All Are Welcome

We don't just say it. We live it.

We, the people of God at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, are a welcoming Christ-centered community committed to keeping alive the vision and hope of Vatican II. Our Sunday liturgy, enhanced by the creative arts, strengthens us for the work of peace and justice in the world and challenges us to live in communion with one another and all of creation.





"Praise the Lord, my soul" - Psalm 145


Pictured: Four of five First Communicants (Girl Power): Emma, Isla, Nolleen & Lily


Dear Friends in Christ,

I am blessed to count among my friends those who are experiencing homelessness. These friends teach me much about humility, determination, compassion, and many other things. But in our society many look down on the homeless with judgment and even hatred.

This weekend's Gospel story is directed at the leaders in Jesus' time who are upset about who he was hanging out with - prostitutes, tax collectors, and other people reviled in society. It is easy to judge the lives of others, instead of focusing on our own lives. It is easier focus on other people's need to repent rather than our own need to repent. But when we focus on ourselves and our own connection to the will of our Creator we exercise the most important spiritual task for all Christians.

Jesus also calls us to notice those on the margins and serve their needs, not serve ourselves and our own needs. Our Church's mission is to be "other-focused" and not "me-focused" when doing the ministry of Jesus. When our concerns become more about my needs and not the needs of others, this is where we run off the rails with Jesus' teachings and lose sight of our Christian purpose.


Deacon Dennis Kelly 

Pastoral Coordinator  

Christ Our Hope / St. Patrick Parish Communities


Blessing of the Animals - VIRTUAL

Join us Sunday, October 4th, at 3PM for a virtual Blessing of the Animals via ZOOM. This will be a shared parish initiative with Christ Our Hope involving musicians and lectors from both parishes. Mark your calendar and join us. This should be fun to watch even if you don't have an animal to bless. This year we are blessed to do the Blessing of the Animals on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi.


Building Bridges

You are invited to participate in a parish wide book study and conversation

Fr. James Martin's book - Building a Bridge.

How can LGBTQ members of St. Patrick's and our wider parish community enter into a deeper relationship of respect, compassion, and sensitivity?

Each session is 60-90 minutes and will be held via Zoom. All are welcome! The next meeting topic "Respect" will take place this Sunday, September 27th at 12:30 PM on ZOOM (a ZOOM link will be sent to all registered participants).

In preparation, do a life review of those times in your life when you have felt "othered", disrespected. How have they affected your self-confidence over time? Be sure you have registered with Kathleen Emry at

Please indicate if you will need a language interpreter to participate. We recommend you purchase the book, "Building a Bridge" (Book scholarships are available upon request.)

Make plans to attend the full series of workshops:

· October 11, 12:30 PM - Compassion

· October 25, 12:30 PM - Sensitivity

· November 8, 12:30 PM - Accompaniment

"You may be surprised to discover this bridge has many lanes -- more than just LGBTQ issues" - John Dunn, St Pat's


Small Groups: Racial Justice

You are invited to attend our Small Group racial justice study series, Open Wide Our Hearts - the enduring call to love. The Small Group study is designed to help our faith communities to understand individual and systemic racism; to unpack white privilege; listen to the stories of our brothers and sisters and be moved to restore right relationships; and to work to end racism. Join fellow St. Patrick's and Christ Our Hope Catholic Church participants at the next meeting which will take place on Tuesday, September 29th at 10:30 AM or Wednesdays, September 30th at 6:30 PM on ZOOM.  

To register (and get ZOOM Link) for the Small Groups, please email Deanna Tighe at


Roots of Justice

Roots of Justice Newsletter was distributed a few weeks ago. The editors thank the contributors to this issue for their willingness to confront their own racism; their commitment to work, learn and grow to become anti-racist; and for their honesty and vulnerability in sharing their journey with us. We hope reading this will inspire us to do the same - as individuals and as a community.  If you would like a copy, please contact Kate Speltz (


Called to Serve as Christ Campaign

Our parish is taking part in the Called to Serve as Christ campaign. Every parishioner will be given an opportunity to make a gift in support of the campaign. This weekend, Sister Judith Desmarais will be reflecting on her journey with St. Patrick.

Parishioners will be contacted by their fellow parishioners serving as campaign volunteers, as well as through direct mail, and a final giving weekend appeal at the end of our campaign. During each Mass, parishioners can expect to hear updates on the campaign.

Our parish goal is $423,000 over a three-year pledge period. Remember, this is only a goal. With this goal it is also important to remember that for every dollar we raise for the retirement and healthcare needs of our priests and women religious, our parish will receive 15 cents. We have chosen to have our 15% rebate go to further enhancing the retirement and healthcare needs for our women religious. 

We understand that some may not be in a position to give at the level they normally would and others not at all, but Archbishop Etienne feels it is important to give everyone the same opportunity to hear the message of the campaign and prayerfully consider their level of participation. Please keep this important campaign in your hearts and in your prayers. Thank you.


