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.






"Here I am Lord; I come to do your will"  

Psalm 40

    Goodbye Christmas season. Hello Ordinary Time.


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

"Come, and you will see." Jesus speaks these powerful words in this weekend's Gospel. And Pope Francis calls each of us to "come and see" by joining the Church in a Culture of Encounter. This is where we go to the peripheries to see reality through the eyes of Christ. The peripheries may be working with the unhoused living on the streets, or missionary work in lesser developed countries, or working in a food kitchen with those experiencing food insecurity, or serving lonely seniors living in isolation.

When we step into these encounters on the peripheries, we experience what is found in a famous quote by Jesuit Dean Brackley S.J.: "First it breaks your heart, then you fall in love, then you're ruined for life." This is how we conform our hearts to Jesus. This is how we step further into the kingdom.


Deacon Dennis Kelly 

Pastoral Coordinator  

Christ Our Hope / St. Patrick Parish Communities



The Year of Eucharist

Archbishop Paul D. Etienne invites everyone to celebrate the Year of the Eucharist. Started last June during the pandemic, the Archbishop said, "During the coming year, I ask every Catholic and every parish community to commit themselves to deepening our understanding and experience of the Eucharist and strengthening our Eucharistic liturgies."

More resources and communication will be shared in the coming weeks to take a closer look at the presence of the Eucharist in our lives. In the meantime, here are 12 New Year's Eucharistic resolutions suggested in a recent article in Northwest Catholic. You can access the article here.


Sacred Encounters

In the weeks ahead, St. Patrick and Christ Our Hope will launch the new Sacred Encounters ministry. This ministry is open to participation by all in our community. While a small group will actually take to the streets to minister to those experiencing homelessness in downtown Seattle, we will need everyone's help to sustain this important outreach initiative. For those interested in being part of the street team, formation will begin soon (on Zoom). Please reach out to Dcn. Dennis and let him know of your interest in joining this group.

This new ministry will allow our paired parish community to better be a part of what Pope Francis calls a Culture of Encounter with those suffering on the peripheries. Everyone in our parish can do their part to help sustain this important effort.

We are collecting needed "survival" items for this effort. Please consider donating the following items via Amazon Wish List. Dollar stores have great deals. Items include: Multiple package Kleenex, Combs, Soap, Chapstick, and Disposable Razors, Travel size Shampoo, Conditioners, and Hand Lotion. You can purchase these items via the following Amazon Wishlist account by clicking here. 


Special Christ Hour Hope Coffee Hour at 3 PM Jan. 17th

In honor of Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Christ Our Hope will host a special Coffee Hour with Deacon Joe Connor from Immaculate Conception Parish in Seattle to discuss systemic racism and what it could or should mean for active, social-justice-minded Catholics.

This Coffee Hour time will be at 3 PM on this Sunday, January 17th. We look forward to welcoming Deacon Connor and guests on Zoom. The click is accessible here.


Return of Wednesday Movie Night!

"From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians" tells the epic story of the rise of Christianity. The four hours explore the life and death of Jesus, and the men and women whose belief, conviction, and martyrdom created the religion we now know as Christianity. We plan on viewing Part 1 on Wednesday, January 13th and Part 2 the following Wednesday, January 20th. 

For more detail information on the series you can read more information here. Join us on Wednesday, January 13th for Part 1 and again on Wednesday 20th for Part 2 at 7 PM on Zoom.  Contact Paul Sampson ( for the Zoom link. 


Care for Creation: 2040 Film Screening

Join fellow Catholic parishioners for an amazing at-home screening of this award-winning climate documentary.

Drawing on the best minds from around the world to focus on climate, economics, technology, civil society, agriculture, and sustainability, 2040 maps out a pathway for change that can lead us to a more ecologically sustainable and equitable future. The film takes a solutions-based approach to how we can, using the technology we already have, mitigate the enormous global issues we currently face. 2040 is a story of hope, and a powerful tool to encourage people to take action. 

Once registered you will be able to watch the movie any time you like from January 21st to February 6th. We will also have a discussion about the movie and solutions discussed in the movie on Sunday, February 7th.

Register here:

This event sponsored in part by the following Catholic Care for Creation teams: St. Joseph Parish, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, St. John the Evangelist Parish, Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center, St. James Cathedral, and Seattle University Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture.


Message from Susan Saini

Dear St. Pat's community, 

Almost nine years have passed since I first came to work for St. Pat's and I've had the pleasure to meet and get to know many of you over the years, for which I am grateful.

I will take many memories with me, but a few stand out:

When I requested permission to allow Sally, my puppy therapy-dog-in-training to come to work with me, JoAn, who wasn't the biggest fan of large dogs agreed. I like to think Sally grew on JoAn. Each morning she would make a beeline for JoAn's office, and it warmed my heart to hear her say, "Oh, hi Sally!"

Sally adored Fr. Pat. She always seemed to know when he was in his office and would run upstairs to say hello.  He and Sally were as thick as thieves when it came to contraband treats, but I would never come between them.

Sally was also very fond of Dick Tosdale, who always had a cheery word for her, and allowed her to "help" him with his St. Vincent de Paul paperwork!

I have wonderful memories of attending the women's retreat and how I was so warmly welcomed into that group of women, most of whom I knew only by name.

When I lost my mother to cancer earlier this year, and when another loved one died in November 2020 several of you reached out by card and email offering your condolences. I was touched, thank you.

There are a few people in particular I would like to recognize. George Keefe, former finance council member, kept me on my toes during Finance Council meetings. He was always the last to leave because he wanted to see that I made it to my car in the dark. 

Jo Anne Felton, office volunteer extraordinaire for all the hours she put in at the parish office and for sending thoughtful notes and cards to my mother during her illness.  Mom always thought Jo Anne had the nicest handwriting!

Kathleen Berry, our kind and thoughtful collection counting lead. I appreciate your tireless commitment to this ministry.  I will fondly remember the stories you told of living in my neighborhood when you were a child, especially about the ice cream shop and open air produce market!

Finally, thank you JoAn Choi, Fr. Pat, Laura Ash, and Dcn. Dennis Kelly for your support and friendship over the years. I love you.

My path is leading me to work in end of life and grief care.  I completed training as an end of life doula in 2019, and now that 2020 is behind us, I'm looking forward to seeing where I am led in 2021 and beyond. My website, will contain a blog, videos, book recommendations and more content in the coming weeks and months. If I can ever be of service, I would be honored.

I wish you all the best.


Susan Saini


Called to Serve as Christ UPDATE

Here's an update on our parish's participation in the Called to Serve as Christ Campaign:


Campaign Goal: $423,466

# of Gifts: 67

% of Families: 35%

Total Pledged: $166,700

% of Goal: 39%

Parish Share to be donated to Women Religious Orders:


Click here to donate

Thank you to all who have donated to this worthy campaign. This money will ensure a secure retirement and healthcare for our women religious and our priests.




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. This weekly event will take a one week break and be back in the New Year.


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 emailThis weekly event will take a one week break and be back in the New Year.


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 emailThis weekly event will take a one week break and be back in the New Year.


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.