And he gave some as apostles, others as prophets, others as evangelists,
others as pastors and teachers, to equip the holy ones for the work of ministry,
for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of faith
and knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the extent of the full stature of Christ
~ Ephesians 4:11-13
Walking with Purpose
Grounded in Hope
Make authentic connections with other women
Refuel and refresh | Learn more about God
Tuesdays | October 10, 2023 – May 7, 2023
9:00 – 10:30 AM or 7:00 – 8:30 PM
St. Paul Room
Are you looking for faith-filled friendships with other women? Would you like to grow in your relationship with God this summer? All women are invited to participate in a summer “Walking with Purpose” Bible study. So many of us are wrestling through the reality that life isn’t easy, even when we are doing the right thing. The study we will do is called Fearless and Free. It focuses on the book of Ephesians and provides a firm foundation to stand on no matter what life throws our way.
Childcare available for the morning session.
Note: We will try to have an additional group option for those who cannot make it on Tuesdays.
Cost | $70
Walking with Purpose
Five Core Values of Walking with Purpose
1. Loving Women to Christ
Walking with Purpose leaders are known for their outpouring of love for women. Too many women in our Church are struggling, lonely, aimless, and leaving the Church. We must encounter women where they are and meet them with mercy. The best evangelizers are women who are passionate about their faith but not judgmental or dogmatic. We don’t condemn and instead issue an invitation to come, drop the mask, and encounter radical love.
2. Fearless Positivity
We display fearless positivity in the face of a morally relativistic culture. Instead of focusing on all that is wrong in the Church, we celebrate what is right. We frame the conversation so that God’s call for our obedience is not seen as a way in which our freedom is limited but rather the means by which we can truly flourish.
3. Bold Humility
In the spirit of our patron saint, Thérèse of Lisieux, we celebrate our littleness while dreaming big with God. Saint Thérèse said that at the end of her life, she would stand before Christ with empty hands, not asking Him to count her works. She knew that all the good within her was purely the gift of grace. But she also aspired to sanctity and boldly claimed that when she got to heaven, she would send down a shower of roses. Walking with Purpose leaders strive to emulate this spirit of humility while at the same time are emboldened by the belief that God in us can do anything.
4. Leading with Beauty
Beauty breaks down barriers. Many women peek into a parish hall but then head straight out for coffee. When we create an attractive environment, those same women pause and wonder what’s going on. All feel cared for when leaders make this kind of effort, and for many, it’ll be the only time in the week that someone does something special just for them. In the words of Bishop Barron, “Beauty awakens the imagination
and begins the process of evangelization.”
5. Attention to Detail
Walking with Purpose leaders are dedicated to the small necessary tasks because of our belief in the big picture of God’s plan. Much of the work that is done is hidden and often seems insignificant, but we recognize that it all matters. Jesus deserves our best, not our sloppy efforts. Perfectionism is the enemy, but so is mediocrity.
In a recent participant survey…
• 89% report that their prayer life has improved
• 92% say their relationship with Christ is stronger
• 88% would recommend to a friend
1st Saturdays of the Month
8:30 – 10:00 AM | Saint Patrick Social Hall or KC Room
Ladies of Grace has been going strong for 10 years ministering to the women of Saint Patrick Parish. We are a study and reflection group based off the Bible readings for the assigned weekends of the liturgical year in the Catholic church using a form of prayer called Lectio Divina. Our main focuses are socializing with other women of faith, prayer, reflection and study of the Bible. Our groups goal is to bring other women of faith together, to live out our lives as God calls us to, while deepening our relationship with Him and those around us. All ladies are welcome. Invite a friend to join us!
Coffee, tea, and water provided; feel free to bring a treat to share.
Cost | Free
Thursdays | October 12, 19, 26 November 9, 16 January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8
7:00 – 8:30 PM | Saint Therese
Women of the parish are invited to continue the study of the Ethical Excellence book written by our very own parishioner, Professor Heidi Giebel. We cover a chapter at a time, meeting six times in October/November and five times in January/February. Each chapter focuses on a different virtue, including stories of real people who have excelled at that virtue and specific ways we can pursue these virtues in our own life. Even if you were unable to participate last year, it is easy to jump right in.
Cost | $25
Fridays | Began September 15
6:10 – 7:15 AM | Saint Patrick Social Hall
THAT MAN IS YOU! is an interactive men’s program combining the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive. By honestly addressing the pressures and temptations that men face in our modern culture, That Man is You! Seeks to form men who will be capable of transforming homes and society.
This year’s program: Worthy of the Call
St. Paul begs us to live a life worthy of the call we have received! Though we are not worthy, by the grace of God, we too are more than conquerors. Let us first experience the superabundance of God’s love, peace, joy, and mercy so our hearts are ready to discover what we have truly been called to at our depths: called to mature manhood – called to joy – called to lift up our hearts and minds – called to bear fruit – called to unity and called to live a life worthy of the call we have received!
5:45-6:10 AM | Arrive for fellowship
6:10 AM | Opening prayer
6:15 AM | Video presentation
6:45 AM | Small group discussion
7:15 AM | Dismiss for the day
“TMIY exposes many of the problems in our culture and addresses them with honesty and insight. Many men have changed their lives. I have never seen such a profound response.”
“That Man is You! does a tremendous job of forming men in their Catholic faith and reshaping their hearts to be disciples of Jesus Christ – in other words, setting men on fire with the courage and zeal that come from being sons of God. I highly recommend this program. It’s a great gift to the Church.”
-Archbishop Charles Chaput
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
Are you between the ages of 18 and 30 and are looking for a faith filled group to hang out with and grow in fellowship and faith. Look no further, we are Minnesconsin and we would love to meet you. The Minnesconsin Young Adult Group is a partnership group between Saint Patrick Parish & St Michael & Mary in Stillwater. Our mission is to facilitate events that will create fruitful Catholic relationships and help those in the group to grow in their faith and in turn give back to our greater communities. Every month we have two events, one social and one faith based, where you can join a group of young adults as we seek to grow in our faith! Follow us on Facebook or email H Dorian to get on the email list. Poco a Poco, little by little, the Minnesconsin community will grow into a family of believers that will set a fire in the soul of the St. Croix River Valley.
Upcoming Events: Check them out on their Facebook Group
Becoming Catholic | A Journey of Faith
Formerly Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Are you or do you know someone looking to join the Catholic Faith, looking to receive baptism, communion or confirmation as an adult or a child older than second grade? Becoming Catholic might be a good fit.
Come join us for Catholic Faith Discovery Sessions! Discover what Becoming Catholic is all about! Bring your questions and your stories, we are here to walk with you on your spiritual journey, just like Jesus walks each day with all of us.