Time to Develop Talents


October 10, 2020

21 days till National Vocation Awareness Week

St. Mary of the Valley School Photo 1990

In 1982 I began teaching at St. Mary of the Valley High School while also attending Portland State University to get my fifth year and participating in formation classes.  I taught a couple of classes at the high school then went to PSU for the rest of the day until around 4:00 when I returned for classes at the convent.  I was a busy little “first professed” as I continued to learn the ropes.  I enjoyed teaching at the high school very much and could see myself full time in the future.  I really appreciated teaching at our community high school.

My main assignment was to teach religion and I found enjoyment in coaching the jv Softball team.  Prior to 1991, St. Mary of the Valley was an all-girl school which went co-ed and changed the name to Valley Catholic.  My school experience as a youth had been co-ed and I was more at home in that environment.  I think it is good for youth to be with the opposite gender at school while they have their feet under their parent’s roof.  There are a lot of lessons best learned at home.

I realized how fortunate I was to be called to religious life and what satisfaction I got out of it.  A religious who dedicates their life to Christ has the time to do things that a married person with the responsibilities of family would not have in many cases.  I realized the many talents God had given me and I had the time to develop them.

The Rule of Separation


October 9, 2020

23 days till National Vocation Awareness Week – post 3 of 25

Preparing cookies for Christmas celebrations LtoR: Sr. Ruth Etzel, Sr. Maryann Giesel, Sr. Magdalene, Sr. Adele Marie

Fourty years have passed since I entered Religious Life.  Things have changed as the world changes.  Nothing stays the same and that is for the most part good, I think.  Not in all cases but mostly.  When I was in formation, we had what was called a “Rule of Separation” which mean’t if you were in formation you could not talk with the sisters who were professed.  Why? You are probably asking?  Formation takes place through the interaction with one formation director.  Every single person has a suggestion for how something should be done.  If you want a uniform formation for your members in religious life, best it be done through one, trained director.   In my day there were a dozen of us in various stages of formation and we were able to create a good community of young sisters.

Today, we no longer have the rule of separation, but we do have 4 Sisters in formation, three of whom are under the age of 30.  They are a wonderful group of young women who give me a lot of hope and confidence in our future as a religious community.   The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon accept women between the ages of 18 and 45.  Even though we no longer have a rule of separation, the older sisters have an understanding of what should be deferred to the formation director.

JOIN ME AT CAMP HOWARD THIS SUMMER!


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I’m not sure what could be more fun than spending time with you and your loved ones at Camp Howard this summer. As for me, I come to the office most days during the summer but stay at the camp in the evenings and parts of other days especially Fridays. It is a wonderful experience to be at the camp and breathe the great outdoor air. I would LOVE to share that with you!

Consider joining several of the staff and I for family camp July 31 – August 2, 2020 at Camp Howard. https://cyocamphoward.org/Layouts/evolved/Content.aspx?d=RehqjLdx3v1v43hsy7lfk%2bs3Y0h1XDUboIu9B1LISrU%3d

The reason I encourage family camp is that it is a great way for parents to check out the camp, initiate your children in the wonderful aspects of camping, and get a sense of what the camp and the people are all about. You will truly not be sorry!

Family camp is a great time for good conversations, rest, relaxation (we cook for you) and family fun. You sleep together in a cabin and enjoy watching your children participate in fun camp activities. There are also campfire talent shows where you and your family can come up with a talent act to do together.

Camp Howard is an ACA (American Camping Association) accredited camp with high standing in the camping industry. Please join us for the summer of 2020!

