Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone!
Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength.
Take to heart these words which I command you today.
Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up.
Bind them on your arm as a sign and let them be as a pendant on your forehead.
Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.
~ Deuteronomy 6: 4-9
Welcome to Family Faith Formation, now called Family Discipleship. This program is in its second year and growing!
Helping Build Faithful Families | Our Family Catechesis program is unique in that it helps parents grow in their own faith while they guide their children in core faith formation. This flexible and engaging program nurtures faith and helps build community.
How It Works | Finding God Family Catechesis combines parish-based group meetings and grade-specific instruction by trained catechists with at-home sessions guided by parents.
Who it’s For | This program is for families with children in Kindergarten through 8th grade who need a flexible program to fit their schedules. The program combines parish-based group meetings with at-home sessions guided by parents. The group sessions will take place on the first Sunday of each month 9:30 – 10:30, between the morning masses, giving you the opportunity to attend Mass as a family. We will meet in the music room in the lower level of the church.
October 6 | God, Our Creator and Father
November 3 | Jesus, Our Lord and Savior
December 1 | Advent and Christmas
January 5 | The Church, Our Community in the Spirit
February 2 | Sacraments, Our Way of Life
March 1 | Lent, Holy Week, Easter
April 5 | Morality, Our Lived Faith
When we come together as a group, there will be a presentation, discussion, videos, activities, and a breakout session for elementary students. During the group session, we will introduce the theme for the month. For the remainder of the month, parents carry forward the unit content at home during individually paced lessons that suit the needs of their families’ schedules. We will provide books, handouts, and online resources for use at home.
September 20 | 3:30 pm – 5:00pm
Join other high school youth as we toss around a Frisbee and get our game on for Ultimate Frisbee.
Not into Frisbee, then come and cheer the teams on and hang out with your friends.
Saturday, September 21 | 6:15 – 10:45 PM
& Sunday, September 22 | 8:15 AM – 4:45 PM
@ Saint Patrick Church
Quest is a two day, one weekend retreat for the Freshmen of Saint Patrick Parish and the Hudson Community. During this retreat the youth will hear talks from their fellow high school students, learn about chastity and virtuous living, as well as watch skits and play games. All of this to welcome the youth into the family of Saint Patrick and to draw their hearts closer to Our Lord. This retreat fulfills the Retreat requirement for our confirmation prep program, “The Journey.”
Cost | $15
Saturday, October 5 | 9:30 am – Sunday, October 6 | 1:50 pm
@ YMCA Camp Icaghowan, Amery WI
This will be an overnight retreat experience where the youth will be prepared for confirmation, educated on what gifts it will provide, and be provided with an opportunity to open themselves up to the gifts of the holy spirit. Between the talks, prayer time, and the Sacraments we are hoping that this camp will be extremely empowering for our future Confirmed Catholics.
Note: Bus will be taking youth to and from Church at the times above.
Cost | $80
High School Faith Formation is a two and a half year process that allows for the comprehensive exposition of the faith while remaining anchored in spiritual formation. The process leads to the preparation for and the celebration of Confirmation at the beginning of the students Junior year.
“The Journey” is our Confirmation Program at Saint Patrick Parish. We have made changes to the program the past few years as we seek to establish a program that meets Diocesan requirements and most importantly, serve our youth well. No more sitting in classes, now we will be joining together and actively learning about our faith. As a part of The Journey you will be given a Companion. Companions are adults from our parish who will help you stay connected with our parish, remind you of events that may interest you, share with you videos and other resources that will help you learn about our faith, and walk with you in this journey towards confirmation. Companions are there as a resource to answer your questions or guide you to find an answer.
There are three pillars that make up The Journey: Mass, Service, and Retreat.
Wednesday Night Live
Wednesdays | September 18 – May 6
| 7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
@ Saint Patrick Church
Wednesday, September 11 | 7:30 pm @ Church
Our faith formation program is called WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE (WNL). Join us as we experience the sacraments, dig deeper into our Catholic faith, and grow as Christians through active faith practice. You will hear from speakers, experience Eucharistic Adoration, share your faith through music ministry and meet in small groups with your Companion.
The most significant part of the Journey is attending Mass regularly on Sunday’s (or Saturday nights) and Holy Days of Obligation. Now, What does that mean for our program? Minimally it should be every other week or twice a month. How will we know if you are attending? Your Sponsor and Parish Companion for the Journey will ask from time to time. If attending Sunday Mass is not a part of your life, your companion will guide you to find the alternative opportunities that may lead you to eventually understanding the Mass better, enjoying it more, and eventually making it more a part of your life. Do not worry if it is not a part of your life now – it is a Journey!
The second stop on the Journey is service. Here there are three options. The first option is to participate in a week long mission trip through Saint Patrick Parish. Each summer Saint Patrick Parish sponsors a trip to some place in the United States through an organization called Catholic Heart. Along with doing service work there is daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and evening programs. The second option is to be a part of a Saint Patrick Service team. Teams work in the summer providing help with Vacation Bible School, Summer Stretch, Totus Tuus or Extreme Faith Camp as a High School Leader. The third option is to complete three community/church service experiences. We encourage you to volunteer in a variety of capacities, in your own St Patrick Church, in the wider community of Hudson and/or in the Cities, state, world.
High School Service Night
Wednesday, April 22
Wednesday, April 29
Attend a Retreat
One of the most significant and often life changing stops on “The Journey” is a retreat. We will provide you with information regarding several great options that include our own St Patrick Confirmation Boot Camp, NET Ministries, Steubenville Conferences, and other Catholic Retreats offered in the area.
