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 Formation
Ages 3 yrs – 5th Grade

First Sunday of the Month | 9:30 – 10:30 AM
OR (Note: if you can not make a Sunday meeting, families are always welcome and encouraged to attend the Wednesday; and vise-versa) 
First Wednesday of the Month | 6:00 – 7:15 PM
Saint Patrick Church

Connect
Sunday, September 19, 2021 | 9:30 – 10:30 AM 
Saint Patrick Church

After a year of being separated from each other, our kick-off meeting ‘Connect’ will be the first time we, as a Family Formation group, will gather together in celebration and faith. Your family will hear about this year’s theme of Making Jesus the Center of Your Home. Your children will meet their catechist, visit their rooms, and learn about the October Bible memory verse. Bring your whole family and join others who will be journeying through Family Formation this year.

October Large Group Meeting
Sunday, October 3 | Wednesday, October 6

Welcome to Family Formation! The foundation is really about strengthening your faith – as parents. When parents’ faith is strengthened, the faith in kids naturally follows. So rather than looking at it as you are teaching your kids- see it as we are guiding you to become stronger disciples. As disciples you then go to your family and assist in making them disciples.

We are utilizing the Family Formation curriculum produced by the Church of Saint Paul in Ham Lake, Minnesota, and used there for over thirty years. This curriculum begins with an in person group gathering once per month. We will give you the option of meeting on Sunday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 (between the two Sunday morning Masses) or Wednesday Evening from 6:00 to 7:15. Parents meet separately. Kids are grouped- PreK-K, grades 1-3, 4-5. On Sundays you are encouraged to either go to Mass before or after. On Wednesday we will conclude with a prayer service with parents and kids together.

At the group session, you will receive a packet of materials to use as a family the following three weeks of the month. The material is produced for a family to work on together- even if you have children of different ages. Generally, if you have younger children, you can expect the material to take less than an hour to complete. For older kids there will be about one hours’ worth of material. If you have a middle schooler, you are welcome to request extra materials for them to participate with the family, and we strongly encourage this even though your middle schooler participates in our Middle School Program, Edge.  If you choose to not participate in the group session you can pick up your packet at church at your convenience.

We believe that this program is the very best for our parish families.  We are excited to work with you as parents in helping you grow in your faith, thus helping your family become stronger disciples.

Cost |  $70  (flat rate, 1 or more children)

Questions  | Contact the Emily Todd

High School Discipleship

Haley Arndt  |   

High School Discipleship

Wednesdays  | Saint Patrick Church

Confirmation Nights  Juniors receiving Confirmation this fall
7:30 – 9:00 pm | Begins September 15 with Confirmand & Sponsor Meeting
Confirmation Boot Camp Retreat | Sunday, October 3 – 9:30 am – 5:00 pm | Camp St. Croix
Confirmation | Saturday, October 23 – 5:00 PM

 

Discipleship Small Group Nights  All High School Youth Grades 9 – 12
7:30 – 9:00 pm | Begins October 27

Large Group Nights
First Wednesday of the Month – 7:45 – 9:00 PM | Begins January 5

High School Youth Discipleship allows for the comprehensive exposition of the faith while remaining anchored in spiritual formation. The process includes the celebration of Confirmation at the beginning of the students Junior year.

There are four pillars that make up High School Youth Discipleship: Mass, Formation, Service, and Retreat.

Mass

The most significant part of a youth’s growth in faith 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.

Formation

The monthly large group gatherings are 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 three times a month and discuss topics like Who Is God, Your Vocation, Human Sexuality, and many more.

Service

Another important aspect of faith growth 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 Saint Patrick Church, in the wider community of Hudson and/or in the Cities, state, world.

Retreat

One of the most significant and often life changing events in a youth’s faith life is a retreat. We will provide you with information regarding several great options that include our own Saint Patrick Confirmation Boot Camp, NET Ministries, Steubenville Conferences, and other Catholic Retreats offered in the area.

Sunday Youth Night
Striving for the Heart of Jesus

7:00 – 9:00 PM | Begins September 26
Saint Patrick Youth Room

Sunday Youth Nights is a Christ centered youth night that will form the youth to become authentic disciples of Christ. We will create an environment that will allow the youth to study, experience, and exhibit living out their faith; and inviting others to do the same.

