Reopening the Parish OfficeSt. Charles will reopen its offices on a limited capacity beginning June 24. The Parish Office will be open Monday thru Thursday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and Friday 9:00 am to 12 noon. Some staffers will continue to work from home on some days.
Reopening the office does not mean we are returning to “normal” practices that were in place before the pandemic. New procedures will be followed for the sake of keeping our staff and community safe. These procedures include:
Reopening for In-person Meetings at the ParishSt. Charles will allow in-person meetings to take place at the parish on a limited basis beginning Jun 24. These protocols must be followed:
Reopening for MassReopening for Mass at St. Charles will occur sometime after Multnomah County enters Phase 2. This will allow for a greater number of people to attend. Strict conditions will still apply: physical distancing, masking, sanitizing, no singing, no Communion Cup, no Exchange of Peace, and more. We will continue to offer the Zoom Service for those who are not yet ready to worship in person. In the meantime, if you wish to attend a weekday Mass, contact Leif at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will put you in touch with a neighboring parish.
Items at church to give away - Hurray! We are DONE clearing out our Parish classrooms and storage areas for the De La Salle Project. We have some furniture, carpet, shelving, heavy duty Volleyball set, a stove and a piano remaining to give away. See the pictures below. Everything goes in “as is” condition. Any sets can be separated.
If you want one or more items or need more information, please contact Judy Ludwigsen at 503-703-9466 or email@example.com. You'll need to provide transportation for any items you want. Please wear a mask and use social distancing when visiting the Parish.
All items remaining after June 20 will be donated to charity.
Today we received an update from Pacific Power on construction and deployment of the electrical substation at NE 42nd and Emerson. The new contact person is Cheryl Carter, and she can be reached at Cheryl.Carter@pacificorp.com. Here is her update:
During the COVID-19 pandemic we have not had Mass, or received Communion. While some parishes have re-opened for Mass on a limited basis, we have not done so at St. Charles. We continue to rely on our Sunday Zoom Liturgy of the Word.
At a recent meeting of the Liturgy Committee, it was discussed that we should poll the St. Charles community to see if there are people who really want to attend a weekday mass for the sake of receiving the Eucharist. The conditions and guidelines for attending mass are:
If you would like to attend weekday Mass under these conditions, please indicate on the form below.
Fumi Tosu is a Social Justice teacher at De La Salle North Catholic High School, and author of The Way of the Cross with St. Oscar Romero. He is a former member of the Catholic Worker community in San Jose, CA, as well as a peace activist and storyteller. He has his Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.
At St. Charles, we collaborated with Verde on the install of our solar energy system. A “phase 2” item of that project is solar energy storage that would allow St. Charles to be a hub for power if/when power goes down throughout the area. The first of ten proposals in the Good Neighbor Agreement is that PPL would pay for St. Charles solar energy storage.
It's important to note that this is completely separate from the power substation across the street. It does involve a tower or antenna. The location of necessary equipment has already been identified (school roof, I believe) and the footprint of that equipment is quite small. Obviously, Tony sees an opportunity here for Pacific Power to possibly pay for the solar storage component. If this were to be granted, then Verde would take the lead on the project just as they did with the original. And of course we would coordinate with De La Salle and the remodel.
Initial response from Sheila Holden at Pacific Power (click on file below) is vague, but positive. Stay tuned for more info.
Members of the St. Charles Pastoral Council organized soup and salad lunch for the 50 plus members of the De La Salle team. Lunch was super delicious -- thanks to many parishioners who made soup or a salad -- and was graciously received by all. The partnership is growing!
A special thanks to Peggy Johnson and Margaret Retz for organizing the lunch, and to Mary Lynn Pierce, Sandy Bossom, and Linda Pashley for their help in serving and cleaning up!
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We are truly grateful to all the volunteers who helped on this year's dinner, including fourteen members of De La Salle North Catholic High School.