Quest Retreat (9th Grade)
Saturday, September 21 & Sunday, September 22
Confirmation Boot Camp (11th Grade)
Saturday, October 5 – Sunday, October 6 @ Camp Icaghowan in Amery, WI
Wednesdays | September 11 – May 6
| 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
@ Saint Patrick Church
Wednesday, September 11 | 6:00 pm @ Church
Edge is a Catholic middle school youth ministry program. It provides a safe and fun place for youth to find solid Catholic community, to get answers to their questions about faith, and, most importantly, to experience Jesus in a profound and personal way.
Now more than ever middle school youth need the truth and love of Jesus Christ to guide their lives and they need the faith presented in a way that makes sense to them and is relevant to their lives. Edge accomplishes this and builds a foundation of faith that will guide the youth as they face many difficulties and help them as they begin to make decisions that affect the rest of their teen years.
As middle school youth wade through all the difficulties of this time of life, they have real questions and need real answers. If parish leaders ignore the unique challenges of their middle school youth, they risk losing them forever.
His Story | Our Life
September 20 | 3:30 pm – 5:00pm
Epic is a fun and faith-filled time with friends to grow in and share our journey toward Christ together. Come and enjoy hanging out with your friends this summer as you get some sun from above and some Son for within. Afternoon includes fun, fellowship, and faith.
High school leaders welcome.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
3 year old – 2nd Grade
Wednesdays | September 25 – May 3
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm or 6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
@ Saint Patrick School
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a hands-on, experiential method of learning that offers the essentials of our Catholic faith in a way that engages and delights children through presentations rooted in liturgy and scripture. Each room has at least one adult who has received extensive catechist training in this method. Materials on the life of Christ and his teachings help make the mystery of God concrete for the child. Selected parables serve as keys to discover the mystery of the kingdom of God and help nurture the child’s natural sense of wonder.
Preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion takes place within the context of our Children’s Faith Formation program with additional workshops and activities.
2nd – 5th Faith Formation
Wednesdays | September 25 – May 3
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm or 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
@ Saint Patrick School
The perfect place to start a life of intentional discipleship is with Finding God. Rooted in Ignatian Spirituality and covering the full and authentic teachings of the Catholic Church, the faith formation program fosters a lived relationship with God through Jesus. Finding God’s emphasis on Scripture, prayer, and Church Tradition nurtures children every step of the way on their journey to becoming disciples of Jesus and leads them into a lasting love for the Church.
Employing the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Finding God provides all the tools to engage the whole child—mind, heart, and soul—uniquely guiding children to practice prayer and reflection, to explore Scripture, and to find God in all things.
Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts is based on a spiral curriculum that integrates the fundamental themes of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with Scripture and Catholic Social Teachings. As children are introduced to and revisit concepts and vocabulary from one year to the next, their knowledge and experience both broaden and deepen as they grow in faith as committed disciples of Jesus.
At Saint Patrick Parish we utilize Loyola’s Press’s curriculum Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts.
Finding God offers parents and families materials specifically designed for use at home whether catechesis takes place in the parish, school, or home. From at-home, family friendly lesson plans, to interactive study guides, to the exciting online game Fishers of Faith, click on the grade level family resource button and refresh your own faith while helping you become an active partner in your child’s faith formation.
At Saint Patrick Parish, we use a three pillar approach for First Reconciliation and First Communion during a 2 year preparation process that begins in first grade. First Reconciliation and First Communion are typically celebrated during second grade.
All First Reconciliation and First Communion students will receive very special materials to use at home as part of their preparation process. The home component is a crucial element involving the parents. Living and modeling the faith on a daily basis and attending mass contribute to growing in faith and preparing for sacraments. Parents and students will come together for retreats, catechesis, rehearsals, and reflections during Parent/Students sessions throughout the year.
Remote Preparation is Catholic religious instruction. Your child will receive this as a student enrolled at Saint Patrick School, Faith Formation, or Family Faith Formation.
Immediate Preparation is First Reconciliation and First Communion religious instruction. Your child will receive some sacrament specific catechesis during class at Saint Patrick School, Faith Formation or Family Faith Formation.
Sacrament Orientation for Parents
Monday, October 21 | 6:30 PM @ Church
1st Reconciliation Retreat for Parents and Child
Monday, January 6 | 6:00 PM @ Church
Saturday, January 18 | 10:00 AM @ Church
1st Communion Retreat for Parents and Child
Saturday, April 4 | 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM @ Church
Sunday, April 26 | 1:00 PM @ Church
Students in Grades 3rd – 5th
10:30 am Sunday Mass
September 22, October 6 & 20, November 3 & 24, December 24 (3:00 pm)*, January 17 (1:00 pm) & 18, February 2 & 16, March 1 & 15, April 12* & 26, May 10
Rehearsals on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:15 pm or 6:00 – 6:15 pm @ School immediately before Faith Formation
Email Theresa Douglas to join the email list.
* Combined Choir with Soul Singers
Students in Grades 6th – 12th
5:00 pm Saturday Mass
September 21, October 5 & 19, November 2 & 23, December 24 (3:00 pm)*, January 18, February 1 & 15, March 14, April 12 (10:30 am)* & 25, May 9
Soul Singers is our Youth Music Ministry group for students in Middle School and High School. There are no rehearsals, just come on the days you can, arriving at 4:15 pm before our scheduled masses. This group is flexible and there are opportunities for instrumentalists and cantor soloists as well.
* Combined Choir with Children’s Choir
Soul Singers Next Level
New! Wednesday night rehearsals at Church | 6:30 – 7:15 pm
September 25, October 9 & 23, November 6 & 20, December 11, January 15, February 12, March 11, April 8, May 6
Email Theresa Douglas to be added to the email list.