This year's Christmas Eve Family Mass was truly beautiful. Thanks to all the children and families who participated. And much thanks to Vicki Valarde, Mary Evans, Gloria Luna, and Mary Evans for coordinating things this year. Enjoy the pictures below.
Finally, the actual solar panels are being installed. Looks impressive from the rooftop. The work of the contractors is nearly finished. We’re waiting on inspections from Pacific Power and from the City. Soon, the system will be turned on, and we will start saving money!
In collaboration with the Multicultural Committee, the Latino community of St. Charles put on a wonderful celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, December 9. Many, many people were involved in the planning, decorating, singing, dancing, and feeding for the event. Can't possibly list all the names here, but Melecia Torres deserves special mention for all her work, not the least of which was selling tamales to raise money to bring in the Mariachis. They were outstanding! Enjoy the pictures and videos below.
The word “advent” (the arrival of an important person or thing) is derived from the Latin word “adventus,” which means “coming.” For Catholics, Advent is the four-week season leading up to Christmas. During Advent we anticipate the coming of Jesus. It’s a time full of reflection, excitement, and hope.
As we prepare our hearts to celebrate Jesus birthday on Christmas, please read a prayer with your child each night and grow in Faith and Hope during Advent. Also do a Random Act of Kindness everyday and help your child bring Hope and Joy to those in our Community. I have added a list of ideas below. #AdventChallege
Mientras preparamos nuestros corazones para celebrar el cumpleaños de Jesús en Navidad, lea una oración con su hijo/a cada noche y crezca en Fe y Esperanza durante el Adviento. También haga un acto de amabilidad al azar todos los días y ayude a su hijo a llevar Esperanza y Alegría a los miembros de nuestra comunidad. #AdventChallenge
Thank you for being interested in volunteering in the Children’s Ministry. Your help and interest are greatly appreciated! To be volunteers, there are certain mandatory steps help assure that all children are safe and protected while in our parish. First, an online session and background check are required. Please email me your name, email, date of birth & address. All this information will be used for the background check and to set up an account for the online training. Also, I will need you do a training as required by the Archdioceses before Dec 1st. There will be a mandatory class on Nov 20 at 6pm in the Parish Center. If this time does not work for you there are other times and locations available thru the Archdioceses listed in this link https://www.archdpdx.org/child-protection-victim-assistance (Called to Protect Program Schedule). Please mark your calendar now! These mandatory steps help assure all children are safe and protected and we are required to have all these requirements done for you to volunteer. Deadline for these steps to be done is December 1st . Any questions do not hesitate and message me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, thank you for your help in the Children’s Ministry!
Gracias por estar interesado en ser voluntario en el Ministerio de Niños. ¡Su ayuda e interés son muy apreciados! Para ser voluntarios, hay ciertos pasos obligatorios que ayudan a asegurar que todos los niños estén seguros y protegidos mientras están en nuestra parroquia. Primero, se requiere una sesión en línea y verificación de antecedentes. Por favor envíeme un correo electrónico con su nombre, correo electrónico, fecha de nacimiento y dirección. Toda esta información se utilizará para la verificación de antecedentes y para configurar una cuenta para la capacitación en línea. Además, necesitaré que hagas un entrenamiento como es requerido por la Arquidiócesis antes del 1 de Dic. Habrá una clase obligatoria el 20 de noviembre a las 6 pm en el Centro Parroquial. Si este tiempo no funciona para usted, hay otros horarios y ubicaciones disponibles a través de las Arquidiócesis que se enumeran en este enlace https://www.archdpdx.org/child-protection-victim-assistance (Called to Protect Program Schedule). ¡Por favor marque su calendario ahora! Estos pasos obligatorios ayudan a garantizar que todos los niños estén seguros y protegidos, y debemos cumplir todos estos requisitos para que usted sea voluntario. La fecha límite para realizar estos pasos es el 1ro de diciembre. Cualquier pregunta no dude en enviarme un mensaje a email@example.com
¡Nuevamente, gracias por su ayuda en el Ministerio de Niños!
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.