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Fr. John's Column - August 28, 2016

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:

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!



Friday, August 26
8:00 AM Mass

~ Saturday, August 27
8:00 AM Dustbusters

10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass
RCIA Inquiry Following Mass

~ Sunday, August 28
Masses at 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM & 7:00 PM
RCIA Inquiry Following Mass
7:00 PM The Flame

~ Monday, August 29
8:00 AM Mass

9:00 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away
11:00 AM Memorial Service Dean Anderson

~Tuesday, August 30
4:00 PM Back to School Night and BBQ
5:45 PM Mass

6:20 PM Family Rosary

6:00 PM KC Officers Meeting

~ Wednesday, August 31
8:00 AM Mass

10:00 AM Mass at CCH
5:00 PM Youth Cantor Workshop

~Thursday, September 1
6:45 AM Toastmasters

8:00 AM Mass
10:30 AM Mass at Old Comforts of Home
6:00 PM TNT
6:30 PM Finance Committee Meeting
7:00 PM Praise Company Rehearsal
~ Friday, September 2
9:15 AM School Mass at Church

~ Saturday, September 3
8:00 AM Dustbusters

9:00 AM Youth Cantor Workshop
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass
6:00 PM Oasis

~ Sunday, September 4
Masses at 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM

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