Family Life

Beth Schaller

Family Life Coordinator

(503) 777-1491 ext. 236

WALK WITH US | SATURDAY, JUNE 6  The health of our global community has never been more important, so we are busy preparing for our first-ever worldwide walk — our biggest Carry5 Walk ever!

We will carry water for 5km in solidarity with the 2 billion people around the world who still lack access to clean water. We will all walk on the same day, in our own neighborhoods, to have an enormous collective impact on our global community. For more information or to sign up:

Vacation Bible School:   2020 St. Ignatius VBS:  BE STRONG AND OF GOOD COURAGE!

Join St. Ignatius families this summer for a “portable” VBS program.  Our theme is:  “Be strong and of good courage!” Each day we will learn a new Bible story, help others in our community, and use our hearts, minds, voices and bodies to engage in fun and meaningful activities.

Our VBS program is written for children in grades K-5 but the materials can be adapted and enjoyed by older or younger kids, too.  (If you’re in grades 6-12, please see the invitation at the end.*)

Participants will receive the following:

· A daily activity guide including Bible lessons, daily activities, games, crafts, experiments, and snack ideas.  Most of the activities are offline, but there are some pre-recorded portions and links for those who want to expand to include online options.

· A music CD featuring fun Christian songs related to our theme.

· Links to pre-recorded introductory videos for each day which you can access at any time.

· Supplies and instructions delivered to your home.

An option for connecting virtually with other participants several times throughout the week of July 6-10, for those who wish to do so.

Cost:  $20 suggested donation to cover the cost of supplies, music, and development of the program.  And/or please consider helping with a portion of the program!





Easter Season –May 2020

Dear Families,

This weekend we celebrate the Ascension and next weekend will be the feast of Pentecost.  This is a feast that deserves a celebration!  Make the most of this day (the Church’s birthday) and use it to pray for and acknowledge the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Which gift of the Spirit do you most need at this time?  I invite you to join our parish family and put a symbol of the Pentecost in your window or on your door – a red flame, a dove, etc.  Here is a beautiful example:

(Directions are here:


  1. the Christian festival celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension, held on the seventh Sunday after Easter.  (Acts 2:1-31)

  2. the Jewish festival of Shavuoth.


Some Pentecost Ideas for home:

Food:  fresh pickings – rhubarb, strawberries, apricots, asparagus, peas, lettuce, herbs

Dairy products:  cheesecake, blintzes, ice cream, etc.  (“milk and honey” are a sign of the promised land)

Decorations:  leafy branches, flowers (roses, poppies, peonies, irises), paper roses & foliage (Chinese, Mexican & Polish designs), the color red (wear red, use a red tablecloth, etc.)

Read Stories:  Tower of Babel, people’s arrival at Mt. Sinai, vision of dry bones (Ezekiel), Exodus story of Moses leading the people to Mt. Sinai, Coming of the Holy Spirit (Acts)

Activities using wind and fire:  fly kites, make a pennant, windsock, or create a “tongues of fire” mobile, have a bonfire, light fireworks, barbecue

Traditional Symbols of the Spirit:  water, fire, wind and a dove.  Color:  Red

Game:  Pin the Tongues of Fire over the Apostles??  J 

Gifts of the Spirit:  Isaiah 11:2-3, Fruits of the Spirit:  Galatians 5:22

Prayer:  Come, Holy Spirit

(ideas from School Year, Church Year by Peter Mazar and The Catholic All Year Compendium by Kiendra Tierney)

Children's Liturgy of the Word

Each Sunday from September to May, St. Ignatius offers Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLW) at the 10:30AM Mass.


After the opening prayers and a blessing, the CLW team and children depart to hear the Gospel and engage in an age-appropriate reflection. Children in Preschool and Kindergarten go to the Xavier Room (Dillon Hall) and children in 1st through 4th grade go to the Bradley Room (parish office, lower level). Children return to Mass before the Liturgy of the Eucharist. No registration is required, but parents and guardians are always welcome to attend with their child and introduce themselves to the CLW leaders. 

Contact Ericka Skeldon, CLW Minister, if interested in registering or if you have questions.

Vacation Bible Camp

Vacation Bible School
With social distancing measures in place we are examining options for supporting families in a fun way this summer.  Do you have ideas, need a diversion or enjoy bringing joy to others?  Please contact Beth Schaller for more information or if you want to be involved:  

Anti-racism resources for families and kids


Family Resources during quarentine

Below are a series of letters written by our Family Life Coordinator, Beth Schaller to our families during quarentine. 

OR-Text giving available!

Text to: 73256 

sipdx Chu $25 

(or other amount)

Tithing using your text messaging. Standard text message rates do apply.

Practical Resources for Families during COVID-19 (Food, Education, utilities, etc) READ MORE...
Corona virus quarantine resources for parents and caregivers


Giant list of ideas while being home


Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019:

CDC Talking with Children: 

Complimentary access to MagnifiKid. Visit 
Resources - talking to kids, helping healthcare workers & more   READ MORE...

St Ignatius School is featured in the Catholic Sentinel:

Catholic school students learn remotely amid pandemic Despite hurdles, state-mandated closures don’t stop educators from fulfilling their mission....READ MORE...

Moms Group

A place for moms of all walks of life (new moms, seasoned moms, grandmas, single moms, adoptive/foster moms) to share the joys and struggles of parenthood in a context of faith. Our group is characterized by friendship, laughter, support, and a desire to grow in our relationship with Christ and one another.

Mom’s group, is on Realm there are about 7 different lists of resources for families. 
Sign up on REALM at

Dads Group

The Dad’s group is a place to meet other dads, enjoy an uninterrupted cup of coffee, and share the stories of fatherhood in a context of faith.

If interested, contact Mark Engelen, ministry leader.

Family Nights

Family Nights occur on the 1st Sunday of each month from in Dillon Hall. Themes vary, but most begin with a potluck and have a presentation for adults. Childcare and open gym time is available for the kids.

Temporarily postponed-TBD

A Family of Faith

Interested in catechesis for the whole family? Click above for registration. Send inquires or completed registration to Beth Schaller

Marriage Enrichment

The St. Ignatius marriage enrichment group formed in 2017. The group ranges from newly-weds to empty-nesters and is typically about 14 couples up to as many as 25 couples. We meet on Sunday evenings 4 to 6 times a year. Childcare is often available for our gatherings. 


To find out more about the marriage enrichment group or to join the email list to receive regular information, contact Beth Schaller.


Free Childcare is available on Sundays from 9AM to noon in the school preschool room. Children ages 1 through 6 (and older children at times) are cared for in a safe and caring environment, while adults attend Mass and faith-formation activities or groups. 

Our nursery staff consists of the Nursery Coordinator(s), parents of the children who come to the Nursery, and pre-teen/teen-age volunteer caregivers. Our coordinators are back-ground checked and in compliance with annual Call to Protect Child Abuse Prevention Training. 


Volunteers are welcome and encouraged.  We appreciate the parents and teens who help make our nursery possible. ​



3400 SE 43rd St.

Portland, Oregon 97206

Phone: 503-777-1491

Fax: 503-777-3142

Office hours: Mon-Thur 9:00am-4:00pm


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3330 SE 43rd St.

Portland, Oregon 97206

Phone: 503-774-5533

Fax: 503-788-1134



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