St. Patrick's Online Bulletin

The Blessing We Have in Our Foreign-Born Priests

06-23-2019Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

This coming Wednesday, June 26th, Fr. Sean will leave for his new assignment as Vocation Director of our diocese and Fr. Thomas Acheampong will take his place. For the first time in my 48 years of priesthood I along with Fr. Fred will be in the minority in the rectory as native born Americans. Fr. Thomas is from Ghana, Fr. Abraham is from India, and Fr. Corneille who is one of the chaplains at St. Catherine’s Hospital, is from the Belgian Congo. When the list of available associates was sent to me a few months ago, there was not one American born priest on it. With more and more Catholics leaving the Church and only about 30% coming to Sunday Mass on a regular basis, it should be no surprise young men are not hearing a call to serve God’s people as priests. The current crisis in the Church over the scandal of abuse is another negative and discouraging factor. The American Catholic Church which used to send missionaries all over the world is now the beneficiary of vocations from other countries. God takes care of us in ways that surprise us.

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Announcements & Events

St. Patrick Youth

Various Youth Activities at our Parish and around the Diocese.

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St. Anne Women's Prayer Group

Tuesdays from 1:00-2:00pm in the St. Patrick’s Parish Center.

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Something for Seniors Group

Second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 1:00pm in the Parish Center.

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Pro-Life Rose

Your participation helps bring a greater awareness of the sacredness of all human life, especially the unborn.

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Bread & Wine Memorial

Donation for the week is $50. Cards will be sent to the family.

To arrange a memorial for Altar Bread and Wine, please call Diane Sperzel at 265-3307.

Sacred Heart Prayer Group

Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:00pm in the Parish Center.

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Congratulations Graduates!

Jun 30 9:00am

Are you a member of the Class of 2019? If you are graduating from college, high school, middle school, kindergarten, etc., your parish family would like to honor your achievement. Please join us at the 9:00am. All graduates will be recognized at Mass.