Members of St. Rose Parish in Northeast Portland, like those at parishes across the archdiocese, are responding to the coronavirus pandemic with open hearts and deep faith, said Father Matt Libra, pastor.

One family called and said they’d like to double their tithe. When parishioners learned they could no longer visit a juvenile detention center, they began sending the young inmates cards.

Before the parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Council was told they couldn’t come back due to new safety-related restrictions, members distributed all their remaining food at Hollywood East Apartments, where a number of residents have disabilities and mental illness.

The parish also hopes to provide wellness check-ins to parish and school families, giving people the opportunity to share if they are suffering from fear, sickness or financial strains.

“People have responded with a lot of creativity and generosity,” said Father Libra.

The St. Rose community already has felt the economic repercussion of the virus. A few members have lost jobs and at least two have been forced to close their businesses.