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s our summer days continue to fly by, we are in the midst of hiring several new staff. Most are for our school: we are hiring teachers for first and fourth grades, a music teacher, a Spanish teacher, and an administrative assistant for the school office. We have some decisions to make this coming week as we finalize classroom assignments and determine in some cases whether we have one or two class-rooms for specific grades.  

One group of teachers that continues to work hard this summer is our LEAD teachers.  LEAD stands for Learning Environment Accommodating Differences.  We have assembled a team of teachers who will work specifically to support and challenge students making sure they are given the opportunities to use the gifts God has given them and experience success at our school.  For more information about our LEAD program, contact Principal Peter Noll at our school.

Overall the people we have been interviewing demonstrate a great passion for our faith, the work they do, and a desire to serve at Saint Patrick Parish and School. In the coming weeks I look forward to announcing the individuals we have hired.

As important as staff is, volunteers are also a vital part of our parish life. We are grateful for all that our volunteers do for our parish. I also realize that as volunteers, people often receive more than they give. However we want to celebrate the contribution volunteers make to our parish, thus once again we will host a volunteer picnic on Tuesday, August 19. It will be held at Weitkamp Park, so mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Meeting our expenses in the summer months is always a struggle for us, because we have only our weekly collections to sustain us. In August we start collecting revenue from tuition; in September we receive some grant monies and the Fall Festival; and during November and December, many parishioners make additional gifts to the parish for end-of-the-year giving and Christmas. But at this time of year, we have none of these additional sources of funding.

Moreover this past year we saw our collection revenue drop and experienced a particularly hard winter, which meant that gas and snowplowing expenses were higher than usual. Thus from a cash flow perspective we are challenged. This is temporary, for we will see a significant cash surge with tuition payments starting August 1, but to get us through the end of July we will likely need to tap the line of credit we keep open with our bank. By the middle of August we will be able to pay back our line of credit, but to get us through our payroll on July 31, we will likely need additional cash. I try to be transparent regarding our finances with you, and so am offering this information at this time.

Fr. John Gerritts
July 27, 2014






~Saturday July 26
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Reconciliation
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip available after Mass

~Sunday July 27

Masses: 7 AM, 9AM, 11AM, 7 PM
Scrip available after Masses
5:30 PM Youth Worship Team practice

~Monday July 28
8:00 AM Mass
9:15 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away

~ Tuesday July29
8:00 AM Mass

6:00 PM Family Rosary
6:30 PM Light Weigh One King

~ Wednesday July 30
8:00 AM Mass
10:00 AM Mass -  CCH

~ Thursday July 31
8:00 AM Mass
9:30 AM Bible Study
7:00 PM Music Rehearsal
7:00 PM Mary: A Biblical Walk

~ Friday August 1
8:00 AM Mass

August 2
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Reconciliation
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip available after Mass


O God, we earnestly ask you to bless our diocese with many priests, brothers, sisters and deacons who will love You with their whole mind and heart and gladly spend their entire lives serving Your Church and making You known and loved. Bless our families, bless our children, and choose from our homes those needed for your work. Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for our priests, religious, and deacons. Obtain for us many more. We ask this through Christ our Lord.    Amen.


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