Family Life

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Sacramental Preparation for First Communion – LAST YEAR & THIS YEAR

We have a tentative date for First Communion:  Sat, May 2nd at the 5pm mass.  However, much will depend on the upcoming months.  Please stay tuned.  This would include both this year’s class and last year’s class.  We will also be scheduling a First Reconciliation service, our family “Road to Emmaus” ritual, and a rehearsal.

Students from last year are welcome to use our home-study schedule to review the material at home.  This week we will read Chapter 2 and do the activities.  (Chapter 1 is mostly review but you can look at it, also, if you wish.)

Mom's Group meets 2nd and 4th Sundays via Zoom. To join this wonderful group for friendship and faith, email Beth Schaller at

Beth Schaller

Family Life Coordinator

(503) 777-1491 ext. 236

Anti-racism resources for families and kids


Video Links for 2020 VBS


Day 1 –

Be Strong and of Good Courage – Jeremiah, a young prophet – Schaller family introduces the theme here:


VBS Song:  God is For Me – Joe MacKenzie & Joseph Byrd


Catherine of Siena snack info here:


When God Made Me by Matthew Paul Turner, read by Beth Schaller:

Day 2 – 

God gives us brave friends! – Kockler family introduces the theme here:

Day 3 –

Jesus Calms the Storm – Corpus Family introduces the theme here:


VBS Song:  O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus


Soap-powered boat experiment here introduced by Olivia Tynan:


Fred Rogers – watch this clip about Fred Rogers during his own childhood quarantine:

Day 4-

God gives us the gifts of the Spirit –Schaller family introduces the theme here:


Cartoon version of Pentecost story:

Wind-power experiment here introduced by Michele & Ruby Becker:


Maybe God is Like That Too by Jennifer Grant, read by Beth Schaller:

Day 5 –

God gives us hope for the future!  Michele Becker introduces the theme here:

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.

Nursery 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. ​


Children's Liturgy of the Word

Children’s Liturgy – Sunday, Jan. 17th at 10:30 a.m.
*Special request - If you can change the name of the Zoom screen to your child/children’s names, it helps our leaders! 
Michele Becker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Children's Liturgy of the Word Jan 17
Time: Jan 17, 2021 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 689 092 1349      *     Passcode: GodIsLove

Our Children’s Liturgy program is being offered this fall by Nathan Williams, Michele Becker and Angela Kockler each Sunday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.  It’s recommended for ages 5-10, but all are welcome. 

 Women's Valentine Retreat

Arise, my friend, my beautiful one, and come!  (Song of Songs 2:13b)








Join us for a retreat about God’s love for us and our love for God.

Saturday, February 13, 2021 via Zoom

10am – noon

Presenters:  Tara Ludwig of the Faber Institute & Ana Guizado


To register visit the St. Ignatius website at Retreat Sign up

Questions?  Contact Beth at



Presented by:  Women, Arise! Ministry

Donations gratefully accepted.  Donate via the St. Ignatius website under “misc.” and include a memo to direct your donation or send a check to St. Ignatius Catholic Church.


3400 SE 43rd Avenue

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 Avenue

Portland, Oregon 97206

Phone: 503-774-5533

Fax: 503-788-1134



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