St. Clare Takes the Championship in the CYO Volleyball Championships for 6th Grade.


November 17, 2018 Sixth Grade Girls Spike Championships

St. Clare CYO wins the 2018 CYO Spike Volleyball Championship November 17 at Valley Catholic School.

Home Team: St.Pius X (Green/Black), Coach: TomMcKeen, Players:  Kaci, Ana, Emery, Jaycee, Keely, Grace, Elle,Brittney, Destiny, Kendal, Madison, Delanie, Helena

St. Pius X CYO takes second place in the CYO 2018 Spike Championships at Valley Catholic School November 17.

Visitor Team: St.Clare, Coach: Theresa Dreves,Stephen Hunt, Tammy Ollivier, Molly Schick Players: Katherine,Shannon, Charlotte, Sydney, Francesca, Sofia, Mia, Anna, Riley, Rami, Norah,Gabriella

Set 1: 25 – 20 St. Clare

Set 2: 25 – 23

Set 3:

Game Highlights:

St. Clare dominated the first game and had St. Pius X down by 7 toward the end of the second game.  Pius came back but could not get close enough to stop St. Clare from taking it in 2

Christ the King Wins CYO 5th Grade Volleyball Crown


November 18, 2018 – Fifth Grade Girls Spike Championships Portland, OR

ABOVE: Home Team: St.Agatha (Red), Coach: DanaMcElligott, Danielle Ruhnke, Players: Mia,Maya, Ava, Amara, Serafina, Ally, Lucy, Amelia, Payton

BELOW: Visiting Team: Christ the King (Blue), Coach: ValerieHunter, Kristi Maulding, Players: Ava,Addiso, Elizabeth, Sophia, Brooklyn, Abby, Londyn, Kya

Scores:

Set 1: 25 – 20 St Agatha

Set 2: 25 – 19 Christ the King

Set 3: 15 – 13 Christ the King

Game Highlights:

FINAL: Christ the KIng

Holy Trinity Battles to CYO 5th Grade Volleyball Championship


5-5-spike-holy-trinity-championsHoly Trinity Coaches: Lina Kwee Nguyen, Anh Khoa Nguyen.  Players Mikayla, Marjorie, Emmanuelle, Kendra, Lauryn, Kyla, Taylor, Leia, Adrienne, Ericka, Lauren, Mackenzie

6-5-spike-holy-trinity-secondSt. Matthew Coaches: Marisol Levick, Lacey Puncochar.  Players: Sophia, Dominique, Gillian, Mary, Bailey, Elisabeth, Emilia, Adelle, Jaydn, Macie, Annabelle.

Game 1 – St. Matthew took pretty handily 25 – 10. 

Game 2, Holy Trinity tied the score at 11 – 11 then took the lead 19 – 13 before handing the serve over to St. Matthew.  With a score of 24 – 20, Holy Trinity scored the last point and won the second game 25 – 20.

Game 3, Holy Trinity came out to the early lead 3-0 before St. Matthew took over the serving and tied the game at 7-7.  A back and forth tug of war continued to the end of the 15 – 13 Holy Trinity win!

Notable Game Notes: Holy Trinity got into the championship game by beating the two time previous contender, Valley Catholic.  St. Matthew, the 2015 champion beat St. Agatha, the number one seed this year.  Both teams played a tough tournament schedule to make it to the big game!  “Anything can happen at the tournaments!”

The World Has a New Sister of St. Mary of Oregon Right Here in Beaverton, OREGON!


“Candidate” Anna Nguyen became “Sister” Anna Nguyen this morning at the Convent Mass of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon in Beaverton.  Her friends and family joined the Sisters for Mass and Breakfast to celebrate the joyful occasion  with the Sisters.

Anna Nguyen, from Seattle, WA, spent 6 months discerning her religious call prior to being received as a Novice this morning.

Sister Charlene Herinckx addresses the community of Sisters, family and friends of Sr. Anna Nguyen and friends of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.

