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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Many thanks to all those who helped with our Pentecost celebration on Sunday. The music was outstanding. The decorations were stupendous. The liturgy was joyous and meaningful. The reflection by Tony was informative. The Aztec dancing was moving. And the food was terrific. A special thanks to Sr Phyllis for coordinating the liturgy, and to the Multicultural Committee for organizing the entire event.
Congratulations to the ten children that received Holy Communion for the first time on Sunday! Felicidades a los diez niños/as que recibierón hoy la Sagrada Comunión por primera vez!
Many thanks to all volunteers who made this celebration possible as well as the parents and families of the children. Muchas gracias a todas las personas que ayudarón a que nuestra celebración fuera possible, al igual que a todos los padres y familiares de los niños.
May you always know the peace of Jesus, the light of His love, and the joy of His life within you.
Que siempre conozcas la paz de Jesús, la luz de su amor y la alegría de su vida dentro de ti.
Congratulations to these young people who were confirmed by Archbishop Sample on April 22.
Diego Gonzalez, Laisha Hernandez, Carlos Ku, Ivette luna-gonzalez, Fidel Martinez Diaz, David Moser, Stella Sablan, Rachel Sanchez, Carlos Tuz-buenrostro, Andrea tuz-buenrostro.
Many thanks to Lindy and Logan Gibbons, John Winchester, Truls Neal, Ed Sablan, and Sam McKinney for putting on our annual Pancake Breakfast. Great food. Great company. Outstanding community.
For the last number of years the DePaul Youth & Family Center has rented over half of our school building to supplement the space they acquired when they bought the old convent. Their current lease extends to January of 2021. However, they have informed us that they would like to be released from the contract and vacate our school building. Our response: we will release them from the contract when we find a suitable tenant to take their place. DePaul has agreed to this arrangement, and so we have set up a Tenant Search Committee to find a new tenant.
Those on the committee are Sandy Bossom, Egbert Kunrath, Angie McKinney, Gabe Triplett, and (myself) Leif Kehrwald.
We view this development not as a problem, but as an opportunity. We have the luxury of time to find just the right tenant, who will not only help us pay our bills but hopefully enhance the life and mission of the St. Charles community.
Our committee has toured the space and it is in remarkably good condition. We are confident it will be attractive to potential renters.
Our committee has discussed the qualities and characteristics we want to see in our next tenant. Some of those characteristics include: mission compatible, non-profit, possibly education oriented, willing to sign a long-term lease, willing to participate in the life of this campus.
Our committee is also collaborating with others on this project. DePaul Treatment Center wants to help because it's in their interest. Michael DiMarco of Our 42nd Avenue is lending support and expertise. And we intend to contract with a commercial real estate broker to fully advocate our vision and needs throughout this process.
We will keep you informed along the way. If you have ideas, suggestions, even potential renters, please talk to any one of us on the Tenant Search Committee.
Leif Kehrwald, email@example.com, 503-351-9889
Sandy Bossom, firstname.lastname@example.org
Egbert Kunrath, email@example.com
Angie McKinney, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gabe Triplett, 541-680-6509
Congratulations to Rohan Alan Evans son of Mary Evans and Bryan Nesmith (Tony & Lizzy Evans godparents). Congratulations to Anthony Nall, son of Samantha McKinney and Nick Nall (DeVanté Moore and Kathryn VanTyne godparents). Congratulations to Lennox Patrick, son of Kirsten and Rian Patrick (Molly O’Harrow and Cassy O’Harrow godparents). See pictures below.