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Published Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

Praised be Jesus Christ!

Last Friday, Governor Brown announced a two-week “freeze” beginning tomorrow (Wednesday, November 18, 2020) on most social activities and businesses for the entire State to help decrease the surging numbers of COVID-19 cases. Multnomah County and other unspecified “hot zone” counties will be on a four-week freeze. Many other governors have enacted similar restrictions elsewhere. Regrettably, this temporary “freeze” also impacts churches and houses of worship. As of Wednesday, we can only have no more than 25 occupants in the church or in each of our satellite locations.

I share with Archbishop Sample and my brother priests’ frustration and disappointment over this decision. The Archbishop has been in regular contact with the Governor’s Office to advocate about her rationale for further limiting faith gatherings, and pushing for expansion of gathering sizes to a percentage of capacity unless and until there is clear evidence the disease is being spread at concerning levels through faith gatherings where congregants are adhering to the protocols. Nevertheless, Archbishop Sample has asked us pastors and the faithful of the Archdiocese to be observant with these new restrictions.

I know many of us are annoyed and angry with these new restrictions. I encourage all of us not to give in to your anger or frustration. Let us arise each day with a grateful heart and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. This crisis like any will pass. We must persevere and be patient. Let us keep each other in prayer.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. John Marshall
Pastor

Revised Weekday Mass Instructions
Effective Wednesday, November 17, 2020

1. Please sign-in individually upon arrival for weekday Holy Mass. There will only be 25 available spots for weekday Mass. We cannot exceed 25 people for Holy Mass.

2. We encourage parishioners to be respectful, courteous, and generous to allow for all parishioners an opportunity to come to Holy Mass during the week. If you have already attended Mass during the week, please be willing to give up your spot to someone who hasn’t.

3. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, have been recently exposed to someone who tested positive to COVID-19, or are just not feeling well, please stay home. The faithful of the Archdiocese of Portland are still dispensed from the Sunday obligation. Please join us in prayer and worship from the comfort of your home via Livestream.

4. Social distancing will be strictly enforced (members of the same household are exempt). Face coverings are mandatory for those five and older in observance of State regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be provided. You are encouraged to wipe down your seat before you exit the building.

6. Please follow all instructions of parish staff or volunteers. Out of courtesy for those attending weekday Mass, please arrive on-time. At the end of Mass, please avoid congregating and exit through the assigned exit doors

Revised Sunday or Holy Day Mass Instructions
Effective Wednesday, November 17, 2020

1. We can now accommodate up to 75 people across three sites (church, Saalfeld Room, and cafeteria) at each Sunday Mass. This number also includes the priest, musicians, and liturgical ministers. People will be seated either in the church, Saalfeld Room, or cafeteria. Holy Communion will be brought to the Saalfeld Room and Cafeteria at the same time Holy Communion is distributed in the church.

2. Once the church reaches 25 occupants, the next 25 Mass attendees will be directed to and seated in the Saalfeld Room. Once the Saalfeld Room reaches capacity, Mass attendees will be directed to and seated in the cafeteria. Please enter through designated doors and check in with parish staff or volunteers at each location.

3. We highly encourage all Mass attendees to register for Sunday Mass through our Flocknote platform. If you lack computer or internet access, please contact the parish office during office hours (Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm). Telephone calls will be returned the following business day. If you need help signing up for Flocknote, please contact Lauren or Tim in the parish office.

4. Out of fraternal charity and fairness, please allow others to experience Sunday Mass inside the church if you have recently attended Mass inside the church the week before. The exception is for those who require ADA assistance.

5. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, been recently exposed to someone who tested positive to COVID-19, or just not feeling well, please stay home. The faithful of the Archdiocese of Portland are still dispensed from the Sunday obligation. Please join us in prayer and worship from the comfort of your home via Livestream.

6. Social distancing will be strictly enforced (members of the same household are exempt). Face coverings are mandatory for those five and older in observance of State regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

7. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be provided. You are encouraged to wipe down your seat before you exit the building.

8. Please follow all instructions of parish staff or volunteers. Out of courtesy for those attending Sunday Mass, please arrive on-time. At the end of Mass, please avoid congregating and exit through the assigned exit doors.

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