Saints Peter & Paul Episcopal Church continues to extend the vision of blended community in the 21st century. Fifty years ago two parishes joined together to form a community. In 2007, this parish embraced a bilingual expression of Church, adding a Spanish mass. We are now honored to call Padre Hilde Gonzalez as priest in charge, and are excited about the development of blended community as we meet the needs of our neighborhood and the world around us.
The shared worship experience of our bilingual English/Spanish mass on the first Sunday of each month has united the parish as one community. Other Sundays, we offer separate services to allow people to celebrate in the language of their hearts. Twice monthly the English language service is a Celtic mass. Music that is beautiful and fitting is essential to all worship.
SS. Peter and Paul was founded in an Anglo-Catholic tradition which includes social outreach, connection with Celtic roots, and Latino expression of faith. We are a “scrappy church.” We persist in spite of obstacles and support issues for social change.
The parish offers space for the Multnomah County needle van twice weekly, paired with outreach services, including sack supper on Tuesday and Rahab’s Sisters on Friday (www.rahabs-sisters.org). The volunteer-run ‘Free Store’ offers needed supplies to our neighbors from our building. Our parish opened for 10 days as a warming shelter for Multnomah County during weather emergencies [freezing temperatures, snow or ice]. Other partners include agencies providing services to immigrants and refugees and Spanish language Al-anon groups.
We are honored to be a community resource and a sacred space of worship, inviting those who come to our doors to be blessed and for us to blessed by new relationships with Christ through our neighbors.