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Weekly Family Newsletter

Friday June 9, 2017


Fr. John’s Weekly School Chronicle

·         Congratulations to our 8th graders who graduated this past Wednesday. Talking with our teachers and from my perspective we are sad to see you leave our school, but excited for you to move forward, expand your opportunities and friendships, and watch for all that you will accomplish in the future, knowing we had a hand to laying a foundation for you to build upon.

·         This past Tuesday I had the opportunity to share with our fourth graders who have been studying Wisconsin history and the days of the lumberjacks the story of the HODAG. If you ever get a chance to visit Rhinelander, Wisconsin (where I spent 16 years as a pastor), maybe you will have a chance to see one of these horrific creatures!

·         I was speaking to a student who attends school in another school district this past week. He has been on summer break since last Thursday. I asked how it was going – he said he was bored. Remember we still have many opportunities for our kids this summer, from pre-school through high school. Check out the parish website under “Youth Ministry” for a complete list of things to keep your kids from saying “I’m bored.” 

·         Finally, thank-you for having chosen Saint Patrick School. It is an honor to be able to be involved in the development of children’s faith and education. During my almost 26 years of being a priest, I have always been assigned a parish with a school. It is hard for me to imagine what it would be like to not have the blessing of being a part of something so important in the daily lives of children. I wish you God’s blessings during the summer months.

Upcoming Reminders/Calendar   

·         6/17 Fr. Samuel Schneider’s Mass of Thanksgiving, 5PM

·         6/20 Report cards available on Sycamore this week

·         6/30 Sports registrations due for 5th – 8th grade Cross Country and Volleyball

·         8/5 & 8/6 Uniform exchange at church after all Masses

·         8/13 Sister Margaret’s Jubilee, luncheon after 10:30AM Mass

·         8/15 Back to School Night, uniform exchange


Bus Link for transportation – MUST be completed by June 9, 2017

As per the email that went out earlier today, ALL families residing in the Hudson School District must fill out a form through Safe Way Bus Company. Here is the link: Bus Link


Library Books are now overdue

God take pity on your soul if your children have not returned one of Mrs. Sadrakula’s library books.


Electric Clothes’ Dryer – we have one!

Thank you to parishioners Bab and Mary Beskar for their donation of a clothes’ dryer to the school – it is very much appreciated!!


Volunteer Spotlight

As we wrap up our school year, I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for a tremendous year! Your commitment to volunteerism and acts of service to our students/staff is second to none!!  Through service to others, we come to know ourselves and our school family more deeply. In addition, we enrich our school more fully.  THANK YOU!! There is only one item remaining for the summer months: this year’s 6th/7th graders still have the opportunity to fill two remaining weeks for can crushing at church (weeks starting Sept. 2nd and Sept. 16th). Sign-ups are available on by following this link:   My hope is that you all have a wonderful summer with your children!  ~Stacie Ramthun (Volunteer Coordinator)


1 Peter 4:10-11 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.


Eighth Grade Graduation

Father John celebrated Mass with a beautiful liturgy on Wednesday June 7th with 8th graders and their families. The 7th grade families hosted a wonderful reception after Mass in the social hall at church. God’s blessings on our graduates as they go on to high school.


Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”



LEAD’s Summer Challenge

LEAD knows you will miss not having a monthly challenge for the summer, so as we reach the end of this school year, LEAD would like to encourage all students and families to continue to challenge yourselves!  There is no reason to let the learning stop, so here are a few suggestions to keep you going:

·         Attend a daily Mass – it can be so different from a Sunday liturgy and you can learn so much.

·         READ!!!!!  Kids, try some biographies!  Parents, choose a novel to read aloud to your child.

·         Visit the St. Paul Cathedral and/or St. Mary’s Basilica to check out the faith and art history.

·         Learn about birds; build a birdhouse and a birdfeeder.

·         Try some geocaching.

·         Start a collection: rocks, feathers, coins, stamps, leaves, flowers, etc.

·         Visit the public library – maybe even sign up for their summer reading program.

·         Have your child write a letter – and address the envelope! – to relatives who live a distance away.

·         Keep a journal.

·         Become a photographer.  See if you can find the alphabet in nature.

·         Tour the Octagon House.

·         Do some water coloring.

·         Play a Math game with your child using a deck of cards and some dice to practice facts.

·         Learn something new.

·         Try these websites for some fascinating stuff: - Amazing videos that cover all sorts of topics -These two guys make science experiments fun and easy - This site has new sites perfect for kids to explore - Great for reading practice - Another site great for reading practice


No matter what you do this summer, remember: There’s Always More to Learn.  Thank Goodness!

Have a fantabulous summer!


Uniform Exchange

We will be having our annual uniform exchange for K-8 on August 5th and 6th at church after the 5PM, 8:30 and 10:30AM Masses, and we will also have it on Tuesday August 15th at Back to School Night. Please drop off gently used school approved uniforms in a labeled bin at church or in the school office Tuesday – Thursday, 9AM-1PM during the summer. Free will donations gratefully accepted!


2.5K/5K Fun Run – September 16

Please join Fr. John and Fellow Parishioners for a 2.5K/5K Fun Run/Walk in conjunction with the Saint Patrick Parish Fall Celebration 2017!


·         Date: Saturday September 16th, 9:15AM

·         Pre-registration weekly in the back of church starting late summer, or 8:30-9:15AM the day of the run

·         Place: Saint Patrick Parish Church

·         Cost: Free will offering and an item for the Hudson Community Food Shelf


Please note there will not be timing for this event. There will be a fun prize for the top three finishers. The course will be in the neighborhood surrounding church, a 2.5K loop. Runners/walkers can choose one loop (2.5K) or two loops (5K); strollers welcome, but please no animals (for the safety of all in attendance). Snacks will be available afterwards in the lower level of the church. The event will conclude around 10:30-11:00AM.

Volunteers are also needed to help on the course. Please contact Sarah Piepel at: (651) 756-9080 or


Saint Patrick Church and School is now participating in the Direct-Your-Dollars program with Family Fresh. Simply save your grocery receipts and turn in, either at church or school. When we reach $150,000 in receipts, we will receive a check in the amount of $1,000. This doesn’t sound like it would add up very quickly, but it really will! If you want to earn even more for our school, shop with Family Fresh Scrip cards as well, where they payback is 5%.


Vacation Bible School

Vacation Bible School is July 17-21, 2017 and registration opens WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26.  Click here for online student (3 years old - 5th grade) and volunteer (6th grade - adult) registration.


Women of Grace

Follow this link to learn about upcoming dates: Women of Grace


RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Please click on this link for more information: RCIA or contact Deacon Howard Cameron or Katie Waldal.






We welcome families from all religious, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds, who desire an exceptional education. 

“We never want money to stand between a family and giving their child a great education.”


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