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Catholic churches resume Mass per Archdiocese allowance

After the Archdiocese of Portland said churches may resume mass - with restrictions it was up to the individual parish to decide whether to begin or not.

Posted: May 10, 2020 6:48 PM
Updated: May 10, 2020 9:13 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- After the Archdiocese of Portland said churches may resume mass - with restrictions it was up to the individual parish to decide whether to begin or not.

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"Any opportunity that you have to attend mass throughout the week should be counted as a great blessing for you," said Archbishop Alexander Sample.

The Archdiocese of Portland includes 124 parishes and 23 missions that serve over 467,000 Catholics.

Archbishop Sample - led the first mass since they closed their doors Sunday at the cathedral in Portland - saying he was already looking forward to next weekend.

"I hope next weekend I will be able to look out at your faces because the church will be ready to open under the new guidelines," he said.

St. Alice's in Eugene held their first mass since the shutdown limiting their flock to 25 people.

Those who wanted to come had to sign up online or a preferred slot and then once they were confirmed - were allowed to come, but once 25 people showed up - the doors were locked

According to Governor Brown's order - once a county is approved for phase one of reopening - social gatherings of up to 25 people may resume.

While up to 25 people may meet - state and federal guidelines suggest limiting that number to 10.

Those at high risk or who are concerned about their health are encouraged to continue streaming online.

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