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Weekly Family Newsletter

Friday January 12, 2018


Fr. John’s Weekly School Chronicle

·         I was really proud of our third graders today. Several third graders had reading parts at Mass. Those who read the first reading (it was quite long so three students each took a part) were reading from the same translation of the Bible we use at Sunday Mass and weekday Masses for the adults. It was not an easy reading. These readers, the reader of the welcome message at the beginning of the Mass, and the students who read the Prayers of the Faithful or petitions read exceptionally well. A great benefit of being a student at our school is it offers opportunities to read in front of the entire school – along with parents and other adult visitors – at Mass.

·         I had the chance this week to watch our 7th and the 8th grade boys’ basketball teams. Having grown up playing basketball, I really enjoy watching our teams in action. It was great watching a couple of our boys play on the court Thursday evening and then cantor our Psalm the next morning at Mass. Creating well-rounded individuals who can demonstrate excellence on the playing field, at Mass, and of course in the classroom is another trademark of our Catholic School.

·         This coming Wednesday evening we have a presentation at our church for the 7th and 8th graders and their parents on the issue of sex-trafficking. Each year we offer to all students in our school and our faith formation programs instruction relating to helping our kids live in a safe environment. Parents always have the opportunity to not have their children participate in these presentations. I recognize that this year’s topic for our 7th and 8th graders involves speaking on a theme that can be uncomfortable for some of our students to hear about, be upsetting for adults and youth, and seem that it is something that our kids would never encounter or only encounter at an older age. However I also know that avoiding this topic or putting it off, in an attempt to protect our children, could prevent them from learning important warning signs or situations that need to be avoided that they or their friends may someday encounter. As always, if you want more information about what is being presented, please contact Mr. Bell or me.

Readings for the next Friday’s school Mass can be found here:

Mass Readings for January 19, 2018


Upcoming Reminders/Calendar   

·         1/13 KC Basketball Tournament – our 8th grade boys’ first game is at 8AM!!

·         1/17 Safe Environment training at church for 7th & 8th grade families, 6 PM

·         1/18 3rd Grade to Orchestra Hall, 10:20 AM

·         1/19 Mass @ school, 9:00 AM

·         1/19 Optional Middle School field trip to Badlands Sno Park, 4 PM – 6:30 PM signup: MS to Badlands

·         1/23 – Save the Date: STREAM NIGHT. We are in need of adult presenters, our theme will be ‘Water’. Topics could include conservation or scuba diving, or someone from the DNR or city water plant could present, etc. Let your imaginations flow! For more information contact Mrs. Harnett, Lohr, Mattimiro, Dumont, or Carlson.

·         1/25 5th Grade to UWRF Planetarium, 9:00 AM

·         1/26 Mass @ school, 9:00 AM

·         1/26 Passport Club

·         1/28 Soup & Pie Open House, 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM. Complete your continuous enrollment paperwork, be entered into a drawing for a $1,500 2018-19 tuition credit!

·         1/28 – 2/3 Catholic Schools Week

·         1/29 Parent Group Meeting, 6:30 -7:30 PM, details below and flyer attached

·         1/31 CSW Mass @ Immaculate Conception, New Richmond 10:00 AM

·         2/1 District wide 2 hour late start – Before Care forms available on Sycamore: Sign up form


Due to the high number of students who ‘dropped in’ for child care on the last late start and had not signed up, only those who have completed the form will be permitted to attend on February 1. We apologize for any inconvenience, but this is to ensure adequate staff coverage for students.

·         2/1 Cooking Club

·         2/2 CSW Family Lunch. If you would like to purchase a lunch for you or your child through the hot lunch program, here is the link: CSW Walking Tacos


8th Grade Knights of Columbus Basketball Tournament – Saturday January 13, 2018

Come out and support our 8th graders in the annual KC basketball tournament on Saturday, January 13th! All proceeds raised by the Knights through sponsors, ticket sales, and concessions are donated to the Saint Patrick Athletic Fund. The first game by our boys’ team – which includes 8th grade girl Kira Young! – is at 8 AM, with their other games at 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM, and hopefully 5:30 PM in the championship game. Go Shamrocks!


Volunteer Spotlight

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for your commitment to our school community!!  We are all called to serve our school, students and staff…and you are doing an amazing job!!  January and February are full months for participating in service to our school, please take a look and see where you and your family can assist in these annual events. We truly need everyone’s support!  Follow this SignUp website link for all school events/activities to choose your spots:

·         Soup & Pie Social - Help to prepare the soups on Friday, January 26th and/or serve the soups & pie on Sunday, January 28thWe also need MANY pies donated for the event.

·         Passport Club – Friday, January 26th.  Be a Passport Club checker by quizzing students during the school day.  Now with shortened shifts to accommodate busy schedules.  We are still in need of several adults for this date.

·         Food Shelf Delivery – Wednesday, January 31st.  Transport Food Shelf donations from school to church.

·         Hospitality Sunday at Church – Sunday, February 4th after both Sunday masses for ALL School Families.  Help us wrap up Catholic Schools Week by providing and/or serving refreshments as a thank you to our parish for their support.

·         Readers at Mass - Catholic Schools Week – February 3rd and 4th for all weekend Masses at church.  5th-8th Grade Students encouraged to participate by being a reader at one of the Masses.

·         Scholastic Book Fair – February 7th-14th.  Please consider helping with Set-up, Selling books, and/or Tear-down of this awesome program for our students and school.  The fair will run during the school day and on the evenings of conferences.

