MOUNT ANGEL — As parishes around the Archdiocese of Portland change their operations, St. Mary Parish here is keeping up its ministry efforts.

Benedictine Sister Dorothy Jean Beyer, minister to the sick at St. Mary, regularly checks in on parishioners over 70 to enquire as to their general welfare, if they need food or someone to shop for them and if they need medications ordered or picked up. Sister Dorothy Jean manages all of this from nearby Queen of Angels Monastery where she lives.

The other staff are still answering phone calls and emails, as well as working with children preparing for first Communion and confirmation. The parish’s maintenance crew are getting backlogged projects done and keeping the cemetery groomed for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.

Benedictine Father Philip Waibel, pastor of St. Mary, is the temporary chaplain for the Providence Benedictine Nursing Center and Mount Angel Towers senior living. Father Waibel tends to those who are sick or near death. Father Tetzel Umingli, administrator of St. Paul Parish in Silverton, is doing the same at the Silverton Hospital.

Like many pastors, Father Waibel celebrates Mass with his flock virtually, livestreaming Mass nearly every day.