In November I reported that for the first time in recent memory the parish was operating in the black. In spite of the wintry weather in January, the difficulty many people had in getting to church, we remain in reasonably good fiscal shape. See the financial summary below showing that we are nearly $18,000 in the black.
But before you get too excited, just know that our severe winter weather has exposed many vulnerabilities in our plant, from multiple roof leaks to boiler trouble to church furnace repair. Our bills for these repairs are coming due now. So, in reality, we are about $10,000 to the good.
Still, not bad, eh! I am grateful to the staff for their fiscal responsibility, and I am truly grateful to YOU for your TREMENDOUS GENEROSITY.
Just as Jesus spent 40 days in the desert to prepare for his public ministry, each year we spend 40 days in prayer, fasting, and giving to prepare our hearts to celebrate the holiest days of the year: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.
This Lent just think . . .
Sundays | Wednesdays | and Fridays
12 noon Stations of the Cross
Each Friday beginning March 3, concluding April 14
St. Charles Catholic Church | 5310 NE 42nd Ave | 503-281-6461
On Monday, January 30 more than 230 people from 25 faith communities from around the region came to St. Charles to learn more about how to provide support for immigrants. Sponsored by the Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice (IMIrJ), this meeting was designed to help parishes and congregations discern how they might proceed with some form of support and sanctuary for vulnerable immigrants.
Twenty people from St. Charles were in attendance. See photo below.
IMIrJ has proposed a six month process where congregational teams would form a cohort and meet monthly to receive training and explore practical ways support immigrants. We, at St. Charles, are discerning whether to join a cohort. Please keep us in your prayers.
You can learn more about this process from this page on the IMIrJ website.
Our celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec 11 was outstanding. Many thanks to Melecia Torres and the Aztec Dancers for making it truly special. Also, a great deal of thanks to all those who serve on the Multicultural Committee for all their careful planning and execution. The liturgy was moving, the music was terrific, the food was outstanding, and then, of course, the dancing . . . WOW! Enjoy the pictures and video below.
We mourn the sudden passing of our beloved friend and parishioner, Evelyn Duran, who died on Saturday, December 3, 2016. And we pray for Evelyn's immediate family: husband Dado, and children John, Joanna, and JD.
Evelyn Pacubat Duran
November 9, 1959 to December 3, 2016
Arrangements are as follows:
Friday, December 9 at St. Charles Catholic Church, 5310 NE 42nd, Portland 97213
5:00 pm Viewing
6:30 pm Rosary
7:00 pm Mass followed by Reception
If you will be attending the funeral please know that, in the Filipino tradition, there will be a gift basket placed near the casket during viewing. If you would like to make a cash gift to the family, simply place it in the basket. The basket will also be available during the reception.
You can give them a card as well (or instead), but give the cash separately so that your gift is anonymous and the family will not feel beholden.
If you won't be at the funeral, but would like to make a gift, you can send a check to St. Charles Church and be sure to indicate "Duran Family Gift." The address is 5310 NE 42nd Ave., Portland, OR 97218.
As more details become available, they will be posted here. Or, call St. Charles Church at 503-281-6461.
by Gabe Triplett
This week I want to introduce everyone to our youth leadership team. Emily, Shante, Mylie, and Greysen are all high school youth who have shown themselves to be outstanding natural leaders. Two of them go to Madison and two go to St. Mary’s. As the leadership team they will be responsible for giving guidance to the Core Team on “what’s working, what’s not working”.
Also they will help run some of the youth nights and take a large role in our outreach to other youth. Being on the leadership team also means having access to some super exciting opportunities. One of those opportunities is to go to the LA Religious Education Congress Youth Day! In LA they will meet Catholic youth from all around the world who are on fire and passionate about their faith. They will also attend leadership and faith development classes.
Right now the team has chosen to work on putting together some planning meetings to organize the first ever youth led rally and march through NE Portland for Martin Luther King Jr. day!!! The first planning session is on Dec 4th during our regular scheduled Youth Group from 6-8. Youth from local high schools and NE parishes will be in attendance. We want every parishioner, with a child or grandchild in 8th-12th grade, to encourage the youth to attend this planning session. It’s important and its fun.
Some parish financial good news!
