Have You Ridden on a Corcl?


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This is the summer to be a 5 to 10 year old at Camp Howard!  We are focusing on their summer activities and plan to kick it up a notch for this age group at camp this year. Why this age group?  Last year we focused on 11 – 17 year olds adding zip line, big swing and lazer tag!

What is a corcl?  It is a round, plastic floating vessel designed with our younger campers in mind.  The corcl is made to be paddled around in the pond.  Camp Howard supplies life jackets for all of the campers and make sure they are in them before they get into the device.  This activity is sure to be a confidence builder in the kids!

The corcls come in a variety of colors and look like they will be a lot of fun.  If you haven’t done it yet, sign up for a week of fun at Camp Howard!  Camp Howard is accredited by the American Camping Association.  Open House: Sunday June 25th from 2:00 – 5:00.

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What’s Good about Good Friday?


When you think about the horrible things that happened on Good Friday it makes one stop and ponder the word, “Good”!

For me, the three days leading to Easter are the most important days of the year!  I would not have dedicated my life to Christ had it not been for these three days.  Think about it, Jesus willingly died, was buried and rose to life on the third day all in accordance with what God had promised all along in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3).  This was the most momentous event in the history of the world!

Good Friday had to happen in order for the wonderful JOY of Easter Sunday!  I hope this is a thought filled and wonderful Easter for each of you!

What Happened on Holy Thursday?


APRIL 13, 2017 SISTERS OF ST. MARY OF OREGON – BEAVERTON, OR –

Holy Thursday commemorates the activities leading up to the Passion of Christ.  The meal (Last Supper) takes place with a sense of foreboding.  The Gospel writers describe it as a Passover meal.  Jesus talks about the bread and wine as elements of his own body as he shares the bread and cup of wine with those present.  On this night, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples and he announced that one of the twelve at the table would betray him.  Later in the evening, Jesus and his apostles retire to the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed before being apprehended by members of the Sanhedrin and guards. He is taken away and will be crucified the next day, Good Friday.

Sr. Julie, Sr. Thuy, Sr. Michael Francine and Fr. Francis,  process through the chapel with candles & incense as part of the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  Members of the local community join the Sisters in the convent chapel for the service. #sistersofstmaryoforegon, 

Camp Howard Updates Paintball and Laser Tag


April 12, 2017 CYO/CH…The lasertag and paintball courses have been redone at Camp Howard this winter by Ashtien King, Assistant to the Property Director.  Ashtien is no stranger to either sport and has put his own personal touch on the stations.

The Paintball range has moved to a location below Aldergrove Unit which will be exciting for the kids.

A new laser tag shed is under construction to store the materials in during the summer.  Campers age 11 and up are eligible to participate in the laser tag program at Camp Howard.

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Above: Laser tag arena at Camp Howard has new areas to hide behind this year.

CYO Track and Field 2017


It all began today with somewhere around 1800 participants signed up to compete around the Greater Portland area including Clark County, WA.  Before we know it, the four short weeks of meets will be over and we will find ourselves in the championships!  With the inclusion of Roadrunners (grades 3&4) in two regional meets with finals heading to the Meet of Champions, it proved to be very exciting for all.  This year CYO will be introducing medals for the championships across the board.  CYO is introducing the new Cadet medals for 2017.  Roadrunner and Cubs will receive the standard CYO Track and Field Medals which will be exciting for them as well.

Good luck this season to all participants.  See you at the Meet of Champions!

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Whoa…New Zip Line Features at Camp Howard


Parents…before you read this, please know our staff are all certified every year to operate the zip line and giant swing at Camp Howard.  Our program has been built by SYNERGO, a company specializing in zip lines and located here in Oregon.  We think they are the best in the business and that is why we do business with them. OK…read on!

Oh boy…Phase two of the Camp Howard Zip Line was installed in March and it is going to be a crowd pleaser!  The second leg of the line zips from the end of last years ending pointto the platform in the background.  The camper clips to the cable above the bridge for safety and walks along the bridge which is suspended in air with cables.  From the platform in the foreground, the camper zips to….

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This platform which is about a 100′ zip. This will be the new ending of the zip line and the camper will belay to the ground where they will receive a “Courageous Heart” certificate from yours truly! 🙂IMG_4973

Campers will enjoy a spectacular view of the Bull Run and Mt. Hood along the way!

