Events at St. Stephen’s Parish
Located in the heart of downtown Portland, adjacent to Portland State Univeristy and the South Park Blocks, St. Stephen’s hosts not only our own congregation, but also local organizations Operation Nightwatch, HomePDX, the Underground, and Clay Street Table. We sponsor events throughout the year to support our work with these programs and feeding those in our neighborhood (and their pets!) who are hungry.
With seating for up to 175 and fine acoustics in the sanctuary, we are also a popular event venue and concert space, frequently hosting performances by local musicians and performance artists. Proceeds from these events support our hunger initiatives.
2013-14 Concert Series
Proceeds from the St. Stephens’s 150th Anniversary Concert Series are dedicated to our hunger programs. A partner agency of the Oregon Food Bank, St. Stephen’s provided 60,000 meals last year with the help of 200 volunteers citywide, serving at least one meal six days a week, two meals four days a week, and a food pantry once a month. Two meals are served in the field, one Sunday at the Burnside Bridge and another Tuesday in Southeast. The Parish also houses Operation Nightwatch, and a free medical clinic staffed by OHSU Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and a foot care clinic once a month.
Tickets are $15 per concert and can be ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the order form, available in the sanctuary.
Blessing of the Beasts
Occurring every October on the Sunday closest to the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Blessing of the Beasts is a beloved St. Stephen’s tradition that spans many years. Though our services are always open to well-behaved pets, on Beast Blessing Day, pets and their human friends from around the city will join us for a special animal-oriented service. Our favorite part is a retelling of the story of St. Francis and the wolf. After the service, more pets and people will join the congregation outside the church, and we will all parade to the nearby South Park Blocks with music and banners flying. There, all will join in a special ceremony blessing and honoring our animal friends and the joy and love that they share with us every day.
Below, please enjoy some photos from the 2012 Blessing of the Beasts!