Fr. John's Weekly School Chronicle
This week we
have been busy saying “goodbye” to Father Patrick. As I reflect back on the
more than three years we have been together and he has served our community,
the greatest compliment someone gave us was saying that “the team was being
broken up.” As the first day that Father Patrick was in our parish came to an end,
I told him I was going for a bike ride. He asked if he could join me. Out north
of town along highway E, I blew a bike tire and got a flat. As I was standing
over my bike changing the tire, I looked over at him and reportedly said
something like, “Am I not the pastor and you the associate? What am I doing
changing my bike tire?” In truth, I have felt more like we were a team than I
the pastor and he the associate. As teammates we worked together, served
together, ministered together, biked together, and most importantly became
friends together. We have both learned from one another.
One of my
favorite pictures that was displayed on the picture boards at Father Patrick’s
farewell events is of him preaching at a Mass and I am sitting behind in the
presider’s chair listening to him preach. It has been a blessing for me to hear
my friend preach – to hear of his stories of faith, childhood, new discoveries,
mistakes, and joy in being a priest. For Christmas he gave me a book titled The
Joy of Being a Priest. For me and I know for many of you, the story about
the joy of being a priest is Father Patrick’s story. Thank you Father Patrick,
my brother priest and friend, for sharing your story with me and with us. Ad multos annos.
Soup and Pie Social this Sunday
January 31 from 11:00am – 2:00pm at Saint Patrick School. Enjoy
some camaraderie with our students and their families over a hearty bowl of
homemade soup. Feast on many flavors of
pies while visiting our pre-school through eighth grade classrooms. Meet our
dedicated teachers and learn more about our Catholic education that nurtures
the minds and souls of our children. All
our welcome and tours are available.
UPCOMING REMINDERS / CALENDAR
· 1/31 Soup and Pie Social 11am – 2pm
· 2/1-2/5 Catholic Schools Week
· 2/1 Out of Uniform: Sport Theme Day
· 2/2 K-8th field trip, Pinz in Oakdale,
10:30am-1:00pm – Out of Uniform, dress for activities, permission form
available on Sycamore
· 2/3 Mass @ Immaculate Conception in New
Richmond, dress in uniform
· 2/4 Late Start (Late Start child care forms
available on Sycamore), 10:40am; Out of Uniform, Comfy-Cozy Day
· 2/5 Uniform Day Plus – pay $1.00 to wear a hat; Family Lunch 11:45am-12:30pm; Students
vs Staff volleyball, 2pm
· 2/7 All School Hospitality after all Sunday
· 2/11 3rd grade Field Trip
· 2/16 4th grade Field Trip
· 2/18 Parent-Teacher Conferences
· 2/18 – 2/23 Scholastic Book Fair
· 2/23 Parent-Teacher Conferences
· 2/25 Family Science Night, 6-8pm
· 4/2 Gala
Perceived Limits and Boundaries
In his broadcast homily of the Mass last Sunday
January 24, Fr. Jim O’Shea related the story of three soldiers in World War II.
In a skirmish in the French countryside, one of the men was killed. The other
two sought to give him a proper burial, and came upon a rustic church with a
walled-in cemetery. Going inside, they met the parish priest and asked if they
could bury their friend. The priest replied that unfortunately, only baptized
Catholics could be buried within the walls of the Catholic cemetery. The two
soldiers were very disappointed and the priest did not want to disappoint them
further, so proceeded on that if they went just outside the walls, they could
bury him there. So they did.
The two men returned the next day to pay their
respects but could not find their friend’s grave. Very worried, they reentered
the church and inquired of the priest as to the whereabouts of their friend.
The priest explained, “Last night after we buried him, I went to sleep and I
couldn’t rest. So I got up. I went out, and I simply moved the walls, to
include your friend.”
A little creativity, a little restlessness, and a
little hard work. Perhaps that which we perceive to be impossible or
unattainable changes when we stop viewing things only through our limited human
eyes and hearts and behold through Jesus Christ’s.
story attributable to Phyllis Koss,
retired Saint Patrick School 2nd grade teacher, semi-retired church and school
webmaster. No longer able to attend Mass so receives communion in her home, who
always gives so much more than she receives.)
Women of Grace
of Grace, February 6, 2016
8:15 AM Morning Prayer and Divine Chaplet
(Year of Mercy) in chapel upstairs (optional)
Regular Meeting/Gathering Time 9 - 1030 am
9:00 AM Start time - Gather to Socialize in
lower level of church
9:30 AM Prayer and Reflection on readings
of the weekend, also discussion on your favorite saint. Bring your
thoughts, ideas, questions, etc. Looking forward to the discussion!
10:30 AM Closing Prayer. Feel free to stay
and socialize afterward. Coffee, tea and water provided... bring a friend
and a treat to share!! Hope to see you
There are many more activities upcoming for this dynamic group. Check
out the “Document” on Sycamore entitled “Upcoming Women of Grace
Opportunities”. Documents can be found in the left tool bar: click on “School”
and Documents will then show under that drop down menu.
Blankets for a Brighter Day
On Wednesday, February 3 during
Catholic Schools Week, students will be participating in a service project – Blankets
for a Brighter Day – with their Spirit Families. If you want to learn more
about this organization founded by two Saint Patrick Alumni, click here: Blankets for a Brighter Day.
