St. Patricks Hudson

The Catholic Community of Hudson, Wisconsin

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit.
The Spirit distributes to each one individually,
just as He wills.

~ I Corinthians 12:4-7, 11

Everything we have is a gift. The way we say thank you is to give back. To be a good Steward of all the gifts God has provided, you are called to a life of generosity and invited to share your Time, your Talent, and your Treasure with all of God’s people. Listed here are many areas of ministry where you can make use of your Time and Talents in service to God’s people at Saint Patrick Parish.

I GOT TIME is our acronym for Individuals Giving Of Time and Talent In Missionary Experiences

Life often gets busy. Looking beyond our daily family and work commitments can be difficult. Yet – we are STILL CALLED by our faith to serve one another! The I GOT TIME program at Saint Patrick Parish will provide families and individuals with easy and fun opportunities to make sure that service to others can still find a place in our hearts and hands. Each event will be organized by the I GOT TIME event coordinators. All details will be pre-arranged… SIGN UP and SHOW UP!

Click to find out more and get involved in I Got Time

Liturgical Ministries

Terry Bogenhagen  |   

Sacristan

Confirmed and trained members of the parish assist at Mass with preparation for Eucharist

Ministry of the Word

Trained members of the parish who proclaim the Word of God at Liturgy.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Trained members of the parish who assist the presiding minister in distributing the Body and Blood of Christ, at liturgies and to the home-bound. Training offered in the Spring and Fall; look for training announcements in the bulletin and on the website.

Training for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Monday, October 14 or Thursday, October 17  |  6:00 pm

You are invited to participate if you have never been trained in our parish for this ministry. Please attend if you wish to bring communion to the home bound. Training will last approximately 40 minutes. Registration is not required. For more info contact Terry Bogenhagen.

Altar Servers

Ministers are 4th grade and older, including adults. Assist the presider at Mass, including Master Server and Candle Bearer. Being a Master Server is open to those in 6th grade and up. Training is provided in the spring and fall.

Funeral Altar Servers

Adult Altar servers available on weekdays to serve at funeral Masses. Individual training upon request, but Funeral Altar Servers are welcome to attend training for all Altar Servers

Altar Linens

A group whose members take turns washing and ironing the purificators used at Mass and wash the towels the priests used to dry their hands. Rotating through members allows one’s turn to come about once every six or seven weeks.

Ushers & Greeters

Teens, Adults, Families who joyfully greet people as they enter church for Mass, assist in seating them, offer to assist those with special needs, take up the collection and bring the gifts forward when needed at weekend Masses.

Adopt-a-Pew

We are looking for volunteers to help tidy up the church pews after each Mass on Sunday. Volunteers will choose their Mass time preference and “adopt” an area of pews. This is a perfect ministry for families or individuals.

Music Ministry

Cantors, psalmists, and musicians who lead the congregation in their singing. A wide range of opportunity for anyone interested in music. Accompanists for choirs on piano, organ, or guitar. All other instrumentalists are welcome.

Praise Company | Adult and high school age singers lead the congregation in song two Sundays per month at the 8:30 AM Mass. Rehearsal are typically Thursdays at 7:00 PM at Church.
Contact Vanessa Swanepoel |       

Children’s Choir | This choir is for 3rd – 6th grade youth that lead the congregation in song two Sundays per month at the 10:30 AM Mass during the school year. Rehearsals are Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 PM in the music room at St. Patrick School.
Contact Theresa Douglas | 

Soul Singers | This choir is for 7-12 grade youth that lead the congregation in song two Saturdays per month at the 5:00 PM Mass during the school year.
Rehearsal are an hour before Saturday Mass.
Contact Theresa Douglas | 

New Hope Choir | This group provides music for funeral Masses and must be available weekdays. Rehearsal are one hour prior to funeral.
Contact Anna Wahl  |   

Off campus Singers | This group provides music for nursing/retirement home Masses and must be available weekdays.
Contact Lisa Zwiefelhofer  |   

Cantors & Psalmists | Song leaders when choirs are off.

