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!

Click here to jump to the Vacation Bible School page, filled with resources for your family!

Registration for Religious Education (K-6th grades): Holy Cross Religious Education Registration 20.21

Registration for Jr. High Youth Group (7th-8th grades): Junior High LIFT Registration 20.21

Registration for Confirmation Preparation (10th -12th grades): Holy Cross Confirmation Registration 20.21

Register for Religious Education Classes, 2020-2021 School Year!

We have our registration for the coming school year for Religious Education and for Sacramental Preparation for children. If your child is at a public or non-parochial school, or if your family is a homeschool family, this program provides the religion class and faith formation for your child(ren)! If you are attending a Catholic school and if you'd like further faith formation and fun opportunities to grow closer to God, we would love for you to sign up, too!!

We will begin our classes virtually this year (because of COVID-19), but we plan to meet in person as soon as it is healthy to do so!



Here is our registration information for this year: Holy Cross Religious Education Registration 20.21

Interested in Jr. High Youth Group, High School Youth Group, or Confirmation Preparation? Click the links below to visit the pages:



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:


Plan for First Communions this year:

It comes as no surprise that our celebration of Sacraments looks a bit different than usual. Because we want to keep our community as healthy as possible, we are following the guidelines to keep numbers low in our Masses. For this reason, we have a new plan for First Communions this year. Two children will celebrate their First Communion at each Vigil Mass throughout the summer. With this plan, the children will be able to have some family members celebrate with them, too.

This summer, we will be celebrating the First Communions of 22 children! Congratulations to these children and to their families!! Thank you, also, to all of our ministries that put on the Masses and especially to Bob Kerns and RJ Tagorda for capturing the memory of this wonderful Mass! We will continue to put up photos of the children throughout the summer:









Please stay tuned throughout the summer as our children continue to celebrate this faith milestone!

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 Update:

Please check out our Vacation Bible School page for updates in this time of COVID.

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