News & Events

STAYING CONNECTED: SJTW BULLETIN TO BE EMAILED

Starting March 27th

Please check your inboxes during the next few days for the March 29th issue of our bulletin.  In these days of social isolation, we are sending you this weekly newsletter electronically as one way we can stay connected.  Even though parish events and organizations are not meeting, the bulletin will include a letter from Father Ted, information on what else is happening in our church, and any updates that may support you spiritually as we battle the effects of COVID-19.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding spiritual or church matters, please email Terri at sjtwadmin@comcast.net.  She will do her best to address them or direct them to the appropriate person.

Finally, please keep your weekly or monthly contributions coming in, if at all possible.  We understand that many of you may not be receiving a pay check during this time, so please don't feel pressured to give if you cannot.  However, if you can, it will help us pay our bills also.  You may find it easier to sign up for online giving on our Web Site, or through your bank, so you don't have to worry about writing a check or gathering cash. To sign up for online giving through our web site, click Donate Online .  You can also drop yo ur envelope off at the parish office, placing it in the mail slot to the right of the office door, or you can mail your contribution directly to us at 2310 SE 148th Ave, Portland, OR 97233.  We sincerely thank you for remembering us, if you can.  All of you are in our prayers!

MASSES SUSPENDED AT ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER

A NOTE FROM FATHER TED

As many of you are aware, Archbishop Sample has cancelled all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Portland from March 17-April 14, 2020 to assist in the control of the COVID-19 virus.  With this decree comes a lifting of the obligation to participate in the celebration of Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.  Please see the website of the Archdiocese of Portland www.archdpdx.org for the complete decree.

Below you will find further updates posted.  

God Bless You,

Father Ted

BRING MASS INTO YOUR HOME

COPING WITH COVID-19, CORONAVIRUS, PRECAUTIONS

REGARDING MASS

During this challenging time of limited social interaction, we would like to invite you to watch the Mass with Archbishop Sample which he will LIVESTREAM EACH SUNDAY AT 11:00AM FROM THE CATHEDRAL.  The Mass is in English.  

You can find it by going to:  https://www.facebook.com/archdpdx/.

You can also view weekend and daily mass on EWTN at https://www.ewtn.com/.

REGARDING COMMUNION

Much to his disappointment, Father Ted is not able to distribute communion to the public.  He will continue to bring anointings and communion only to those who are seriously ill, in an effort to minimize the possibility of "accidental" transmission.  As a way to journey through this time we suggest that you make a spiritual communion by reverently reciting the following prayer (especially during the time of communion in the Mass broadcast).  This prayer can also be found on the archdiocesan web site.

MAKING A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION 

At times when you cannot receive Holy Communion, this prayer can supply spiritual connection with Our Lord, and bring comfort to your soul.

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

SIGN UP FOR FLOCK NOTE

KEEP INFORMED

Our parish has the ability to send notes to you to help with your spiritual health.  We can send you excellent spiritual, scripture, and seasonal inspirations from Bishop Robert Barron during these times when we cannot attend Mass. Click Here  to sign up if you don't already have Flock Note or Log in if you are already receiving our notes.

LENTEN JOURNEY TO HEALTH

SJTW HEALTH MINISTRY

Each week during Lent, your St. Joseph the Worker Health Ministry, a faith community of nurses and other volunteers, will provide you with two ways to make your Lenten Journey meaningful, healthy, and spiritual.  

Go to Ministries (on red bar at the top of this page), then Health Ministry, to find devotional tips to use before walking and delicious, meatless recipes for any day of the week - most particularly Ash Wednesday and meatless Fridays.

The Health Ministry wants you to experience how walking/activity can open space where God's healing presence may become clear.  

We wish for you a joyous, active, and meditative Lent.

