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Coffee at the Mission House

Dear Parishioners and Friends of Saint Patrick,

I want to begin by thanking the individuals and various groups who are volunteering to host coffee and refreshments on the 1st and 3rd Sundays each month in the Lower Hall. The feedback has been wonderful and folks are grateful for the return of this parish custom. If you, your family, or your parish group would like to volunteer, please let us know. The more people involved in hosting coffee socials, the less we have to tax any one person or group.

Our next coffee and social is going to be in our Parish Mission House. For those who are not familiar with this beautiful building, it’s the big house in the back of our parish campus. We are having our parish social there on the weekend of May 14-15 after each liturgy, including the Saturday 4:30pm Vigil. In addition to enjoying fellowship, the thought is to acquaint newer parishioners as they take a self-guided tour through this building which has been home to the Marianist Brothers, Ursuline Sisters, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, and Catholic Worker in addition to the many individuals in transition who have called it “home” at some point in their lives. Today, thanks to the vision of many of our parishioners – past and present – the Mission House continues to serve several purposes.

Even if you only have time for a quick cup of coffee, please stop in to check it out. Meet a few of our parishioners who can share their experiences as former residents of the House or who play an integral role in the current mission. You may even have an inspired idea to offer as you visit.

As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, opportunities present themselves as we rebuild and even reimagine parish life. Our Parish Mission House is part of that conversation.

May the Easter Season continue to be a source of grace and blessing for you, your loved ones, and our entire parish family. I extend special prayers for all of our mothers, living and deceased, as we honor these special women this weekend.

 Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Gurnick