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Mass Schedule for Our Parish Cluster

*Daily Masses with Communion:          
     -- Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. St. Patrick, Adoration until 1:00 p.m.        
     -- Wed-Fri, 8:30 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer

*Weekend Masses:            
      --First Saturday 8:30 am St. Canice, Kilkenny, MN                 
                 (Confession and Adoration)          
--Saturday, 5:00 p.m. Most Holy Redeemer, Montgomery, MN                       
     --Sunday, 8:30 a.m.  Most Holy Redeemer, Montgomery, MN
     --Sunday, 10:30 am St. Patrick, Shieldsville, MN
Livestreamed on our YouTube Channel: Patrick ofallIreland

7525 Dodd Road, Faribault, MN  55021 

Phone: 507.334.6002                  Office Hours: M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

http://mapq.st/petd7Q       FaceBook: Church of St. Patrick, Shieldsville

               READINGS FOR:             
               Third Sunday of Lent March 12, 2023

               1st Reading: Exodus 17:3-7

               Psalm “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”

               2nd Reading: Romans 5:1-2, 5-8

               Gospel: John 4:5-42

                Find the full text of Sunday and weekday readings at the
                  website for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
                  at:  https://bible.usccb.org/readings/calendar                


                     OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00p.m.        
                            Church open for private prayer during office hours
                        Masses at St. Patrick:
                             Sundays at 10:30 am
                             Tuesdays at 8:30 am
                              Sunday Masses Streamed on our YouTube page:
                                Patrick ofAllIreland

                    Check the Current Bulletin for complete Schedule of
                     Masses,Confession and Adoration times, 
                     and for other activities  in all of our cluster parishes.   

 STP- St. Patrick STC-St. Canice, MHR-Most Holy Redeemer


Fr Tom tells us in the February 26 Bulletin:

Praying the Stations of the Cross is a wonderful Lenten devotion, where one has the opportunity to meditate upon the Lord’s Passion. There are various opportunities each week in our area parishes to carry the Cross with Jesus and to unite our hearts to His. Perhaps there is a special need that you or a loved one has. Bring that heartfelt intention to the Lord and walk with Him on the way to Calvary. Receive the love of the Lord who died on the Cross for you! Have a blessed Lent!


Sundays– 6:30pm Feb 26, Mar 12 at MHR

Tuesdays– 8:00am at STP

Wednesdays– 7:00pm Mar 1, 15, 29 at MHR
                       Soup Suppers at MHR 6:00 p.m. on March 15, 29
Wednesdays - 7:00pm Mar 8, 22, Apr 5 at STP

                        Soup Suppers at STP 6:00 p.m. these days

Thursdays– 2:00pm at MHR

Fridays– 8:00am at MHR

                      PLAN TO JOIN US FOR

                     Lenten Soup Suppers at St. Patrick

                       6:00 p.m., Followed by Stations of the Cross
                       Find a Flyer to Share with Friends at:

                                  Soup Supper Flyer March 12 Bulletin


                      Fish Fry
                     March 3, 17, 31

                                Fish Fry Flyer


                         Next Youth Group Gathering, March 19, 2023
                                   7-9 p.m.

                          For youth in grades 8-12

                          Find more information and a flyer to share with

                          others at:
                          Youth Group  two-page flyer

                         Steubenville Road Trip, July 6-10
                         Register by February 22

                                Steubenville Flyer



 St. Patrick needs your support.  You can contribute:
1) In person.  Place your contribution in the collection basket at Mass

2) By mail.  Make and send your check to St. Patrick.

3) Online.  Just scan the code box at left  with your phone or click on the link below.

                                     GIVE HERE   


View live-streamed or recorded Sunday Mass from your home. 

