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March 2018 eNewsletter

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Up Coming Events

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March Altar Duty

March 4

Black & Indian Missions


Betty McCaskill

March 18

Works of Mercy


Lorraine Mason

March 25

Castholic Relief


Ann Brannen





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St. Patrick Catholic Church

Parish Offices Closed

Holy Week

Holy Thursday 3/29-Closed at noon

Good Friday 3/30 - Closed

Easter Monday 4/2- Closed

We will reopen on Tuesday, April 3rd at 8:30 a.m.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

We will have Adoration Sunday, March 4th beginning at 1:30 p.m. and closing with Benediction at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join us for prayer and quite time with the Lord.


Lent Regulations for 2018

     Lent is the penitential season of the Church’s year.  It begins on Ash Wednesday and ends with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.  Lent has six Sundays.  The sixth is called Passion or Palm Sunday and marks the beginning of Holy Week.

     The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday.  It commemorates the Lord’s passion and death on Good Friday, reaches its high point at the Easter Vigil and ends with evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.  Then the joyful Easter Season of 50 days begins.

     Traditionally the Lenten season is a time of penance throughout the Catholic Church.  Lent is a season in which prayer, the reception of the sacraments, charity and almsgiving are emphasized.  Fast and abstinence are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  All the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat.

Weekdays of Lent:

There is no obligation to fast.  However, voluntary acts of self-denial are recommended.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday:

These are days of Fast and Abstinence from meat.  There is a limit of one full meal on these days for all between the ages of 18 and 59 inclusive.

Easter Duty Obligation:

After they have received their First Holy Communion, Catholics are bound by the obligation of receiving Holy Communion at least once a year.  This precept should be fulfilled during the Easter Season.  Catholics are also bound to confess serious (mortal) sins at least once a year, but this is not limited to the Lenten/Easter Season.

Days of Abstinence: (All Fridays in Lent)

All who have reached their 14th year are bound to abstain totally from meat.


Fr. Chris is presenting topics on Lent on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  The next topic is Meditation on Scripture. Childcare provided upon REQUEST only! Call / Text 361-215-7080 by noon on Wednesday to reserve!

In case you missed last weeks topic 'Penitential Aspects of Lent' or any of the topics, podcasts are now on our website.  Click here to listen


Join us for an Easter Sunday Egg Hunt!

Bring the your children, young and old, to hunt for eggs, maybe even ones of gold!

Sunday, April 1, 2018 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass

We are in need of plastic eggs filled with candy.  Please donate filled eggs or bring your unfilled eggs and candy to the rectory. Please contact DeNeise Thomson at 361-855-7391 for more information.


We meet in Our Lady of Knock Hall (OLK-A) on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. We invite you to come and join us for an overview of the main events in the HISTORY OF OUR CHURCH!  Now that Lent is upon us, why not make some time to join us for this study.  It is, after all, about the story of those who have gone before us in our Faith Family.

We will NOT meet on March 20th to attend a viewing of "Babette's Feast" if you would like to join us.

We will NOT meet on March 27th so that we may attend the Chrism Mass at 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral.

Our new Bible Study session will begin on April 3rd.

We hope to see you there.


Men's 1st Friday and Mass

The Men's 1st Friday and Mass will be on Friday, March 2nd at 6:30 a.m. with breakfast following in Our Lady of Knock Hall.



The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Fish Fry on Friday, March 23rd in the Parish Hall.  Plates are $7 and include Fish, Fries, Hushpuppies and Cole Slaw.  Dine in or Take Out!



We are proud to annouce that we have a Parish App.  The App allows you to have all the parish information at your fingertips, including Online Giving, the Bulletin, Mass Times, Daily Meditations and so much more.  You can also sign up for notifications for the ministries you are interested in to get the latest news and updates.  This is a vital tool for our parish to communicate with our parishioners.  Go to your play store and download the App today.  Search for St Patrick Corpus Christi.

(361) 298-3284

SUNDAY (Sunday Collection)
MERCY (Works of Mercy)
INDIAN (Black & Indian Missions)
RELIEF (Catholic Relief Services)
GIFTS (Gifts & Donations)
SCHOOL (School Endowment)
ANGEL (Guardian Angel Tuition)


OnLine Giving

Online Giving and TEXT-TO-GIVE

With the new year upon us, please consider using our Parish Online Giving and/or TEXT-TO-GIVE for your contribtuions.  They are an easy, safe and secure way to tithe to the Church.  It saves the parish time and money by signing up for these services.  If you have any questions on how to sign up call Adrienne at 855-7391.

If you HAVE signed up for online giving and would no longer like to receive your envelopes, please call the office at 855-7391 or email to let us know.

If you have NOT signed up for online, please consider doing so.  You don’t have to worry about forgetting your envelope again. It’s easy, convenient, free and SAFE!



