November 16, 2020
Governor Brown and state health officials have announced additional statewide restrictions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This two-week “freeze” begins Wednesday, Nov. 18 and applies to all faith communities in all counties in all phases. Multnomah County will be on a four-week “freeze.”
Because of the spike in cases, Archbishop Sample will remain observant of the Governor’s new restrictions. Nevertheless, he is disappointed and frustrated with the requirements, especially because spread of the disease has not been happening in Catholic churches. We are continuing to advocate with the Governor’s Office about her rationale for further limiting faith gatherings, and we are 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.
In the meantime and until further notice, all parishes must remain strictly observant of the directives in place:
Parishes need not cancel any planned faith gatherings or activities so long as they meet the new restrictions.
If you are ill, have symptoms, have recently traveled or are in a high-risk category,
please refrain from attending Mass; we invite you to watch our Saturday Vigil Mass via live streaming. The link is posted below, every week.
We ask for your patience. There is a chance you may not be able to attend the Mass you prefer on a weekly basis.
The Archdiocese asks us to use an equitable program so that everyone has an opportunity.
Due to this we may not be able to fulfill your request to attend Mass on a particular date and time.
If you have a mask, please use it. We do have some masks available.