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  • ‘Strong Roots, Wise Owls’ promotes love of reading
    To promote early literacy and spark a love for reading, Holy Family School librarian Tamara Beecroft introduced the “Strong Roots, Wise Owls” reading challenge to pre-K and kindergarten students and their parents in November.
  • Sacred Heart celebrates
    MEDFORD — Sacred Heart School is the only preschool-eighth-grade Catholic school in Medford. This year the school is celebrating its 152nd anniversary.
  • Parish rejoices in holiday
    NORTH BEND — “All the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our God,” said Isaiah, the prophet. And so began the annual Christmas Eve pageant at Holy Redeemer Parish here.
  • Nativity gets some tender loving care
    The crèche statues at St. Agatha Parish in Southeast Portland have been around for more than 80 years. This past Christmas season the figures underwent a restoration from Emma Blodgett, a parishioner at St. Agatha and an alumna at the parish school.
  • A century of weathering ups and downs
    Our Lady of Sorrows Parish celebrated its first Mass in 1917. Of the 100 years it’s been around, parishioner Barbara Sheridan has seen 81 of them.
  • Marylhurst military-friendly
    For the ninth consecutive year, Marylhurst University is among the top U.S. schools for demonstrated commitment to military service members, veterans and their families. The 2018 designation is a data-driven rating produced by Victory Media.
  • Saints aplenty
    St. John the Apostle School in Oregon City celebrates All Saints Day with a Mass followed by a Saint Fair hosted by middle school students. Parishioners, students and families attend to learn about each saint in the presentations.
  • UP team will help determine Opus Prize recipients
    Six students and three faculty from the University of Portland will help determine the recipients of the 2018 Opus Prize, a $1.2 million annual award recognizing individuals or organizations who address persisting social problems.
  • Two Marist students earn academic honors
    EUGENE — Mina Buchanan and Sydney Evans of Marist High School in Eugene have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.
  • Interim president arrives
    Matt Powell returned to De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland Jan. 2 to serve as interim president.
  • St. Henry Parish to hold prayer service
    GRESHAM — An ecumenical prayer service for peace is set for Monday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m at St. Henry Parish here.
  • Democracy day held at Central Catholic
    Central Catholic High School last month held its annual Democracy in Action day, allowing students to meet elected leaders and other figures involved in public policy.
  • Parish funds held in trust separate from archdiocese
    If a parish in western Oregon has a big building project and wants to get started before all its pledged donations come in, it can apply for what’s called a bridge loan. To say the loans come from the Archdiocese of Portland is incorrect.
  • Toys collected
    EUGENE — O’Hara School students and staff last month presented nearly 350 toys to Marine Corps representatives who delivered the gifts to needy children for Christmas.
  • Sister's story comes to St. Andrew
    St. Andrew Community Center in Northeast Portland is hosting a one-woman play Sunday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. The play, “Joan Chittister: Her story, my story, our story,” explores the life and works of Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister.
  • Gabriel Project launches at Sacred Heart Parish in Newport
    NEWPORT — The Gabriel Project, based at Sacred Heart Parish here, officially has not yet opened, but volunteers are already working to help three women from the local community.
  • New music director at St. Stephen Parish
    A national search by St. Stephen Parish in Southeast Portland has resulted in the hiring of Daniel Page as new music director.
  • New Holy Redeemer priests
    Following the appointment of a Holy Cross priest, Father Bill Wack, as bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, priests in the congregation are seeing changes in assignments.
  • Children learn the joy of giving
    NORTH BEND —Hundreds of happy children left the annual Christmas gift store at Holy Redeemer Parish with wrapped gifts for family members earlier this month.
  • Pitfalls can disrupt the journey to college
    Move over helicopter parents. Make way for the latest, worst example of overprotection: the snowplow parents. College admissions counselors say snowplowers are not content with hovering over their teenagers and swooping in when there’s trouble.
  • What admissions counselors really look for
    Discover what matters to you. Push yourself, but not over the edge. Be real. Learn to write, for crying out loud!
  • Singing to the Lord a new song
    NEWBERG — “Its always wonderful to see our youth step up into ministry roles,” says Shelly Didway from St. Peter Parish here.
  • Our staff took a look at some of the great Catholic colleges serving students around the country. Take a gander!
  • La Salle Prep increasing outreach to Hispanic students
    MILWAUKIE — La Salle Prep knows there are Hispanic students out there who would like a Catholic high school education, but think it’s out of reach. The 700-student school has launched an initiative to nix the misperception.
  • Jesuit food drive helps hundreds of families
    The Jesuit High School student center became a food sorting and distribution center earlier this month, with canned supplies that reached the 15-foot-high ceiling.
  • School honors pro-life leader
    SALEM — St. John Bosco School stepped up to recognize the longtime executive director of Oregon Right to Life. Gayle Atteberry has led the state’s pro-life lobbying group for more than two decades.