All middle and high school youth are invited to join us on Sunday evenings for faith, fellowship, and fun.

Upcoming dates:

September 26
October 10
October 24
November 7
November 21
December 12
December 19

Middle School Discipleship

Haley Arndt  |   

EDGE Middle School Discipleship

Wednesdays  |   5:45 – 7:15 PM
(Except for first Wednesdays)
Saint Patrick Church

Kick-Off | September 22, 2021

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.

All middle school youth (grades 6 – 8) are invited to join us on Wednesday nights from 5:45 – 7:15 pm in the social hall of the church.

Semester Theme: 

Dates & Topics:

 

Cost | $ 70 per child

Blaze
Set the World on Fire

Times and Dates to Come

The first of twenty weekly lessons will start in September/October. BLAZE is the Walking with Purpose ministry for middle-school-aged girls going into seventh and eight grade. The mission of BLAZE is to use Scripture to speak truth into the hearts of young girls who are bombarded by lies about their true worth and beauty. Girls in their tween/teen years are filled with questions. They have doubts, they desire clarification, and they want to share their thoughts in a space that will allow them to make their relationship with God personal and meaningful.

Each week, participants will be led through an ice breaker activity and a short lesson based on a lie found in the world and a truth found in Scripture. The girls will also leave with a small take-home gift which corresponds with the lesson.

|Click here to learn more about the BLAZE ministry.

Cost | $25

Contact | Antoinette Kaiser     

Sunday Youth Night
Striving for the Heart of Jesus

7:00 – 9:00 PM | Begins September 26
Saint Patrick Youth Room

Sunday Youth Nights is a Christ centered youth night that will form the youth to become authentic disciples of Christ. We will create an environment that will allow the youth to study, experience, and exhibit living out their faith; and inviting others to do the same.

All middle and high school youth are invited to join us on Sunday evenings for faith, fellowship, and fun.

Upcoming dates:

September 26
October 10
October 24
November 7
November 21
December 12
December 19

Children’s Discipleship

Emily Todd  |   

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
3 year old – 2nd Grade

Tuesdays
CGS Level 1 – 3yrs old to Kindergarten | 4:30-6:00 PM (FULL)
CGS Level 2 – 1st & 2nd Grade with previous CGS experience |  6:15-7:30 PM
 Saint Patrick School

Begins | September 28, 2021

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.

Cost | $70 per child

Contact Emily Todd |       or Katie Preston |   

1st Sacraments

At Saint Patrick Parish, we use a three pillar approach (outlined below) for First Reconciliation and First Communion during a 2 year preparation process that begins in first grade. The Sacraments are not isolated events. They are linked to each other, Christ, and His Church, thus children must be formed in their faith prior to and while preparing for sacraments as well as long after. 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.

Cost | $50 per child

Dates | 

Sacrament Orientation for Parents | October 11, 2021 |  6:15 PM – Main Church
First Reconciliation Retreat for Parents & Child | January 10, 2022 |  6:15pm – Main Church 
First Reconciliation | January 29, 2022 | 9:00 AM, 11:oo PM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM – Church & Cry Room
First Communion | Sunday, April 24, 2022 |  1:00 PM & 3:00 PM –  Main Church
Communion Reunion for Families |  Sunday, May 15 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM –  Social Hall

Contact Emily Todd |   

Music Ministry

Theresa Douglas  |   

Children’s Choir
Students in Grades 3rd – 8th

One Sunday per month | 10:30 am
September – May

Rehearsals on the two Wednesdays prior to scheduled Masses from 5:00 – 5:45 pm @ Church

Contact | Theresa Douglas 

Fireflies

One Sunday per month | 8:30 am
September – May

St. Patrick Fireflies is a small auditioned group of committed students in grades 3-8. We provide music for mass once per month. We rehearse the two Wednesdays prior to our scheduled masses at 4:00-5:00 p.m. (unless noted) at the church.

Contact | Theresa Douglas 

Soul Singers
Students in Grades 9th – 12th

One Sunday per month | 10:30 am
September – May

Soul Singers is a group of high school students who provide music for Mass once a month. We rehearse the two Wednesdays prior to our scheduled Masses at 6:45 – 7:30 pm at Church. Your commitment and service are appreciated.

Contact | Theresa Douglas