Religious Education

“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis

Welcome to Holy Cross Parish's Religious Education!

Home Resources for you!


Our hearts reach out to the families effected by Coronavirus, both those who are sick and exposed to the virus and those who are providing care to those who are sick. Please know that you are in our prayers!

We are in strange times now, but we can draw hope and energy from our faith. Now is our chance to dive into the focus of the Domestic Church. According to St. John Paul II, "The family is the domestic church... the home is the Church in miniature." Now is our opportunity to dive into the faith formation of our children and families at home.

Please use these resources to help you bring the excitement and energy of our faith home:

Mass from Home:

General Lent Resources:

Holy Week Resources (beginning on Palm Sunday, April 5th):

Easter Resources (on Sunday, April 12th):


Let's help others!

If your family has the time, we encourage you to reach out to members of your community that might be feeling especially isolated. If you have neighbors or relatives that are having to quarantine because of age or compromised health, they are especially prone to loneliness and sadness. Please write a letter or leave a treat for these neighbors.

As a Religious Education community, we are also writing letters to residents at retirement/assisted living homes. If you have some time, please have your children write/draw letters that share hope and love to these residents. We will deliver the letters as they arrive to our office. Feel free to email Andrea Swanson at or you can mail letters to Andrea Swanson, 5227 N. Bowdoin St, Portland OR 97203.

Thank you!

Faith in Action!

Here are some of Holy Cross Parish's families bringing faith formation into their homes!


If you are feeling overwhelmed or lost in carrying out any of these activities or in having discussions about faith, please reach out to us! We would LOVE to help support you! Please email


Vacation Bible School 2019!

Our Vacation Bible School Week was incredible! We had nearly 70 children participate in this amazing week, with the help from about 30 teens and 25 adults.

Our theme was "Jesus and the Holy Heroes" and we learned what it means to be future Christian heroes. To become Christian heroes, we need faith, hope, courage, charity, and LOVE!

We hope you join us for this year's VBS week! Our Vacation Bible School this summer will run from July 9 to 13, 2020. Our theme will be "Let the Adventure Begin!" with a camping theme. Please visit our Vacation Bible School page for registration information!

Jump to Vacation Bible School Page.

Thank You:

Religious Education Catechists: We have been meeting during the summer to prepare lessons and the curriculum for our Religious Education classes. Thank you so much to those adults and teens who are giving of their time and talents to pass our faith on to our children!


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


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