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THANKSGIVING PRAYER

Church, Cross, Branches, Rainbow

Thank you, Lord, for the miracle of joy and giving found in our parish.  Thank you for the good times we have had together, celebrating sacraments, family, and prayer.  

Thank you for this virus too, for we know you work all things to your good and from our suffering, will arise a dawning shift in our priorities; a spirit yearning for connection when we have been deprived for so long.  

We trust you, Lord to bring us safely through these somber days into the glorious light of reawakened understanding, our spirits renewed with enlivened energy so we can work to build your kingdom on earth.  

A kingdom that does not know prejudice, that embraces differences with joy, that values the other opinion.  Help us keep our priorities in line with your teachings, Lord, so we may accomplish the mission you gave us to love as you have loved us.

We pray that you and your family and friends enjoy a safe and joy-filled Thanksgiving. Your parish family

SPAM EMAILS

Posted 11/15/2020

Please be aware that scammers are sending out emails that look like they come from Father Ted.  Here is what you need to know regarding emails from our pastor.

  1. Fr. Ted's emails always come from his archdiocese email address (tprentice@archdpdx.org).
  2. Father Ted will never ask you directly for money or gift cards.   (If a request is associated with a legitimate church campaign, it will always be accompanied by articles in the parish newsletter, on the web site and most likely in a message from the altar at weekend Masses.)
  3. When these fraudulent emails arrive, please mark them as spam so your computer can learn to filter them out, or just delete them completely.
  4. These emails often sound friendly and inviting.  Please ignore them and feel good about thwarting one more hacker who is out there to scam money from well-meaning folks.  It is best to choose the charities you want to support, and stick to the tried and true when dealing with situations like this.  We thank you for your financial support, given to us through the appropriate channels:  contribution envelopes, online giving, or through your bank.

MASS RESERVATIONS UNDER NEW RESTRICTIONS

11/18 TO 12/16 MASS LIMIT IS 25 PEOPLE

WEEKEND MASSES

ENGLISH:  Mass capacity for Multnomah County is reduced to 25 people between November 18 and December 16.   We are allowing people to sign up for two weekend Masses during that time.   If you have already signed up for two slots, we ask you to please let us know should you need to cancel. 

Since the allocated slots are already filled, you may call the office or email Terri to be placed on a waitlist.  You will need to provide the names, phone numbers, and preferred Mass time(s) of all attending.  PLEASE CALL DURING OFFICE HOURS:  9-4pm T, W, Th.  (Contact information below.)

SPANISH or ZOMI:  Please contact Carmen Velasquez for Spanish, or Francis Kham for Zomi/Myanmar Masses.  A 6:00pm Spanish Mass has been added on Saturdays (11/21, 11/28, 12/5, and 12/12) to accommodate the Hispanic community.  

Terri office phone:  503-761-8710 x101

Terri office email:  sjtwadmin@comcast.net

Spanish Mass:  Carmen Velazquez,  vmcarmend@yahoo.com

Zomi Mass:  Francis Kham, francispipi@gmail.com

WEEKDAY MASSES

You may continue to attend weekday Masses by giving your name and phone number at the door.  (No reservations needed.) However, please plan to be early since Fr. Ted will now need to close the doors after 25 people have come.  Mass Times Here.

Because of the restrictions, it is too early to reserve Christmas Masses yet.  Once the time draws nearer, we will inform you of a plan.  

GENEROUS DONATION PAYS OFF SJTW REMODEL DEBT

Parishioner Julian Paluck bequests his home to SJTW

Dear members of the Saint Joseph the Worker Community,

Each year, in the month of November we are reminded of the many blessings poured out daily by our loving God. Our parish community rejoices with grateful hearts for these many God-sends. As a community we were indeed blessed by the generous bequest of Julian “Shorty” Paluck who donated his house to the Saint Joseph the Worker Building Fund. In late September, the parish completed the sale of the house provided by Julian. Proceeds from this sale have allowed the parish to completely pay off the Remodel Bridge Loan that covered the costs associated with the Church and Social Room remodel. This completion of loan repayment is taking place two years early. We are very grateful to Julian for his vision in assisting the parish to achieve this important goal that provides spiritual blessings for all of us.

