Courtesy All Saints Parish
Third-graders from All Saints School continue a long tradition of portraying saints during the processional of the parish’s feast day Mass.

Courtesy All Saints Parish

Third-graders from All Saints School continue a long tradition of portraying saints during the processional of the parish’s feast day Mass.

With trumpet flourishes, Archbishop Alexander Sample processed into Mass with 67 third-graders dressed as saints.  The Nov. 6 celebration marked the beginning of festivities for the 100th anniversary for All Saints Parish in Northeast Portland. It’s a parish tradition for third-graders in the school to study the saints, select one to portray and lead the procession in costume for the parish feast day. 

With the anniversary theme “Treasuring Our Past – Embracing Our Future,” longtime parishioners and the smallest children in the congregation joined the opening procession.  Mass was followed by brunch in the parish hall for nearly 500 parishioners, former parishioners and friends.  

Father Paul Jeyamani, pastor, and a committee of parishioners have planned a series of events to celebrate the 100th anniversary year. Subsequent events include Senior Appreciation Day March 23 and a concert May 20 featuring the parish’s musicians and newly restored Casavant Frères pipe organ. 

On Sunday, Sept. 10, the parish hosts an outdoor anniversary Mass and homecoming.  Following the liturgy, there will be an array of international food booths, a beer garden, alumni gatherings, and tours of the school, gymnasium, new parish offices and church.  Guests will view plans for developing the former rectory site as a meeting place and meditation area.  All parishioners, past parishioners, school alumni, former faculty, nuns and priests, neighbors and families are invited to join the festivities.  The 100th anniversary year closes with an All Saints Day Mass and brunch Nov. 5 next year with Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith presiding.