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Fr. John Gerritts - February 25, 2018

I am writing this week from our Sister Parish of San Jose in Guatemala. It is a beautiful sunny day, already in the 70´s. Our travels here could not have gone more smoothly. We met Sister Johannes, who founded our Sister Parish and served there for 25 years, until she moved last year to El Paso. After meeting Sister Jo we flew to Guatemala City. Getting eleven suitcases filled with medications and other supplies through customs is always a little concerning, but we made it through without the cases being opened. That is always a relief.

The first part of our drive from Guatemala City usually takes about five hours. Because of road construction it ended up taking eight hours. After a good night´s sleep we had breakfast with the local bishop and a priest from the diocese here. The bishop was an exchange student in Iowa when he was in high school, so speaks excellent English. He also is an avid runner, preparing for his first marathon. After breakfast we did some shopping for a few supplies, including some malaria medicine, because one of us forgot to bring his. I will not do that again.

The final three hour drive brought us to the village and our Sister Parish. As we arrived at the convent, there was a band assembled to sing songs of welcome and friendship to celebrate Sister Jo´s return to the village. Needless to say there were a lot of smiles, hugs, and tears of joy as the people of our Sister Parish were able to welcome back such a dear friend and mentor for the village.

Currently there are two Sisters from Guatemala serving at our Sister Parish. Sister Elena has been with the parish for 18 years. Some may remember her from a few years ago when she visited us at Saint Patrick´s in Hudson. Along with managing many activities at the parish, she is a full time first grade teacher at the local public school. She has 24 first graders whom she teaches each day until 1 pm. She then teaches older students at the parish in the afternoon. Sister Suzy is new to our Sister Parish, having arrived in January. She replaced two Sisters who had been serving here. Sister Suzy teaches in our day care center and has taken a great interest in managing our clinic.

Sister Suzy had a great surprise waiting for us, though I don´t know if she intended it to be a surprise. She has been working very hard in the clinic, cleaning and organizing everything. Last year we painted the whole inside of the clinic, but it still was not as clean as Sister Suzy had it. I have never seen the clinic shine like she had it prepared. I have a lot of hope that with her help here and attention to detail, we will be able to take healthcare here to a not before seen level.

Sunday will be remembered as the highlight of the trip for me. We had Mass at 3 pm. I presided and we celebrated with 30 children of the parish their First Holy Communion. The children were dressed in their finest clothes, much like the children in Hudson would be. The church was filled to capacity, standing room only! It doesn´t matter where you are in the world, the children are in many ways the same: nervous smiles, excited to receive the Eucharist, and proud of being dressed up. Just like at Saint Patrick´s, families captured the day´s events by taking many pictures after the Mass.

Yesterday morning (Monday) we opened the clinic, where a nurse who works for the local Diocese assisted us. Dr. Dan, a longtime friend of mine from Wisconsin, is with us. The first day we saw 24 patients in the clinic. It was a busy morning that went until after 2 pm. Next week I will share with you more about our clinic work. 

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry - March 2 & 23rd 4:30PM

All you can eat menu!

Choose a “Theme” or mix it up

Traditional Fish Fry Theme:


Atlantic Cod (Fried or Baked), Au-gratin Potatoes, Green Beans, Carrots, Coleslaw, Dinner roll, Dessert, Beverage (milk, coffee)


Fish and Chips Theme:

Same as above but with French Fries complete with malt vinegar


Heart Healthy and Gluten Free Theme:


Baked Atlantic Cod, Green Beans, Carrots, Roasted Root Vegetable Medley, Tossed Fancy Salad Greens with Vinaigrette Dressing


Children’s Theme:                     Mac & Cheese  

Beer, Wine, and Fried Cheese Curds available at an additional cost



FridayMarch 2
6:15 AM That Man is You
9:15 AM  School Mass at Church

4:30 PM KC Fish Fry
7:00 PM Stations of the Cross

~ Saturday, March 3
8:00 AM Dustbusters
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Epic

5:00 PM Mass

~ Sunday, March 4
8:30 AM Mass

10:30 AM Mass
11:30 AM Baptism
7:00 PM Oasis

~ Monday, March 5
8:00 AM Mass
9:00 AM Bakery and Produce Giveaway

6:00 PM Boy Scouts

~Tuesday, March 6
8:00 AM Mass
8:45 AM Divine Mercy
11:00 AM Funeral for Margaret Bettendorf
4:00 PM Extended Food Shelf Hours
5:30 PM Social Concerns Committee
6:00 PM Family Rosary
6:00 PM Knights of Columbus Officers
7:00 PM Knights of Columbus

~ Wednesday, March 7
8:00 AM Mass
10:00 AM Mass - CCH
6:00 PM Faith Formation

~Thursday, March 8
6:45 AM Toastmasters
8:00 AM Mass

9:15 AM Bible Study
10:30 AM Mass at Red Cedar Canyon
1:00 PM Quilters
7:00 PM Praise Company Rehearsal

~ Friday, March 9
6:15 AM That Man is You
8:00 AM  Mass at Church

7:00 PM Stations of the Cross

~ Saturday, March 10
8:00 AM Dustbusters
10:00 AM Confessions
11:30 AM Baptism

5:00 PM Mass

~ Sunday, March 11
8:30 AM Mass

10:30 AM Mass
7:00 PM Oasis

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