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Fr. John Gerritts - July 14, 2019

Recently someone or a group of people was sending out emails pretending to be me. In some cases they are saying I need your help and other times asking that you purchase gift cards for me. Sometimes my name is spelled correctly and other times it is not. It seems this is happening to other priests who are in other parishes. It doesn’t appear they have “hacked” into my email contacts, since some who are receiving the messages are not among my contacts. Yes I have changed my email password. No it was never “1234”.

To help identify if an email is coming from me, I have taken a few steps. I have only one email account, and the address includes “”. There is now a picture of me on a bicycle attached to my emails. I have also included my name, our parish, and my phone number to the emails. There is also a scripture verse from the Gospel of John – of course my favorite book in the Bible since I am named for the evangelist. Finally, a year ago or more I started signing my emails to our staff using simply my initials “jg”. I will include my initials with my name when I sign all emails (though please forgive me in advance if I do forget once in a while).

While these steps hopefully help you to know when an email is actually coming from me, please continue to be vigilant. I would never ask directly for a monetary contribution or to purchase something for me without a telephone, text, or in person confirmation. I would never ask you to send money to me directly, only to our parish. Finally, we will continue to review our use technology to maintain security of information.

On a more important note, the big question I am getting is whether or not I won the bicycle. Thanks to all who had their picture taken or submitted a photo. We will have a great directory. Life Touch is donating $5 for every household who had their picture taken to our charity fund. This will help us assist many more people. Everyone seems very pleased with the quality of the photos – I can’t wait to see all of them. If you did not get your picture in this edition, in six months we can set another day for photos to be taken if we have fifteen households wanting their picture taken. Life Touch will then reprint the entire directory and provide a new copy to everyone who initially received one plus to those who are newly added.

We didn’t quite make our goal of 650. But don’t worry, the committee chairs who presented the challenge are letting me have the bike but…I have to host a bike ride. So I am looking at doing something in either August or September. It will be a fun little ride and include an ice cream treat. Watch the bulletin for more details — and the streets to see me on my bicycle!

Finally, Father Jim Brinkman will be with us this weekend because I am traveling with our high school students on a mission trip to Huntingburg, Indiana. Huntingburg is in southern Indiana, near the Kentucky boarder. I will hopefully have a report from our mission trip in next week’s bulletin. Please keep the over fifty students and chaperones who are traveling on the mission trip in your prayers this week. Also pray for the over fifty kids, middle and high school helpers, and adults who will be participating in Vacation Bible School this week down at our school. We have a lot going on this week with two major events for our youth. Thank you for supporting our youth and offering your prayers for them.


Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Church

Our Parish Council formed a task force to investigate ways Saint Patrick Parish can respond to the issues of clergy sexual abuse within our Church, including hosting a Mass of Healing in October and a listening session in November. Please click here to learn more about the Task Force's recommendation to Bishop Powers. 


Friday, July 12
8:00 AM Mass
9:00 AM Backpack Meeting

3:00 PM Epic

~ Saturday, July 13
8:00 AM Dustbusters
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass 

~ Sunday, July 14
8:30 AM Mass

10:30 AM Mass 
7:00 PM Mass 

~ Monday, July 15
8:00 AM Mass
9:00 AM Bakery and Produce Giveaway
9:00 AM Vacation Bible School at Saint Patrick School
6:00 PM Boy Scouts
7:00 PM Financial Peace University

~Tuesday, July 16
8:00 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion
9:00 AM Vacation Bible School at Saint Patrick School
9:30 AM Backpack Annual Meeting
4:00 PM Extended Food Shelf Hours

6:00 PM Family Rosary

~ Wednesday, July 17
8:00 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion
9:00 AM Vacation Bible School at Saint Patrick School
10:00 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion - CCH

, July 18
8:00 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion
9:00 AM Vacation Bible School at Saint Patrick School
10:30 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion - Comforts of Home

Friday, July 19
8:00 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion

~ Saturday, July 20
8:00 AM Dustbusters
10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Mass 

~ Sunday, July 21
8:30 AM Mass

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

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