Name of Church St. Birgitta
Address 11820 NW Saint Helens Road, Portland, Oregon 97231
Phone number (503) 286-3929
Mass Schedule Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (Latin Tridentine) Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. (except Wednesdays when it is at 6 p.m., followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the rosary). Saturday, 8 a.m. (Latin Tridentine).
Confessions Before weekend Masses.
Names of priests Father Luan Tran, pastor. A faithful priest, he was ordained for the Archdiocese of Portland in 1993 and has served as pastor of St. Birgitta since 2010. He has also served as a chaplain in the Archdiocese for Military Services. Father lives a “common Christian life” in the parish rectory with Father Mark Bentz and a layman.
Special activities and groups Vespers and compline on Sundays at 6 p.m. in the rectory chapel.
Fellow parishioners The English Masses draw many locals; many others come in from outside the parish boundaries for the Tridentine Mass. It is home of the Traditional Mass community of the greater Portland area; the Archbishop has given permission for the Mass and sacraments be offered in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
Parking No problem.
Additional observations St. Birgitta’s has long been known for its orthodoxy and celebration of the Mass according to the Extraordinary form. The parish was founded in 1916, and was named St. Birgitta at the request of the Catholic Extension Society of Chicago, which paid $500 of its $2,000 cost to build. It’s a small, wood-framed church off of St. Helens Road near the Willamette River (which runs through downtown Portland).