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This weekend we welcome Sr. Carol Jean Zais to our parish. Sister Carol Jean will be speaking on behalf of the Sisters of the Divine Savior, who are also known as the Salvatorian Sisters. Every three years we are encouraged to bring in a representative of a missionary community to remind us that we as a Church have a strong obligation to support the missionary efforts to which many of the religious communities are deeply committed. Please welcome Sr. Jean and let us support her to the best of our ability.

As summer continues, we have been doing a lot of hiring for vacant church and school positions. But 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, so we will once again host a volunteer picnic this Tuesday,August 19. It will be held at Weitkamp Park, so mark your calendars and plan to attend!

As we come to the end of the summer, we will be discontinuing our 7:00 PM Sunday evening Mass for the winter months. This will start Labor Day weekend. Overall we have not seen an increase in Mass attendance by adding the Sunday evening Mass.  During the summer months we have a larger crowd than in the winter, so will likely bring it back next summer.  When we originally added the Sunday night Mass, we were not responsible for the Mass at the Carmelite Sisters, nor had Fr. Patrick been assigned as the Assistant Vocation’s Director for the Diocese. The predominant reason for the decision to discontinue the Mass, however, is because it has not increased overall attendance.

Finally, in the past few weeks we have made several new hires and in a few cases adjusted responsibilities for staff, including:
  •     Ms. Tricia Pieper – while continuing to teach art and computer in our school, Ms. Pieper will take on additional responsibilities as Coordinator of Youth Activities at church. She will no longer provide technology support as she has in the past, but will plan and lead a variety of events for junior and senior high youth including mission trips, service opportunities, and other opportunities to help our youth grow spiritually.
  •     Mrs. Theresa Douglas – will teach music in our school for grades K-4, lead the ShamROCKS show choir, and direct both our children/youth choir and high school age worship team at church. Both of these choirs will now practice weekly and sing at two liturgies per month in addition to Christmas, Easter, and other special occasions.
  •    Mr. Andy Haase – has accepted a new position with us as our Music Director in Residence. Mr. Haase is well known as a high school music teacher in Hudson and director of various community choirs. He will serve with us as a resource, regularly stepping in to direct a song or hymn for any of our choirs, provide workshops for our musicians, and overall help us to learn to sing better as a congregation.
  •    Mrs. Anna Wahl – will become the new director for the Praise Company. Among the changes Anna will bring to this choir is that while they will continue to sing at liturgies twice per month, they will now practice weekly.
  •    Ms. Amy Theis – a recent graduate of the University of Saint Catherine in St. Paul, will teach first grade in our school. Ms. Theis also holds certification as a STEM teacher (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
  •    Ms. Megan Mitchell – a recent graduate of Saint Norbert College in DePere, WI, will teach fourth grade. Ms. Mitchell is returning to the Hudson area after having completed her college education, which involved student teaching in a variety of areas, including the fourth grade.
  •    Mr. Stephen Kanavati – will teach Spanish in our school. Mr. Kanavati is working on his Master’s in Education at U.W. River Falls, and has previously taught in Stillwater and Ecuador.  He also student-taught at Hudson High School.

Fr. John Gerritts
August 17, 2014






~ Saturday August 16
8:00 AM Dust Busters
8:30 AM Women of Grace
10:00 AM Reconciliation
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip available after Mass

~Sunday August 17

Masses: 7 AM, 9AM, 11AM, 7 PM
10:00 AM Liturgy of Word for Children Organizational Meeting
Scrip available after Masses
5:30 PM Youth Worship Team
7:00 PM Pizza Party for Worship Team

~Monday August 18
8:00 AM Mass
9:15 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away
11:00 AM Funeral for John Mackey
7:00 PM Fall Fest Large Meeting

~ Tuesday August 19
8:00 AM Mass

5:00 PM Parish Volunteer Picnic at Weitkamp Park
6:00 PM Family Rosary
6:30 PM Light Weigh One King
8:00 PM Sister Parish Committee

~ Wednesday August 20
8:00 AM Mass
10:00 AM Mass -  CCH

11:00 AM Funeral for Julie Bonngard
6:00 PM Healing Mass
7:00 PM Social Concerns Committee

~ Thursday August 21
8:00 AM Mass
9:15 AM Staff Meeting
9:30 AM Bible Study
10:30 AM Mass at New Comforts of Home
6:30 PM Finance Meeting
7:00 PM Mary: A Biblical Walk
7:00 PM Music Rehearsal

~ Friday August 22
8:00 AM Mass

8:00 AM School Staff Meeting

~ Saturday August 23
8:00 AM Dust Busters
9:00 AM FED Catechist Retreat
10:00 AM Reconciliation
5:00 PM Mass
Blessing of Catechists at 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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