St. Mary
Catholic Church
In the Benedictine Tradition since 1881
Parish Contact
Main Office: 503-845-2296
Fax: 503.845.2297
Faith Formation: 503.845.4282
Email: click here


Middle school can be rough. Between pressures to fit in, have the right friends, get good grades, excel in sports, etc., teens today are overwhelmed with expectations and activities and are busier than ever. When schedules get maxed out, there is now a growing trend to drop the one thing that will enrich our souls and give us rest: Going to church and learning about our Catholic faith.


All 7th & 8th grade youth are invited find rest for your soul with faith, fun, and friendship at one of our weekly meetings or events outlined below. Want your student to get involved, but don’t know where to start? Contact our Director of Youth Ministry, Katie Beaubien Franchini or 503-845-4279, and she’ll get you started.


Sunday 11:10am – 12:20pm OR Wednesday 6:30pm – 7:50pm

Weekly youth meetings are a time of connecting with other youth, learning more about our Catholic faith, and discussing current challenges teens face today.

It is a place to ask tough questions, seek support and grow closer to Christ.

First Sundays of the month are for Confirmation Prep only.
First Wednesdays of the month we meet at the Fr. Bernard Youth Center for XLT (Adoration) nights with pizza or Family Faith Nights.

Youth Ministry Calendar
Youth Ministry Overview


SEP 22/25
Faith Formation begins!
XLT Night at FBYC
XLT Night at FBYC
Oregon March for Life – Salem
XLT Night at FBYC
XLT Night at FBYC
MAY 15-17
Plant Sale


Catholic Heart Work Camp: We had a blast this summer on our trip to Billings, Montana! We’re super excited to see what next year holds. Katie describes Catholic Heart Work Camp as “Steubenville NW Conference meets a service project,” and you’ll have the opportunity to meet and serve with other teens from all over the country. Want to know more? Visit Interested in attending this summer? Talk with Katie Beaubien Franchini in the Parish Office so we can get you connected with fundraising opportunities right away!

Steubenville NW Conference: This awesome conference is open to high school youth entering 9th grade in Fall 2020 through those who have graduated in Spring 2020. Cost is $450 per teen. Space is limited to 20 teens, and is reserved on a first come, first served basis, with your $100 deposit. Be sure to talk with Katie Beaubien Franchini in the Parish Office for more information and to get connected with fundraising opportunities.


Whether facing challenges at home, peer pressure, or transitioning to high school, youth are more likely to stick to their values and continue in their faith tradition when they are supported by like-minded friends and community. Yes, we teach and instruct, but we do it in community because that is how Christ taught his Disciples. We aren’t meant to grow alone. Have questions, suggestions, or want to get involved? Please don’t hesitate to contact Katie Beaubien Franchini at