The Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Novus Ordo)
The Catholic Church, in keeping with Her Savior’s commission to “go out to all the world,” recognizes the need to embrace and transform modern culture to Christ. In responding to this call, the Second Vatican Council reiterated its age-old teaching of the universal call to holiness and sought to reopen the treasures of the Divine Liturgy to the faithful. The Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite Mass is one of myriad ways in which the Council Fathers sought to lavish the treasures of Christ’s Church on her people. Pope Benedict XVI urged that the teachings of Vatican II be considered in light of a “hermeneutic of continuity”, by which we are to understand the new as building upon the foundation of the old and not a demolition of two millennia of Tradition.
In keeping with this understanding, St. Birgitta’s Catholic Church seeks to celebrate Her Savior’s death and triumphant resurrection with due reverence in keeping with the teachings and authority of the Magisterium.
The Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite)
The Traditional Mass has been an integral part of the parish of St. Birgitta for many years. We welcome anyone who wishes to experience the Liturgy in the Latin usus antiquior of the Roman Rite, in accordance with the Missal of Blessed John XXIII published in 1962, as expressed in the Motu Proprio: Summorum Pontificum of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
We also celebrate the other sacraments in the traditional Rite for those who desire them.
Meet our Administrator
Rev. Joshua Clifton
has been assigned to St. Birgitta Church in Portland and St. Mary Church in Vernonia by Archbishop Alexander Sample of the Archdiocese of Portland, OR.
Father Clifton was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, CA. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and from Mount Angel Seminary. He was ordained a priest in 2012.
Father Clifton has ministered as a priest at Madonna del Sasso Church in Salinas, Holy Trinity Parish in Greenfield, St. Patrick's Parish in Watsonville, Our Lady of Refuge Parish in Castroville, and Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Santa Cruz, all in California. He has taught at Catholic schools on both coasts.