Instrumentalists & Ensembles | Accompany cantors or choirs on piano, organ or guitar. Many other types of instruments may be suitable for worship music as long as they can help sustain the singing of the assembly choir, cantor or psalmist.

Sound Tech

Assist music ministers with sound equipment and monitors the soundboard during Mass. Training is provided.
Contact Roger Pelzel |   

Youth Discipleship

Laura Hinz  |   

Ministry Partners

Important Note: ALL Ministry Partners must be Safe Environment Trained and Background Checked. | Click for Safe Environment Training

Our ministry partners provide the eyes, ears, hands, and feet needed to keep things running, to keep things secure, and to keep our children safe. Ministry Partners, as the name implies, are more than just warm bodies. They are living examples of Christian service and Catholic faith for our children to follow. They are real examples of Christ’s presence and allow us to not just get by but to excel in our ministry.

Chaperons | Are adults over 21 years old who help at youth ministry events such as youth group, lock-ins, Extreme Faith Camp, mission trips, retreats, and other youth activities. Help at one or all events and help to grow our youth in faith.

Catechists | Catechists conduct, coordinate, and organize catechists and catechetical experiences in either an elementary setting or in private homes on Wednesday nights during the school year. You will prepare weekly faith experiences for a group of elementary through high school age young people. Catechists are provided with organized and easy to follow lesson plans and a wealth of additional resources for making the experience your own. Regular and individualized in-service opportunities are provided.

Journey Companions | Are adults in the community that fully embrace the call to discipleship of youth. They walk the journey in faith and relationship with a small group of High School youth to Confirmation and beyond. They do this by leading bi-weekly small groups, chaperoning and organizing service events, and encouraging the youth in words and prayer. This is a two and half year commitment as their group starts as freshman and are confirmed fall junior year.

Edge Leaders | Are confirmed Catholics that lead a small group of 5-8 youth in weekly discussion on Wednesday nights and walk with them in their faith journey.

General Volunteers | Volunteers are always needed for Wednesday night help such as office support, coping, crossing guards, and hallway monitors.

School Volunteers | To have a successful and thriving school community volunteers are needed for every day support such as classroom copying and teacher help; special event coordination and support such as our Faith and Wellness Walk, Book Fair, Soup and Pie Social, and annual Gala; and ongoing supervision and support in the Library and during lunch and recess times.
Contact Carrie Whitacre at School |        

Social Concerns

Community Food Shelf

The Hudson Community Food Shelf is housed at Saint Patrick Church and staffed by a different church monthly. Saint Patrick’s month is January. Volunteers are needed to take phone calls (via special cell phone) from clients, set up appointments, and assist clients with food collection at their appointment.

Monday Morning Food Give Away

Surplus food giveaway (excess bakery and produce from local groceries) is held in the lower level of Saint Patrick Church at 9:15 on Monday mornings. No cost and no questions asked for this giveaway. Businesses interested in donating their excess food items are welcome.

Sharing & Caring Hands

Volunteer to serve breakfast once a month at Sharing & Caring Hands, the Twin Cities homeless shelter.

Grace Place

Saint Patrick’s Volunteers prepare and serve evening meals at Grace Place twice a month. Grace Place offers short term transitional housing, along with medical care, resources and moral support to help clients and families become self sufficient. Grace Place is run by the Salvation Army and is located in New Richmond, WI.

Sister Parish

Support for our Sister Parish of San Jose in Yalpemech, Guatemala. Group meets once a month on the third Tuesday.

Click to find out more about our Sister Parish

H.O.M.E. (Hudson Outreach Meals for Everyone)

These Thursday community meals exist to serve nutritious meals at no cost to anyone in the Hudson area who chooses to attend The meals are intended to feed our bodies with good food and our souls with hospitality and community, not just those in need. Participating Churches in the Hudson area take turns hosting these meals. Saint Patrick Parish is responsible for hosting three meals per year along with joining the other Churches in hosting the Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.

