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Last Saturday after our Knights of Columbus celebrated their centennial anniversary, they presented a check to our parish for the construction of a new altar they had previously commissioned for our church. Several months ago we sought advice from Johan Van Parys, Director of Liturgy and the Arts at St. Mary’s Basilica in Minneapolis, for a new altar design that would be unique and structurally solid. Johan evaluated our worship space and offered many suggestions for improvement. He also invited Richard Helgeson, an experienced furniture craftsman, to review our space and create several models of an altar that would incorporate our existing structural elements, fit well with our contemporary style, and follow current liturgical guidelines. We viewed several of his models and unanimously decided on one of his designs. You can view a crude scale model at this private YouTube site:

The new altar will be constructed of solid Douglas fir beams for the support structure, which will be stained to match the color of the wood in our worship space. The altar will be 40 inches high, about the same as what we currently have. The table or mensa will be constructed of gray granite, fabricated to 8 inches thick, with the top measuring 60 x 60 inches square – our current altar is rectangle. The custom design of the new altar will be exclusive to our parish. It will be fixed solidly, thus immoveable, and have a mensa that is made out of stone. These are the requirements of the most recent Vatican directives pertaining to altars. The altar’s location in the center of the church will remain, since the altar is the heart of the celebrating community. The project will be completed by the spring of 2015.

Congratulations to our seminarian, Sam Schneider! Sam received the ministry of acolyte this past Tuesday. Acolyte is the second ministry one receives on the journey toward ordination. As an acolyte, Sam may assist the priest and deacon at Mass, purify the communion vessels, bring communion to the sick and homebound, and expose the Eucharist for adoration in the absence of a priest or deacon. While to outward appearances it would seem Sam may function in a way similar to our altar servers at Mass, it is during the installation as a acolyte when one readies for ordination that he is reminded that during this time of preparation, he must continually develop a love for the mystical body of Christ and all God’s people and show particular concern for the sick.

You may have noticed in the month of October that we have been offering a petition each week for people in our community who suffer from addictions – especially to drugs – which includes alcohol. We are joining with several churches in Hudson this month and offering a weekly prayer, knowing that many people in our community have addictions. Additionally we have seen numerous people locally die due to drugs or alcohol abuse. As churches we are committed to serving the people of our community, and the greatest power we have in our arsenal is prayer. Thus through the Hudson Area Ministerial Association (HAMA), we felt it important that we come together, and for one month, commit to offering prayers for the people among us with addictions, asking that God as healer may help.

Finally this weekend, along with welcoming Jesse and Jodi Manibusan to our parish, we begin a four-week series of homilies on TRUST, and in particular looking at trust among the clergy and laity. We will first examine this idea from the perspective of humility. Humility is the virtue that allows us to see who we really are in relation to God and others. The commandments in our Gospel reading this weekend are quite clear: we are first called to love God, and to then love our neighbors. Humility is the virtue that allows us to see who we really are in these relationships, and humility is also the virtue by which we acknowledge, according to Fr. Ron Rolheiser: that we are “rather strange creatures in that we are more lovely than we think and more sinful than we imagine, too hard and too easy on ourselves at the same time.” This acknowledgement seems like a necessary first step to building trust on any level.

Fr. John Gerritts
October 26, 2014

              St. Patrick Church      





~Saturday October 25
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Reconciliation
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip available after Mass
6:00 PM 8th Grade Faith Formation
7:00 PM Jesse Manibusan in Concert

~Sunday October 26

Social by Faith Formation
Masses: 7 AM, 9AM, 11AM
10:00 AM RCIA
11:00 AM Liturgy of the Word for Children
2:00 PM Jesse Manibusan Workshop for Musicians
5:30 PM Light Weigh One King Bible Study

Scrip available after Mass
6:30 PM Jesse Manibusan Music and Prayer

~Monday October 27
8:00 AM Mass
9:15 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away
11:00 AM Funeral for Mary Senkas
7:00 PM Sophomore Sponsor Meeting

~ Tuesday October 28
8:00 AM Mass

11:00 AM Funeral for Mary Marzolf
5:00 - 7:00 PM Wendy's Fundraiser
6:00 PM Family Rosary
6:00 PM Training for Extraordinary Ministers and Communion to the Homebound
7:00 PM Pastoral Council

~ Wednesday October 29
8:00 AM Mass
10:00 AM Mass -  CCH

Faith Formation Classes
3:50 PM Children's Choir Practice
5:30 PM Youth Worship Team

~ Thursday October 30
8:00 AM Mass
9:15 AM Pastoral Staff Meeting
9:15 AM Mary - A Biblical Walk Bible Study

10:30 AM Mass -  Comforts of Home
1:00 PM Charity Quilters
7:00 PM Pillars 1: The Creed

7:00 PM Praise Company Rehearsal

~ Friday October 31
8:00 AM  Mass

~Saturday  November 1
8:00 AM Dust Busters
9:00 AM All Saints Day Mass
10:00 AM Reconciliation
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip available after Mass
6:00 PM Family Faith Formation - Dia de los muetros celebration



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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