All Are Welcome

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

We, the people of God at St. Patrick 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.









"I love you, Lord, my strength" - Psalm 14



Dear Friends in Christ,

Jesus this week is creating a simple, easy way to remember what God asks of each of us. In the Gospel passage, Jesus is asked by a scholar of the law, "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?" Remember, there were 613 commandments in the Jewish law. 248 were positive instructions (what a person should do) and 365 were negative instructions (what a person should not do). That is a lot to remember let alone do. Rabbis and scholars of the law loved to spend time discussing which laws were more important than others since it was nearly impossible to faithfully fulfill all 613 laws. This lawyer was sent by the Pharisees to test Jesus or perhaps set a trap for him. But Jesus turned it into an extraordinary learning experience. Jesus showed how 613 laws could be boiled down to two complementary commandments. 

In essence, Jesus is saying it comes down to two intertwined loves: God and others. This is how we fulfill God's law in our lives -- by loving our Creator and loving others more than ourselves. This dual love allows Jesus to show his love even through offering healing even on the Sabbath, a day scholars of the law would say should be devoted solely to loving God. As we offer the Sacrament of Holy Anointing on the Sabbath day, let us remember it is based on this very answer to a lawyer's test and rejoice!


Deacon Dennis Kelly 

Pastoral Coordinator  

Christ Our Hope / St. Patrick Parish Communities



State of St. Patrick II




Parish Mission Discernment Planning Team

Now that you've received the update on the State of St. Patrick, please plan to attend the listening session to process the news next Wednesday evening at 7PM on ZOOM (email for link).

The Synod Planning Team is led by John Hale and consists of the following fellow parishioners: 

Kim Stege

Jenny Farrell

Erik Oyco

Harold Avelar

Mari Ortblad

Elaine Clark

Mary Ellen O'Keeffe 

Peggy O'Brien Murphy

Laura Ash

Special thanks to Jenny and Kim for serving as listening session facilitators. I appreciate the input of the entire team as we navigate these difficult waters together.  



Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick


On Sunday, October 25th, we celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. 

The focus of this sacrament is life, health, and well-being. Please invite your family and friends to Mass who might want to take advantage of this Sacrament.

If you are unable to attend for any reason, but would like a private anointing with Fr. Bryan, please contact to set this up.



Update from the Liturgy Commission

In lieu of photos on our high altar this November, we are planning a Digital High Altar. We welcome photos of loved ones that have passed away to be posted on our private Facebook Group! If you need help with this or are not on Facebook, please send your photos to Sharie Bowman at 

Also, if you want to remember anyone in prayer during the month of November, please feel free to add their names to our private Facebook Group.


Faith Formation Update

If you have children, Faith Formation needs your input!  How would you like to have your child participate in Faith Formation classes this year? What would be helpful and engaging? How can we support you and your children?  Please let us know as we are wanting to start classes (in some way!) in early November. Please reach out to Deanna Tighe at


Sacramental Prep for 2020-2021

Do you have children who are ready to prepare for the Sacrament of First Communion, or young adults who are ready for the Sacrament of Confirmation? If so, please consider attending an informational Zoom meeting on Tuesday, October 27th from 7 PM to 8 PM with Deanna Tighe, Pastoral Associate, to learn more about upcoming Sacramental Prep opportunities. Email her for the Zoom link


Virtual Lecture Invitation - The Lives of the Saints

You are cordially invited to virtually attend the inaugural St. Hubert Lecture on Sunday, November 1, 2020. How fitting for All Saints' Day that the lecture topic is The Lives of the Saints - From the Early Christian Martyrs to People Magazine.

Guest speaker is Father Ronald Rolheiser, a Catholic priest,internationally known community-builder,speaker, and spiritual writer. The lecture is free and open to the public, but attendance is limited. You must use this link to register and reserve your place for the 2 PM lecture. 

For more information email



Online Missionary Discipleship Formation Program

Maryknoll is once again offering an Online Missionary Discipleship Formation Program which will allow you to stop, recharge, and take stock. It will take place entirely online over a 2-week period and so can be done from the comfort of your home. Based on Pope Francis' Joy of the Gospel, this interactive program integrates Scripture and Church teaching and is designed to provide you with an encounter with God and others in ministry, as well as discernment around your call to mission. One of our most recent participants in the program wrote this: "This experience fed my soul and rejuvenated my energy for ministry. It really did help me focus on what is next for this Faith Formation year."

Use this link below to learn more about the course content, schedule, and register for this online program. This program will be Deacon Kevin McCarthy, Deacon Dennis Holley, the director of the Maryknoll Deacon Mission Partners Program, and Ms. Silvana Martinez, former director of the Maryknoll Volunteer Program in Cochabamba, Bolivia. For more information you can contact Deacon Kevin McCarthy via email or phone 413-474-3861.



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 "Sensitivity" will take place this Sunday, October 25th at 12:30 PM on ZOOM (a ZOOM link will be sent to all registered participants).

Be sure you have registered with Kathleen Emry at

Make plans to attend the full series of workshops:

· November 8, 12:30 PM - Accompaniment


Outreach Opportunity with Christ Our Hope

St. Patrick parishioners are invited to join with Christ Our Hope parishioners for a wonderful outreach opportunity. The residents at the Catholic Housing Service building the Josephinum share their downtown space with Christ Our Hope Church and are wonderful members of our community. Many residents have transitioned from homelessness to permanent housing there. Unfortunately, many remain food insecure. Christ Our Hope parishioners are inviting St. Patrick parishioners to help put together individual dinners for each resident (200+) to let them know we haven't forgotten about them. The plan is to cook a preset dinner menu of ham, macaroni and cheese, a vegetable side dish, and cake for dessert that will be delivered to the residents' room. We are looking for St. Pat parishioners to sign up and commit to making one dish or two, then drop it off at the Pastoral Center on either Thursday, October 29th, or Friday, October 30th during business hours from 9AM - 5PM (parking in the LOAD/UNLOAD zone is free). We also need volunteers to help prepare and portion out the take-out delivery packages on the afternoon of Friday, October 30th. If cooking meals is not your thing, you are welcome to write a quick note or card of support for our Josephinum friends. For more information, please contact Deanna Tighe. Thanks for considering this wonderful outreach opportunity.


Fr. Pat Needs Our Love & Prayers 

Father Pat is now recovering at Mt. St. Vincent. 

Although he still cannot have visitors, we can send cards to:

    Providence Mt. St. Vincent

    4831 35th Ave SW

    5 East, Room 529

    Seattle, WA  98126



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. 

Parishioners are being 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. 


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.