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Weekly Family Newsletter

Friday March 2, 2018


Have a wonderful week off – enjoy!


Father John’s Weekly School Chronicle

·         I had a wonderful trip to Guatemala – visiting our Sister Parish and an orphanage – but I am also grateful to be back home. It was wonderful to see all of our kids and staff again. I look forward to being able to share more about our Sister Parish and the Our Lady of Guadeloupe Orphanage. 

·         The highlight each week for me with our school is celebrating Mass. We were wowed today with one of our fourth grade girls reading the story of Joseph and his brothers who sold him off to the Ishmaelite’s. Not only was that name pronounced perfectly, but we heard Shechem, Dothan, Reuben, caravan, Gilead, and cistern. Catholic Schools provide great opportunities for kids to shine.

·         Speaking of shining, the first reading at Mass was not the only shining moment. The Psalm response was led by two 8th grade boys. No typo! Yes 8th grade boys leading the singing. It happens in Catholic Schools!

·         A huge thank you to all for getting in your registrations for next year! The earlier registration puts us ahead for being able to prepare a budget and get our teachers their contracts. Have a great Spring Break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Readings for the next school Mass can be found here:

Reading for Friday March 16, 2018


Upcoming Reminders/Calendar   

·         3/2 Fish Fry @ church, 4:30 – 7 PM; Stations of the Cross @ church, 7 PM

·         3/5-3/9 No School Spring Break

·         3/9 Stations of the Cross, 7 PM

·         3/13 Communal Penance at church, 7 PM, 8 priests will be available

·         3/14 Spirit wear out of uniform

·         3/16 Mass @ school, 9:00 AM; Out of uniform green & white, St. Patrick’s Day carnival; Stations of the Cross @ church, 7 PM

·         3/16 7th & 8th grade dance, 7-9 PM

·         3/21 Young author event for students in grades 3-8: Shelley Tougas to speak on the book-writing process, details below

·         3/23 Mass @ school, Blankets for a Brighter Day, assembled by Spirit Families. See below for details.

·         3/23/18 Fish Fry @ church, 4:30 – 7 PM, Stations of the Cross, 7 PM

·         3/29 Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:00 PM

·         3/30 Good Friday NO SCHOOL; Passion of the Lord, 1:00 PM @ church; Stations of the Cross, 7 PM

·         3/31 Easter Vigil Mass, 8:00 PM

·         4/1 Easter Sunday Mass @ 8:30 AM and 10:30 AM


Blankets for a Brighter Day

This is an organization founded by Katelyn and Shannon Baier of our parish and graduates of Saint Patrick School. Katelyn was diagnosed in 2008 with Crohns Disease, and has had three surgeries and countless procedures, most of them at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. Working with the Child Life Department at the hospital, her foundation now donates tie blankets to be given to children in difficult situations facing surgeries, procedures, or complicated tests.


We are looking for donations of fleece material for two upcoming events: 2 pieces of 1.5 yards (1 piece for each side of the blanket), OR you can donate money to go towards the purchase of fleece. Donations may be made to the school or church office to St. Patrick”. On Friday March 23 after the school Mass, Saint Patrick students – working in Spirit Families – will have a service project to make tie blankets for this organization to donate to the hospital. On Sunday April 8 in the church basement from 9:45 AM – 2:00 PM, the I GOT TIME service project will also be assembling blankets.  Visit our church website if you would like to part of this parish wide event at  To learn more about Katelyn and Shannon’s organization, go to their website:

CAA Swim Meet

St. Pat's would like to bring a team to the CAA Swim Meet April 7-8.  We are looking for experienced swimmers who are interested in competing in this one time meet.  We will not be holding practices so meet experience is preferred.  Please email Amy Wilson for more information, if your child may be interested (  There is a $15 entry fee per swimmer.  


Volunteer Spotlight

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for your commitment to our school community!!  Because of you, we were able provide the KC’s with desserts for tonight’s Fish Fry - AWESOME!  For future signups, follow this SignUp website link for all school events/activities to choose your spots:

·         KC Fish Fry Dessert Donations – Friday, March 23rd for the final fish fry this Lent.  MANY desserts needed - a total of 70 desserts.

·         Passport Club – Thursday, March 29th.  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.


Also, at the Parish level, the I GOT TIME! service group will be hosting events on March 18th at Hudson Community Food Shelf and on April 8th they are working with Blankets for a Brighter Day.  Please follow this link for more information and to sign up for I GOT TIME! events:


Comic Book Club

Because March 12 is our first day back from Spring Break, Comic Book Club is rescheduled to Monday March 19. We will meet in Room 146 and work on Calvin and Hobbes Cereal Boxes. Jedi Academy will be scheduled in May.


St. Patrick Day Carnival – prize donations needed

On Friday March 16 (a green and white out-of-uniform day!), we will be having a St. Patrick's Day Carnival, filled with fun games and prize opportunities. To that end we are asking for donations of small prizes - trinkets, candy, small cans/bottles of pop, gift cards, etc.


We are also in need of larger raffle prizes:  gift cards, movie passes, sports jerseys, hoodies, theme baskets, hand-made items, electronics, etc.  Thank you very much for any and all contributions, no matter the size!


Fish Fry! All you can eat menu – choose a “Theme” or mix it up

Friday March 2 & March 23

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. Take outs are Welcome!

Bring a food item for the FOOD PANTRY. All proceeds help us fund our Knights of Columbus charities

Adults:  $14.00  Children (5 – 12): $7.00    Under 5:  Free

(Price includes all you can eat, beverage, dessert, tip, and sales tax)


Reading News

Many of you have asked this question, "How do I find the correct reading level at the Hudson Public Library"? I recently emailed Mary Davis, the Youth Service Librarian at Hudson Public Library.  Picture books are at various reading levels at the library.  They are meant to be read aloud to students.  The books marked with green dots are beginner readers, which are for first grade. The short chapter books would be second grade and up. Hope this helps!


Additionally on March 21st, students in grades 3-8 will have the exciting opportunity to meet and hear award-winning writer Shelley Tougas speak on her book-writing process. Shelley will sign and personalize books on the day of her visit.  A book order form was sent home Monday, February 26; please fill out and return this form along with a check or cash to the Main Office (made out to Chapter 2 Books) by March 16. On the day of the event there will be extra books to purchase at school.  Please contact Mrs. Fey for additional questions:


Wide World of Sports

The boys’ single elimination playoffs began Monday, February 26th. The 5th grade boys are still in contention, and if they make it to the championship game will play on Sunday, March 4th. Good luck boys!


Eagle Scout Project

Cameron Knott is a junior at Hudson High School working on his Eagle Scout Project for Boy Scouts. He will be collecting food for the backpack program for the summer.  Over the next few weeks we will be helping him with the following items: 


March 12-16                       boxed mac and cheese

March 19-23                       canned carrots


This is in addition to our regular monthly food shelf collections; if your child brings in for the Eagle Scout Project or regular collection, the class will get credit for either.


Individuals Giving Of Time and Talent In Missionary Experiences


On Sunday March 18, morning or afternoon, support our local food shelf, right here at Saint Patrick Parish (church basement). Just sign up, show up, and get to work!


Here is the list of our upcoming activities:

·         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


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 the old Perkins building on Crestview Drive. 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....Feb 7March 14April 4, and May 2. We also have a few T-shirts and sweatshirts available for sale in the school office.


District Summer School and Summer Swim

Full information can be found here: District summer offerings


Food Shelf Recommendations:

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


Links to church sites:

RCIA  or  Women of Grace






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