LENTEN VIDEO REFLECTIONS

By Bishop Robert Barron

If you would like to receive Bishop Robert Barron's Lenten video reflections by email or text, please let Deacon Mike know:  503-761-8710 x105 or mm_caldwell@hotmail.com

Reflections start on Ash Wednesday, February 26

Following is biographical information taken from WordOnFire.org:

Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  He is also the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic Faith, which aired on PBS.  Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life.  He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on FOX NEWS, CNN, and EWTN.  Bishop Barron's website, WordOnFire.org, reaches millions of people each year, and he is one of the world's most followed Catholics on social media.  His regular YouTube videos have been viewed over 40 million times and he has over 1.7 million followers on Facebook.

PLEASE BE AWARE OF EMAIL SCAM

Emails from Father Ted May Not Actually Be From Him

Several parishioners have received emails that look like they are from Father Ted.  These emails often ask the receiver to do any number of things, including to purchase gift cards.  Please verify that any emails you might receive from Father Ted come from his archdpdx address.  Father Ted will never ask for money of any kind in an email and his address will always be from the archdpdx server.   

2020 ARMSTRONG SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DEADLINE MOVED TO MAY 1

Submission Date: DEADLINE MOVED TO MAY 1 TO ACCOMMODATE COVID-19 SITUATION

The Armstrong Scholarship for St. Joseph the Worker is seeking applications from high school seniors for 2020.  Applications can be obtained by contacting Janet Rathbone, Youth Minister at the Parish Office or David Mastroieni, Scholarship Administrator at ddmconsulting@msn.com

The Armstrong Scholarship was established in 2013 by the Mastroieni family to recognize parish service and involvement in high school.  Eligibility for the scholarship includes:

1) applicant's family must be registered as members of St. Joseph the Worker

2) applicant is planning to attend community college, university, or technical school in the fall of 2020 and has proof of acceptance

3) applicant has a minimum GPA of 3.0 and

4) applicant can articulate through a brief essay how their participation in various youth and ministry programs at St. Joseph the Worker has impacted their life so far.

Applications must be turned in to Father Ted Prentice at the Parish Office no later than Thursday, March 19, 2020.  Place applications through the mail slot near to front office door. Winners will be notified later this spring and announced in June.  Since 2013, the Armstrong Scholarship Foundation has awarded a total of $22,500 to parish families.

RCIA SESSIONS CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS

EVERY-OTHER THURSDAY, 7:00PM, SOCIAL ROOM

NEXT SESSION: SESSIONS CANCELLED UNTIL CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTED 

Any one who wants to come, is invited to join the RCIA sessions.  We welcome your thoughts, questions, and insights.

Do you have questions about the Catholic Faith? Are you over 18 and seeking to be Confirmed?  Maybe you have never been baptized, or are already baptized but have not practiced your faith for a long time.  

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults is a safe place where questions can be asked, concerns broached, and where you can learn just what makes the Catholic Faith different from all other Faiths.  In RCIA, you will be introduced to important Catholic concepts and we'll explore the rituals and rites that have been in place since they were instituted with the first Christians at the time of Jesus.We will also develop connections with other people and work to develop a loving relationship with God.  

If you are interested in RCIA, please complete the form below and bring or mail it to Terri at the parish office, or deposit it in the collection basket on Sunday.  Our first meeting will be Thursday, November 7th at 7pm in classroom 5.  

Contact Terri 503-761-8710 x101 or Will Rice 503-810-7292.

RCIA Inquiry Registration Form:  Click Here

RCIA Session Schedule, 2019-2020:  Click Here

ADORATION SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, DUE TO CORNOAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS

We have Adoration times available for you to sit in the quiet presence of the Blessed Sacrament.  Please call Fr. Ted at 503-761-8710 x101 to sign up for a time.

POST A PRAYER ON THE GAPLINE

 Prayer Request:  Email to sjtw-gapline@hotmail.com to and request a prayer intention.You may also contact Liz Daily at gunndaily@yahoo.com

WEATHER POLICY

Masses and meetings/events will be cancelled due to inclement weather when the Portland Public Schools are closed. Please do not try to attend Mass if it is unsafe for you to drive. Always use your own judgment in traveling during questionable weather.