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Limited Reopening of St. Patrick
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UPDATE: January 1, 2021

Dear Parishioners of St. Patrick Catholic Church,

The new Mass schedule is as follows: Masses will be celebrated Tuesday-Saturday 6 p.m. (6 p.m. Vigil on Saturday) and on Sunday at 8 a.m. (Spanish), 10 a.m. (English) and 12 p.m (Chant) with a maximum of 50 persons in attendance. Although all archdiocesan directives will be adhered to, many details of their implementation may have to be adjusted in the coming weeks and months. I sincerely ask for your patience and the extension of charity to all staff members, volunteers and Mass attendees during this time. 

Please be aware of these preliminary items: 

  1. The St. Patrick Catholic Church campus, exclusive of the church itself and hall (bathrooms) during Mass, will remain closed until further notice. The adoration chapel is indefinitely closed. The entire campus is completely closed on Mondays.
  2. The general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation remains in place for all persons in the Archdiocese of Portland. 
  3. Anyone attending Mass does so at their own risk. Vulnerable, at-risk and otherwise concerned persons should remain at home. Fr. Tim is permanently immunocompromised and therefore more stringent contact precautions are utilized at St. Patrick’s. Your patience and cooperation are appreciated.
  4. All  Saturday Vigil and Sunday Mass attendees must sign up via the step-by-step system explained below. Anyone presenting themselves for admittance to Mass without having first utilized this process will not be able to attend Mass.
  5. The livestreaming of Masses will continue until further notice. This includes the daily 6 p.m. Mass, the Saturday 9 a.m. Mass and the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass.
  6. Confessions are heard on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Sundays from 1-2 p.m. On Sundays the Eucharist will be exposed during the confession period. 
  7. The wearing of masks or face shields while attending Mass is required. Unless you are wearing a mask you will not be able to attend Mass.
  8. Donation boxes are positioned at the entrance to the church in lieu of a collection. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Guidelines for signing up and attending Mass:

Step 1: Ensure that you are not ill. Any persons who are ill, elderly or immunocompromised should remain home. 

Step 2: Determine if you are willing and able to aid in the sanitization of the church post-Mass. Each Mass will require 2 persons to sanitize the church after each Mass. Details below. 

Step 3: To sign up to attend Mass click this link. You will be taken to a Google spreadsheet where you may select the Mass you wish to attend and input your details.

    • The schedule is released two weeks at time.
    • The daily cutoff time for signing up for Mass is 1 hour before the Mass begins.
    • If you are truly unable to sign up online, please call the office (503-222-4086) and leave a voicemail (extension #4) with your first and last name, phone number, date request and willingness to sanitize. If you have called to sign up, please do not attend Mass unless confirmed with the office. Please use this option only if you have no other recourse.  

Step 4: On the day and time you have selected, come to the church 15 minutes before Mass. The church doors will be locked 5 minutes before Mass. Please do not knock on the door or try to get in if you are late.

Step 5: Sit only in the designated pews at the designated spots. The spots are clearly marked with green signs attached to the pews. Retain a distance of 6 feet between you and any other person unless they are in your household. Up to two persons may sit a singular sign. 

Step 6: Communion will be distributed in a circular, clockwise motion through the church. Those who wish to receive on the tongue may wait off to the side by Our Lady of Guadalupe until all others have gone through the line. Please do not attempt to come down the center aisle.

Step 7: When you enter the Communion line maintain a distance of 6 feet between you and the persons in front of and behind you. Move slowly and carefully to execute this correctly.  If you choose to receive on the tongue you are asked to position yourself at the back of the line. 

Step 8: Approach the priest one at time. You may receive either in the hand or on the tongue, but the stipulations in Step 7 remain binding. 

Step 9: Return to your pew in an orderly fashion and sit in the exact same place you were seated before. 

Step 10: At the end of Mass please exit the church immediately so as to allow for proper sanitation. Please maintain physical distancing as you do. 

Step 11: After all persons have exited the church, the 2 sanitation volunteers will begin sanitation. 

You are all in my prayers daily! I look forward to seeing you in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass soon. If you have any questions, please email office@stpatrickpdx.org or call (503) 222-4086.

In Christ,

Fr. Tim Furlow

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St. Patrick’s is the oldest Catholic Church in greater Portland. The cornerstone for the church was laid on St. Patrick’s day in 1889 and was dedicated “To the glory of God in honor of Ireland’s Apostle, St. Patrick” in 1891. “St. Pat’s” operated a school until 1957 and was taught at different times by the Holy Names Sisters, Sisters of Mercy, and the Sisters of St. Francis.

St. Patrick’s was added to the National register of Historic Places on May 1st 1974 and lies just beneath the Fremont Bridge at the edge of the Pearl district in northwest Portland.

Our mission is simple. All of the liturgical celebrations, programs and initiatives of St. Patrick Catholic Church coalesce to create an authentically Catholic community focused on the sincere worship of the true God, heartfelt service to each and every human person and the desire to spread the healing and saving Gospel of Jesus Christ for the sake of the eternal salvation of all who respond to His call.

St Pat

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