I also thank all who have generously been fulfilling their pledges to the Building Fund. All gifts, whether large or small, have allowed our community to be strengthened and spiritually affirmed. If you have not yet completed payment of your pledge, I ask you to continue your gifts. All donations will allow our parish, guided by the leadership of the Facilities Committee, to continue addressing vital capital and maintenance improvement projects. These projects will allow Saint Joseph the Worker to serve as a beacon of life and spiritual support for years to come.

With Gratitude,

Father Ted Prentice
Pastor

FOOD FOR THE POOR; A Mission Moment.

DUE TO COVID, THIS ORGANIZATION WILL NOT VISIT SJTW THIS YEAR, BUT YOU CAN STILL HELP

Being the arms and legs of Christ embracing His children. 

We recently received a letter from the Food for the Poor organization, asking if we could reach out to you, our parishioners, with their request for help.  They would normally visit our parish one weekend, with one of their priests saying Mass and presenting a plea for the many good works they do.  But, because of the pandemic, they are only able to reach out via video, virtual messages, and notes like this on parish websites.  Here is a small excerpt from their note to us followed by five ways you can be the arms and legs of Christ embracing His children.

"Food emergency supplies are the most urgent needs right now in the countries we help.  Countries in the Caribbean and Latin America are not only facing increasing cases of COVID-19, but lasting economic damage and fears of a food crises, especially after the devastation caused by Hurricane Eta.  Such storms, not only claimed the lives of many, but also destroyed their crops and homes through floods and mudslides.  Many people barely got away with their lives...Boats from our fishing villages are being used to rescue the stranded, since the resources provided by governments in these countries are not equipped to handle the destruction and aftermath  of this magnitude."

Please consider assisting in any one of the following ways:

1.  Send a check to Food for the Poor, writing, "SC 147824" in the memo line.

2.  Donate online:  FOOD FOR THE POOR ONLINE DONATION

3.  Donate using: AMAZON CHARITY SUPPLY

4.  Watch the short two-minute video, then donate using the link at the end:  FOOD FOR THE POOR VIDEO AND DONATION LINK

5.  Please pray.  The Caribbean and Latin American countries are being hit time and again by storms this season.  Thank you.

OFFICE HOURS UPDATE

NOVEMBER 18 THROUGH DECEMBER 16

From November 18 through December 16, the office will be open only between 9 and 1pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  However, you may call or email up until 4pm on those days, as Terri (administrative assistant) will work from home until 4pm and will pick up all phone messages and emails from 9-4 Tuesdays through Thursdays.

CHRISTMAS WREATHS FUNDRAISER

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ONCE AGAIN SELL WREATHS AND CROSSES

You can order a Christmas wreath or cross either by emailing Alan Stickle (alanstickel@gmail.com) or by stopping at the table in the narthex. Last weekend to order will be November 21/22.  Wreaths will be here for pick-up November 27/28th. 

 Prices are the same as last year.

18-inch wreath $26

22-inch wreath $28

26-inch wreath $31

30-inch wreath $34

24-inch swag $25

Cross $28

25-foot garland $45

Christmas Wreath

CATHOLIC SENTINEL AVAILABLE ONLINE

LIMITED PRINT COPIES IN NARTHEX

The Catholic Sentinel, like so many other organizations, is trying to cut down waste during this pandemic, so limited copies of the Sentinel will be available in the narthex or you can access the issues online in English: catholicsentinel.org and in Spanish: elcentinelacatolico.org . They also have them in Flipbook versions at: mysentinelnow.org (English) and elcentinelaahora.org (Spanish). 

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.

CANS AND BOTTLES FOR YOUTH GROUP

STILL COLLECTING DURING COVID-19

Our youth group is still collecting cans and bottles.  Even though we're between coordinators, the fund-raising still continues since there will be future trips, once a qualified candidate is found.  You may drop off cans and bottles as you have done in the past:  either here at the church/office or at a BottleDrop location .  Thank you for helping our youth gain these valuable spiritual, mental, physical, and educational experiences!  Call Terri x101 or email at sjtwadmin@comcast.net for questions.

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY DURING THIS PANDEMIC

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. We will be making weekly deposits of all contributions. 

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 GIVE  here, or at the top of this page.

 You can also drop your 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!

ATTENDING MASS WHILE AT 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

Father Ted will continue to bring anointings and communion only to those who are seriously ill, in an effort to minimize the possibility of "accidental" transmission.  If you are not able to attend one of the limited-space Masses during the week or on a weekend, 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.

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