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Weekly Family Newsletter

Friday November 18, 2016


Fr. John’s Weekly School Chronicle

·         Great to see basketball practices have started for our teams. The seventh grade boys showed me no mercy in a quick game of lightening this week. I was the first one out.

·         I had the opportunity to watch our eighth graders teach our younger students about how they ought to behave in different places in our school: in the lunchroom, outside at recess, and as they arrive and leave for the day. The younger kids sure follow the older kids’ example. Great reminder that they also follow ours.

·         This week for the homily at our School Mass I asked the students what we do after using the restroom. They answered “wash our hands”. I asked how we wash our hands and they explained. I asked why we wash our hands and they told it was to “get rid of germs”. I hoped this little exercise would help the students understand the Bible story of Jesus getting rid of the money changers in the temple. It also reminded me of the poster that reads “Say your prayers and wash your hands because God and germs are everywhere”.

Readings for next Friday’s school Mass can be found here: (December 2)


Part-time Employment Opportunity

Want to be a part of the dynamic school office team?! We have a number of children whom we walk back and forth to Willow River multiple times a day – what a great chance to not only relieve some of these duties for the office staff, but a wonderful occasion to increase your fitness as well! The hours would be from 11:15am – 1:15pm, Monday thru Friday. If interested about this intriguing opportunity, please email Mr. Bell: , or call the office at 715-386-3941, ext 107.


Cold Lunch

Who doesn’t like fruit snacks? And chips? Maybe even some Halloween candy? While most kids would surely agree that these are tasty items, they do not represent a well-balanced lunch, nor are they very filling. If your child is bringing a cold lunch from home, please try to ensure YOU see what they leave with before departing from home!


Upcoming Reminders/Calendar   

·         11/22 Out of uniform – sports’ day, uniform bottoms not required

·         11/23 – 11/27 NO SCHOOL, Happy Thanksgiving!

·         11/24 Thanksgiving Mass at church, 8:00am, 2.5K or 5K walk/run following Mass

·         11/30 3rd grade field trip to Orchestra Hall

·         12/2 Two hour early release; early release After Care available, forms available on Sycamore

·         12/4 Preschool – 4th grade Christmas Program, 1:00pm in the school gym

·         12/5-12/7 ELC for 7th & 8th graders

·         12/8 Two hour late start; late start Before Care available, forms available on Sycamore

·         12/8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass at Church, 1:00pm

·         12/15 5th & 6th grades and ShamRocks Christmas Program, 7:00pm in the school gym



Last week we honored our Veterans with our Veterans Day Remembrance. We continue to support our soldiers by reflecting on our theme of Everywhere You Go, We Go with You.  The most important and critical way we as Catholics can support our soldiers is through prayer. Our school will be doing its 12 Hour Day of Prayer for our Veterans and we need you and your family to pray also. Our 12 Hour Day of Prayer will be Monday, November 21st from 9:00am to 9:00pm.


There are still many times open for this day of prayer and we need your help, especially in the evening. Gather your family and friends to pray for our Veterans, our active soldiers, and especially peace in our world.  This can be done anywhere; you do not need to head to the church or school chapel for your prayer time.  The Google Link to sign-up for a prayer time is below.  If you are having a hard time with the link, simply email Ms. Pieper:  Also please continue to bring in money to donate to our local American Legion to help support out Veterans and their families; money can be brought in through next week. 

Day of Prayer Sign-up Sheet -  

Volunteer Spotlight

Follow this link to sign up for opportunities to serve our school and parish:  Thank you all for your service and commitment! 

·         Hospitality Sunday at Church – Sunday, November 20th.  Donate food or prepare and serve coffee/juice/fruit/donuts after morning masses with your student.   This date is designated for students in the following grades: Kindergarten, 3rd, and 6th. We are still in need of fruit/juice donations and volunteers for 10:30am mass. 

·         Christmas Program Receptions – Sunday, December 4th & Thursday, December 15th.  Serve cookies/drinks to our program guests & assist with clean-up.  Also we are looking for a person to help coordinate the Dec. 15th program.  Please contact Stacie Ramthun if you are able.

·         ELC Trip to Wolf Ridge for 7th/8th Grade – December 5th-7th. Parent chaperone for overnight field trip.

·         Junior Achievement – Work with one of the K-4th grade classes in making connections between school and the real world.  Materials provided.  We are still in need of 5 volunteers for classrooms.  You set the schedule with classroom teacher.

·         Can Crushing 6th/7th Grade for 2016-2017 – Crush cans at church to earn $$ towards ELC.  Openings in January – weeks starting Jan. 14th and Jan. 28th.


Food Shelf Schedule Recommendations

·         November – Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate

·         December – Boxed Stuffing, Boxed or Instant Potatoes

·         January – Syrup, Pancake Mix, Facial Tissues

·         February – Bar Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste

·         March – Peanut Butter and Jelly

·         April – Baby Diapers, Toilet Paper, Crackers

·         May – Mustard, Ketchup, Mayonnaise


Thanksgiving Day Fun Run/Walk - 2.5K & 5K

Please join Fr. John and fellow parishioners after Thanksgiving Day Mass!

·         Date:   Thanksgiving Day, November 24th

·         Time:   9:15am (after 8:00am Mass)

·         Registration (in the back of church): 7:30-8:00am prior to Mass & following Mass until 9:15am 

·         Place:   Saint Patrick Church

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


Please note: this event will not be timed. There will be a fun prize for the top three finishers. 

Childcare: available for little ones not running or walking 

Cost: Free will donation per child. All Proceeds to benefit middle and high school youth ministry programs at Saint Patrick Parish (details below).

Course:  Neighborhood surrounding church - 2.5K loop. Runners/walkers can choose one loop (2.5K) or two loops (5K). Strollers are welcome, but please no animals (for the safety of all in attendance). 

Snacks available afterwards in the lower level of the church. Event will conclude around 10:30-11:00am, including clean-up, so that everyone can return to their families and Thanksgiving Day activities. Volunteers are also needed to help on the course, please sign up in the back of church or contact:

Katie Waldal - (715) OR

Sarah Piepel - (651)


5th - 12th grade Students - Thanksgiving 5K Child Care Help

During the Thanksgiving run we will be offering child care for the volunteers and runners.  As part of our Summer Program Fundraising, 5th - 6th Grade students can help with the child care and earn some money to help with their summer program fun such as Extreme Faith Camp, Summer Stretch and even Totus Tuus.  Contact Ms. Pieper at if your son or daughter is able to help with this fun Parish event. If you have an older son or daughter that might be going on the Mission Trip, please contact Terri at to sign up. Thank you!


Still think BoxTops!! 

Particularly as Thanksgiving approaches, please remember to clip and save BoxTop labels and return to school - they add up quickly! 


Middle School Youth Ministry

Winterblast is coming up on December 9th/10th. This is a fun faith-filled gathering with other Middle School Catholic Youth in the Twin Cities. For more information and permission forms, go to: Registration and permission forms are due no later than this coming Monday, November 14th.  Please address any questions to Ms. Pieper. 


Women of Grace

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


RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Catholic? Thinking about it? We invite all those exploring the Catholic Faith to join us this weekend. Please click on this link for more information: RCIA


Recycle your cans at church

Please recycle your clean beverage cans at church outside the lower level garage. 

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