Javier will be here in a few weeks looking for new advertisers and to renew current advertiser.  These ads are a vital way for the parish to get information out to parishioners.  By placing an ad you help alleviate a great cost to the parish.  Ads can be for a business or personal.  See the flyer in this weeks bulletin for the types of ads you can place.  You are only limited by your imagination.  Please help our parish continue to bring you this bulletin by placing your ad today.


St. Patrick’s Altar & Rosary Society Is Looking for New Members!!!

The purpose of our Society is to promote praying the Rosary and cultivate a greater devotion to our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar through Mary Queen of the Most Holy Rosary.

The Altar Rosary Society has played an important part of St. Patrick’s Parish and we are looking for new members.

 Membership is open to all ladies of the parish.  We meet on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Every meeting is opened with the recitation of the Rosary.  Membership is $10.00 per year.   Envelopes for Dues were in your January packet.  Our next meeting is Thursday, March 1st.

Some of our responsibilities include the purchase and maintenance of altar linens, the priests’ vestments, stoles and cassocks and care of the altar server cassocks and surpluses. We set up the seasonal decorations and flowers during Easter, Advent and Christmas. Our Society also maintains the Sacristy candles and furnishes the hosts, wine and other articles needed for Mass and the cleaning supplies, etc. required to maintain the church.  We also assist with any other church functions and the cleaning of the church throughout the year.

Our flower purchases are supplemented by parishioner contributions during Easter and Christmas.  Other income is derived from the our Annual Christmas Bazaar with it’s Silent Auction and Raffle in the fall, the Card party in the summer.

Many of our members and their families are involved in other ministries as well, such as ACTS, Men’s Bible Study, CCD, Bible Study, Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist, Lectors, choir members, ushers.  It’s a great way to meet people.

We are very grateful to the parishioners of St. Patrick's for their support and assistance throughout the year.  If you feel that this ministry is for you, we would love to have you.  God’s blessings to all.


EASTER LILY MEMORIALS—The Altar & Rosary Society is accepting donations for Easter Lilies in memory or honor of someone special in your life, living or deceased.  The donation for each plant is $15.00 per person or family.  The lilies will be placed in the Sanctuary on the Vigil of Easter, March 31st, and will remain for several weeks.  Names of the honoree(s) will be placed on the flowers.  Your donation check should be made out to St. Patrick Altar & Rosary Society and include your name, phone number and the person(s) you are naming for remembrance.  You may drop your envelope in the collection basket or send it to the rectory office.  For more information, please Mildred at 884-5975.

Why not join the morning Men’s Bible Study Group?  We meet on Thursday mornings from 6:30-7:30 a.m. in the Youth Center. Bring your Bible to study, discuss and learn. Coffee and rolls are served.  All men are encouraged to come.



Our parishioner software allows you to register, as well as, login to see and print your contributions, see Religious Ed information if your child is in Catechesis and update personal information i.e. phone numbers, addresses, etc.  If you would like to have access to your information, this is a safe and secure website.  This is a very important tool for the parish and it will help us keep the most current contact information for your family.

TO SIGN UP:  Log in to

After you  are on the website, click on New User.  Another screen will appear and you fill out the information.  The Organization will be St Patrick, Corpus Christi.  You create the username you wish to use.  Fill in your First Name, Last Name, Phone #, Address, email, etc… and click submit registration.  Once you’re registration has been approved, you will receive an email with a temporary password.  Once you log in the first time, you will need to change your password.


CCD Registration

Registration is ongoing. Forms are available online, in the CCD office or in the back of the church on the CCD bulletin board. Completed forms can be mailed, dropped off in the CCD office, or put in the church collection basket. New students need to provide a copy of their birth certificate and baptismal certificate, if already baptized. Children in Pre-K must be 3 years of age before Sept. 1st.

»Mar. 4 – Presentation of the Creed at the 10:30 a.m. Mass for all First Communion Classes.

»Mar. 5 – Sacramental Meditation III 6-7:30 p.m. in the School

»Mar. 11-18  NO Religious Education on Sunday-SPRING BREAK

»Mar. 19 – Sacramental Meditation IV 6-7 p.m. in the School one and only make up Meditation

»Mar. 24 – RCIC Retreat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the School

»Mar. 27 – Holy Week: Tuesday Mass of Chrism at the Cathedral 6:30 p.m.; Holy Thursday Last Supper/Washing of the Feet 7 p.m.; Good Friday at 12 p.m. Veneration of the Cross or 7 p.m. Stations of the Cross.

»Mar. 31 – Easter Vigil Reception of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist for children preparing 8 p.m. Children should arrive by 6:30 p.m.

