For 68 straight years, St. Charles has served up a scrumptious pasta meals for hundreds of people who come from all over the area. Last Sunday was no exception. This year’s dinner netted $9347 for the general parish fund. Congratulations to all who worked so hard to make it a great success! Impossible to name everyone who volunteered, but we owe special gratitude to the core leadership team: Lindy & Logan Gibbons, Jo Martens, Sandy Bossom, Mary Lynn Pierce, Joe Schiwek, Karen O’Harrow, Sam McKinney, and John Winchester. See more pictures below.
Congratulations to Newly Baptized! We welcome Natalie Rodriguez and Iris Valentina Rodriquez, daughters of Maria Ayaia and Jose Rodriguez. We also welcome Carlos Duran Cervantes and Raymond Padilla Cervantes, sons of Sandra Cervantes and Juan Carlos Duran. And we welcome Alessandro Poot Lavadores, son of Nanci Lavadores and Zuriel Poot. See the pictures below!
In August of 2015 St. Charles partnered with Living Cully with the Goal of stopping the gentrification of the Cully neighborhood. We decided that our efforts would have the greatest impact if we focused on preserving the neighborhood mobile home parks.
12 months later, through the efforts of parishioners at St. Charles, and many many others, St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County was able to buy the Oak Leaf! 30 homes in Cully were successfully preserved as permanently low-income housing. St. Charles and Living Cully then turned their attention toward the Arbor, a mobile home park on Killingsworth and 64th with nearly 130 homes, including many that belonged to St. Charles parishioners.
On Sunday, Sept 9, the whole community of St. Charles gathered for our annual Parish BBQ -- a time for good food, great company, fun and games for all ages, and the start of a new program year. This year's BBQ also included a "Ministries Fair" where leaders of all the different parish ministries shared information about their work. Enjoy the pictures below.
Many, many thanks to all those who worked so hard to make the BBQ and Ministries Fair a success: Judy Ludwigsen, Kent Ludwigsen, Logan Gibbons, Lindy Gibbons, Vicki Valerde, Gloria Luna, Emma Juarez, Thomas Smith, John Winchester, Truls Neal, Charlie Brucker, Fernando Madrid, Rio Madrid-Hommes, Felix Madrid-Hommes, Gabe Triplett, Javier Madrid, Sr Phyllis Jaszkowiak, Jane Evans Johnson, and all those who brought cakes and other goodies.
A special thank you to Carolina Iraheta and Alan Hipolito of Verde for sharing about the Solar Energy Project. And much thanks to Beaumont Market for donating the burgers and hot dogs.
Evening campfires, common meals, outdoor Mass, swimming, fishing, the Ruth Eng Memorial Hike, boating, kubbing, visiting and relaxing! These are a few of the activities you'll find at this year's campout. Come for the weekend or just to visit for a while. If you're not the "roughing it" type, why not make a day trip?
Spend some quality time with family and friends in the beautiful surroundings of Oxbow Regional Park, located less than an hour from Portland. The cost is FREE! That’s right, NO COST. (NOTE: There is a $5 vehicle fee payable upon entering the gate, (which is locked at legal sunset).
NOTE Also: Pets are sadly not permitted at the park.
We appreciate any help you might want to give. Please indicate below where you could lend a hand. People may come at any time during the weekend but registering with this form will help us plan the details. Let us know if you'll have any interest so that we can keep you posted as the big event approaches. Happy Camping!
In April of 2018 St Charles undertook a survey sponsored by the Pastoral Council to determine how well our church community is doing in the main purpose of any Catholic church – To grow in love for God, and to live our lives for others.
The survey laid out all of the church programs and ministries in 4 main categories plus one titled “Administration.” A total of 56 people responded over the 3 weeks that the survey was open. Overall there was broad support for church programs and ministries. This assessment suggests that St. Charles is a vibrant and well-supported parish; many find a home here. For the most part, the programs and ministries are on the right track and there is general interest in continuing to grow.
Download and read the summary.
Many thanks to all those who responded on the survey. Your input if very helpful to the staff as we consider specific, immediate steps of action; and helpful to the Pastoral Council as it looks at developing the long range pastoral vision of the parish.
Several rooms in the St. Charles School building are available for lease. See details below. For more information contact Leif Kehrwald, email@example.com, 503-281-6461 ext. 105, 503-351-9889 (text).
On Sunday, June 10 we had the second annual joint Mass and celebration with the Eritrean Community. It was truly a great celebration with Eritrean music throughout the Liturgy, readings in Tigrinya, cultural dance, and authentic food. Many, many thanks to the Eritrean community for sharing their culture and their faith with us. See pictures and video below.