  • La Salle holds posada
    MILWAUKIE — More than 60 people reenacted Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem during a Christmas Posada at La Salle Prep earlier this month.
  • Remodel at St. Joseph the Worker nears completion
    The $4.5 million project consisting of a remodel and addition to the church at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Southeast Portland is expected to be completed in January.
  • At UP: Teaching empathy in the age of selfies
    Recent studies indicate a significant decline among college students in empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of others.
  • Season of giving
    EUGENE — Alex Chavez, Reeve Helvoigt and Rachel McConaghie were among the students at O’Hara Catholic School who spent November collecting hams and turkeys for the local St. Vincent de Paul.
  • Youth group brings Christmas cheer to community
    TUALATIN — The youth at Resurrection Parish here worked to spread Christmas cheer to older members of the local community Dec. 10.
  • Campus ministry year kicks off at UO
    MCKENZIE BRIDGE — The staff of St. Thomas More Newman Center, the student peer ministers, the Newman Student Leadership Team and the FOCUS team gathered at St. Benedict Lodge here this fall.
  • Ministry for parish seniors
    TIGARD — Gerlinde Lamer estimates that 15 percent of the population at St. Anthony Parish is over age 55. These men and women have a place at the parish.
  • Jesuit takes three fall sports titles
    The girls from Jesuit High School are 6A soccer champions after a legendary season, demolishing the team that eliminated them last year, Sunset, by a score of 4-0. Sophomore star Callan Harrington had two goals on the day.
  • On track to help their school
    O’Hara School in Eugene held its annual jogathon in October and exceeded its goal of raising $120 per student.
  • Small Catholic school seeking aid for families
    GRANTS PASS — Of the 39 students in St. Anne School here, 28 receive need-based tuition assistance.
  • Speaking about empathy at Marist
    EUGENE — Empathy and inclusion were the themes put forth by Johnny Lake in his talk at Marist Catholic High School Oct. 6.
  • School stands strong for Houston
    OREGON CITY — The first service project of the year at St. John the Apostle School here came just after news of the hurricane and severe flooding in Houston.
  • St. Mary’s seniors earn honors
    St. Mary’s Academy students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for academic achievement.
  • Holy Cross School has reason to celebrate because its students read more than 237,718 minutes this summer, earning them the title of “Best in State” for Oregon in the 2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.
  • Winter breakfast in St. Paul
    ST. PAUL — St. Paul Parish here is hosting a winter breakfast at the St. Paul Community Hall located at 20239 Main St. on Sunday, Jan. 10 from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m..
  • Portland’s St. Anthony Parish buries time capsule
    As part of the conclusion of St. Anthony of Padua Parish’s centennial year, Father Pat Donoghue, pastor at the Southeast Portland parish, blessed a time capsule that now nestles in the floor near the church entrance.
  • Parish pries up some pavement
    A few years ago, the water bills soared at Ascension Parish in Southeast Portland.
  • La Salle Prep seeks staples to share
    MILWAUKIE – La Salle Prep is collecting household supplies for more than 35 families whose children attend nearby Lot Whitcomb Elementary School.
  • School: Tax plan ‘disastrous for us’
    Officials from De La Salle North Catholic High School say provisions in a federal tax plan being debated by Congress could thwart their project of bringing Catholic education to lower-income students.
  • Students rethink  remembrance
    The students of St. Thomas More School in Southwest Portland celebrated veterans for a week last month, thanks to the special efforts of teacher Melissa Conlan.
  • Students make huge rosary
    OREGON CITY — As part of the centennial celebration of Mary’s apparition in Fatima, Portugal, students at St. John the Apostle School here have a giant rosary.
  • Loving our forbears
    Altars created for the Day of the Dead come alive. Photos, sweet breads, candles, flowers — all are meant to help us remember loved ones who have departed from this world.
  • Siblings serve Mass together
    OREGON CITY — The Kaminski children, Hope, Grace and Chas, are all altar servers at their family’s parish, St. John the Apostle here. All three also attended the parish school.
  • Pilot runners head to nationals
    The University of Portland had three runners in the top four as the Pilots claimed the men’s NCAA West Regional Cross Country crown Nov. 10 in Seattle.
  • Business school head named
    Lifecycle marketing expert and business growth consultant Anne Ruybalid was selected to lead Marylhurst University’s business programs.
  • Librarians honor principal
    The Oregon Association of School Libraries has presented the Distinguished Library Service Award for School Administrators to Merrit Holub, principal of St. John Fisher School.
  • Religious education not just for the children
    It’s a Monday night in November when parents and their children fill the church hall at St. Thomas More Parish in Southwest Portland. The families sit around tables in family groups as part of the parish’s religious education program.

    Most often, parish religious education classes are a drop-off-the-kids-and-pick-them-up-in-an-hour situation. Not here
  • Julie Hoy concert in Salem
    SALEM — For the 21st year, muscian Julie Hoy will perform her Giving Thanks Concert.