MILWAUKIE — Since the start of the pandemic, the crew at Christ the King here worked diligently to keep parishioners involved in the community. Masses were livestreamed, as was evening prayer. The Tuesday night theology talks were moved to Facebook Live, where they remain. Sacramental prep and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults classes went virtual, with all sacraments administered by June 7.

To make an effort to stay engaged with community members, Deacon Randy Hoang and Jenett Akles, pastoral assistant at Christ the King, started holding Zoom meetings, or ‘Donuts with Deacon,’ after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass.

When Archbishop Alexander Sample granted priests the ability to have 25 people at each Mass, the parish welcomed back their flock. The response was so overwhelming that additional Masses were added daily and over the weekends. The Masses are now being livestreamed to the parish center where more people can participate.

As fall approaches, staff are planning to continue the youth group, RCIA, confirmation, Bible studies and other ministries either in person or virtually.

“I am very proud of our team and the work they’ve been doing,” said Akles.