As I mentioned last week,
whether we want to admit it or not, fall is not far off. For the past 30 plus years, fall at Saint
Patrick Parish meant Fall Festival time.
For the past 25 years it has also meant School Golf Scramble. Each year it means the start of school (for
more than 140 years the start of school for Saint Patrick Catholic School) and
the start of various parish activities.
Last year we tried to scale
the Fall Festival back to be a more manageable event. Though we tried to cut back on some of the
more time consuming elements, it still turned out to be a tremendous
undertaking. Rather than try to again
rework the Fall Festival, we are going to lead the former Fall Festival in a
new direction by launching the Parish Fall Celebration.
We have much to celebrate as
a parish. This year we will focus on a
gift that was made to our parish two years ago, when our local Knights of
Columbus Council observed their 100th Anniversary. Bishop Peter Christensen celebrated a
Mass recognizing 100 years and a dinner for the Knights and guests
followed. The Council offered our parish
a new altar for our main church as a token of their gratitude for the support
Saint Patrick has shown.
Once it was decided that the
Knights would donate a new altar, a family came forward and contributed funds
to also add a new ambo (or lectern) in our church.
The construction of the altar
and ambo is now complete and ready to be installed in our church, which will
occur the week of September 19-23. They
will then need to be blessed, and we have set the 5:00 PM Mass on Saturday,
September 24, for these blessings. Our
Bishop will join us for the Mass and bless the altar and ambo. Following the Mass we will have an Italian
Parish Dinner – at no cost (though a free will offering will be accepted). There will be a few other activities that
evening that also will help us to celebrate our parish community in Hudson.
On Friday September 9, we
will host the 25th Annual School Golf Scramble. The Scramble is held each year to
specifically help raise funds for our school’s athletic programs. The past three years this has focused on
raising funds to renovate the locker rooms in our school. The boys’ locker room is completely finished
and with the anticipated funds from this year’s scramble, we should be able to
complete work that has already begun in the girls’ room. Plan now to golf on September 9 at the
beautiful and challenging White Eagle Golf Course. Registration Sheets can be found in the
gathering area at church, from the school office, or at the website: http://www.stpatsgolfevent.com
With the arrival of fall,
this will be the last weekend for the
7:00 PM Sunday evening Mass. I
know many find the Sunday evening time convenient during the summer months. We will also move the Tuesday daily Mass back
to the 8:00 AM time slot beginning Tuesday, September 6, the Tuesday after
Labor Day. The Healing Mass will
continue to be held the third Tuesday of each month, but will go back to
starting at 6:00 PM. On Friday, when
school is in session, there will only be the Mass with the school
students. The first Friday of the month
it will be at 9:15 AM in the main
church. All other Fridays it will be
at 9:00 AM at our school. Of course all are invited to pray with our
school students at their weekly Mass.
Bible Explorers and
Children’s Liturgy of the Word will again be offered each Sunday, now at the
10:30 AM Mass. During the 10:30 AM Mass
Bible Explorers will occupy the old cry room space. Children ages 3 years through 1st grade
will be able to be brought there at the beginning of Mass and picked up at the
end. Children grades 2nd through
5th will be dismissed for the Children’s Liturgy of the
Word after the opening prayer and before the first reading. They will return at the time of the
petitions. Watch for more information
regarding these and all of our children’s ministry offerings.
To help raise funds for the
parish so we can continue to offer events that are more focused on rejoicing as
a parish and providing for our spiritual growth, we will still offer the raffle
that formerly accompanied the Fall Festival.
This has grown as a fundraiser for the parish, is not labor intensive,
and – for those who choose to participate – offers better odds of winning than
the Powerball or Megabucks lottery!
Fr. John Gerritts
We are looking for youth to join the choir!