All Are Welcome

A Welcoming and Affirming Faith Community

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.

 

 

 

"And All Of Them Were Filled With The Holy Spirit"  - Acts 2:4

 

                   

 

 

Dear Friends in Christ,

Come Holy Spirit. Renew the face of the earth. As we gather on Facebook LIVE and YouTube this weekend to celebrate Mass together, we do so with renewed hope for reopening our Church to public Masses. Governor Inslee this week gave the greenlight for worship services in Church spaces in Phase II. These will be limited gatherings of approximately 50 people. When will Phase II come to King County you may ask? That's a good question. We've been told not to expect a move to Phase II in Seattle for several weeks aleast. It could be even longer.

Our team is currently developing a reopening plan (what the Governor calls a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation and recovery plan) to allow for the proper social distancing at our communal gatherings and to make sure we all stay safe and healthy by adhering to certain specific health and safety protocols. As shared last weekend during Mass, we will be wearing masks as a community. We will do so as a way to protect the well-being of others and for the common good. Not out of fear or as a political statement. We wear masks mostly to protect the vulnerable in our community. This is just what Jesus would expect of us.

One of the new guidelines from the Archdiocese and Governor's office is we will need to pre-register to attend Mass. This will prevent the challenge of having too many people show up for a single Mass and to help keep everyone safe. More details will be shared in the coming days/weeks as we ready to restart public Masses and share our parish community's plan and guidelines. We understand some may choose to stay away from public Masses even when they return due to legitimate health reasons. For this, we will continue to offer Facebook LIVE and YouTube until a vaccine is developed.

As we celebrate Pentecost this weekend, I want to say thank you for your patience and your prayers for our beautiful community. We are blessed by you and can't wait to be together in person -- either soon or sometime down the road. May the Holy Spirit be alive in your life.

Peace...   

Deacon Dennis Kelly 

Pastoral Coordinator  

Christ Our Hope / St. Patrick Parish Communities

dennis@stpatrickseattle.org

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Each year at this time, Archbishop Etienne invites us to support the essential ministries and shared services of the Archdiocese. The impact and spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have created extraordinary challenges not only for our parish, but also the Archdiocese. Many of your fellow parishioners may not be able to contribute this year, so your support and participation in this appeal is critical! 

This year St. Patrick's share of the Appeal is $36,708 (we are currently at nearly 50% of goal). If we exceed this goal, all excess payments received will come back to us and be put towards losses sustained from the pandemic.

You should have received from the Archbishop a pledge card in the mail with a return envelope last week.  If we will be sending out one from the parish this coming week. You can donate by returning the card in the mail, or calling 1-800-809-4921. Alternatively, you can online to secure your pledge or gift at www.seattlearchdiocese.org/donate

One question we often get about the Annual Catholic Appeal is how is it different from Stewardship of Treasure? Below is information about how these are two distinct and essential forms of giving. Thank you for your participation and sharing of your gift! 

Annual Catholic Appeal vs. Stewardship of Treasure 

How does the Annual Appeal differ from my parish stewardship giving?

Annual Catholic Appeal (NOW - Spring)

  • Occurs in the Spring of each year
  • Archdiocesan campaign (Denominational)
  • Supports over 60 ministries and services throughout Western Washington
  • Pledge to the Archdiocese - May to April
  • Donations processed through Archdiocese

Parish Stewardship of Treasure (Fall)

  • Occurs in the Fall of each year
  • Parish renewal (Congregational)
  • Provides parish ordinary income supporting the work and ministries of St. Patrick's 
  • Yearly pledge to St. Patrick's parish - January to December
  • Donations processed through St. Patrick's parish

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JOIN US ON FACEBOOK LIVE

Sundays 10:30am

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Find Mass on YouTube HERE

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

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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.

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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.

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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 (dtighe@christourhopeseattle.org) or the parish private FB group for link or get the link on the parish wide email.

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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 (dtighe@christourhopeseattle.org) or the parish private FB group for link or get the link on the parish wide email.

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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.

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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.

 

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Here are some quick tips for using Zoom:

(For PC/Mac):

  1. Go to  https://zoom.us/support/download  and install the Zoom app for Mac or PC.

(For iPhone/Android):

  1. Download "ZOOM Cloud Meetings" (also known as "zoom.us") 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.

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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 (https://www.facebook.com

2) Navigate to St. Pat's page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/stpatrickseattle/  

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 (sharie.bowman@gmail.com) 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.

 

PASTORAL EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER: 425.710.0909 OR EMAIL: dennis@stpatrickseattle.org