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Winter, COVID-19, and Catechism at St. Andrews

January 01, 2022

St. Andrews Mission

Winter has come again to St. Andrews Mission near Pendleton, Oregon. It has brought very cold temperatures and snows to the Umatilla Indian Reservation. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that we are doing catechism lessons by mail or online. We send out reading material, prayers to learn, worksheets about the main points of the Catholic faith, and sacramental prep that we expect parents to help students with their lessons.

We have sixty-seven students from forty-one families. Twenty-five students are preparing for first communion, and forty-two students are preparing for confirmation. These sacraments will be celebrated next spring.