Just go to YouTube site Patrick ofallIreland (note spacing)


                  ANNOUNCEMENTS and UPCOMING EVENTS                        


Warning from Father Tom's column in the July 24, 2022 Bulletin

Recently, some of our area parishioners received texts and/or emails from someone who claims to be Rev. Thomas Niehaus. These texts and emails ask the receiver to send google play cards or iTune cards to Fr. Niehaus for sick parishioners who are in need. The emails ask for people to send the codes on the back of the cards after you have purchased them or asks for money or other gift cards to be sent. Please note that Fr. Tom Niehaus does not send out emails or texts to anyone requesting money for the above-mentioned cards. Do not respond to these requests! There is an article on the website www.consumeraffairs.com that gives details on this scam appearing to be from pastors of churches and what you can do to report the email or text. The best advice is to forward any suspicious emails or texts to the Federal Trade Commission via spam@uce.gov. Call the parish office at Most Holy Redeemer/St. Canice and St. Patrick if you are in doubt about an email or text coming from Fr. Tom Niehaus or from the parishes.

NOTICE:  If you are looking for missing or delayed information, check our Facebook Page: Church of St. Patrick, Shieldsville.



From the August 14, 2022 Bulletin:
Congratulations Deacon Dan Wesley on 40 years of service! Deacon Dan was ordained to the diaconate on September 25th 1982. He is a father of three plus foster parent to 12 over the years, grandfather to eight, and married 52 years to Gloria. His ministry has taken him to numerous parish administrative positions, mission work, social justice areas, working with the homeless in Faribault and served as a police chaplain in Faribault also. He has performed over 250 weddings, numerous baptisms (including many of his own family—a true blessing) many funerals including his parents, 10 years of prison ministry, 20 Quest retreats, serving at present as a representative on the Deacon council, is active in his home parish of St Andrews of Elysian, plus has served in numerous other capacities over the years. He has touched many lives over the years and for this we are all truly blessed!

The youth of Holy Redeemer/St. Canice/St. Patrick attended the Steubenville North Youth Conference on July 15-17 in Rochester, MN.  See Father Tom's column in the July 17 Bulletin for more information.

This year’s theme was “I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world (John 16:33).”

Easter at St. Patrick

For more photos of Easter Celebration, go to St. Patrick's Facebook Page

Fun and Friendship to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at St. Patrick.

For more photos go to:

St. Patrick's Facebook Page

This event occurred simultaneously with Pope Francis’ prayer for peace, and consecration of Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which will take place during the Celebration of Penance at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and with Archbishop Hebda's Consecration at the St. Paul Cathedral.
The Pope explains the meaning of the Act of Consecration:

“This Act of Consecration is meant to be a gesture of the universal Church, which in this dramatic moment lifts up to God, through His Mother and ours, the cry of pain of all those who suffer and implore an end to the violence, and to entrust the future of our human family to the Queen of Peace.”

To see the official text that Pope Francis used on March 25, see:


February 20, 2022

Faith Formation Students Serve as Lectors

February 5, 2022

Saint Patrick CCW Meeting at the Vintage Escapes Winery and Vineyard, Shieldsville

October 23, 2021         

Getting ready for the Grand Party.

We had a truly grand time. 
Grand food, grand band, grand time with friends, old and new.

See more photos on the St. Patrick Facebook page at:

Schoenstatt Girls Summer Camp

We are grateful that we were able to host at St. Patrick's the Schoenstatt Girls Summer Camp last week, July 12-15, 2021 which led campers in the charism and teachings of the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary.  The girls enjoyed  enjoyed Mass, prayer, Confession, games, dancing, and many other fun activities.

Thank you to the CCW for providing a meal and to all the Faith Formation students and moms and to all others who volunteered to help make this a great event! The Schoenstatt Movement is a family oriented Marian community that offers spiritual enrichment in virtuous living as found in the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Tuition fees help support the Schoenstatt Sisters in Sleepy Eye.  


Thank you to everyone who helped make Rural Life Sunday a great success. We were blessed with a beautiful day to celebrate Mass outdoors. What a blessing to have Archbishop Hebda with us for the celebration. God bless all who made this an amazing event!

More photos from Rural Life Sunday, with many thanks to Gina Haaland.

Please see the St. Patrick FaceBook page for larger copies.