Sister Charlene Herinckx addresses the community of Sisters, family and friends of Sr. Anna Nguyen and friends of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon.

Family of Sister Anna Nguyen gather for her reception as a Novice with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon August 11, 2013 at the Sisters Chapel in Beaverton, OR

Family of Sister Anna Nguyen gather for her reception as a Novice with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon August 11, 2013 at the Sisters Chapel in Beaverton, OR

Sister Anna Nguyen thanks the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon for helping her discern her vocation and teach her about Religious LIfe in the process.

Sister Anna Nguyen thanks the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon for helping her discern her vocation and teach her about Religious LIfe in the process.

Family of Sister Anna Nguyen

Family of Sister Anna Nguyen

Sister Anna Nguyen receives her white veil, the symbol of a novice in religious life.

Sister Anna Nguyen receives her white veil, the symbol of a novice in religious life.

Sister Anna Nguyen receives her veil

Sister Anna Nguyen receives her veil

Sister Anna Nguyen adjusts her veil.

Sister Anna Nguyen adjusts her veil.

Sister Anna Nguyen receives the constitution of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon from Sister Charlene Herinckx, the religious leader of the Sisters.

Sister Anna Nguyen receives the constitution of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon from Sister Charlene Herinckx, the religious leader of the Sisters.

Sister Joyce Barsotti, Sister Anna Nguyen and Sister Charlene.

Sister Joyce Barsotti, Sister Anna Nguyen and Sister Charlene.

Sister Anna Nguyen - a brand new Novice with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon

Sister Anna Nguyen – a brand new Novice with the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon

Family of Sister Anna Nguyen

Family of Sister Anna Nguyen

Sister Anna Nguyen and relatives bring gifts to the altar

Sister Anna Nguyen and relatives bring gifts to the altar

Taking the gifts of bread and wine to the altar

Taking the gifts of bread and wine to the altar

Sister Anna Nguyen thanks the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and addresses her family and friends in her native tongue

Sister Anna Nguyen thanks the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and addresses her family and friends in her native tongue

Family and Friends of Sr. Anna Nguyen

Family and Friends of Sr. Anna Nguyen

Family Photo of the Nguyen family

Family Photo of the Nguyen family

Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Hold Annual Nuns Bocce Tournament


The Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, at their annual “Community Days” took time out to compete in the Bocce Ball Tournament.  Interestingly, this game was once the most popular game in the world!  The basic aim of the game is to get your ball closest to the “jack” at the end of four balls per team.  The game drew 18 contestants this year and a huge gallery of spectators!  The champions, at the end of the double elimination tournament were Sister Juanita Villareal and Sister Michael Francine.

2013 Bocce Ball Champions Sister Juanita and Sister Michael Francine!

2013 Bocce Ball Champions Sister Juanita and Sister Michael Francine!

Finals teams best two out of three Sister John Therese and team mate Sr. Maryann Giesel vs Sister Juanita and Sister Michael Francine

Finals teams best two out of three Sister John Therese and team mate Sr. Maryann Giesel vs Sister Juanita and Sister Michael Francine

Sister John Therese Miller shows her form

Sister John Therese Miller shows her form

Sister Maryann Giesel takes her turn

Sister Maryann Giesel takes her turn

Sister Michael Francine showing some enthusiasm

Sister Michael Francine showing some enthusiasm

Candidate Anna Nguyen

Candidate Anna Nguyen

Good shot

Good shot

Sr. Barbara Rose Sohler

Sr. Barbara Rose Sohler

Sister Diana Jean (2012 Champion)

Sister Diana Jean (2012 Champion)

Sr. Theresa Lan and Sr. Anne Vandecovering

Sr. Theresa Lan and Sr. Anne Vandecovering

spectators and "non-winners" :)

spectators and “non-winners” 🙂

Sister Adele Marie Altenhofen takes her turn

Sister Adele Marie Altenhofen takes her turn

Sister Maryann and Sister John Therese win another game

Sister Maryann and Sister John Therese win another game

Sister Barbara Rose gets ready

Sister Barbara Rose gets ready

She talks to the ball

She talks to the ball

Sister Juana gives it a try

Sister Juana gives it a try

Sister Lawdean shows some ability

Sister Lawdean shows some ability

Serious Sr. Rosina

Serious Sr. Rosina

Sister Julie competes

Sister Julie competes

The gallery

The gallery

Spectators and participats

Spectators and participats

Hope!