Backpack Program

An offshoot of the Social Concerns Committee, twice a month the backpack committee distributes the green collection bags, collects and stores the filled bags, packs the backpacks, and delivers them to the schools. There they are distributed to children of families who are in need of nutritional assistance.

Fair Trade Coffee

An offshoot of the Social Concerns Committee, this group orders and sells fair trade, organic coffee from Peace Coffee of Minneapolis. Volunteers sell coffee after all Masses the first and third Sunday of each month. During holiday seasons, we also sell tea, hot chocolate and chocolate bars.

Special Needs

Blood Drive

The Blood Drive is at Saint Patrick Church on the first Monday in May and December each year. Help is needed in various administrative areas.

Mailings

Folding, labeling, stuffing envelopes for parish mailings. Usually around 8:30 AM after a daily Mass.

Kitchen help and Serving

Cooking, serving, and kitchen help for special events and occasions.

Church Cleaning

Help to keep our worship space clean – includes dust-busting; and watering of plants. Watering takes place more regularly during the seasons after Christmas and Easter.

Funeral Dinner Support

Funeral dinners are provided by three groups of volunteers who serve the parish using their time and talents to serve and /or provide food following a funeral mass or memorial or prayer service. Ham, scalloped potatoes, a variety of salads and bars, dinner rolls and beverages are usually served. Volunteers are asked for donations of salads and dessert bars. Approximately 25 to 30 dinners are served per year. Since the groups rotate, volunteers are needed for every 3rd dinner served. Group leaders try not to ask the same people every time their group serves. Dinners can also be catered. Volunteers are then needed to serve and clean up.

Welcoming New Parishioners

Work with Deacon Howard to personally meet with new parishioners, welcome them, walk with them as they become acquainted with other parishioners, and assist them to discover ministry opportunities that make use of their time and talents within St. Patrick Parish. Assist with registration on 3rd Sunday of each month.

Outdoor Maintenance

Parishioners volunteer their time to do lawn and yard work, summer gardening and some cemetery upkeep to keep the church looking nice year-round.

Trade & Construction

Because of liability concerns, larger jobs are contracted out. Parishioners who have background and/or expertise in the areas of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, heating, masonry, painting, remodeling, etc. and would like to offer your talents or can help with bids and securing contracts for such with local businesses.

Committees & Councils

Parish Pastoral Council

Pastoral Council members are elected for a four year term in the spring to serve as an advisory, consultative, board to the Pastor, assisting him to ensure that the Parish vision and mission are carried out.

Liturgy Committee

Promotes active participation in the celebration of the Liturgy thorough planning and evaluation. Represents the consensus of the community in matters relating to its liturgical life.

Arts & Environment

A sub-committee of the Liturgy committee, Arts and Environment decorates our church space to enhance liturgy. Decorating to foster a mood (stimulating the senses) sometimes of festivity (Christmas and Easter); other times of penitence (Lent), of anticipation (Advent) but always of dignity and hospitality.

Faith in Action Committee

The Faith in Action Committee works to promote social justice and provide assistance to those in need. Activities open to all parishioners include the following: Sharing and Caring Hands, Fair Trade Coffee Sales, Grace Place, H.OM.E., Sister Parish, and the Backpack Program. The committee also organizes coffee talks at various times during the year and coordinates the Advent Giving Program during the holidays. Finally, the committee provides information and updates monthly in the Faith in Action corner of the bulletin.

Finance Council

The mission of the Finance council is to assist the pastor in policy formation and subsequent decisions involving the control and maintenance of the temporal assets of the parish. Everyone is welcome to join.

Council of Catholic Women

Saint Patrick Parish Council of Catholic Women (CCW) is a service oriented organization working under the guidelines of the National Council of Catholic Women. All women of the Parish are members of the CCW. The National Council of Catholic Women acts through its affiliated organizations to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. CCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world.

Knights of Columbus

Knight of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal organization dedicated to promoting and conducting educational, charitable, religions and social welfare works, rendering mutual aid and assistance to sick and needy members and their families, and providing insurance products and annuities to benefit member, wives and children.

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