Note: Temporary Suspension of Movie Night

Thank you to all who attend our weekly Wednesday Movie Night. We have decided to temporarily suspend movie viewing over the next few weeks to free up time for people who wish to participate in the Open Wide Our Hearts and/or Building Bridges Series. We will reinstate Wednesday Movie Night in late October. Thank you!

Paul Sampson (



Sunday Mass ONLINE


Sundays 10:30am

* As an alternative to Facebook, you NOW can also attend Mass by joining the Hospitality Zoom meeting here. Join at 10:30 AM for Mass and then enjoy Hospitality immediately following Mass

(American Sign Language Interpreted)

Find Mass on YouTube HERE

 (Please know all YouTube Masses are posted within 24 Hours)


Zoom Offerings

The Parish has moved to a virtual platform for parish gatherings. Using Zoom Video Conferencing, we are able to connect and stay in communion with one another.


Sunday Coffee Hour (Hosted by Betsey Beckman & Co.)

On Sunday morning immediately following Facebook LIVE Mass, please join Betsey Beckman and others for Sunday Coffee Hour immediately following Mass ONLINE. Since we are unable to gather in person after Mass, we can gather as a community on Zoom. Contact Betsey for link or see the Parish Private Facebook group for details or get the link on the parish wide email.


Breaking Open The Word

Join us for this weekly bible study on Wednesdays at 4:00 PM to study the readings for the upcoming Sunday. Led by Dr. David Ard, a 30 year Theology professor and Ruth Ard, a 25 year Religious Education minister. Contact Deanna ( or the parish private FB group for link or get the link on the parish wide email.


Encountering God

This is a thirty minute women's reflection group led by Lisa Dennison and Deanna Tighe. Join us for a break in your day, reflecting on where you are finding God's life-giving love in your life today. The group will meet at 11:00 AM on Thursdays. Contact Deanna ( or the parish private FB group for link or get the link on the parish wide email.


Coffee & Conversation w/Dcn. Dennis & Fr. Bryan 

Join our pastoral leaders for a weekly chat and cup of coffee at 9:30 AM every Wednesday along with our sister parish. This is a great chance to learn more about each other and grow in relationship. Please contact Deacon Dennis or the parish private FB group for link or get the link on the parish wide email.


Thursday Bible Study

Every Thursday evening, a weekly gathering of St. Patrick parishioners studies the meaning of scriptural texts in their own lives. The group draws on scholars' biblical interpretations, papal teachings and textual footnotes. But the main focus is on personal responses to scriptural passages and how they relate to our lives today. If you'd like more information about joining this discussion on Zoom, please email Dennis Ortblad.



Here are some quick tips for using Zoom:

(For PC/Mac):

  1. Go to  and install the Zoom app for Mac or PC.

(For iPhone/Android):

  1. Download "ZOOM Cloud Meetings" (also known as "") from your respective app store.

  2. Note that you *shouldn't* need to sign in or create an account.

 After you have downloaded the App:

  1. Click this LINK to join.

  2. Open the Zoom app that you have installed, and choose "Join a Meeting."

  3. Enter the meeting details from the email you received from me, and enter your name.

  4. Choose "Join."

Other tips for using Zoom:

  • It is significantly easier to use on your phone - just click on the link in your email and it will prompt you to download the app if you haven’t already, and your video and audio are up and running.
  • Easier to hear with headphones
  • When Zoom asks for your name, use your whole name, not the default of your email address. It shows up on the screen and helps create community. 
  • If you choose to do it on your computer, plug in headphones, or don’t use the computer audio and instead dial from your cellphone. Many computers have very poor microphones and speakers. Also, many computers don’t have built in webcams so you may only be able to participate via audio. 
  • Learn how to MUTE your audio when not talking (look for the microphone icon on the interface and click on it) if there is a lot of noise in your home (barking dog, etc.). This will allow people to hear.


We look forward to you joining our parish community ONLINE for Facebook LIVE Mass at our regular time for Sunday Mass at 10:30 AM

To watch a streaming video feed on St. Patrick's private page: 

(LIVE at 10:30 AM on Sunday)

1) Sign in to Facebook (

2) Navigate to St. Pat's page at  

3) Scroll down the page until you see "St. Patrick Catholic Church, Seattle is LIVE"."

4) Click on the video you see playing to expand it larger. Video defaults to mute and you will not be hearing it yet.

5) Use the speaker volume symbol on the bottom right of the video to unmute the video. Click once to unmute. Click and drag the toggle up and down to adjust the volume. If the video still has no sound please check your computer's audio settings and make sure your computer isn't muted or low volume.  

6) You are welcome to add a comment to the video, especially if prompted by Fr. Bryan or Dn. Dennis - it will work just like any other Facebook comment does and it will not disrupt the Mass in progress.

7) If you miss the live feed, you will find a version you can watch at anytime.

(8) If you are a member of Facebook, but do not have access to St. Pat's private group, please send an email to Sharie Bowman ( for access.

If you are not a member of Facebook, you may want to create a temporary account during this time in order to join us ONLINE for Mass.