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Information for St. Patrick's Parishioners
            Things to Know and Do

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Recent Announcements

  • Ministers Needed!  Sign-Up Sundays September 5, 12, 19
    Sign-up sheets will be available on these Sundays for those who would like to
    Usher, Lector, Sacristan, or Distribute Holy Communion.
    A representative of each ministry will be present to answer any questions.

  • Teachers Needed for the upcoming Faith Formation year at St. Patrick.
    Please consider volunteering Wednesday nights, September through May. Substitute teachers also needed. Contact Heather Richardson ff.spshieldsville@gmail.com

  • Dispensation from Sunday Obligation Has Ended
    As the pandemic subsides, and public gathering restrictions and safety protocols are lifted, it is time to gather as the Body of Christ once again. Therefore, the bishops and diocesan administrators of the Minnesota Catholic Conference have decided to reinstate the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation beginning the weekend of July 3-4, 2021. 

    Even after that time, there remains reasons why a Catholic have a dispensation from the Sunday obligation, including when he or she is ill or serving as caretaker for one who cannot attend Mass. The faithful who do not attend Mass in person are asked to find a Mass on TV, the radio or online and make a Spiritual Communion. Where that is not an option, it would be appropriate to pray the Liturgy of the Hours or the Rosary.   
    Read about this decision, and find examples of special circumstances when a dispensation would still apply:
    --in recent letters from Archbishop Hebda (en Español) and the Minnesota bishops.
    --at backtomassmn.org
    -- View these FAQs.

To Know: Youth Activities

  • Food For Kidz Packaging, TBD
  • Setting the Table for Steubenville, TBD

To Know: Parish Schedules and Calendars

  • See weekly bulletin
  • Parish Events Schedule TBD

To Do: Upcoming Special Events and Celebrations

To Know: Council of Catholic Women

  • Examples of St. Patrick CCW Activities

    St. Patrick CCW women help at the church by raising money during bake sales, funeral lunches, Country store at the Fall Festival. We help in updating the priest house when needed, helping in paying for decorating the alter in the seasons of the Liturgical year, helping in sending our youth to retreats, buying and suppling the kitchen in the social hall and much more. We try to make sure women are informed of trainings put on by the Southwest Deanery and the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic women Convention, Advent Retreat, Legislative Day and Leadership trainings.


Ending the Mass Dispensation
Read about the decision to end the special dispensation from attending Mass on July 3, 2021, and find examples of special circumstances when a dispensation would still apply:  --in recent letters from Archbishop Hebda and the Minnesota bishops
View these FAQs

* Archdiocese document: Coming Together Safely at Mass and Safely Returning to Communion        See insert to June 7 Bulletin
The Archdiocese has released a set of guidelines for Safety at Mass and in Receiving Communion.

* Father Tom’s Letter to Parishioners, June 3              See insert to June 7 BulletinFather discusses the reasons behind changes to the Mass schedule as well as safety warnings and other issues to be addressed by parish leadership.