Through the intercession of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr, may God deliver you from all diseases of the throat and from all other diseases, amen.
Good morning! This page is a must see if you like to start getting to know more about our Parish, how we as a community have responded to the challenges brought about the pandemic this past year, and how we made a choice to end the year 2020 with a beautiful Christmas. This is a long page as you scroll down, but full of snapshots of how we are as a parish and a congregation devoted to the faithful celebration of the Eucharist.
We Are Singing!
Our Christmas Church 2020
Solemnity of Mary as Theotokos, Mother of God with Fr. Leo Hambur
2021 Mass Schedule and Reservation Reminder:
Starting the weekend of January 3rd, 2021 our Mass Schedule is:
Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:00 PM. Reservation required.
Sunday Mass at 10:00 AM. Reservation required.
Please note that churches have different safety guidelines - it depends on the size of the church, the volunteers they have, how they clean the church, and so on. The following will remain in place in our St. Therese Church to keep the same level of confidence that our church is very safe for everyone, especially those who are elderly and at high-risk:
1. Please call or email to reserve for Masses. No walk-ins allowed. So that we can still safely implement social distancing and be able to sanitize all surfaces after each Mass, we can only have 100 people in each Mass.
2. Face covering worn over the nose and mouth at ALL times inside the church is still required, even if you are alone in the pew or away from other people.
3. Our volunteers sanitize ALL surfaces in church that have been touched, so we kindly ask that you try to minimize contact with surfaces.
4. Please limit the spread of aerosol and droplets by staying in your seat. Do not walk around the church.
5. Be kind to our volunteers by following their instructions. We try to also reduce their exposure to the virus by limiting their exposure to others.
6. Our volunteers cannot change the guidelines we follow. If you have any questions or complaints please feel to wait AFTER Mass and we will happily address your questions.
6. Please read our complete safety guidelines posted in this website. If you have any questions, please feel free to call, email or chat.
Please call the Parish Office 503-256-5850 or email email@example.com to sign up for Masses.
For those who attended the Christmas Masses in person, may the beauty of the Eucharist encourage you more to continue worship in person. May you have a special blessing from the Lord Jesus Christ for you attend Mass out of love.
Christmas Gallery - will add more photos today!
Feast of the Holy Family, December 27, 2020 with Fr. Steve
Feast of the Holy Family, December 27, 2020 with Fr. Augustine
Come to Worship!
Photo taken by Bebe Wolfe
Preparing For the Birth of Our Lord Jesus!
We Are Here!
If you are not attending Mass in person because you would like to give others a chance to attend Mass, no need to be. Our maximum Mass attendance now in each Mass is 100 people. Our Mass attendance on the average is only 42% of that maximum capacity, so there is really plenty of room for you and your family. If you are not attending because you worry about how we sanitize and observe safety protocol, please do call the Office and ask for more details. Feel free to also get feedback from your friends who already have been attending Mass at St. Therese. Our stringent safety protocol is really designed to reassure our elderly and high-risk Parish members that we are doing the best we can to keep all of us safe and protected while we come together in worship. Although we come together to worship, it is not a social gathering where we can freely walk around and mingle. Our volunteer Ministers are trained in all the procedures and work effectively as a team to ensure that the system we have in place is consistently and strictly followed.
Being cautious and prudent is very important. When you complement that with the knowledge that you do not have to do it alone, and the knoweledge that your Parish provides a safe and protected space for you to receive the Body of Christ, we pray that fear will be put in its proper perspective.
We continue to work hard to make our church a safe and protected space for you to attend Mass in person and be able to receive Holy Communion. Please feel free to reach out to those who have been attending regularly in person for their feedback about the standard of safety guidelines that we follow in church. If you have been missing the community of worship and receiving Holy Communion, prayerfully consider returning this Advent. It's been awhile!
Sharing the Good News!
Archbishop Sample has appointed our Pastor, Rev. Stephen Geer, to be the Vicar Forane of the East Portland Vicariate. Parishes included in the East Portland Vicariate are St. Rita, St. Joseph the Worker, The Parishes of St. Michael, St. Aloysius and St. John, St. Henry, St. Anne, St. Peter and St. Therese of the Child Jesus. Please let Fr. Steve know that we will keep him in our prayers!
Here is how we do it at St. Therese - with singing!
Teachers and Staff of St. Therese School sanitizing pews after the Liturgy of the Word on Friday, November 13th at 10:00 am. Knowing how what they do positively impacts the quality of our safety level at St. Therese makes this act an act of love and service. Thank you, Marlene, Jenny and Cathy!
Meaning of Life Stuff: The Big Questions
Looking for Bigger Answers: Seminarian Matthew Knight's Call to Vocation
Congratulations and continued prayers to our twelve Confirmandi who were confirmed on October 25th and November 8, 2020.
November 8, 2020
Fr. Steve's Confirmation Mass Homily
A Sincere Thank You to Our Volunteer Mass Ministers!
