St. Patricks Hudson

The Catholic Community of Hudson, Wisconsin

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

Family Discipleship

Emily Todd  |   

Family Discipleship
Finding God

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.

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.

High School Discipleship

H Dorian  |   

Extreme Faith Camp
Sign up closing February 14th!

Monday, June 15 – Friday, June 19
at Crescent Lake in Rhinelander

Join your peers for an exciting weeklong summer camp for middle school students and high school leaders filled with a ton of activities, including swimming, canoeing, high ropes course, crafts, rock climbing, giant water trampoline, speakers, and music. Plus small group sessions, service work, daily Mass, Reconciliation and Adoration. You’ll find an EXTREME adventure of a lifetime!

High School Leaders are student who have completed 10th grade this summer.
Prayer Team are students who have completed 9th grade this summer.

How to register for EFC:

Pre-registration | Due by February 14
Participants complete a pre-registration form and return to Antoinette with $100 deposit (deposit non-refundable but transferable)

Registration | Due on Sunday, March 15
We will be having a mandatory paperwork meeting on Sunday, March 15 @ 11:30 am to fill out and sign all medical forms, youth and adult liability waivers, insurance information, drivers forms, camp waivers, etc.

Final payment | Due by April 6 – all payments are non-refundable, but transferable
Prayer Team | $415 total
High School Leaders | $215

Fundraiser | Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 19 from 9:00 – 12:30
This is a fundraiser to help cover the transportation costs for Extreme Faith Camp. If your child helps out with the fundraiser, they will receive a portion of the profit to cover their transportation. If they do not participate in the fundraiser, an additional charge (amount TBD) will be added to their camp fee. Volunteers arrive @ St. Patrick’s by 7:30 am. Breakfast will begin at 9:00 am.

Additional Dates 
High School Leader and Prayer Team Training | Sunday, May 3 – mandatory
Camp Prep & Training for High School Leaders and Prayer Team | Sunday, June 14 – mandatory

A Night on Campus
Juniors and Seniors

Saturday, February 23
4:30 – 9:00 PM
University of Minnesota | Saint Lawrence Newman Center

Wondering what living your faith at college looks like? Missing your confirmation small groups? You are invited to join us at the University of Minnesota on Sunday, February 23. Meet at St. Patrick Church @ 4:30 PM. We will be going out to eat in Minneapolis and attending the 7:00 PM mass at Saint Lawrence, the Newman Center on campus. There will also be 30 minutes of praise and worship after mass. The only cost is the dinner out. Can’t wait for a great night – invite your friends!

Please fill out the permission form to sign up.

Coffee Shop Conversations
You got Questions? Let’s Talk about That! 

Every Thursday school is in session
2:30 – 5:00 PM
Caribou by Papa Murphy’s

Every Thursday H and Antoinette will be working at Caribou to talk, learn and converse about our faith and life!

2020 Mission Trip
Catholic Heart Work Camp

July 5 – July 11
Kansas City, MO

Missed the Paperwork Party on Sunday, January 19,  please contact H Dorian.

All spots have been filled. If you are still interested in joining us for the 2020 Mission Trip, contact H Dorian and he will look into additional spots.

Cost  |  $620   –    $50 non-refundable deposit due by December 18, 2019.

Into the Deep
A High School Discipleship Weekend

March 27 – 29 | Rhinelander, WI

‘DEAR YOUNG PEOPLE, IT IS TO YOU IN A PARTICULAR WAY THAT I RENEW THE INVITATION OF CHRIST TO “PUT OUT INTO THE DEEP”. YOU FIND YOURSELVES HAVING TO MAKE IMPORTANT DECISIONS FOR YOUR FUTURE…TRUST CHRIST; LISTEN ATTENTIVELY TO HIS TEACHINGS, FIX YOUR EYES ON HIS FACE, PERSEVERE IN LISTENING TO HIS WORD. ALLOW HIM TO FOCUS YOUR SEARCH AND YOUR ASPIRATIONS, ALL YOUR IDEALS AND THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART.’ – ST. JOHN PAUL II

Cost | $120

Online registration through the Diocese is open. Click the button to sign up.