Even More Photos Rural Life Sunday, June 27, 2021 at St. Patrick


 Fr. George Grafsky celebrated his
Golden Jubilee or 50th Anniversary of priestly ordination on May 30.

St. Patrick hosted the2021 St. Paul & Minneapolis Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women’s 88th Convention on Friday, April 30th.  Archbishop Hebda celebrated the opening Mass.

The St. Patrick Religious Education Program ended the 2020-2021 Year with the May Crowning and rosary.


     First Communion, April 25, 2021

                       WE WISH FATHER TOM

                A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

                        MARCH 16, 2021

Congratulations Fr. Tom! Our parish cluster of Most Holy Redeemer-St. Canice and St. Patrick are thankful to God our Father for the installation of our Pastor, Fr Tom Niehaus. We wish him health, joy and peace. Together, may we work to build up the church and glorify God's name.

Archbishop Hebda celebrated Mass with us on July 26 as he formally installed Father Tom as Pastor.

Click here to show this chart shown full page
or go to the Church of Saint Patrick Facebook Page to see individual photos. 

May 10: The Sprinkling Rite during Mass in the parking lot. 

Easter Decorations:


Celebrating Easter Mass in a snow storm.  Only in Minnesota!

Mass was celebrated from cars in the St. Patrick parking lot and via live stream on Fr. Tom Niehaus's Facebook page:              

If you missed it, check out the video copy at the St. Patrick Facebook page at


Recognize the altar platform?

In the parking lot after Easter Mass



ATTENTION FAITH FORMATION PARENTS AND FAMILIES: On-Site instruction is suspended until further notice.
From Father Tom:
For the duration of this public health emergency, I am declaring that all religious instruction is to continue via on-line, email and phone based teaching with at-home learning to be carried out on a weekly basis.  On-site Wednesday evening instruction is to be suspended until the all-clear is given by public and Church officials.

See Father Tom's letter to parents for more details.

Picking up classroom material: If you know the materials your child uses in the classroom you may pick them up Wednesday March 18 from 6:15-7:45 p.m. or any day during office hours (9 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.).   If you aren't sure what you need to pick up please contact your child's teacher for information.

All public on-site events at St. Patrick have been suspended for the duration of the Covid-19 Public Emergency.  See information above about on-line Masses and Faith Formation classes.

Office hours remain at 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. until further notice.





Making Tambourines to Praise the Lord!

Sunday, February 2

Sunday School students read a Bible story, then made a church out of egg cartons and finally made and decorated tambourines out of stapled together paper plates filled with chips to make a joyful noise.  See the St. Patrick Facebook page for the results.

Sunday, February 2

Our Faith Formation Youth worked hard to prep all of the soups for our Souper Bowl Sale on super bowl weekend! The sale helped support their efforts to raise funds for our upcoming Food For Kidz packaging event scheduled for April 1st.

Lots of people eating delicious soup at home this week!


Sunday, October 13 was a big day at St. Patrick.  During Mass we welcomed some of our youth to new stages in their life in faith:

We welcomed one new member to St. Patrick through the Sacrament of Baptism.

Two second graders began their study for First Communion by Signing the Book of Enrollment.

Four eighth graders began their preparation for Confirmation by receiving their Confirmation bibles.

We will miss you, Tracy!

For more photos of Tracy's two retirement celebrations. see our

Facebook page


August 04, 2019

On the Feast Day for St. John Vianney, the patron saint of all priests, Father Tom invited the congregation to venerate the relic of St. John Vianney.

St. John Vianney was a parish priest in the small town of Ars, France, in the early 19th century.  In the words of Father Tom, "He loved Jesus so much as a priest that his life of prayer and simplicity radiated a powerful love that attracted thousands of people to come to Ars to be healed and forgiven."

August 01, 2019

Our New Pastor Has Arrived !!

Welcome Father Tom Niehaus!!

See More Information about Father Tom

July 27, 2019


Mike Paukert

Tim Hunt

Don Jensen

From Our Facebook Page: June 23, 2019

(The Youth Group) Spent the morning tie dying t-shirts for Steubenville! Steubenville is a teen retreat in Rochester that St. Patrick’s teens team up with Most Holy Redeemer teens! This year's theme is Belong!

