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 will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living" 


Psalm 116


First Sunday of Lent


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This weekend, we learn about putting our trust in God and God alone. This theme echoes throughout all three readings, from the story of Abraham being called to sacrifice his son Isaac, to St. Paul's letter to the Romans, to Mark's Gospel recounting of the Transfiguration. Sometimes we can lose our faith in the midst of our suffering. Jesus reminds us all that what lies ahead is so much bigger than our suffering in the present age.

The Navarre Bible commentary said, "Our Lord's transfiguration in the presence of his disciples (the three most beloved, who will later witness his agony: 14:33) is a counterpoint to his passion and an anticipation of its fruit-resurrection and glorification. Christians, too, need to learn to 'consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.'"

This is a good reminder for us all to trust in Jesus and his promise of our future together with him - absent of all pain, all suffering, all fear, all anxiety. This is a place where our pride, our judgment, our anger, our resentment, our lust, and our greed will be no more. 

What a place that will be!


Deacon Dennis Kelly 

Pastoral Coordinator  

Christ Our Hope / St. Patrick Parish Communities


Friday Lenten Morning Prayer begins this Friday!

All are welcome to join Christ Our Hope's Friday Lenten Morning Prayer at 8 AM on Zoom. The link for the 8 AM prayer throughout Lent will be the same each week. Please contact Laura (


We Are Called

CRS Rice Bowls are now available. These help assist with our Lenten prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. If you're attending Mass virtually, you can still participate in CRS Rice Bowl.

Give your CRS Rice Bowl donation online and make a difference in the lives of people in your local community and around the world!

If you would like to make your own Rice Bowl at home, you can follow the instructions by clicking here. More resources are available here:

During the 40 days of Lent, we will reflect on how hunger and malnutrition affect our human family, and on the need to take action to end this global injustice. Visit to learn more.


Cooking, Cocktails, and Community!

Join us for the first Lenten Cooking, Cocktails & Community next Friday, February 26th at 5:30 PM on Zoom!

Please contact Kelly Hickman for the Zoom link (

This Lent, we will be fasting together with simple meals using the CRS Rice Bowl recipes, each paired with a simple cocktail and mocktail recipe you can make at home.

Our first gathering will be hosted by Christ Our Hope parishioner Paul Gusmorino! Below are the ingredients for the Vary Amin'anana (Greens with Rice) recipe from Madagascar, as well as for a simple cocktail and mocktail pairing.

Get your ingredients in advance, and we can't wait to be together virtually on the 26th! If you are unable to view the recipe online it is listed below:

2 T fair trade olive oil

1 small onion, diced

1 medium tomato, diced

1 clove garlic

1 t fresh ginger, minced

3 c packed collard greens or kale

1 c rice

2 c water

Salt and pepper to taste

Heat oil in medium-sized pot. Add onion, tomato, garlic and ginger, and sauté until just tender. Add collard greens or kale, and stir 1 minute. Add rice, water, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook on medium heat for 25 minutes or until water is absorbed. Serves 4-5 people.

Save the date for future events!


Racial Justice Lenten Small Groups

You are encouraged to also join a small reflection group that meets once a week throughout Lent to discuss what you are learning, share your thoughts, and help to build community. These groups will be facilitated by the Racial Equity Committee of both St. Patrick's and Christ Our Hope communities.

The small reflection groups are underway. The facilitator and schedule are as follows:

  • Monday at 3 PM -  email Jan Thomas for Zoom link
  • Tuesday at 7 PM - email Liza Neal for Zoom link
  • Wednesday at 6:30 PM - email Kathy Keefe for Zoom link
  • Thursday at 10 AM - email Lisa Dennison for Zoom link

If you would like more information please reach out to Lisa Dennison at


Lenten Tree of Hope

Our Lenten Tree of Hope is up in the Church, benefiting our Sister Parish in Nueva Trinidad. Please pick up a tag and give to the various projects in the community in El Salvador, such as the senior food program and internet connections for all. Muchas gracias por todos.  


Care for Creation

It's Lent. Try free-range eggs: better for health and chickens. Get entertained by using the CluckAR app to see if your brand's "free range" is actually cruelty free. You can access via this link (


Saturday Night Games Night

Our third (of twice monthly) Game Night this Saturday Night, March 6th, 6 PM-8 PM, at Paddy's virtual Place. (Game Nights will alternate between BINGO and card games: BINGO was last time).  

Elaine Clark is host and Ellen Carpentier will assist with communications between deaf and hearing players. To participate virtually, each player (or group playing as one person) will need access to 2 browsers: one for the game and another for communication via Zoom. All are welcome to join on  Zoom. Contact Elaine for the Zoom link (


Wednesday Movie Night!

Join us for Wednesday Movie Night on March 3rd at 6:30 PM, where we are presenting episode 2 of the new, 2-part, PBS series "The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song", hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. 

This ties in with our small group Lenten reflection series, Racial Justice - A Lenten Pilgrimage with the Prophets. Join us for the documentary and discussion.  Contact Paul Sampson ( for the Zoom LINK.

For more information and additional resources including watching episode 1 (in case you missed it), check out the link below


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 has begun (on Zoom - Sessions recorded). 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. 



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.


Free Tax Aid for the Community from United Way

From February 12th to April 18th, 2021, trained and IRS-certified tax experts will be available to provide online assistance in filing your taxes. United Way Tax Program works hard to maximize your return so you can keep more of your money. They can also assist with claiming stimulus check money. It also allows people to file for free online and get information and assistance over the phone in numerous languages. If you would like more information you can check out our website at


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: 77

% of Families: 38%

Total Pledged: $168,575

% of Goal: 40%

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.