The Feast of St. Cecilia, Patroness of Musicians and Composers, is upon us (November 22),
and we prepare our hearts for making merry music during the Advent and Christmas seasons!
St. Patrick's Choir,
Faith Formation Students, Youth,
and Confirmation Candidates
as we share the Love and Joy of Christ
with residents of
Foothill Village Senior Living Community!
Sing Christmas Carols
Fellowship with Residents
Give Christmas Cards and Greetings
Wednesday, December 20
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Please arrive at 3:45 p.m. to warm up and get organized)
Crafters and Artists:
We would like to give as many Christmas cards as possible to residents
to put in their private rooms and communal areas.
Please consider creating a beautiful card (or several!) for our parishioners to sign.
We'll get them into the hands of residents on December 20th!
Please bring your instrument to play along!
All Souls Graveyard Prayer Service
Tailored to Confirmation Students, Teens, Older Children, and CFF Families
All ages and parishioners are welcome!
Let's reflect the Light of Christ
as we intercede for all souls with a
candlelit Rosary Walk
St. Patrick’s Murphys Cemetery
Catechesis by Kasey Musachia
a contemplative opportunity to pray for
souls departed and other intentions
Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Bring your Rosary!
Confirmation Students are required to attend,
as this event is held in lieu of our regular classroom meeting.
Calling all Saints – in – the – Making:
St. Patrick's All Saints Costume Contest!
Dress up as your favorite Saint!
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Meet in front of the church in your costume to share a few interesting facts or a surprising story about your saint!
Prizes awarded for:
Best Saint Presentation
Younger Children: What is your saint's name? Tell us about your costume and a fact or two about your saint. What was their life like?
Older Children, Teens + Adults: Tell us a story about your saint that highlights their best attributes. Did they have an interesting conversion to Christ? Did their life exemplify a particular virtue like temperance, humility, or faith? In what time period and where did they live?
We can't wait to see your creative flair in costuming and to hear all about the Holy Men and Women of God who inspire us!
All Saints Mass
Holy Day of Obligation
St. Patrick's Confirmation Students and their Families hosted a well-attended Baby Shower to benefit the Calaveras Pregnancy Center (Door of Hope) during Respect Life Month.
Thank you, Students and Families, for your generous donations! We were able to haul a carload of diapers, wipes, baby clothes, and other items to the Calaveras Pregnancy Center today, all because of your generosity! Parishioners from all churches also gave generous monetary donations with the Baby Bottle Respect Life campaign. These donations will be used to provide services (counseling, ultrasounds, and other necessities) to mothers as they navigate pregnancy.
Babies in our local community will benefit from these much-needed items as they get their start in life! Students practically responded to Jesus' teachings to "Clothe the naked", "Pray for the living", "Feed the hungry", and "Give drink to the thirsty", as they brought two tables' worth of gifts that will be put into action for the "least (smallest / youngest) among us".
Staff from the Calaveras Pregnancy Center presented information to our Confirmation group on morals and ethics related to the right to life, how expectant mothers and babies are served, as well as information on fetal development and recent legislation.
Our Confirmation Team shared about God's beautiful creation and His love for all people, how our identities are rooted in Christ, and the sanctity of all life (including the entire age spectrum and unborn children). Students had a first-hand opportunity to learn about and exercise the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, values they are learning about as they prepare for the Sacrament.
Again, thank you to each and every person who donated and prayed throughout the month of October for this important cause. St. Patrick's Families value and cherish Life!
Credit: St. Michael, from a Constantinopolitan workshop favored by the imperial family, fourteenth century (Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens/Peter Horree/Alamy Stock Photo); from https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/st-michael-prayer-irish
One more recipe resource for Struan Micheil, also known as: St. Michael Bannock; St. Michael Cake; Struan Michael; St. Michael Bread; Struan Michel; St. Michael's Bannock; St. Michael's Cake; St. Michael's Bread
The Feast of St. Michael on September 29
has become a combined feast for the Archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel.
