Welcome to Holy Cross Parish's Religious Education!


                            Our families enjoy a year of fun!                                    We celebrate Mary in this month of May!


RE Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 school year!

We have registration materials for Religious Education classes for the 2017-2018 school year! Why Religious Education? We help to build Catholic friendships and community while deepening the faith of children. We plan hands-on, engaging events and activities throughout the year to help the children feel the vibrance of our faith! If you are not at a Catholic school, it is especially important to participate in Religious Education because we support your family's faith development.

Religious Education Registration: /user-files/Holy Cross Religious Education Registration 17.18pdf.pdf

Vacation Bible School

Registration for Vacation Bible School has closed for this summer. We are sorry if we cannot accommodate your family this summer, but we hope to include you next summer in our next adventure together.

If you are an adult or teen who would like to volunteer, we could still use your help. Please contact Andrea at (503) 206-8069 or at aswanson@archdpdx.org if you'd like to help.

Adult and teen volunteer packet: /user-files/Vacation Bible School Volunteer Registration pdf.pdf


Jr. High Youth Group Registration is open for the 2017-18 school year!

This coming school year, we will have our very first jr. high youth group! This group is geared for incoming 7th and 8th grade students who would like to build their faith and to grow in friendship with fellow teens. It is engaging and fun, bringing our faith to life! Once a month, we will have L.I.F.T. Nights (Living in Faith Together) where the high school and jr. high youth groups come together for a night of energy and community, revolving around a particular theme each month. We encourage all 7th and 8th graders to sign up for this wonderful group!

Jr. High Registration Packet: /user-files/Junior High LIFT Registration 17.18.pdf


Calling All Incoming 9th - 12th Graders!

High School Youth Group is ongoing throughout the summer! We meet each Sunday night from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the Parish Hall. Come and stay connected with your friends and with your faith in the summer months!


Confirmation Registration is open for the 2017-18 school year!

Registration for Confirmation classes for the 2017-18 school year has opened. Our confirmation program will look a bit different next year. We will have the teens attend at least 10 Youth Groups from September through December. This will build a foundational knowledge of faith while connecting with other teens and building community! Those teens who fulfill the ten required sessions can attend Confirmation classes starting in January.

Confirmation Registration Forms: /user-files/Holy Cross Confirmation Registration 17.18pdf.pdf


Upcoming Religious Education Events:

July 10-14: Vacation Bible School! 9:00 to 12:30 each day (Registration is currently closed)


Upcoming Teen Events:

June 4: Fundraiser Meal to send our teens to Steubenville Northwest! Please come, eat, and support our teens!



Youth Group!! Every Sunday from 6:30 to 8:00! Please join us for food, prayer, and community!!!


Check it out!! The Catholic Sentinel did a piece on our Youth Group:



Thank You:

First Communion: Thank you to our families, teachers, and catechists who have been supporting our children in their faith development! Thank you also to Fr. Mark Bachmeier who celebrated the liturgy with the children, helping them to experience the communion meal. What a beautiful morning!

Confirmation: Thank you to every family member, catechist, staff member, liturgical minister, and anyone who helped to make this Confirmation day the most beautiful celebration for the teens. Thank you also to Bishop Peter Smith, Fr. Mark Bachmeier, Fr. Pat Hannon, and Fr. Chuck Woods for celebrating the Mass with us! The community truly joined as one to make this morning truly memorable!

Youth Group: Thank you to Allyson Higgins, our fearless leader, for planning and organizing our new youth group! Thank you also to RJ Tagorda, Jose Lopez, Keola Morley, and other volunteers for helping to lead our Youth Group nights! Our group of teens continues to enrich their faith and their relationships with one another!


From "Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World:"

"Why do you think children have to go to Catechesis (religious education)?" - Ana Maria, age 10, from Brazil

"You go to catechism to get to know Jesus better! If you have a friend, you enjoy being with him and getting to know him better. You enjoy being with your friend, playing together and getting to know his family, his life, where he was born, and where he lives. This is a good thing. Religious education classes help you get to know your friend Jesus better and his great family, the Church."                 - Pope Francis, as a response to Ana Maria

It is an honor to work with you and your families while you grow in your faith together! We love working together to help our children embrace their faith! Please let us know how we can best support you and your children as they mature in their Catholic understanding!

~Andrea Swanson~ (Director of Religious Education)


(503) 206-8069




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