St. Patrick Catholic Church
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
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Must Read! Confirmation Retreat Rebooted!

This past Sunday, March 5th, the Confirmation students of St. Patrick's set out on Holy Journey to St. John Cantius Catholic Church in Chicago

The bus was loaded and ready to go with our retreat study guides, a couple catechists, and nine of St. Patrick's Confirmation candidates. Rethinking the typical retreat setting, the goal of this pilgrimage was to leave "an indelible" mark on the kids' souls--one they won’t soon forget. 

We catechists and students had class on the bus on the way to and from our destination. Great conversation and learning was had by all. On the bus, we were focused on presenting the fullness of the truth of the Catholic faith in a practical and real way to our students. They deserve nothing less. 

We arrived at the church, and the beauty of the nave and sanctuary was amazing. But probably most inspiring was the activity of a very large church with almost every pew filled. Three or four active confessionals had priests hearing confessions. One of the study sessions on the bus was entitled, "Repentance/Reconciliation/Healing", so we were all ready to have our slates wiped clean immediately when we arrived. 

We approached a young gentleman (of many) in clerical garb and introduced ourselves as the Confirmation class from St. Patrick's in Cottage Grove, WI. He introduced himself as Brother Matthew and kindly offered to assist us with a short tour of the Church in the time between the Tridentine Latin Mass, which we were about to attend, and before rosary and vespers, which we were also going to pray with the brothers and priests. 

The Tridentine Latin Mass was something that the catechists nor the students had ever experienced, and it was really something special. The Mass in Latin really connected us with the ancient and official language of the Roman Catholic Church. It also immersed us in the deep, historical heritage of our Catholic Faith in Christ. One of the most mysterious moments was when the priest whispered the prayers of consecration (when the bread and wine is transformed into Christ's body and blood). 

After Mass, Brother Matthew immediately and graciously attended to us. He was standing at our pew as we finished praying after mass. He took us to a small chapel which featured the Wit Stwosz Altarpiece Replica, which is a replica that was recently erected and models the much larger real altarpiece which was carved in the late 1400's in St. Mary's Basilica in Krakow, Poland. 

Brother Matthew then told us about the religious community of brothers and priests he belongs to called the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, who serve in parishes and help Catholics to rediscover a profound sense of the Sacred through solemn liturgies, devotions, sacred art and music, as well as instruction in the heritage of the Church, catechetics and Catholic culture. 

The students got another dose of teaching as Brother Matthew taught them how the very architecture of the church teaches the faithful. In this picture, he told us about the Star of David being the first image on the floor as you approach the sanctuary from the back of the Church. The particular positioning of this image stems from many Catholic liturgical traditions and architecture being rooted from our Jewish heritage. In this example, the Star of David is first because Jesus comes from the lineage of King David. 

After rosary and vespers, Brother Matthew was kind enough to spend more time with us and tell our Confirmation students how God led him to his vocation. He gave our students great advice on how to seek God's will in their lives. 

And to top it all off, on the way home we stopped for pizza at Giordiano's and left Chicago with a full stomach and full heart! 


Shamrock Spree 2017

This year's Shamrock Spree will be on Saturday, March 11th at 6:30 pm in St. Patrick Hall with a catered meal of corned beef with mashed potatoes and gravy or chicken; Bingo, Euchre tournament, Silent Auction and raffle. At this time we are asking for donations for the Shamrock Spree annual raffle. Envelopes are in the pew for cash donations, which can be dropped in the collection basket or at the Parish Office over the next few weeks. Also, we will again be running a silent auction comprising of gift baskets, gift cards and other merchandise that is donated by local businesses and parishioners. Silent Auction donations can be dropped off at the Parish Office during the week or at the back of church prior to Mass (see ushers). Parishioners are encouraged to deliver donations prior to March 5th so that we may begin the Silent Auction the weekend prior to the Spree. The Shamrock Spree Committee is in need of a few more volunteers to help this year's event be a success. Sign up sheets are located on the parish bulletin board. We are mostly in need of folks to help set-up and clean-up. You will be contacted with more details after you sign up. Thanks for your help!

Fundraiser– U'ren Family

Culvers Restaurant, in Cottage Grove only, is having a fundraiser for the U’Ren family on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Fifty percent (50%) of the profits for the entire day will be donated to the U’Ren family. Please consider helping out by having a meal at Culvers on the 12th. Thank you.

Venite Adoremus--Friday, March 10 7:00-8:30pm 

Come out for a Holy Hour with other young adults from around the Diocese of Madison at St. Patrick's Friday, March 10. The evening will begin shortly after 7:00pm with a reflection by Fr. Michael followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the opportunity for Confession.

Priests for Our Future Campaign Update

–OVERALL RESULTS UPDATE  Pledge total: $210,005.00
Campaign Pledge Total: $32,770,000.00 Paid to date: $105,529.00
Paid to date: $25,107,457.00 Percentage
Percentage collected: 77% collected: 57%
Thank you for your generosity and support.

