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Religion briefs for May 28

Sinatra trio to play at St. Aidan's May 29

The Sinatra Time Trio, which features bass, piano and vocals, will present a number of songs by Frank Sinatra at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29, in Murdock Hall at St. Aidan Episcopal Church, 17405 N.E. Glisan St.

Tickets are $2. For information, call 503-252-6128.

Salvation Army offers day camps in July, August

The Salvation Army's P.A.S.S. day camps provide a combination of Christian and athletic activities in a safe and structured environment for at-risk youth.

The camps are offered to children ages 7-14, and run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, July 5-28, and Aug. 1-25, at the Moore St. Corps, 5325 N. Williams St., Portland.

Cost is $120 per session, or $75 for low-income families.

For information, call 503-419-7328 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a registration form.

Grotto to focus on devotion to sacred heart

June is the month Catholics honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Grotto is offering a seven-session topical Bible study of the devotion, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 2 to July 14.

Traditional devotion to the Sacred Heart is solidly rooted in scripture and offers a rich source of spiritual renewal. The human heart, biblical symbol for human will and passion, can become hardened, yet Christians believe God has promised to change 'hearts of stone' to 'hearts of flesh.' Discover how devotion to the Sacred Heart can be revitalized in our day through a spirituality that is both biblical and ecumenical.

Cost is $15. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 503-254-7371.

Catholic Charities launches food pantry

Catholic Charities has partnered with Oregon Food Bank and Multnomah County to open a food pantry to low-income families in East Gresham.

High unemployment and a tough economy forced record numbers of Oregonians to turn to emergency food last year. In response to this enormous need, The Oregon Food Bank and Multnomah County teamed with East Gresham Elementary Schools' Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Program as one of six school-based food pantry sites throughout the county.

The pilot program began in March and is already serving more than two dozen SUN School families each week, with the help of members of neighboring Grace Community Church, which stores and delivers food to the distribution site.

'As caretakers and educators of low-income children, we often struggle with the idea that students may be leaving school at the end of the day without dinner to go home to,' said Everett Barr, East Gresham Grade School SUN site manager. 'The program has allowed us to identify needy families and immediately supply food. The rapid response of families showing each week validates that this community clearly needs the help.'

The food pantry is open to SUN families every Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. at East Gresham Elementary School. Families who attend receive fresh vegetables and fruit, milk, eggs, bread and other miscellaneous groceries totaling 30 to 40 pounds, or about six bags of food.