Faith Formation



Faith Formation: Jess Heringer, Pastoral Assistant
503-777-1491, x238


Adult Faith Formation on Wednesday Evenings

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Adult Faith Formation gatherings on Wednesday evenings this fall and winter!  We are especially grateful to all of our RCIA presenters that made these evenings possible.   

Over the past few months, we explored:

Principles of Catholic Interpretation of Scripture with Fr. John Ridgeway 
Images of God with Dorothy Rollins 
The Mass with Fr. Craig Boly 
The Incarnation with Mike Buck 
Development of Conscience with Fr. Craig Boly 
Living the Sacraments of Initiation with Jess Ingman and Mike Buck
Vatican II: The Church in the Modern World with Tina Auerbach


At this time there are no further Wednesday evenings scheduled, but we welcome your feedback as we consider the timing and topics for future adult faith formation gatherings.  Please send questions and suggestions to Jess Ingman at

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

  • Are you, your spouse, a friend, or an acquaintance a member of another faith tradition but worship regularly here at St. Ignatius?
  • Are you experiencing God’s call in your life and seeking Baptism or full communion with the Catholic Church? If you are, please consider participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) at St. Ignatius. RCIA offers the opportunity to explore with others what the Catholic Church has to offer and serves as the gradual process of welcoming new members into the Roman Catholic Church. St. Ignatius has begun hosting RCIA sessions this summer, and adults are welcome to begin the process on an on-going basis.

Adults from many walks of life participate in RCIA – those who are unbaptized, Christians baptized in another denomination, or Catholics who have not participated in the sacraments beyond Baptism. Over the course of an extended period of time, often one year, RCIA participants gather weekly with members of St. Ignatius community to hear Scripture, reflect on its meaning for their lives, and study the teachings of the Catholic Church. After months of preparation and prayer, the whole community celebrates Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil with those who have discerned a call to be initiated in the Roman Catholic tradition.
The Rite of Christian Initiation also provides an adapted process for welcoming youth (7 - 18 yrs.) into the Roman Catholic Church. Like their adult counterparts, youth also hear the Scriptures and study the teachings of the Catholic Church with peers and then celebrate the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil.
St. Ignatius parish has begun hosting RCIA sessions this summer, and adults are welcome to begin the process on an on-going basis. Since the RCIA process involves significant preparation and adult baptisms are celebrated once a year (April 4, 2014), we encourage those who are interested to contact pastoral assistant, Jess Ingman, 503-777-1491, ext. 238, to schedule an initial conversation at your earliest convenience.


First Eucharist and Reconciliation

First Eucharist and Reconciliation 

Preparation to receive Reconciliation (Penance or Confession) and the Eucharist for the first time is offered to those who are beginning at least the second grade. Children's Reconciliation classes are held between September and October and Eucharist classes are held between January and May. Parent sessions and opportunities for family involvement are provided during the preparation periods. To sign up, please download and the letter, schedule, and registration form below and turn the completed paperwork into the parish office by September 7, 2014. Contact pastoral assistant, Jess Ingman, at 503-777-1491 Ext. 238 or if you have further questions. 




For Infants & Children (newborn through 7 yrs.), Baptism is celebrated at the regular Sunday liturgies on several designated Sundays during the year. To prepare for this Sacrament, parents and godparents must register with the parish and attend classes on the meaning and ritual of Baptism. Call the parish office for a packet at 503-777-1491 including, Godparent/Christian witness forms 

Upcoming dates:
Sunday June 21, 2015 - 10:30am Mass
     Class is on June 14,2015 at noon in the Parish office dining room




The Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated every other year in our Parish.

Congratulations to our High School students that have recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 6th with Archbishop Sample.


Our next class will begin in Fall 2015, contact Jess Heringer for details! 503-777-1491 x238


To assist families in preparing for a funeral of their loved one at St. Ignatius  here is a guideline for scheduling.  
Funeral services are celebrated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Funerals may be scheduled on Saturday mornings, provided that no weddings are already scheduled on that day. We ask that families please contact the Parish Center and finalize a funeral day/time before arranging travel plans for family members to attend the funeral.   503-777-1491 Thank you.


Parish Address

3400 SE 43rd Ave
Portland, Oregon 97206
Phone: (503) 777-1491
Fax: (503) 777-3142

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 9:00am - Noon; 1:00 - 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am - Noon

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3330 SE 43rd Ave
Portland, OR 97206
Phone: (503) 774-5533

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