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Limited Reopening of St. Patrick
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UPDATE: May 15, 2020
Dear Parishioners of St. Patrick Catholic Church,
The Archbishop of Portland in Oregon has released a “Plan for Limited Reopening of Masses.” In compliance with this plan, St. Patrick Catholic Church will begin implementing his directives as soon as possible. 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 25 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:
- The St. Patrick Catholic Church campus, exclusive of the church itself during Mass, will remain closed until further notice. This includes the church hall and therefore bathrooms and the adoration chapel. The entire campus will be completely closed on Mondays.
- The general dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation remains in place for all persons in the Archdiocese of Portland.
- 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 will be implemented at St. Patrick’s. Your patience and cooperation are appreciated.
- Each family or individual person will be allowed to attend Vigil and Sunday Masses once every 2 weeks as the schedule allows. This is to allow as many people in the parish as possible the opportunity to attend Mass. All attendees must sign up via the step-by-step system explained below. Anyone presenting themselves for admittance to Mass without having utilized this process will not be granted access to the church.
- The livestreaming of Masses will continue until further notice. This will include the daily 6 p.m. Mass and the Sunday 10 a.m. Mass.
- Confessions will be heard on Wednesdays from 4-5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-2 p.m. On Sundays the Eucharist will be exposed during the confession period.
- The wearing of masks while attending Mass is strongly recommended. Unless you are wearing a mask, please refrain from singing.
- 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.
- The schedule is released two weeks at time and each person or family will be allowed entrance to Mass once every two weeks.
- If two persons are not signed up to sanitize the church after Mass, the Mass cannot be celebrated.
- The daily cutoff time for signing up for Mass is 2 hours 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 door will be propped open and Fr. Tim will be in mask at the door to check your name off of the predetermined list. Once he verbally recognizes you have signed up for that particular Mass you may enter the church. 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.
NB: You should not plan to leave during Mass except in the event of an emergency. Restrooms will not be available. The nearest public restroom is at New Seasons Market: 2170 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR 97210
Step 5: Sit only in the designated pews at the designated spots. The spots will be clearly marked with signs attached to the pews. Retain a distance of 6 feet between you and any other person unless they are in your household.
Step 6: Communion will be distributed in a circular, clockwise motion through the church. This will be explained to you in greater detail before Mass. 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 email@example.com or call (503) 222-4086.
Fr. Tim Furlow
To watch Archbishop Sample’s Reopening Message click here.
This prayer will be said at the end of each Mass following the St. Michael the Archangel prayer:
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 to bring the New Life of Jesus to the heart of the city, developing programs, ministries, and events that embody the spirit of the New Evangelization. St. Patrick is a parish of the Archdiocese of Portland.
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