeFeber said it made good economic, environmental and community sense for the church to change hands and continue as an iconic property.

“Some older homes come with restrictions in terms of what can and cannot be done to them,” Father Pham said. “The top four things Our Lady of La Vang Parish looked for in searching for a new place of worship: bigger church, parish hall, spacious parking lot, and lots of suitable classrooms for children to learn the catechism and Vietnamese language. It is truly God’s providence that our paths have crossed because here at New Hope Church, our top four requirements were met.”