If you would like to make a monetary donation to this service project (fleece
tie blankets for patients at Children’s Hospital), you may bring a check or
cash to school – any amounts will be gratefully accepted, but in no way is it
EXPECTED for families to contribute financially.
We have MANY
service opportunities available for our school family quickly approaching. We count on the commitment of everyone to
help make all of these activities/events run smoothly. We appreciate each and every one of you! The following activities are available for
sign up on Volunteer Spot.
& Pie Social - Help to serve the soups & pie on Sunday, January 31st. We also need MANY pies donated for the event.
Sunday at Church – Sunday, February 7th for ALL School
Families. Help us wrap up Catholic
Schools Week by providing and/or serving refreshments as a thank you to our
parish after Sunday masses.
KC Fish Fry Dessert Donations – Fridays,
February 12th, 26th and March 18th.
Parent-Teacher Conferences –
Thursday, February 18th and Tuesday, February 23rd. Please consider preparing meals for our
dedicated teachers during conferences.
Let’s show our staff how much we appreciate all they do!
Book Fair – February 17th through 24th. Please consider helping with Set-up, Selling
books, and/or Tear-down of this awesome program for our students and
school. The fair will run during the
school day and on the evenings of conferences.
Crushing at Church for 6th & 7th Grade Families –
need crushers starting February 27th.
Family Science Night
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: LEAD
would like families to save Thursday, February 25, for our second Family Science
Night which will be held at Saint Patrick School. Students in K-8 are
invited to attend along with their parents. Science Mini-Workshops will be
set up in classrooms with experienced presenters, and students will have the
opportunity to participate in a hands-on Exploratorium. The evening will
go from 6:00-8:00
PM. Please plan to join us! More information and a
registration form will be coming soon.
Also, we are looking for science presenters and helpers for the evening. If you have a
science interest you would like to share with our students please contact Mrs.
Bekkum at: firstname.lastname@example.org with
the topic and grade level in which you are interested. If you would like
to volunteer to help in any other way on February 25 please
contact Mrs. Bekkum and let her know. Thank you!
Recycle Your Cans
Saint Patrick Church accepts CLEAN
beverage cans for recycling in the lower level parking lot. Drop off your
bagged cans so that 7th and 8th grade students can crush
them to earn money for ELC, the annual field trip to Wolf Ridge Environmental
Learning Center in Finland, MN. Thank you!
2016 Saint Patrick School GALA Classroom Projects
We have a wonderful tradition in our school where each
grade teams up with their teacher and class representative (families and
anyone who can help) to create a project that will be auctioned off at our
annual gala. These exciting projects are special and meaningful to each
specific grade and do very well to help us raise money for our school. Some
grades have annual projects they work on, like a quilt or scrapbook. Other
grades create new projects each year. For example, 2nd grade parents built
a beautiful wooden, outdoor cooler stand complete with beverages and bottle cap
mosaic that the students created. Kindergarten finger painted two canvas
prints. In the past we've had hand-tiled fire pits, custom bookshelves,
cooking experience, etc. The sky is the limit on what you can
create! Please talk to your class representative and teacher if you have
an idea or would be willing to help with a project.
All gala projects will be due by Thursday, March 24th.
If you have any questions regarding these projects, please contact Emilee
Wagner, email@example.com. Thank you for planning ahead!
1 Submission Deadline – Box Tops for Education
It’s Box Tops submission time again!
Turn in your Box Tops before DATE so they can be included in our school’s April
check – it’s our last chance this school year to earn cash for our school. All
Box Tops turned in after this date will go toward next fall’s check
If your student is late to school – after
8:45am – you must sign them in at the office. Without your signature it is
considered an unexcused tardiness.
Save the Date - April 2nd, 2016: Saint Patrick School Gala
Upcoming Middle School
Middle School Youth Ministry
all Middle School students: come join the youth group THIS Sunday, January 10th
at 5:00pm. This is a fun time with friends while growing in your
faith. We start at 5:00pm by making
dinner together in the kitchen at Church and conclude by 8:00pm.
Extreme Faith Camp
Extreme Faith Camp is an exciting week-long summer
camp in Rhinelander, WI from Monday, June 13 - Friday, June 17 for middle school students and high
school leaders filled with a ton of activities including: swimming, kayaking,
high ropes course, crafts, rock climbing, giant water trampoline, water skiing,
paddle boarding, speakers, and praise and worship time. Plus small group
faith sessions, service work, daily Mass, Reconciliation and Adoration.
You’ll find an EXTREME adventure of a lifetime! Information and registration
information can be found on the Youth Ministry page atstpatrickofhudson.org/youth_ministry or on the Youth Ministry
bulletin board at Church. Please
contact Tricia Pieper at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions. Registration deadline is
Wednesday, February 10th.
Middle School Youth Events/Dates:
Sunday, January 10th – 5:00 – 8:00pm
Saturday, January 23rd – 5:00 – 8:30pm
Saturday, February 20th - 5:00pm-8:30pm
Saturday, March 19th - 5:00pm-8:30pm
Party and Winter Games
Saturday, February 27th - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Faith Camp Registration Due
Wednesday, February 10th
June 13th - 17th