Grand Party May 18, 2019
More photos on the St. Patrick Facebook page.


St. Patrick Confirmation Class 2019

Religious Education is finished for the year.

We wish all our students a happy summer and look forward to seeing them in the fall. 

This item from the April 28 Bulletin says it all.


                        May 5, 2019

               First Holy Communion Sunday

Parish Youth Minister Amy Schendel wrote on April 24:

Tonight was a wonderful night! Our 8th and 9th religious education classes helped pick up sticks at Al and Betty David’s home tonight. It was a fun night and we all enjoyed helping them out.

March 03, 2019
Setting the Table for Steubenville: The Social Hall was elegantly decorated for this Ladies Luncheon to raise money to send our youth to Steubenville.

March 03, 2019
Setting the Table for Steubenville: Each table had a different theme.

March 03, 2019
Setting the Table for Steubenville: Lots of flowers throughout the hall. A day to remember.

January 20, 2019
Youth Group braved the elements today (below zero!) and hung up the wooden stations of the cross plaques donated by Father Berry Schneider! Now the parishioners of our parish can enjoy walking through the pine trees praying the stations of the cross. We hope to get a sign made saying, “The Stations of the Cross in memory of Father Berry Schneider.”

December 09:  5th graders sponsored a bake sale as a fundraiser for our February Food for Kidz pack.

November 17-18.  Religious Education Grades 4 and 7 students sponsored the Soup to Go sale as a one of our fundraisers for Food for Kidz. 

Sold out!!

Watch for another soup sale the first weekend in February.

Youth Group had a great time putting up the Giving Tree on November 11!

Stop by next weekend after Mass and take a tag to help The Earnest Effort Christmas Wish!

Bring unwrapped gifts to the parish office between now and December 17!

Another Successful Holiday Open House! 

Mark your calendars for next year -- 2nd weekend in November.

Religious Education Students in Pre-School/Kindergarten/Grade 1 sponsored a Bake Sale as a fundraiser for the Food For Kidz project.

July 2018

Seven parish youth participated in the 2018 Steubenville Youth Conference.

May 12, 2018

Grand Party 2018.  A time to meet friends and have fun.

First a fine Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings ...

Grand Party, 2018

Then dancing to the music of the Downtown Sound Band.

Lots of fun for all!

May 1, 2018

Congratulations to the Confirmation class of 2018!!

May 6, 2018
Our newly confirmed students celebrated becoming full participants in the faith. Parents had made the promises of faith for their children at baptism and received the baptismal candle. In this ceremony, parents pass on the baptismal light to the confirmands signifying that they are now in charge of their faith. Watch the video on our Facebook page of the parents lighting their candles, which they then will pass on to, the confirmands.  2018 confirmands are from front to back: Samuel Manahan, Romecio Davis, Madelyn Skjeveland, Holly Schendel, Kyle Chappuis, Jonathon Caron, Joshua Caron

May 6, 2018

Congratulations to St. Patrick youth who are graduating from high school this year.  Here Claire Drentlaw and Andrew Dozark receive a blessing from Father Victor.

Other St. Patrick graduates are Taylor Beaupre, Rose Chmelik, Griffin Ernste, McKenzie Filipek, Ciera Fitzpatrick, Ellee Huber, Karl Jacobson, Kathryn McDonough, Michael Stephanites.

April 21, 2018:
We celebrated Father Victor's Silver Anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood with a Mass of Thanksgiving and a Luncheon and Reception.

Congratulations, Father!

For photos of the celebration, go to our
Facebook page at


25 Years ago:
Father Victor's Ordination

April 01

Happy Easter!

March 4: Big attendance at "Setting the Table for Steubenville" fundraiser where a Silent Auction and Elegant Luncheon raised money to send youth to Steubenville this summer. See more photos on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/spshieldsville.org 

February 18: The Youth Group had a striking good time bowling today!! See more photos on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/spshieldsville.org