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CYO 8th Boys Holy Redeemer or Holy Trinity?


2017 8th Grade Boys CYO Championship Basketball

Holy Redeemer (White)

Coaches: Anton Glover, Terrence Lawrence Roberson, Joe Marx

Players: Trey, Quinn, Luke, Ryan, Samuel, Nickolas, Jalen, Dominic, LaVontae

Holy Trinity – Three time defending CYO Champions.

Coaches: Robert Holthaus, John Lang

Players: Sean, Joseph, Nicholas. Cole, James, Nathan, Ethan, Nathaniel, Amit, Charlie

 

Q1:  Exciting first quarter action saw both teams come out to a very fast paced high flying level of skill with a touch of jitters especially on the 3 time champion Holy Trinity team.  Quarter score 13 – 5 Holy Redeemer.

 

Q2:  Holy Redeemer opened the quarter with a basket answered by Holy Trinity’s tall guy, Pickard.  Both teams featured a variety of heights, stages of the growth process in action.  Holy Redeemer’s Anderson answered on the other end of the court.  Back and forth baskets and free throws resulted in a score of 20 -14 Holy Redeemer with 3 minutes left in the half.  As both teams were fully warmed up and in their element by the end of the first half, there was evidence the game would be a good one.  Holy Trinity would be within 4 points before a free throw made it five for Holy Redeemer at the end of the half.  Half time score: 23 – 18 Holy Redeemer.

Q3: Holy Redeemer’s Johnson scores the first hoop of the half and Holy Trinity is unable to answer on the other end.  Phillips puts another two in for Holy Redeemer and Trinity again loses the ball under their basket.  Time out…regroup.  Lang goes to the free throw line and sinks one, sinks two.  Holy Redeemer travels on their end and Holy Trinity gets another chance to reduce the deficit.  Airball!  Holy Redeemer throws it out of bounds on an inbound as Holy Trinity takes over again ball stripped and two more points Redeemer.

Anderson shoots a three pointer and it swishes through the basket.  Holy Trinity answers score 34 – 26 Holy Trinity.  Holthaus attempts another hoop and draws a foul, misses one, misses two, Redeemer rebounds, Trinity steals and Lang is fouled at the layup.  Lang misses one, hits one.  Lang draws another foul on the next trip down, hits one, hits two now a 5-point game!  Holy Redeemer puts in another two and that ends the quarter 36 – 29.

Q4: Lang opens the quarter with a hoop and Shuster draws a foul on the next trip down.  Misses one, (don’t those free throws add up?), misses two, back and forth ensues for three trips up and down before Redeemer adds another 2.  Pickard answers with a mighty muscle shot from below the hoop and time out is called, 38 – 35.  Holy Redeemer inbounds the ball, Hallinan shoots, misses, Johnson rebounds and puts it in.  Both teams give up the ball, Trinity’s Shuster picks up a free throw opportunity and puts them both in.  40 – 37 Redeemer.  Houston…we have a game!  Holy Trinity fans go crazy, launch into some great cheers, Redeemer joins in and the house is rockin’!

Holy Redeemer adds a score by Ridgeway after several player-attempts his goes in followed by another bucket by Anderson on the next trip down.  Redeemer 44 – 37 and Trinity’s Valluri fouls.

Two minutes left in the game and it is not looking good for the three time defending champions.  Not a team to roll over and play dead, Lulay scores for HT and they are still in the game.  Anderson scores again not letting the door open again and he steals the ball, draws a foul.  Holy Trinity takes it down the court but Lang cannot convert, Redeemer picks it up and draws another foul and this time Anderson goes to the line for two.  With 46 seconds left and score of 46 – 39, Anderson throws the ball in as Holy Trinity begins the fouling sequence to extend the season a few minutes.  Hallinan hits two for Redeemer as Holy Trinity rolls the ball down the floor then Lang shoots a three pointer and misses.  Hallinan misses but Johnson puts it up for him and scores two more points.  Shuster puts up a three but again they miss and Johnson goes to the line for Holy Redeemer.  With a twelve-point lead and ten seconds to go, the Redeemer starters head to the bench and the game ends 52 – 39 Holy Redeemer.  It is a great game in spite of the score.  Holy Trinity has won the past three championships but today it went to Holy Redeemer.  Both teams played great games and it was fun and exciting to watch.

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