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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.


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

Reflections start on Ash Wednesday, February 26

Following is biographical information taken from

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,, 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.


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.   


Our Shelves are Bare!

We need bed linens, blankets, towels, and kitchen and dining items to help our neighbors-in-need set up their homes.  We are also in need of beds, including both mattresses and box springs.

This program is open every second and fourth Saturday from 12noon until 2pm.  You can find the shed structures behind the church.  Drive through the gates which will be open at noon.  

You can bring your items to us during our open hours on the second and fourth Saturday, or drop them off at the office/ or old school building during their open hours (9-3pm T, W, Th and 9-1pm F).

Thank you so much for your help!

Fgap Lady A perfect find!

Fgap Volunteers 2015 Volunteers have more fun.


Submission Date: By March 19, 2020

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

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.  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 (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) Inquiry Sessions Meet


NEXT SESSION: February 27

TOPIC: Ecumenism and the Sacraments of Service (Marriage & Holy Orders)

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.  


MARCH 12 6:45 -8:45

Topic:  The Holy Spirit and the Trinity

All are invited to this retreat to be held in the Social Room at 6:45.  RCIA members will eat a pizza dinner before the retreat from 6:15 to 6:45.  Non-RCIA members are asked to join us after the pizza dinner, at 6:45 for Father Jon's presentation.

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


Come Spend a Quiet Hour

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.


 Prayer Request:  Email to to and request a prayer intention.You may also contact Liz Daily at


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.