Here is a brief financial summary as of end of October. As you can see, we are $2857 in the black for the fiscal year! Worth celebrating!
by Leif Kehrwald
I’ve had a few days to process in my mind and heart what occurred on election day. And while my wife and I have been in nonstop discussion about it since, I’m still struggling to find cogent words to express myself adequately. Gratefully, words from others have helped me. So here I share some of them with you:
"May we make God’s merciful love ever more evident in our world through dialogue, mutual acceptance and fraternal cooperation." - Pope Francis
“Your success as a family… our success as a nation… depends not on what happens inside the White House, but on what happens inside your house.” - Barbara Bush
“Let's remember that the US has elected a President - a political leader - not ordained a spiritual or moral guide. We are still each responsible for upholding the values we believe in - kindness, tolerance, compassion, among others - in word and deed. In the midst of all the ‘noise,’ love one another and work to protect the rights and freedoms of all.” - my dear friend Linda Roberto.
I resonate most with the message below from my friend Ed Kay, a Lutheran Pastor from Maryland. Here’s a portion of his recent post on Facebook:
“I woke up this morning unsure of this future our country has decided to embrace. I'm not unsure for myself - I have tremendous privilege as an educated, hetero, white man in a position of authority. I'm unsure for my female friends, my black and brown friends, my LGBTQ friends, my Jewish friends, my immigrant friends. I'm afraid for them because our president elect has used language throughout his campaign that has scared, threatened, and demeaned them, and they are waking up to a reality this morning where they fear for their future. If you are in that place, please call, text, or message me - I am here to pray, listen, cry, scream - whatever you need for where you are.
“I also have friends who supported our president elect throughout the campaign, or ended up voting for him because they couldn't stand the other candidates. You are my brothers and sisters in Christ - you are my neighbors, too. I pray for you as well.
“Either way, there is an air about our country today. Call it what you will: fear, shock, sadness, concern, division... but it's there. I don't have answers. I pray for you, our country, and her leaders.
“But don't jump to the unity, healing, and togetherness quite yet. Many are grieving, and we need to provide space for that. When someone experiences a death or loss in their life, you don't tell them to get past or over it immediately - this is the same thing. Yes, Jesus is Lord and God holds the world in God's hands. But the pain and grief that some (many?) are experiencing is real, so please let people be where they need to be.”
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What an amazing afternoon we had last Sunday, Nov 6, providing a scrumptious pasta dinner for nearly 1000 people! So many volunteers poured their hearts out to make it happen — too many to mention by name here, but please know that whether you worked in the kitchen, dining area (gym), pie room, hospitality room, take out room, office, salad room, bread room, set up, clean up, promotion, seeking ads for placemat — YOU ARE DEEPLY APPRECIATED! And of course a HUGE shout out to Lindy & Logan Gibbons, and Rosa Barajas for their artful and enthusiastic leadership, and Sandy Bossom, Jo Martens, Mary Lynn Pierce, and Joe Schiwek for their tireless contributions throughout.
And thanks to all who attended. Your presence with us was a true gift of authentic community. Enjoy the photos below!
Through a generous grant from Care Oregon, and in collaboration with Living Cully, we have hired Brenna to engage in housing advocacy for residents of mobile home parks in the Cully neighborhood. Brenna began her work this week. She will be working out of the parish office and can be reached by email at email@example.com. Please read her introduction below.
My name is Brenna Bailey, and I have recently joined the St. Charles community as a housing advocacy and stability organizer. I grew up in Minneapolis, MN, a city that I love, but wanted a change of scenery after high school. I headed to the Pacific Northwest for college, fell in love with this region, and decided to stay. My interest in community organizing, tenants’ rights, and anti-displacement work was sparked this summer in Chicago, where I worked and learned alongside some amazing activists in Albany Park, Chicago.
As a community organizer based out of St. Charles I will be working closely with Pastoral Associate and Youth Coordinator, Gabe Triplett, and Cameron Herrington from Living Cully. My first priority is to get to know this community and the broader Cully neighborhood, which I had the opportunity to do last summer while working with Hacienda CDC’s youth programming. In the coming weeks and months, you will probably see me emailing, calling, and going door-to-door—using every mode of communication to reach out, earn your trust, listen to your needs and concerns, and learn from your experiences as residents, tenants, and neighbors of Cully. Working alongside Gabe, Cameron, and all of you, we aim to improve material living conditions through healthy home assessments and a “Home Repair Program.” Our long-term goal is to collectively work and organize with residents along Killingsworth in the mobile home parks, addressing issues related to housing security and rent stabilization.
My office is located in St. Charles Church, and I will be doing this work part-time. When I am not in the office or knocking on doors, you can find me at Rigler Elementary coordinating the after-school SUN program. I have been there for several weeks, and have loved getting to know the kids of this community that are running through those halls.
Please feel free to email or call me if you have questions, concerns, or just want to introduce yourself. I am always happy to set up a meeting to chat about St. Charles, Cully, and how we can work together in the future.
Peace and Solidarity,