Hope!

Competitive, Sr. Charlene gives it her best.

Competitive, Sr. Charlene gives it her best.

Sister Krista and Sister Alison await their turn

Sister Krista and Sister Alison await their turn

Museum Exhibit Was Fantastic


Saturday morning we loaded  the bus and headed to the California Museum in Sacramento to visit the Women & Spirit Exhibit about the History of Religious Women in America.  It was very inspirational and something that made us feel really good about the women who helped shape the country.  It was really very moving.  I did take some clips of the exhibit which was allowed so after some editing will share the clips I took.

One interesting tidbit I discovered was about the Mayo Clinic.  It was started by the Sisters and they asked Dr. Mayo if he would work at the hospital if they built it and provided the support!  He said he would and the rest is history!

Because this was the traveling exhibit, it was the featured exhibit and quite large.  After spending about three hours in this section, I could not believe that much time had passed, I then went around to the other exhibits which I described yesterday.  I was especially interested in finding “Ishi” the last wild Indian in America.  It was very interesting and I enjoyed reading the material about it.

We spent the entire morning at the museum and by 1:00 had pretty much seen everything so people broke up into small groups and headed for all points in Sacramento.  My group headed for Old Sacramento which we really enjoyed especially the old hardware store.  Lots of great things to see in this town loaded with history.  After lunch we went to the Train Museum.  Wow…what a place two stories of locomotives…full size…took you through the ages in trains.  Also included a large wing on toy trains.  Incredible building and the content was fantastic – Highly recommend to all train lovers!

Wonderful shops to visit all around Old Sacramento and as 5:00 approached we made our way to the Cathedral for Mass.  The Cathedral was recently renovated and as we learned yesterday, the architect and overseer of the renovation was done by the uncle of our friend, Colleen Nistler, known by many of you.  Her uncle did a GREAT job.  It is beautiful!  Pics to come later.

After Mass, ten of us headed over to the Pyramid restaurant across from the Cathedral and we had a wonderful dinner outdoors where we could enjoy the facade of the Cathedral and people walking .  It was a great evening!  After dinner we headed for our hotel and I have to tell you…I was tired!  I did not even get into the pool!  Just went to sleep!

I can assure you that we all had a great day yesterday.  It was a remarkable event for us and one that I am glad to have taken part in.  Today we head back to Portland on our “Noahs Ark.”  It will be a lot of fun as this group of 44 has really had a wonderful time building community and enjoying the entire trip.

See you soon!

 

What has Sidelined the Sisters on their Way to Sacramento?…


ANSWER:  DINNER AT REDDING 🙂

6:00 am started the day, as usual with Liturgy of the Hours followed by Mass in the Convent Chapel.  7:00 am With excitement, the Sisters went to breakfast, anxious to bring their suitcases down and load the bus!  Discussion at breakfast included itinerary for the day and what the Sisters would be doing who would stay at home.  Waffles?  Chinese Food?  Sr. Rita (Motherhouse Superior) pulled out all the stops to make the weekend special for those who would stay behind.

Breakfast did not take as long this morning as people had things to do before leaving!  Shortly after breakfast, 7:45 am, Sister Charlene announced over the convent intercom that the bus had arrived and it was time to gather and load the bus. The elevators came to a grinding halt as they were called to third, fourth, and fifth floor all at the same time to move the luggage to ground level (you had to be there!)

The Sisters loaded onto the busses with remarkably frugal bags of “stuff” except for me, of course, who had to drag my cameras along to document the trip.  We staked out our areas on the bus and got comfortable as the driver closed the door and began to back the bus out of the loading area near the convent bakery and garages wing.  My heart was touched by all of the people who came out to say good by (Sisters and lay people alike) and wave as we rode down the Sisters’ driveway in front of the old gym and swimming pool.  Staff came out of several doors of the convent to see the sight and wish us a good and safe trip.  We all mentioned how touching it was.

