Family Life

Advent Candles??  Preparing for Advent at home…

Do you need a set of Advent taper candles or an Advent ring for your home this year?  Normally we sell them at the Advent Festival…but with things a little different this year you can contact and I will arrange delivery for you.  Cost:  $4/set.  A limited number of Advent rings are also available ($5/ring). 

2020-2021 Sacramental Preparation Home-study Program
Please pray for the 20 children preparing for the sacraments. Our First Reconciliation has been temporarily postponed but we will be re-grouping in January to begin First Communion preparation!

Mom’s Groups 

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 2nd & 4th Sundays
Our next gathering will be on Sunday, Nov. 22nd to discuss ideas for celebrating Advent and Christmas at home. To join the meeting or our email list, contact All are welcome!

Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20 – Advent – we will meet weekly for a reflection from The Living Nativity by Larry Peacock.

OR-Text giving available!

Text to: 73256 

sipdx Chu $25 

(or other amount)

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

Women, Arise!  Advent Retreat  Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020  10am - noon  (via Zoom)

“Now the people were filled with expectation, and all were asking in their hearts whether John might be the Messiah. 16 [f]John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the holy Spirit and fire.” – Luke 3:15-16


Let your heart be filled with expectation this Advent as you give yourself a morning to pray and reflect in the company of other  omen. Reflections offered by Antoinette Toku and Tara Ludwig, followed by personal reflection and group sharing.   


Register at:


Donations gratefully accepted.  Please send them to:  St. Ignatius Catholic Church, c/o Beth Schaller, 3400 SE 43rd Ave, Portland, OR 97206 or pay via the St. Ignatius “Realm” app with “Advent Retreat” in the memo line.

 Questions?  Contact

Beth Schaller

Family Life Coordinator

(503) 777-1491 ext. 236

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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 of the Word– Sundays 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!
Meeting ID: 789 5876 1764     *     Passcode: n9eiZD

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. 


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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