By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
All Saints Catholic Church is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the parish and school from November 2016 to November 2017 with a variety of solemn and celebratory events for current and former parishioners, teachers, students, nuns, priests and neighbors.
The motto for the observance is “Treasuring Our Past, Embracing Our Future,” said Trish Trout, the 100th anniversary chair.
The centennial year will begin with Archbishop Alexander Sample presiding at a solemn mass at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6 in the church, 3847 N.E. Glisan St. The mass will include the school’s third graders portraying saints in a traditional procession. A brunch in honor of All Saints Day will follow the service.
On March 23, 2017, Senior Appreciation Day is planned. On May 20, 2017, a festive concert will feature parish musicians and the newly restored Tasavant Freres pipe organ.
An outdoor 100th Anniversary Mass is planned for Sept. 10, 2017. Afterward, attendees may visit food booths and renew acquaintances in alumni gatherings. They also may tour the school, gymnasium, parish offices and the church.
The 100th anniversary observances will close with a mass in honor of All Saints Day on Nov. 5, 2017, with Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith presiding. A brunch will follow.
The parish began to take shape on Dec. 5, 1917, when the Rev. William B. Cronin called together a nucleus of Catholic parishioners to a meeting in the Laurelhurst Co. real estate office, in what is now Coe Circle with the Joan of Arc statue in the center, according to Trout.
Archbishop Alexander Christie had purchased a number of lots in the Laurelhurst Addition with the idea of developing a new parish. The property once was part of farmland owned by William S. Ladd, an early Oregon businessman and a former Portland mayor.