ROY — The day St. Francis of Assisi fifth-grader Joseph Crowell first heard about Camp Howard at school, he came home begging his mom to send him.
“I’m so sorry, buddy, but we can’t afford it,” his mother, Ursula Crowell, responded.
“We have six kids, and we just couldn’t,” she explained recently...
On a fragrant Saturday evening in Southeast Portland, Adam Richards, Corrine Montana and Rosie Berg are making their way out of Walker Stadium. The Portland Pickles baseball team has lost, but the trio from Portland’s L’Arche community are beaming anyway. They were able to secure a foul ball, a memento that will go back to the Catholic-inspired...
Meagan Montanari searched for something. Something to fulfill her. Something to make her happy. And two years ago she found it: the Eucharist and the Catholic Church. Still, her body displays the scars from 15 years spent searching.“They’re reminders,” she says. “Because I have to remind myself that, ‘Yeah, you were homeless...
Escalating violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo temporarily stalled the efforts and hopes of De La Salle student Felix Songolo. This spring, the then-junior organized a collection for Congolese youths — gathering enough clothes, shoes and backpacks to fill five large bags and receiving about $400 in donations. The plan was to distribute the items during his first-ever visit to his parents’ native country. The family fled the Congo to Zambia before Songolo was born.
An updated travel warning issued by the U.S. Department of State will keep the teen from returning to his roots this summer.
As lacrosse flourishes in the Portland area, many youth players are experiencing the sport for the first time in the Catholic Youth Organization league. Since 2011, CYO coaches have guided youths through fundamental skills to advanced techniques. St. Pius X and St. John Fisher parishes provide fields for practice. Home games are played at Valley Catholic and Jesuit high schools.
St. John the Apostle fourth-grader Owen Smith and Fr. Maxy D’Costa, pastor of St. John the Apostle Parish in Oregon City, celebrated one of Smith’s goals this spring by “dabbing” — a playful trendy dance reminiscent of the Macarena.
Each year on May 18, I bake a special Polish cake to celebrate the birthday of Karol Wojtyla. St. John Paul II was canonized by Pope Francis three years ago. It was 12 years ago that I got this crazy idea to send Pope John Paul II a birthday gift.
That their profession is utterly dishonest and only a mask for anti-Catholic prejudices is seen from the fact that the bill still allows state aid to all private institutions except those conducted under church control.
The same craftsmen who make ornaments and ceramics for the Vatican have sent a batch to Oregon, where they are on sale at the Grotto, the Catholic sanctuary at Northeast 85thand Sandy. Rampini Ceramics makes and paints ornaments by hand.
MOUNT ANGEL — Students of iconography will gather here June 23 - July 1 to pray, study and practice the sacred art form. This year, as the Iconographic Arts Institute marks three decades since its founding, it also will celebrate a new certificate in iconographic studies based on the 12-level curriculum the Institute uses.
“A Year of Prayer for our Priests” is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. We share the joy of this devotion with all Oregon Catholics. A day each month is set aside to pray for the names of priests serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them and all priests, deacons and religious in your daily prayers.
BEAVERTON — The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon this month honor six women who have given a combined 350 years of ministry.
Sister Clare Vandecoevering will celebrate her 70th jubilee. Sisters Paula Fox, Marianne Giesel and Sharon Kirk will be honored for 60 years of service. Sisters Charlene Herinckx and Patricia Marie Landin will celebrate their 50th jubilees.
The jubilarians will be honored during a Mass and reception on Sunday, July 30, at 1:30 p.m. in the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon motherhouse.
I guess I have a small confession to make. I went to the recent Convocation of Catholic Leaders held in Orlando, Florida, with very low expectations. I was unsure and somewhat skeptical about the intent and expected outcome of the event. I was pleasantly surprised, as was our local delegation.
We’ve heard millennials are collecting experiences not things, and that may be one of the reasons behind the increased career opportunities in the hospitality and tourism industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for lodging managers will grow steadily at a rate of 8 percent between now and 2024, and most full-service hotel chains hire candidates with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality or hotel management.
SALEM — St. Vincent de Paul Parish here is trying to rebuild its archives and parishioners are reaching out for help. They are looking for pieces from the past from all years but especially prior to 1990. Do you have any St. Vincent de Paul School pictures, including class photos or those capturing student activities; memorabilia; or items from Troop 16? If so, the parish would appreciate a copy or donation.
Seven schools in the Portland area recently competed to see who could bring in the most macaroni and cheese to help feed local children in need.
The seventh annual Mac Attack, which ran May 15-26, collected 5,946 pounds of macaroni and cheese to be distributed by the Portland Police Sunshine Division, the area’s only 24/7 food bank. The participating schools were: St. John Fisher in Portland, St. Cecilia in Beaverton, Cathedral, Valley Catholic in Beaverton, St. John the Apostle in Oregon City, St. Joseph in Vancouver and St. John the Baptist in Milwaukie.