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Fr. John's Column - June 25, 2017

This Sunday morning we again welcome our newest priest to the Diocese of Superior, Father Samuel Schneider. Father Samuel will be covering for me as I leave with our high school and young adults on our mission trip to Freemont, Nebraska. Sunday evening at 7PM Father John Anderson, Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in New Richmond and Saint Patrick Parish in Erin Prairie will be with us. Please keep our group in your prayers as we travel, serve, and seek to grow in faith.

Several years ago the United States Bishops initiated a program called Fortnight for Freedom. More recent they have added the subtitle Freedom for Mission. This involves a period of prayer from June 21 – July 4. During this time the Church celebrates the feasts of several great martyrs who remained steadfast in their faith in the face of persecution by political powers: Saints John Fisher and Thomas Moore, Saint John the Baptist, Saints Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church in Rome. The Bishops have prepared a brief daily reflection and prayer for each day of the Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom for Mission that examines a different aspect of the Church’s call to work in the world. Sheets with these reflections and prayers are available at the welcome center at church. We will also post them each day on our Facebook page and send them out to those who have signed up to receive electronic communications. (To receive electronic communications from the parish, go to our website and click the blue box “Electronic Communications” on the right.)

As I write this week’s column I am currently at Extreme Faith Camp, repeatedly falling off a paddleboard. For the past three years we at St. Pat’s have had youth attend this camp, which is sponsored by the Diocese of Superior. The camp is geared toward middle school aged youth, but we also had several high school students work at the camp as counselors and serve in a supportive role on a prayer team. All totaled, 73 youth from our parish joined youth from other parishes in our diocese for a week of growing in their faith, fun, and making new friends.

One of the most heartwarming occurrences at camp is seeing our kids enjoying new friendships with kids from other parishes. One of our kids – after just the first day – reported that already she knows she will now pray more. But another part of camp was seeing a few of our kids get up on water skies after only the first time they tried skiing, being excited to get out fishing, and enjoying running around and doing things kids should be doing – such as playing games in a grassy field.

On a completely different note Barb Kaiser, who previously served as our Director of Finance and more recently transitioned to part-time to manage the bookkeeping duties in our parish, recently notified us that she intends to fully retire by July 30th. Barb has been an invaluable asset to our parish, in particular by maintaining our financial records. Through the years Barb has overseen the implementation of several new components regarding the handling of our finances, including automatic withdrawal for donations, payroll systems, and We Share for online giving. We are profoundly thankful to Barb for her eight years’ of service, and wish her well in her well-deserved retirement.

Fr. John Gerritts



~ Friday, June 23
8:00 AM Mass

~ Saturday, June 24
8:00 AM Dustbusters
10:00 AM Confessions

11:30 AM Validation
5:00 PM Mass

6:00 PM RCIA Inquiry

~ Sunday, June 25
8:30 AM Mass
10:30 AM Mass

11:30 AM Baptism

6:00 PM RCIA After Masses
7:00 PM Mass

~ Monday, June 26
8:00 AM Mass
9:00 AM Bakery and Produce Giveaway
6:00 PM Boy Scouts

7:00 PM RCIA After Masses

~Tuesday, June 27
8:00 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion
4:00 PM Extended Food Shelf Hours
6:00 PM Family Rosary

~ Wednesday, June 28
8:00 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion
10:00 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion at CCH
7:00 PM Stonepine Meeting

~Thursday, June 29
6:45 AM Toastmasters
8:00 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion
9:30 AM Small Group Faith Sharing

~ Friday, June 30
8:00 AM Liturgy of the Word with Communion

~ Saturday, July 1
8:00 AM Dustbusters
10:00 AM Confessions

5:00 PM Mass

~ Sunday, July 2
8:30 AM Mass
10:30 AM Mass

7:00 PM Mass

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