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!

Family, Faith, Fun! July 2022

Registration for Religious Education (K-6th grades): Holy Cross Religious Education Registration 23.24

Registration for Confirmation Preparation (7th -12th grades): Holy Cross Confirmation Registration 23.24

Register for Religious Education Classes, 2023-2024 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!!

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



All Saints Day, 2019                                                                                        May Crowning, 2021

Home Resources for you!

Many families are looking for ways to jump-start faith formation and spiritual engagement. Please use these resources throughout the summer and beyond.

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:



 Please reach out to Andrea Swanson at to register your child(ren). If you have any questions at all, please email this same email!


Holy Cross Parish celebrates our First Communicants, June 5, 2021! Please continue to pray for these wonderful children!



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!

Vacation Bible School Update:

Please check out our Vacation Bible School page, as we have new VBS events each summer.

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