This weekend retreat is mandatory if you would like to be a high school leader for Extreme Faith Camp. Even if you’re not sure about going to Extreme Faith Camp, sign up anyway and have a life-changing experience!

The Upper Room
Striving for the Heart of Jesus

Sundays  |  8:30 am – 11:15 am
Feb 16, March 1 & 15, April 5 & 19

Upper Room is a Christ centered youth group that will form the youth to become authentic disciples of Christ. We will create an environment that will allow the youth to study their faith, experience living out their faith, exhibit living out their faith, and invite others to live out their faith.

Each week we begin with the Mass, the source and summit of our Catholic faith. We encourage all our youth to attend mass, whether it be with the youth group at the 8:30 mass, or with your family at a different time. Following mass (around 9:45) we will go to the youth room for food, fellowship, and fun!

Lifeline
8th – 12th Graders

Saturday  |  March 7
5:00 – 10:30 PM

Do you want to see the young Catholic Church ALIVE? Join NET Ministries and over 1,000 young people on the first Saturday of every month for Lifeline Mass. With contemporary music, energetic crowds, and powerful presentations, Lifeline is focused on giving 8-12th graders in the Twin Cities area the chance to experience the beauty of Mass with their peers.

Lifeline Programs take place at the NET Center at 110 Crusader Avenue West, West St. Paul, MN 55118. The event begins at 6:00pm and goes until 9:30 pm.

Group departs Church at 5:00 PM and returns at 10:30 PM

Hope for a Home
Homeless Awareness Night

Saturday, April 25 – Sunday, April 26
5:00 PM – 8:00 AM

Middle school youth 6-8th grade and high school grades 9-12th

Hope for a Home is an experience unlike any other. Our focus for the night is for the youth to experience a night of homelessness like so many people in our own community, and around the world, live every day. The youth will spend one night in a cardboard box outside of St. Patrick Parish. They will be bringing awareness to the community, as well as to themselves, and offering up prayers for those living in poverty.

Cost | A cardboard box to sleep in

The Journey

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

Upcoming WNL Dates
February 19 | WNL Small Group Night mandatory
February 26  | Ash Wednesday Mass 6:30 PM with WNL Large Group to follow 7:30-8:30 PM
March 4  |  WNL Small Group Night  | Lenten Reconciliation  mandatory

Our faith formation program is called WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIVE (WNL). Join us for our large group meetings 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, and share your faith through music ministry. There is plenty of community, fun, and food to go around for every youth who is seeking a vibrant community to celebrate our faith!

In addition to large group formation, every youth is placed into their own small group. The small groups are broken down into men and woman groups. They are led by an adult whose mission is to evangelize and help our youth realize they are known, cared for and loved by Christ and His church. They meet every other week and study and discuss topics like Who Is God, Your Vocation, Human Sexuality, and many more. You can contact H Dorian if you would like to learn more, join a small group, or form a group of your own as a new Companion.

Attend Mass

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!

Service

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.

Middle School Discipleship

Antoinette Kaiser  |   

Extreme Faith Camp
Sign up CLOSING February 14!

Monday, June 15 – Friday, June 19
at Crescent Lake in Rhinelander

Middle School Participants are students who have completed 6th – 8th grade by the summer. 

Join your peers for an exciting weeklong summer camp for middle school students and high school leaders filled with a ton of activities, including swimming, canoeing, high ropes course, crafts, rock climbing, giant water trampoline, speakers, and music. Plus small group sessions, service work, daily Mass, Reconciliation and Adoration. You’ll find an EXTREME adventure of a lifetime!

How to register for EFC:

Pre-registration | Due by February 14 
Participants complete a pre-registration form and return to Antoinette with $100 deposit (deposit non-refundable but transferable)

Registration | Due on Sunday, March 15
We will be having a mandatory paperwork meeting on Sunday, March 15 @ 11:30 am to fill out and sign all medical forms, youth and adult liability waivers, insurance information, drivers forms, camp waivers, etc.