Without our volunteer Mass Ministers who also double (or triple) duty as sanitizing crew, the Parish would never have been able to provide and maintain the stringent safety protocol that we have at St. Therese since we opened up the Mass to limited public last May. Below: some of our Ministers who assisted in the Confirmation Mass as ushers, doorkeeper, lector, Bread ministers and cantor. Thoroughly sanitizing pews and surfaces after each Mass has definitely deepened the meaning of serving others - each minister is personally invested in your safety. Please continue to pray for them!
We have a door keepers and ushers who plan meticulously for each Mass, strategizing to find the maximum physical distancing for those who attend Mass.
Our trained Extraordinary Ministers of Communion and Lectors have found a deeper meaning of service as they also serve as sanitizing crew after each Mass. To be a Mass Minister at St. Therese has evolved into a humble form of both spiritual and corporal work of mercy.
The love and care that they bring to the work of their hands shows!
How to know it is sound teaching? Listen to a faithful guide:
"I address myself to you, Venerable Brothers in the Episcopate, who share with me the responsibility of safeguarding "sound teaching" (2 Tim 4:3), with the intention of clearly setting forth certain aspects of doctrine which are of crucial importance in facing what is certainly a genuine crisis, since the difficulties which it engenders have most serious implications for the moral life of the faithful and for communion in the Church, as well as for a just and fraternal social life."
Spend a moment to watch a video of the Dominican Sisters of Mary as they talk about the making of their recording of a song about Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Lady is our ever-faithful refuge in these times of trouble!
Are you looking for trustworthy resources for children about our Catholic Faith? EWTN has some options!
There is plenty of room at the Lord's Banquet, come!
Some photos taken from Sunday. If you are wanting to go but still have some concerns about the safety protocol we follow to keep everyone safe, check in with those who have already been attending the Masses regularly here at St. Therese. There are plenty of links on the website to help you connect directly with the Parish Office if you have questions and if you want to sign up.
It still is a beautiful and helpful practice to stop briefly - two minutes - during noon, at 3:00 pm and at 6:00 pm - to remember St. Gabriel's words to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let the Blessed Virgin Mary plant this seed of peace in your homes and in your hearts.
Is being good good enough?
Do not be away too long, He awaits!
Please feel free to call the Office 503-256-5850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for Masses. The Ministers have been doing an excellent job keeping our church space safe and contact-free for all of us. We miss you, and we would like you to be able to attend Mass in person and receive Communion. It's been a while, and the soul needs its renewing and strengthening food!
Holy Water to Bring Home
Starting on September 8th, please bring your own holy water bottle (or any clean similar container) when you go to the Parish Office for Holy Water. Dispensing of Holy Water is every Wednesday and Thursday only, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Because of our restricted hours due to the virus, we will not be able to dispense Holy Water during other days.
And, as always, God's invitation
In this challenging, tumultuous time, when fear could greatly weaken our faith, always remember that Jesus Christ entered history to leave us His Truth and His Way to follow - Divine Revelation that is safeguarded in Sacred Scripture, Tradition left by His apostles, and the Church. Return to our sure and faithful treasure in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass - instituted by Jesus Christ Himself. Be like Peter in the Gospel who cries out, "Lord, save me!" Receive again the sacred Body of Christ and be strengthened by His divinity.
Thought For the Day:
"And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth."
Kindness in Words
Today's quote is from the Gospel of Luke - people were amazed by the gracious words that came from Jesus' mouth. One definition of "gracious" is that it is "something that is marked by kindness." We are familiar with kindness or, perhaps we might say, for most of us, it is easier to show kindness in forms we are familiar with, or with people who makes it easy for us to be kind. Because kindness is also a behavior we learn, something to think about today is learning how to be kind in words, especially toward people with whom we would normally find hard to be kind. Some questions we may ask ourselves before we engage by using words:
Is my purpose to express what I feel or think?
Am I interested in knowing what the other person feels or think?
Is my purpose to change the other person's mind/opinion?
Am I using words that I myself would find acceptable when used
Remember that what we say about someone also says something about ourselves. Words that we use to point to the other also point toward ourselves. For whatever reason that we find ourselves letting words come from our mouth today, may these words lead others to say that we have been gracious and kind.
Please call the Office 503-256-5850 to sign up for Masses (due to the current COVID situation, walk-ins will not be allowed). Mass schedule is:
Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 pm
Sunday Masses at 9:00 am and 11:30 am
Your volunteer Ministers remain very committed to provide us all a very safe and protected church environment. Their commitment to safety remains to encourage everyone to come back to church and allow us to participate fully in the Holy sacrifice of the Mass. Call the Office for more details about the safety protocol that we follow, or click on button below. Come and see!
Our Prayer Intentions
Would you like to raise up in prayer frontliners whom you know? Let us know and we will include their names in our Prayer Book of Intentions.
Click on Women's Association page for answer key.
Consider Volunteering - and be Uplifted!
Give yourself the opportunity to weather this challenging pandemic situation by serving our Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Be part of the community of Ministers and the grace-filled work that they do!
Get to Know Our Parish Organizations
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REMEMBER: WE FOLLOW PARKROSE SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCEMENTS DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER FOR WEEKDAY MASSES. FOR SATURDAY VIGIL MASS AND SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE WE WILL HAVE WEEKEND MASSES AS USUAL, BUT OBSERVE CAUTION.