Family Life

Beth Schaller

Family Life Coordinator

(503) 777-1491 ext. 236

 Active Hope/Spiral of Resilience Workshop – Sunday, Aug. 2

The Mom’s group will host a “Spiral of Resilience” workshop with Pam Wood (St. Andrew’s Parish) via Zoom on Sunday, Aug. 2nd from 9:00-10:30 a.m. In these times of pandemic and fighting for racial justice, it’s easy to become weary. Give yourself the gift of resilience and active hope as you move through this spiral of exercises based on the work of Joanna Macy. Please email if you would like to attend.

Mom’s Group

Meets every Sunday from 9:15-10:15 a.m. via Zoom throughout the summer and throughout quarantine.  In July we will have casual check-in’s and an action item for racial justice each week.  To join us, just email for the Zoom link.


Sacramental Preparation update – this year we have 31 children who are currently waiting to celebrate their First Holy Communion.  At present we are in a holding pattern, hoping for a chance to celebrate as a community but we will keep the community posted as plans are developed

First reconciliation & Communion for 2nd graders

For those who are thinking about Sacramental Preparation for next year, our registration materials and online registration form are now available.  Sacramental Preparation is for children in grades 2 or higher and it begins with First Reconciliation in the fall and then First Communion preparation in the winter and spring.  I encourage you to register your child and then choose between two options if we cannot offer our traditional program in the fall:

Option 1)  Home-study - materials will be provided to those families interested in this option and the parish will provide weekly parental support for guiding you in your home preparation.


Option 2)  Defer – wait one year and your child can prepare for the sacraments in a communal setting with typical classes and communal gatherings.


Even if you prefer option 2, it would be helpful to receive your registration where you can indicate your preference and defer your payment.   This will help us in planning and ordering the right number of materials.  Follow this link to register:




Anti-racism resources for families and kids



Talking with Children About Race, Racism and Anti-racism
It has been an historical last few weeks with our world focused on the largest demonstration that most of us have witnessed in our life-times.  One beautiful thing emerging from this is the open conversations about race, the opportunity for deeper learning, and the abundant resources available for examining our hearts, forming our children, and taking action.  
My favorites are:

If you’re interested you can watch an hour long video about talking about race in Children’s Ministry that is well worth watching:

If you are feeling the need to process and find spiritual support during this time, please do not hesitate to participate in an upcoming event or contact the parish office. 

 Racial Justice Weekly recommendation

 6/28/2020:  Do you want to see more engagement in our national democracy? Check out From the safety of your home you can use their template to write letters encouraging non-voters to participate in our fall election. They will provide the addresses from all over the country and a template and you complete the letters and provide the envelope and stamps. You hold the letters and mail them in late October. It has measurable results and is one way to reach out and engage another citizen in our democracy.


Two more options:

· Read


6/21/2020:   Are you looking for concrete ways to listen, grow, learn, pray and act for racial justice but possibly feeling overwhelmed with resources?  This summer we will feature one bite-sized nugget to focus on each week to help us to keep our eyes and hearts open and to respond with loving solidarity.  This week we invite everyone to watch the film Just Mercy, which is being streamed for free on You Tube, Google Play, Amazon and Netflix through the month of June.  You can find more details about the film here:

Let the church say Amen

Father J. Glenn Murray, S.J. describes what a good liturgy means from an African American perspective.


A Poem: I, Too


Black poetry:

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.


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. ​


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

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...

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:  


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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