Not long after exiting the driveway, Sr. Charlene led us in a prayer for a safe journey.  We all joined in – using the booklet that was thoughtfully put together for us.

We picked up a few Sisters and guests along the way, Sister Patricia Marie in Medford and Sister Allison’s Mother in Roseburg.

We stopped at Azalea, OR at a place called “Heaven on Earth” where we were treated to cinnamon rolls and coffee – compliments of the bus company Noah’s Ark!  I highly recommend this stop, as it is quite a remarkable place.  One of the staff by the name of “Rosie” entertained us with a song she wrote and told us the story of the establishment.  Rosie has worked at this endeavor for 30+ years and is a dedicated soul.  She will be highlighted in a post later tonight.

Currently 6:30 pm, we are in Redding, CA at Logan’s Roadhouse for dinner.  We will arrive in Sacramento approximately 8:30 this evening, God willing, at Sutter’s Inn Best Western.

We are having a BLAST and remembering YOU in PRAYER.  We would all like to hear from you so please respond to these posts and I will share them with the Sisters.  Thanks for reading and responding!

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Sacramento Here We Come!


Reminder…Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (about 40 of us) are headed to Sacramento to see the exhibit on the “History of Religious Women in America!”  This show was created by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. and the closest it gets to Portland is Sacramento!

This adventure is very exciting and one that will be written up in the Archives of the Sisters for sure!  It is the cap of the Sisters 125th Jubilee anniversary this year and will be a great memory for those who take part.  Join me this weekend as I blog our adventures!  And please leave comments! 🙂

Now to the practical side of things…

ü  Our hotel has a swimming pool!

ü  Forecast for Saturday: high of 84 and low of 63.

ü  Sr. Rita has snacks for us.  She will also ask for a bowl of tuna fish to be prepared on Thursday so we can make sandwiches either Thursday evening or Friday morning.

ü  Kelly (our tour arranger) is not only providing snacks and water, but she is also treating us to cinnamon rolls, coffee/tea at “Heaven on Earth” in Azalea, OR.

ü  Bring your own water bottles to refill/coffee mugs.

ü  Remember that we cannot take fruit into California – so pack your lunch accordingly.

ü  We will not stop for lunch (lunch on the bus) but we will stop for lunch/dinner on the return trip.

Schedule

Friday, April 27

6:00 Morning Prayer and Mass followed by breakfast

7:45 a.m.      Bus Arrives

8:00 a.m.     Board Bus

10:00             Rest stop near Eugene

11:30             Stop at Roseburg to pick up Barbara Green

(exit 127 – Home Depot parking lot)

12:30             Stop at Heaven on Earth Restaurant (exit 86) for coffee, tea, and cinnamon rolls –( thanks to Kelly)

2:30 p.m.     Pick up Sr. Patricia Marie at McDonald’s on Biddle

5:00 p.m.     Stop in Redding, CA, for dinner

8:30 p.m.     Arrival in Sacrament (Best Western Sutter House)

Behind the Scenes at the Convent


I took the day off  to help share a bit of Oregon with some Sisters from Ohio and Wisconsin.  If you read my blog yesterday then you know the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon (SSMO) (my community) celebrated 125 years as a religious community.  Two groups of Sisters came from back East to help us celebrate: the Precious Blood Sisters (CppS) from Dayton, Ohio and the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity (OSF) from Manitowok, Wisconsin.

Sister Noreen Jutte CppS; Sister Charlene Herinckx SSMO; Sister Caritas Strodthoff OSF; Sister Louise Hembrecht OSF; Sister Catherine Hertel SSMO, Sister Joyce Lehman CppS; Sister Joyce Barsotti SSMO, Sister Krista von Borstel SSMO; and Sister Nancy Recker (not pictured)