First Communion News!

We will be holding First Communion registration during the month of October and starting a virtual program in November. Typically, the program is for 2nd grade students. Please send April Sandoval an email at asandoval@archdpdx.org for more information or register by accessing registration form here: 2020-2021 First Communion Registration Form and emailing to April Sandoval. 

Vacation Bible Camp Was Fun!

We just completed a week of virtual Vacation Bible Camp and it was a huge success! We had a total of 18 children ages 4 to11. We want to recognize and thank our special guests – David Fikstad, Father Leo Remington, Michael Prendergast, Diana Ruiz, and Anita Sandoval who helped make camp fun and meaningful. And thank you to the children who came with open hearts and displayed such respectful behavior, shared wonderful insights, and were fully engaged. What a spiritually driven and caring group of kids we had.  

We spent the week learning learning Stories of the Saints. Some of the saints we learned about were: Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Francis, San Martin de Pores, St. Fiacre, St. Katherine Drexel, Thea Bowman, Oscar Romero and a few others. Our central message was making connections around living life following in the footsteps of Jesus and these saints by being accepting of all and loving others. I can see that these children are already great models of this. 

Raahi – “One of the things I liked about camp was that we got to learn about so many different saints and their cultures.”

Priya– “I liked the music and the singing and the dancing!” 

Father Leo – “I am so delighted and inspired by the people I work with at St Andrew.  This week we enjoyed the Vacation Bible Camp participants, using the up-to-date technology of viewing and listening to some of the children in the camp. We learned about saints, special people in our lives that we can pray to and learn how to follow Jesus.
One important lesson for me, is that we are the saints today.  I like to refer to us as “Saints-in-Training.”  Working with the children, we learned how to experience the saints in our own lives.  And, we have been inspired by the children who are training us to be saints.
In our time this week, we give blessings to others, and we are blessed in return by them. 
We are St Andrew saints.”