»April 1 – NO Religious Education on Sunday-EASTER

Visit the Religious Education page for more information.


Youth News



Confirmation I will meet from 6-7 p.m. in the upper room of the Parish Hall.  Confirmation II will follow from 7:15-8:15 p.m.  We will not meet during spring break.

Confirmation will take place on Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral.


Edge (Middle School Youth Group, Grades 6-8) check the bulletin for further updates.

Life Teen

Life Teen will Sunday evenings from 7-9 p.m. in the Youth Center.  We will not meet during Spring Break.



We will have a Resurrection Taco & Bake Sale on April 15th to raise money for our summer trip to Steubenville.  Please support our youth.


40 Days for Life

The Knights of Columbus will host the living rosary following the 5:30 p.m. Mass in the Rosary Garden at the School (School Flagpole) on the five Mondays of Lent to pray for the respect and dignity of human life from conception to natural death and the end to Abortion.


Blood Mobile

Give the gift of life on Sunday, March 11 from 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Parking Lot of the Parish Hall.



Please call the Parish Office at 855-7391 to speak to one of the priests or Sr. Avelina if you're interested in signing up for RCIA. Forms are available in the foyer of the church or online. RCIA meets every Thursday in the Upper Room of the Parish Hall from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Prayer Blanket Ministry

The Prayer Blanket Ministry will be meeting Saturday, March  17th from 11 a.m.—1 p.m. in the Youth Center.  They are looking for new volunteers to help keep this ministry going. Sewing skills are NOT a requirement.  There are many other ways you can help.  This ministry brings comfort to those who are struggling or suffering, sick, in the hospital or bedridden.  These beautiful lap blankets (3x4 approximately) are prayed over as they are made and come with a prayer booklet with prayers for the recipient.  Knowing that people have prayed for them and that the blankets have been blessed by our priests, goes a long way in their healing process.   We often run out of the blankets at the rectory, because so many people ask for them.  The success of this ministry is due completely to the volunteers who dedicate their time, talent and prayer to this rewarding ministry.  If you have a couple of hours once a month to help out, show up or call Liz at 443-6086.  Donations of fabric, thread and other sewing items are always welcome.

 A Prayer Blanket Maker’s Prayer

As I begin may the love that Jesus puts in my heart, come through my fingertips and onto this blanket. Let the one who receives it, feel comforted by the love and prayers that I send forth. May there be peace in their hearts, oh God. And thank you for our talents that we share in Jesus name.  Amen


Calling All Shamrocks!!!

The Shamrock Shuffle will be the official kick off for the annual St. Paddy’s Day Festival. Please join us to WALK, RUN, or even SHUFFLE!! Kids 8 and under will enjoy chasing a Leprechaun to the pot of gold to win a finisher gold medal in the 1K Leprechaun Chase! Stick around to enjoy a great family friendly day with Irish dancing, bagpipes, food trucks, door prizes, costume contest and much more! Get your green on!  You can submit the attached registration form to the school or register online at




2018-2019 Registration

St. Patrick School is currently registering children for the 2017-2018 school year. Our mission is to educate children to know, love, and serve God through religion, academics, physical activities, fine arts and community service. For more information or to make an appointment to visit with the principal and tour the school please call the school office at 852-1211 from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  



Mar 1     10 a.m. Stations of trhe Cross

Mar 2     8 a.m. Mass; noon dismissal; Faculty Mtg.

Mar 4     10:30 a.m. Scrutiny for those being Baptized

Mar 5     6 p.m. Sac Prep Meditation III

Mar 6      8 a.m. Mass; Spring Pictures; 3:05 p.m. Student Council

Mar 7     6 p.m. EAC Mtg

Mar 8     10 a.m. Stations of the Cross

Mar 9     8 a.m. Mass; Science Presentations & Awards; 1:30 p.m. Pep Rally & Parade; Last day of 3rd Qtr

Mar 12     Daylight Savings

Mar 12-16    Spring Break

Mar 17     St. Patrick’s Day; Shamrock Shuffle

Mar 19     6 p.m. Sacramental Meditation IV; Beginning of 4th Qtr

Mar 20     1st Day of Spring

Mar 20-23     2 p.m. Dismissal/Parent Teacher Conferences

Mar 22     9:30 a.m. Passion Play; 7 p.m. Passion Play

Mar 23     8 a.m. Mass

Mar 23     3rd-6th Spring Pictures; 10 a.m. Stations of the Cross

Mar 25     Palm Sunday

Mar 26     10 a.m. Penance Service

Mar 27     8 a.m. Mass; 6:30 a.m. Chrism Mass at Cathedral

Mar 29     9:30 a.m. Prayer Service/Washign of the Feet

Mar 30     No School

Consider a Catholic Education.  Call the school to arrange a tour. 361-852-1211.





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