This feast is also called Michaelmas, as in “St. Michael’s Mass”.
Pronounced “mikəlməs/ or [MIK] + [UHL] + [MUHS], similar to “Christmas” (“Christ’s Mass”).
These Saints are venerated in the tradition of the Holy Catholic Church:
St. Michael (Hebrew = Who is like unto God?) is the archangel who fought against Satan and all his evil angels, defending all the friends of God. He is the protector of all humanity from the snares of the devil.
St. Gabriel (Strength of God) announced to Zachariah the forthcoming birth of John the Baptist, and to Mary, the birth of Jesus. His greeting to the Virgin, "Hail, full of grace," is one of the most familiar and frequent prayers of the Christian people.
St. Raphael (Medicine of God) is the archangel who took care of Tobias on his journey. Read it for yourself in the Book of Tobit!
September 29, 2023 on the Feast of St. Michael
5:30 p.m. Family Adoration and Reconciliation (a great opportunity for children and adults to learn the Rosary)
6:30 p.m. Michaelmas Feast - Community Event in the Church Courtyard
7:00 p.m. St. Michael's Bannock Judging Contest (prize to be awarded to the best baker!)
See Bulletin flyer for more details on this festive event!
A Prayer to Know (and Pray!) by Heart:
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God,
cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
St. Patrick's Parish Parents:
See you at our first Family of Faith parent meeting!
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
6:30 p.m. (starting / ending promptly!)
Pick up your brand-new curriculum:
Family of Faith, Volume IV: Christian Prayer - Parent's Guide and Activity Book
Sacramental Prep Materials / Resources for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
> Hear and ask questions about upcoming plans for the 2023-2024 Family Formation Year
> Meet up with fellow parents, and old and new friends, as we journey along together!
> Preview this year's volume and discuss ideas to liven up your family's formation year!
Don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions or concerns (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Looking forward to this special meeting and a year of fresh opportunities!
St. Patrick's Families and Faith Formation Supporters:
St. Patrick's Angels Camp begins an exciting new year of faith formation as we all work and play together to form ourselves and our children for Catholic life!
Please join us to worship Our Blessed Lord and to pray together for all families at the
Mass of the Holy Spirit
Offered by Fr. John Paul Pasala for all St. Patrick's Parish Families and CFF Supporters
Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Followed by this year's CFF Kick-Off Parent Meeting in the Hall (mandatory for all parents)
Please register early for discounted fees (Main Office Hours = Mon-Thurs, 9am-2pm)
Looking forward to seeing you!
St. Patrick's Catholic Church is blessed to be able to offer faith formation opportunities as the new school year begins!
Our parish continues to focus on Family Catechesis with the goal of equipping parents to pass on the ever-vibrant, robust Catholic faith to the next generation.
Parents are the primary educators of the faith in the domestic church (the home) and we'll encourage and support one another as we each grow in our vocations.
The first and foremost way children learn the joys of following Jesus Christ and the truths of our Faith, is through regular family attendance at Mass. See you on Sunday (or Saturday)!
Additionally, research shows that parental involvement and authentic Christian witness is a key element in ensuring that children continue to practice their Christian faith. We look forward to liturgical celebrations, classes, parent meetings, service events, and feast days to meet up with old and new friends of all ages as we press on towards deeper relationship with Our Lord.
If I can assist you in registering your children for the upcoming year or answer any questions you might have, please contact me at email@example.com
May God bless us all as we work and play towards stronger lives of faith!
Your Servant In Christ,
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
Time to register!
Please look for Registration forms in the vestibule, or click on button to the right to access the forms and return them to the Church Office at your earliest convenience. Families who register prior to the first class pay a reduced rate.
Classes and events will be held for parents leading their children through Faith Formation, and for students preparing for the following Sacraments:
- First Reconciliation
- First Holy Communion
We look forward to a bright and joyful year with our parish families!