Church of St. Joseph the Worker, Portland, Oregon

Build Community. Build Hope.

$4.1M Raised

The reality of need


East Portland Poverty

80% of the youth in our community qualify for free and reduced lunch in the school system. 15,000 kids under 18, in our immediate boundaries, also live in poverty. There has been a decline in family income dropping 23% or $10,000 per household. The population of our immediate community is racially diverse, with 60% being minorities.



Candidly, our church cannot accommodate our growing community. Our Masses are overcrowded. Parish social events are limited by size and are not accessible to people with disabilities. Classroom space for faith formation, education programs and our active youth groups is inadequate. And, we lack sufficient space for our social justice ministry, which provides food, clothing and monetary assistance to the poor.



In Oregon, 27% of the population as no affiliation with a church (compared to the national figure of 16%). That's about 62,000 people in our area. Not only is the opportunity to serve the financially poor but the spiritually poor.

Inside St. Joseph the Worker

Outreach & Growth

St. Joseph has a number of ministries that provide outreach to those in our community: Our parishioners donate on average 3,000 pounds of food per year that is given to the St. Vincent DePaul program. St. Vincent DePaul serves on average 200 households each month (20 calls per day for food - 8400 individuals per year). All of that work is done by 30 volunteers from our parishioners. St. Joseph hosts meals for our neighbors once a quarter at our church. We have also been instrumental in bringing together a variety of other churches in a Community wide Dinner. Our hope is to be a beacon to our community and invite them to a place that offers unconditional love, forgiveness and a place to find family.

Recent Project Updates

Architectural rendering of proposed renovations

January 03, 2018

Week of January 1, 2018 – January 5, 2018

Here are the major construction project priorities for the coming week

  • Complete interior drywall and painting of social hall
  • Doors on site for installation this week 
  • Flooring installed in sanctuary
  • Light fixture coordination
  • Font up and running
  • Installation of stain glass windows at the baptismal font and sacristy
  • Final letters of inspection to City of Portland
  • Install and training of new sound and video system

Any questions on these items or in general – please contact our Project Manager, David Mastroieni at 503-998-1070 or

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The goal of the St. Joseph Building Project is to expand and renovate our church and parish center.

Our History

Our parish is the spiritual home for 1,100 active families and continues to attract people drawn by the message of God's love, and the genuine acceptance and hope extended here at Holy Mass, and at religious education classes, social gatherings and through community service. St. Joseph the Worker was originally founded on 10 acres in 1955. Because of our exponential growth and outreach, the demand is present for more space.


We are expanding our church to strengthen ourselves spiritually.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9


We are expanding our church so that we can reach out to others and serve them, and through our service they can come to know Jesus.

Do not turn away from the Lord but serve the Lord with all your heart.

Samuel 12:20


We are expanding our church so that we can share what we have with the poor and the Lord's glory will ignite—of the poor and for the poor.

The generous will themselves be blessed for they share their food with the poor.

Proverbs 22:9

The Plan

  • Sanctuary
  • Expand seating capacity to 600 people
  • Add Adoration Chapel accessible 24/seven
  • Expanded Cry Room area
  • Baptismal Font and adoration area
  • Expand narthex
  • Natural lighting that illuminates the altar and adoration areas
  • New mechanical and electrical system
  • New roofing system
  • Stain glass windows that provide a focal point throughout the church
  • New confessional and sacristy areas
  • Camponile (bell tower)
  • Resurface and striping of parking lot areas
  • Landscaping
  • Social Hall View the schematic
  • Expand seating capacity to 200 people
  • Full service Commercial kitchen
  • Natural lighting
  • Updated flooring and painting
  • New mechanical and electrical system
  • New roofing

Our Pastor, Father Ted Prentice

Fr. Ted Prentice comes to St. Joseph the Worker from a varied and diverse background. Born in Portland, Oregon (1963) he was the middle of eight children. He attended Pope John XXIII Elementary School in North Portland and graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School. In 1985 he graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in mechanical engineering. From 1985 to 1998 he worked in this field in the Los Angeles area where he also served as a teaching assistant at a Catholic alternative high school. He traveled fairly extensively for his job and in doing so, attended mass at many Catholic parishes across the country. Wherever he went, he saw that people seemed to be comfortable and feel at home in their church. Thus inspired to a different calling, Fr. Ted entered Mt. Angel Seminary in 1998. As part of his ministerial training, he served as an elder visitor at Mount St. Joseph in Portland, a pastoral minister to the Latino community of Holy Redeemer Parish in North Portland, and participated in the clinical pastoral education at Oregon State Hospital. Fr. Ted also spent a summer at the Mexican American Cultural Center in the Spanish Immersion program. He served as a pastoral intern at Christ the King Parish in Milwaukie, and as a deacon at St. Mary’s Parish, Mt. Angel Oregon. Learn more about Fr. Ted

Change Lives. Give Hope.

Are you working for your Kingdom or for God's Kingdom? We ask for your support as we work in the name of God, our Loving Father, to Strengthen our community as we Serve and Share with the blessed and humble people of our community. To succeed, we will depend on the full participation of our Parish and support from other faithful as well. Please thoughtfully pray about the how you can support the goodness of God in your life and in the lives of others, by contributing to our Building Campaign

Love the Lord with all your passion, and prayer, and intelligence, and energy. Mark 12:30