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Fr. John Gerritts - February 17, 2019

Father Andy Ricci of our Diocese recently looked at the future of priests in our Diocese. We currently have 27 priests serving 103 parishes; most of these parishes are part of a cluster, so the majority of priests serve more than one parish. Additionally we have 4 priests on loan to us from their religious orders, and 11 international priests from India. This coming year we will need to recruit 4 more priests from India to replace retiring diocesan priests and religious order priests returning to their communities.

Based on Father Ricci’s projections, in 10 years (when I turn 65), of the 27 diocesan priests who are currently active, only 6 will be under the age of 65. We have 3 seminarians, only 2 of which are younger than I am. That still only gives us 8 priests under the age of 65 to serve 103 parishes. Some of us may continue to serve after age 65, but this is when we are allowed to retire.

It is important that our Diocese looks toward the future and creates a plan to help us meet the needs of Catholics in northern Wisconsin as the number of Diocesan priests continues to decline. To facilitate a planning process, the Diocese is conducting a meeting in each of the five regions or deanerys of our Diocese. Our deanery meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 17, at 2:30 PM at Saint Joseph Parish in Amery. The meeting will be finished by 5:00 PM.

Anyone is invited to attend this initial meeting. There we will hear about previous plans from which our Diocese worked. Then there will be time to offer suggestions, comments, and ideas. The commitment at this time is simply to attend this initial meeting. If you are interested in going let me know by noon on Sunday by either emailing ( or calling me at 715-550-0725. It is especially vital for us to have representation at the meeting from younger people throughout our Diocese. Diocesan staff will conduct the meeting.

This weekend we will feel the effects of the shortage of priests in a small way. Father Kuss, from Saint Paul Seminary will be with us Saturday evening. Deacon Tim Cone is preaching this weekend at all the Masses. I will be covering Masses at Spooner and Shell Lake Saturday night, because the priest who normally serves these parishes returned to India for vacation. He is having difficulty getting his visa renewed. The priest who was supposed to cover for him is 85 years old and recently developed some health issues that are preventing him from presiding at Mass. Father Rich from River Falls/ Hammond will cover the Sunday Masses here for us.

To help promote vocations to the priesthood, Fathers Samuel Schneider and David Neuschwander from our Diocese have put together a visit to IHM College Seminary – part of the University of Saint Mary in Winona. They plan to leave Hudson at 10 AM on Saturday, March 16 and return in the early afternoon on Monday, March 18. There is no cost to attend. This visit is geared to young men ages 16 and up. We have adult drivers to who will handle getting them there, though could use another driver.

We already have two young men from Hudson and two from Somerset who have signed up to attend, and it would be great for more to join them. The boys will attend Mass and prayer times with the seminarians, attend classes with them on Monday morning, tour the campus, and have an opportunity for some recreation. This is a wonderful opportunity to see a college seminary, hear from others who are discerning a vocation to the priesthood, ask questions, and simply grow in one’s faith. If your son is interested in attending or if you have additional questions, contact me or Father Samuel Schneider at 715-360-5527. Additionally, please keep the young men attending in your prayers. 


Clergy Sexual Abuse in the Church

Our Parish Council formed a task force to investigate ways Saint Patrick Parish can respond to the issues of clergy sexual abuse within our Church, including hosting a Mass of Healing in October and a listening session in November. Please click here to learn more about the Task Force's recommendation to Bishop Powers. 



Friday, February 15
5:45 AM That Man is You
9:00 AM School Mass
6:00 PM Quest Retreat

~ Saturday, February 16
8:00 AM Dustbusters

10:00 AM Confessions
5:00 PM Soul Singers
5:00 PM Epic
5:00 PM Mass 

~ Sunday, February 17
8:30 AM Mass

10:30 AM Mass 
7:00 PM Oasis

~ Monday, February 18
8:00 AM Mass
9:00 AM Bakery and Produce Giveaway
9:00 AM Walking with Purpose

6:00 PM Boy Scouts
8:00 PM Walking with Purpose

~Tuesday, February 19
8:00 AM Mass
8:45 AM Divine Mercy
3:00 PM Open Door with H
4:00 PM Extended Food Shelf Hours
6:00 PM Healing Mass
6:00 PM Family Rosary

8:00 PM Sister Parish

~ Wednesday, February 20
8:00 AM Mass
9:30 AM Backpack Program
10:00 AM Mass - CCH
4:00 PM Visitation Julie Haubrich-Leek
7:00 PM Wednesday Night Live

, February 21
6:45 AM Toastmasters

8:00 AM Mass
9:00 AM Prophets Bible Study
10:30 AM Mass - Comforts of Home

1:00 PM Charity Quilters
4:00 PM Parent-Teacher Conferences
5:00 PM HOME Meal at Bethel
6:30 PM Finance Council
7:00 PM Praise Company Rehearsal

Friday, February 22
5:45 AM That Man is You
9:00 AM Mass at School

~ Saturday, February 23
8:00 AM Dustbusters
9:00 PM Women of Grace
10:00 AM Confessions
4:00 PM Sledding Party
5:00 PM Mass 

~ Sunday, February 24
Pancake Breakfast

8:30 AM Mass

10:30 AM Mass 
11:30 AM Baptism
1:00 PM Scouts Blue and Gold Party

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