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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Family Life

April 8, 2020, 7-8 p.m. on Zoom


Topic: St. Ignatius Together: Parent Support Panel

Description : We will hear from parents who are mental and spiritual health professionals who will share short tips on family life in quarantine. Most of the time will be dedicated to Q+A. Questions? Contact

Hope to see you Wednesday!

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Beth Schaller

Family Life Coordinator

(503) 777-1491 ext. 236

Beth Schaller- letter #5-April 8, 2020
Beth Schaller- letter #4-April 6, 2020

Dear Families,

Blessings on you and your families during this Holy Week. Please know that I am praying for all of you. As we draw near to Holy Thursday and the example that Jesus set by washing the disciples’ feet, I cannot help but be moved each evening at 7:00 p.m. when neighbors cheer for all the essential workers who are serving our communities every day through their work as cleaners, grocers, farmers, healthcare workers and more.

Likewise, each person who is respecting the quarantine is tangibly serving the needs of our neighbors, especially those most vulnerable. May we respond to the great call to service in this holy time and recognize that we are serving one another in life and death ways.  READ MORE...

Holy Week Family Resources


Dear Families,

As we enter into Holy Week, I encourage you to make a plan, simple or not, to celebrate the three high holy days of our year, also known as the Triduum  (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter).  If you wish to do something daily this week, that’s entirely possible (and I have a link for this, too).   Tuning into online masses can be spiritually nurturing and instructive, but for children, especially young children, providing opportunities beyond mass to actively participate in the meaning of these high holy days can lay a lasting foundation and deep memories.  READ MORE...

Beth Schaller- letter #3-April 2, 2020

Dear Families,


We are about to enter a Holy Week like no other.  We have a holy opportunity to celebrate it at home in a way that is personal and age-appropriate for our family members.  Thank you to Deb Hilterbrand, one of our Children’s Liturgy teachers, for putting together the attached resource for families.  It provides some great resources for celebrating Palm Sunday including a Lenten pretzel recipe (did you know the pretzel represents arms folded in prayer?), a link to a Sunday gospel video, a coloring book of the passion story, and a craft  Read More...

Beth Schaller- letter #2-March 20, 2020

Dear St. Ignatius Families,


Since I sent my letter last Friday about responding to stress and reaching out to others (attached if you missed it), it has become clear that we will be home for some time and that life and faith practice will look different for awhile.  This time of quarantine makes me think of the Israelites during the Babylonian exile.  During the exile the Israelites were removed from their homeland and separated from the holy Temple, considered the dwelling place of God.  Read More...

Beth Schaller- letter #1-March 13, 2020

Dear St. Ignatius Families,


          If your household is anything like mine you have kids and adults worried and anxious about COVID19 as all of us increasingly feel the impacts on health, family, education, work, recreation, finances, and every aspect of our lives. This is simply different than anything we have known and the unknown can be very frightening. I certainly don’t have the answers and I am trying to take things one day at a time (while planning for possibilities), but here are some things that I believe in general are helpful in any stressful event:  Read More...

Mom’s group, is on Realm there are about 7 different lists of resources for families. You may also join our Mom’s group and meet virtually every Sunday through Zoom from 9:15-10:15 a.m. You can email me if you want to partcipate.      Beth
Sign up on REALM at

Meets 2nd & 4th Sundays from 9:15-10:15AM in the Parish Office Dining Room (and each Sunday of Advent & Lent). Childcare is available in the nursery.


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.

Meets 1st & 3rd Sundays in the Parish Office Dining Room. Childcare is available in the nursery.

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 occur on the 1st Sunday of each month from September through April from 4:30PM to 7:00PM 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.

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.

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

Family Resources during quarentine

Read the story of the Washing of the Feet in a Bible (John 13:1-15) or Children’s Bible or use a video clip like 

Bake or buy a nice loaf of bread to accompany your dinner and add some sparkling cider or apple juice.  Read the story of the Last Supper in a Bible (Matthew 26: 17-20, 26-30 or Mark 14:17-26) or Children’s Bible (or use a video clip like:

This page from the archdiocese has great step-by-step ways to celebrate Holy Week at home. READ MORE...
9 Steps to the Triduum at Home:
Celebrate Palm Sunday Guide 

A suggestion to "turn off the water" while washing hands as a way to conserve in this time of pandemic.  Also, we can use the time the water is off (after wetting our hands and before rinsing our hands) to pray for all the people of the earth who don't have access to clean running water. 

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...

Corona virus quarantine resources for parents and caregivers


Practical Resources for Families during COVID-19 (Food, Education, utilities, etc) READ MORE...
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...

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.

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. ​


The program is every year during the first full week after the 4th of July.

Children ages pre-k through 6th grade may attend from 9AM to noon and older children can be leaders.

Our program is a joint program with neighborhood faith communities at Holy Family Catholic Church, Moreland Presbyterian Church, Our Lady of Sorrows, and other neighborhood faith communities. Come join the fun and volunteer a few days for free tuition!


Interested in participating? Contact Beth Schaller, Family Life Coordinator.