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Recently our Bishop informed Fr. Patrick and me that the parishes of Immaculate Conception in Grantsburg and Saint Dominic in Frederic currently do not have a resident priest. The priest who was there has made a scheduled return to India. This is a temporary issue, and he hopes to return to our Diocese after making the proper arrangements for a more permanent assignment.

As a result, Bishop Christensen has appointed Fr. Patrick with the responsibility of providing these parishes with the Sacraments, including Mass on weekends and Holy Days. During the months of October through December, Fr. Patrick would travel to these parishes for Saturday and Sunday, but return to Saint Patrick Parish during the week.

We suggested to the Bishop that one weekend a month Fr. Patrick should remain here in Hudson, to maintain contact with all of us. He agreed with us, so on those weekends either a retired priest or I will provide Mass at those two parishes.

While we will miss Fr. Patrick on the weekends, this does serve as a reminder to us of the importance of continuing to pray for vocations to the ordained priesthood and to diligently support our seminarians. Another impact of this change is that we will not be able to provide Mass for the Carmelite Sisters during the next three months. We will work with the Sisters, however, to do what we can to help them find priests to offer Mass.

It is here, Fall Fest Weekend!! Make sure to plan to join the parish for some of great events this weekend. We pray for “favorable weather” that will certainly help make it a success. Thank-you to all of the volunteers, especially our co-chairs, who have worked hard to bring to us a great variety of activities. What a blessing too, that we were able to host many of our seminarians during the Fall Fest and they contributed to making it a great weekend as well.

The week after next we will hear about the Catholic Services Appeal. This is what many of us remember as previously being called the Diocesan Services Appeal or the “DSA.” This is an annual collection that supports the work of our Diocese. It is the main source of revenue for the Diocese and this year’s goal for the entire Diocese is to raise $2.05 million. To put things in perspective, this is about a million dollars less than our parish budget. Our portion of the collection is $125,000. This is an assessment, so if we do not raise that amount, any shortage must be paid from our annual operating budget.

While the Diocese was successful with its capital campaign, they also have ongoing expenses that must be paid. These include things such as the education of seminarians and candidates for the permanent diaconate, youth retreats and gatherings, charitable services through Catholic Charities, and a variety of administrative support services. These support services offered would be difficult for us to manage on our own, and much more costly for us, without the assistance of the Diocese.

Along with hearing about the Catholic Services Appeal, next weekend a member of our parish Finance Council will also present an update. While we sent out an end of the year report with our last newsletter, our Finance Council felt it important for the parish to receive a verbal update on our finances. Since we are already talking about supporting the Diocese next weekend, the Council felt it was a good weekend to review our parish finances as well, thus covering both topics in the same weekend.

In speaking both about the Diocesan Catholic Services Appeal and the parish finances, the overall goal is to keep you informed about the operations of both entities, to gather support for the Diocese both financially and in prayer, and to continue to be transparent regarding parish finances.

Fr. John Gerritts
September 21, 2014






~Saturday September 13
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Reconciliation
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip available after Mass

6:15 PM Family Faith Formation Orientation Meeting

~Sunday September 14

Masses: 7 AM, 9AM, 11AM
Social by KCs
10:00 AM Youth Service Project
10:15 AM Family Faith Formation Orientation Meeting
5:30 PM Light Weigh One King Bible study
Scrip available after Masses

~Monday September 15
8:00 AM Mass
Fr. John's Ordination Anniversary
9:15 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away

~ Tuesday September 16
8:00 AM Mass

11:00 AM Funeral for Marcella Lewis
6:00 PM Family Rosary
6:00 PM Healing Mass
6:00 - 9:00 PM Fundraiser at FreeStyle
8:00 PM Sister Parish Committee

~ Wednesday September 17
Fr. Virgil's Birthday
8:00 AM Mass
10:00 AM Mass -  CCH

3:50 PM Children's Choir Practice
5:00 PM K - 5 Faith Formation
5:30 PM Youth Worship Team
6:30 PM K - 5 Faith Formation

~ Thursday September 18
8:00 AM Mass
9:15 AM Staff Meeting
10:30 Mass - New Comforts of Home
1:00 PM Charity Quilters
6:30 PM Finance Committee
7:00 PM Praise Company Rehearsal

~ Friday September 19
8:00 AM Mass


~Saturday September 20
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Reconciliation
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip and Coffee 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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