·         Conference Meals for Teachers – Thursday, Feb. 8th & Tuesday, Feb. 13th.  Provide dinner for our awesome teachers during the evenings of conferences.  There are also spots for cash donations for sub sandwiches one night. 


*** Also coming up in February… KC Fish Fry Dessert Donations. 


Also, at the Parish level, the I GOT TIME! service group will be hosting an event Saturday, Jan. 13th from 10am-2:30pm at Options for Women Pregnancy Support.  They will be organizing and assembling baby items.  Please follow this link for more information and to sign up:


Saint Patrick Parent Group January Meeting

Monday, January 29th, 2018 Saint Patrick School 6:30-7:30PM

We are excited to welcome Hudson School District Detective & Police Liaison, James Wildman for a special presentation about how to keep your kids safe on the internet and on social media! Recently, he visited our 5th grade students to teach them about a program called CounterAct. Officer Wildman is well known in our community and is also a Saint Patrick parishioner. Childcare will be provided by our parish youth ministry team! Free-will donations accepted.


Cooking Club – coffee cakes for CSW Hospitality

On February 1st the cooking club will be making coffee cakes for the CSW Hospitality after the 8:30 and 10:30 AM Masses on Sunday, February 4th. Your 5th – 8th grade student should have a sign up flyer if you are interested. There are 15 spots available, and it is first come, first served. There will not be a charge for cooking club this month.

Individuals Giving Of Time and Talent In Missionary Experiences


Here is the list of our upcoming activities:

·         Saturday, January 13: Respect Life! Options for Women-East, St. Paul

o   Organize and assemble baby items at pregnancy support clinic

·         Saturday, February 10:  Feed My Starving Children, Eagan MN

o   Pack meals for children in third world countries

·         Sunday, March 18:   Hudson Food Pantry, St. Patrick Church Hall

o   Sort, pack, organize, clean our local food pantry

·         Sunday, April 8:   Blankets for a Brighter Day, St. Patrick Church Hall

o   Make fleece blankets for children’s hospital

·         Saturday, May 12:    Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

o   Packing and sorting of food collected in Hudson


The January event is a perfect way to honor Respect for Life month! Options for Women East is a pregnancy resource center that offers help to women and their families facing unplanned or difficult pregnancies by offering total and compassionate service, extending God’s love, and encouraging them to make the loving choice — the choice for LIFE. Family-friendly activities will include sorting and organizing donations, cleaning the facility and making birthday cards for new babies and parents. For handy volunteers, there is a need for assembling baby items. We are connected to Options for Women-East through our parishioner, Dr. Greg Young, who serves as volunteer medical director for the clinic. Options for Women-East is located at 891 White Bear Ave St. Paul, MN 55106. This event will begin at Saint Patrick Parish, in the lower level.


Go to our parish website: and click on the sign up link. Questions? Email us at


Spirit Wear Store

Let's show our school spirit! Each month, we have an out of uniform school spirit wear day. Those days, students are encouraged to wear clothing that shows their Shamrock Pride (with uniform bottoms)! Below is a link to our local spirit wear shop, Imagining World-located in downtown Hudson. They offer t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, caps, hats and many more items for spirit wear days as well as our uniform tops with logos for every other day of the school year. The following is a list of the remaining Spirit Wear Day's for the 2017-2018 school year.... Jan 10Feb 7March 14April 4, and May 2.


Lego’s Needed

We have already received some Bionicles from Mrs. Hebert, and TJ Pennycook and Mr. Bell have donated some Lego’s. We are off to a great start for our Lego Club! If you have any you would care to donate, please bring them to the school office!


Opening Your Heart Connect Coffee Talk: Your Heart —You are Captivating

In this world of noise and busyness, it is hard for us to find the time to give ourselves a little attention. But it’s important that we do. Please join us for a taste of Walking with Purpose (WWP) and discussion to remind us of how precious we are to God and that His love is unconditional. He is captivated by each one of us - not because of what we do or what others think of us but simply because we are His precious daughters. All women are welcome - no need to be signed up for the weekly Bible Study. Just come as you are for some fellowship (wine will be served!) and a chance to see what Walking with Purpose is all about.

Monday, January 22, 8-9:30 pm, Music Room - St. Patrick Church

“Above all, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)

Walking with Purpose is a women’s Catholic Bible study held on Mondays from 8-9:30 pm at St. Patrick Church from October through May.  The program aims to bring women to a closer relationship with Christ.  Personal study and small group discussions at WWP each week link our everyday challenges with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church.  For more information, contact Susan Gotrik at or Jessica Timmerman at

Hudson Ski Club 2018

The Hudson Ski Club will once again be sponsoring 5 weeks of recreational skiing at Afton Alps starting January 4, 2018. This program is open to students in grades 6th and up. The registration sheet with additional details is available on Sycamore as a Document.


Willow River Ski Club

At Willow River State Park, every Sunday 2 PM – 4 PM, from Jan 7th – Feb 25th, 2018. For more information, click on:, or call 612-703-8482.


Food Shelf Recommendations:

January – Syrup, pancake mix, facial tissues

February – Bar soap, shampoo, toothpaste

March – Peanut butter and jelly

April – Toilet paper, paper towels

May – Mustard, ketchup, pint jar of mayo


Recycle your aluminum cans at church

Please remember to drop off any aluminum cans you may have at the lower level garage at church. Our students crush them weekly to earn money towards their ELC fees in their 7th and 8th grade years. As an added bonus, Michelle Faust will love you forever.


Links to church sites:

RCIA  or  Women of Grace


Gymnastics and Ninja Classes Jan 2 – Feb 22









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