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Face Mask Requirement
UPDATE: June 26, 2020

In light of new guidance issued late yesterday afternoon (June 25) by the Oregon Health Authority, face coverings are now required for all people gathered in all churches in all counties in Phases 1 and 2 of reopening in Oregon. Exceptions are made for people with disabilities and children 12 and under. Children 2 and under should not wear masks. Link to the OHA Face Covering Guidance HERE.

Installation as Pastor
UPDATE: June 23, 2020
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, 

As many of you already know I have some exciting news to share. Last week Archbishop Sample appointed me pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church. I could not be more happy! Practically speaking that means I will be with you for another six years. I’m very excited about the direction we’re going as a parish and I can’t wait to be all back together in our church. The date for the Mass at which I will be installed is forthcoming. It will be added to our Facebook page as soon as we have it. And when all of this is over, we’ll have a massive celebration. 

On July 10th at 7 p.m. I’ll be giving another parish talk on Zoom. The title is “A Just Society: An Exploration of Catholic Social Teaching.”
Please join us via this link:

Finally, Multnomah County is now in Phase 1. For our parish that means that nothing changes. We will still have Masses for 25 pre-registered persons. This last Sunday I mentioned before my homily that masks would be required at Mass starting June 24th. This was accurate but only for counties that are in Phase 2. For now, masks are strongly recommended but not required. Thank you for all you’re doing to keep your fellow parishioners safe. 

You are all in my daily prayers! 

Fr. Tim

Limited Reopening of St. Patrick
Versión en español
UPDATE: October 8, 2020

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 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 4-5 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.
    • 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 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 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: Once you have entered the church, please avoid exiting during Mass.

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

To watch Archbishop Sample’s Reopening Message click here.

March 25th Letter to Parishioners (English)
Para leer esta carta en español, haga clic aquí.

This prayer will be said at the end of each Mass following the St. Michael the Archangel prayer:


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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 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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