Luke House

LUKE HOUSE is Wed., Mar. 15 -Thank you to all who purchase and prepare food, help load and transport. We are in great need of people who can make a commitment to serve at Luke House once a month. Servers are also invited to have dinner with the other guests. For questions or more information please call Bernice, 837-8220.

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry

Fish Fry, Friday March 10, 4:30-7:00 PM, St. Patrick Catholic Church, Cottage Grove. All You Can Eat, Baked and Deep Fried Cod, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Potatoes, Green Beans, Coleslaw, Beverages and Dessert. Carry-outs Available; Adults $10, Seniors $9, Children $6. Sponsored by The Knights of Columbus, Council 7775.

Important Update on Our New Audio System

You probably have noticed the new speak-ers and microphones recently installed in the church! But, there is an important fea-ture to the system which is not obvious. A large copper loop, spanning the perimeter of the sanctuary, now can transmit the Mass using electromagnetic signals directly to listeners who wear hearing aids with T-coil switches. If this describes you, all you must do is turn your hearing aid to the “T” setting before Mass starts. The sound will automatically be amplified for you, no mat-ter where you prefer to sit! However, if your hearing aid doesn’t have a T-switch (or you don’t have hearing aids but may benefit from amplification) you are welcome to try one of 8 available individual receivers. These small black boxes will be located on the table outside of the inner church doors near the ushers. Since these receivers require ear buds, you will be asked to pro-vide your own personal ear buds if you be-come a regular user, due to sanitary condi-tions. After Mass, simply return the unit to the table. Feel free to ask any of the ush-ers for help! We appreciate your patience as we continue to learn how to use all of this wonderful state-of-the-art equipment! If you have any questions, you may talk to Tammy Nordman after Mass or email her at

Spring Grief Group

Immaculate Heart of Mary Bereavement Ministry is offering this grief series on Tuesday afternoons, March 21, 28 and April 4, from 1:00 to 2:30. This is a time for information on healthy grieving, reflection, prayer and sharing memories. Sessions will be facilitated by Peggy Weber, RN. All are welcome, regardless of the length of time since the death occurred. We will meet in the conference room of the parish offices located at 5101 Schofield Street, Monona. There is no fee but space is limited. Please call Kathy at 222-0376 to register or with questions

Calling All Singers

Rehearsals for the Easter choir will begin on Wednesday, March 8th at 6:15 p.m. in the church for preparation to sing on Easter Sunday at the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Your help is needed and all voices are welcome. This is a very special season in the church. The beauty and prayerfulness of the Mass is greatly impacted by the music that is sung and played. But - it can't be accomplished without you! Please consider singing in the Easter choir and help glorify our Lord!! We will practice each week on Wednesday evenings leading up to Easter. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Nordman at Thank You!

From Fear to Fiat

All women are invited to a day of reflection on the Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord, March 25, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We will reflect on Venerable Emilie Engel as a model of childlike trust, seeking to conquer the fears in our daily lives. The day will include talks, prayer, confession, and adoration in our Marian Shrine. A Holy Mass at 8:00 a.m. is also available. The location is Schoenstatt Heights at 5901 Cottage Grove Road in Madison. Cost is $30 and includes lunch. Register before March 20 by phone or email: (608) 222-7208;

Liturgical Ministry Schedule

The Liturgical Ministry Schedule can be found at any time by going to our website and hovering over "Resources" and clicking "Liturgical Ministry Schedule".  You can also find the schedule by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Mar 7
Retreat—”Consoling the Heart of Jesus”-6:30 pm-Parish Center

Wednesday, Mar 8
Children’s Choir, 5:30 pm-6:00 pm-Church
Religious education classes-grades- 1st-8th–6:00 pm-7:15 pm
Adult Choir-6:15 pm-7:15 pm-Church

Thursday, Mar 9
Adoration—following 8:00 am Mass until Noon

Friday, Mar 10
Knights of Columbus Fish Fry, 4:30 pm-7:00 pm-St. Patrick Hall
Holy Hour, 7 pm—Young Adult Group of Madison

Saturday, Mar 11
Shamrock Spree, 6:30 pm-St. Patrick Hall

Sunday, Mar 12-Daylight Savings Time Begins
Religious Education classes-9th grade-6:30 pm-8:00 pm-Parish Center

This Week's Mass Intentions

Wednesday-Mar 8-St. John of God
Rosary-7:30 a.m.
8:00 AM-Eternal Happiness of Joan Oakey

Thursday-Mar 9-St. Frances of Rome
Rosary-7:30 a.m.
8:00 AM-Eternal Happiness of Elizabeth Belsky

Friday-Mar 10
Rosary–7:30 a.m.
8:00 AM– Healing of the Sick

Saturday –Mar 11
Rosary—4:40 pm
5:00 PM- Eternal Happiness of Kathleen Sweeney

Sunday–Mar 12-2nd Sunday of Lent
8:00 AM-For the People of the Parish
10:00 AM-Eternal Happiness of John Morschauser

SAVE THE DATE: Communal Penance Service, Wednesday, March 22, 6:30 pm
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