Why Making Friends Is One of the Most Important Things That Happens at Summer Camp|American Camping Association


https://www.acacamps.org/campers-families/parent-blog/why-making-friends-one-most-important-things-happens-summer-camp?utm_source=Informz

Join us this summer at Camp Howard for a week of making friends, experiencing the great outdoors and fantastic fun designed just for you! Rated “Best Camp Food” by the campers! #CampHoward

CYO BXB 4 Girls City Champs Valley Catholic


February 24, 2019

CYO City Basketball Championships

Home Team: St. Agatha

Coach(s): Jason Manson, Julie Manson, Jim Martin

Player first names: Suydney, Edie, Samantha, Regan, Ella, Abby, Finley, Sofie, Addison

Visiting Team: Valley Catholic

Coaches: Frank McKeen, Andrea Chakrapani

Players: Hannah, Leah, Tia, Meghan, Malia, Grace, Stephanie, Maanya, Sophia, Natalie

Scores:

Q1: 4-4 Tied

Q2: 10 – 9 Valley Catholic

Q3: 25 – 11 Valley Catholic

Q4: 27 – 17 Valley Catholic

Highlights:Well played game, the girls fought hard and well. Great CYO spirit!

FINAL: Valley Catholic 27 – 17

CYO BXB 4 Boys City Champs Valley Catholic


February 24, 2019

CYO City Basketball Championships

Home Team: Valley Catholic

Coach(s): Chris Boudreaux, Joel Frank

Player first names: Aarush, Jack, George, Garrett, Pavley, Cruz, Kaiyan, Adrian, George, Jacob

Visiting Team: St. John Fisher

Coaches: Joe Connell, Patrick Proctor, Ben Rasmussen

Players: Logan, Isaac, Gabriel, Miles, Nolan, Spencer, Connor, Mattias, Oliver, Casen, Max

Scores:

Q1: 11-4 Valley Catholic

Q2: 19 – 11 Valley Catholic

Q3:  24 – 13 Valley Catholic

Q4: 32 – 21 Valley Catholic

Game Highlights:

  • A very quick paced game with Valley Catholic hitting their shots and St. John Fisher having a hard time getting the ball to go down.  Both teams will be fun to watch in the future.

FINAL: Valley Catholic 32 – 21

CYO BXB 3rd Boys City Champs Our Lady of the Lake


February 24, 2019

CYO City Basketball Championships

Home Team: St. Anthony (Tigard)

Coach(s): Raymund Baluyut, Dan Alar

Player first names: Shay, Liam, Carson, Garrett, Bryan, Derek, Brian

Visiting Team: Our Lady of the Lake (Lake Oswego)

Coaches: Mark Hanna, Michael Warhank

Players: Zachary, Quinn, Alton, Noah, Marky, Beckett, Wyatt, Jake, Ryan, Calvin

Scores:

Q1:  St. Anthony 9, Our Lady of the Lake 8

Q2: Our Lady of the Lake 19 – St. Anthony 15

Q3: Our Lady of the Lake 32 – 23

Q4: Our Lady of the Lake 39 – St. Anthony 30

Game Highlights:

  • Very close game, great shots and plays by both teams.  The lead changed several times throughout the game.  Our Lady of the Lake increased their lead by 9 toward the end of the third quarter.
  • With 1:24 left in the game, OLL 36, Anthony 30.  
  • The last 2 minutes became a foul-fest with St. Anthony trying all possible ways to get the ball.  Unfortunately, they could not convert for points at their end of the court.

FINAL:  Our Lady of the Lake 39 – 30

CYO BXB 3rd Grade Girls City Champs – Holy Redeemer


Feb. 24, 2019

CYO City Basketball Championships

Home Team: Holy Redeemer

Coach(s): Sonora Thirdgill

Player first names: Jeannemarie, Julia, Isira, Gema, Evangelina, Sera

Visiting Team: St. Pius X

Coaches: Ted Stark, BG Aguirre

Players: Isabella, Lily, Elizabeth, Vivienne, Lucianna, Samantha, Maisy, Elizabeth

FINAL: Holy Redeemer 

Rhonda Shelby’s Camp Howard Endorsement!


My heart was warmed by Rhonda’s description of the unique spiritual atmosphere at Camp Howard and how that atmosphere creates such a special experience for campers. Rhonda ‘s daughter has loved every minute of her CYO Volleyball experience. Rhonda has cheered for the team and volunteered to run the scoreboard at her games.

Thank you Rhonda and all of the amazing CYO and Camp Howard volunteers and supporters! You make great memories possible for our youth.

Please check out Rhonda’s interview with VYO recently: