March 17, 2020
St. Patrick's Day
As Catholics and citizens, we want to participate in every effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. Governor Kate Brown has cancelled all events involving 10 people or more for 30 days. Archbishop Alexander Sample has made the difficult decision to cancel all public Masses in the Archdiocese of Portland through April 14, 2020 and has granted a dispensation for all the faithful from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation for the same period of time.
You can read the full message on the Archdiocesan website.
Our response here at Our Lady of the Lake is as follows:
- All Masses and scheduled prayer services are canceled through Tuesday, April 14. This includes all the services of Holy Week and Easter Sunday.
- Our church will remain open from 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day for daily prayer and adoration.
- Check the parish website for information regarding availability of Confession.
- All parish events are canceled including weekday meetings, bible studies and prayer groups through April 14. Groups are encouraged to meet online, if they wish via Skype or Zoom.
- The parish office is closed for in-person business. The office phone 503-636-7687 will be monitored during business hours of 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM. After those hours, the answering service will take messages and direct emergency calls for a priest. Individual appointments with myself or members of the staff can take place via telephone, video conferencing (such as Zoom or Skype) or other means. Unless the particular circumstances warrant an in-person appointment, or sick call.
- Our Parish School will be providing remote learning through March 31, 2020. This is in keeping with the Governor’s plan. Parents will be notified of any changes to that timeline.
Please regularly check the parish website for updates and additional information.
Please pray for those most impacted by this virus, especially those who are sick, those in health care professions, those who struggle financially who will lose work hours, and those who already feel isolated. If you know someone who is elderly and/or feeling isolated, please connect with them by phone or email to let them know that you are still “with” them in spirit.
I will be offering Mass privately each day for our collective prayers for all those affected by this pandemic. We are exploring the ability to livestream these Masses and will update on our website if that becomes possible. I encourage you to pray daily as individuals and as families. Consider partaking in one or all of the following options. The living Word of God has its own saving grace:
- Watch Mass online at www.catholictv.org/watch-live
- Watch daily Mass with Bishop Robert Barron at www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass
- Listen to my homily for each Sunday Mass at www.ollparish.com/homily
- Read and reflect on the Sunday readings at www.usccb.org/bible
Please be assured of my continued prayers for all of you and your families. These are unprecedented and trying times, yet the grace of God will guide us through, and we will be stronger and wiser because of it.
Your brother in Christ,
Fr. John Kerns,