Final payment | $415 Total | Due by April 6 – all payments are non-refundable, but transferable

Fundraiser | Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, April 19 from 9:00 – 12:30
This is a fundraiser to help cover the transportation costs for Extreme Faith Camp. If your child helps out with the fundraiser, they will receive a portion of the profit to cover their transportation. If they do not participate in the fundraiser, an additional charge (amount TBD) will be added to their camp fee. Volunteers arrive @ St. Patrick’s by 7:30 am. Breakfast will begin at 9:00 am.

Coffee Shop Conversations
You got Questions? Let’s Talk about That! 

Every Thursday school is in session
2:30 – 5:00 PM
Caribou by Papa Murphy’s

Every Thursday H and Antoinette will be working at Caribou to talk, learn and converse about our faith and life!

The Upper Room
Striving for the Heart of Jesus

Sundays  |  10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Feb 16, March 1 & 15, April 5 & 19

Upper Room is a Christ centered youth group that will form the youth to become authentic disciples of Christ. We will create an environment that will allow the youth to study their faith, experience living out their faith, exhibit living out their faith, and invite others to live out their faith.

Each week we begin with the Mass, the source and summit of our Catholic faith. We encourage all our youth to attend mass, whether it be with the youth group at the 10:30 mass, or with your family at a different time. Following mass (around 11:45) we will go to the youth room for food, fellowship, and fun!

Ignite Your Lent

Friday, February 21  |  5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
@ St. John the Baptist Catholic Church   Savage, MN

Join several hundred middle school youth from the Twin Cities as you learn how to ignite your lent. There will be food & fun, praise & worship, keynote speakers, adoration, and more!

Registration closed

Cost  |  $30

Lifeline
8th – 12th Graders

Saturday  |   March 7
5:00 – 10:30 PM

Do you want to see the young Catholic Church ALIVE? Join NET Ministries and over 1,000 young people on the first Saturday of every month for Lifeline Mass. With contemporary music, energetic crowds, and powerful presentations, Lifeline is focused on giving 8-12th graders in the Twin Cities area the chance to experience the beauty of Mass with their peers.

Lifeline Programs take place at the NET Center at 110 Crusader Avenue West, West St. Paul, MN 55118. The event begins at 6:00pm and goes until 9:30 pm.

Group departs Church at 5:00 PM and returns at 10:30 PM

Hope for a Home
Homeless Awareness Night

Saturday, April 25 – Sunday, April 26
5:00 PM – 8:00 AM

Middle school youth 6-8th grade and high school grades 9-12th

Hope for a Home is an experience unlike any other. Our focus for the night is for the youth to experience a night of homelessness like so many people in our own community, and around the world, live every day. The youth will spend one night in a cardboard box outside of St. Patrick Parish. They will be bringing awareness to the community, as well as to themselves, and offering up prayers for those living in poverty.

Cost | A cardboard box to sleep in

Edge

Wednesdays  |   September 11 – May 6
| 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
@ Saint Patrick 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.

Upcoming Edge Nights

February  19 | “Life in the Fire”: An Edge night on the structure of the Church

Children’s Discipleship

Laura Hinz  |   

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.

Contact Emily Todd |       or Katie Preston |   

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.

Contact Antoinette Kaiser  |     

1st Sacraments

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.

Family Preparation
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
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
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.

1st Communion Retreat for Parents and Child
Saturday, April 4  | 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM @ Church

1st Communion
Sunday, April 26  | 1:00 PM @ Church

Contact Emily Todd |   

Music Ministry

Theresa Douglas  |   

Children’s Choir
Students in Grades 3rd – 5th

10:30 am Sunday Mass
February 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

Soul Singers
Students in Grades 6th – 12th

5:00 pm Saturday Mass
February 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

Wednesday night rehearsals at Church  |  6:30 – 7:15 pm

March 11, April 8, & May 6

Email Theresa Douglas to be added to the email list.