St. Patrick Catholic Church
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
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Thanks and Cakes Just Before Lent!

The students and staff of the religious education program want to extend a huge "thank you" to everyone for supporting our recent fundraising efforts. Thank you to the religious education families for donating spaghetti, sauce and desserts, the Hubing family for donating bread from their Cottage Grove Subway store and to Fabricia Fontes of "Fabricia Fontes Cakes" for the beautiful and delicious cake donations. Thank you, Parishioners, for attending the dinner! One last thank you goes out to everyone for generously donating during the confirmation class popcorn mix sale. All of your blessings raised nearly $1,000! Your enthusiasm and support are so important to the work that we do at St. Patrick's.

Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday

Masses: 8:00 am and 6:15 pm
The Significance of Ash Wednesday
A Sign of the Price that was Paid

Pray for Our Confirmation Candidates as They Take a Holy Journey to Chicago

This Sunday, March 5th the Confirmation Candidates at St. Patrick's will be taking a Holy Journey to St. John Cantius Church in Chicago.  Our itinerary is as follows:
  • 8:30 Meet in St. Patrick's parking lot
  • 8:45 Depart  (Lazer's Bus Service, Inc.)
  • Late breakfast/early lunch stop at Belvedere Oasis- food court style  (please bring along cash for your food)
  • 11:30 Arrive at St. John Cantius Church
  • 12:00 Confession
  • 12:30 Mass (Extraordinary Form in Latin - confession available during Mass)
  • 2:00  Rosary and Vespers
  • 3:00 Tour of the Church
  • 4:00 Leave
  • 4:45  Pizza stop (Giordano's in Rosemont- supper included in retreat fee)
  • 6:00 Head back to CG  (rest stop- likely Belevedere Oasis)
  • 8:00 Anticipated Return
On the ride to and from, the Confirmation students will be doing all sorts of retreat activities that will enhance what they've been studying on their journey towards Confirmation. 
Saint John Cantius: Restoring the Sacred
A Sign of the Price that was Paid

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. Recommended values of silent auction ideas should be in $25-$75 range, but any price range is acceptable. 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 3rd, so that we may begin the Silent Auction the weekend prior to the Spree.

Shamrock Spree Volunteers Needed

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!

Lent Reminders

Lent Reflections Booklet

PLEASE PICK UP a Lenten booklet today in back of church. The booklet “The Little Black Book: Six minute (daily) reflections on the Passion according to John,” begins on Feb. 26 and ends on Easter Sunday. The booklet is available for a $1.00 donation. Thank you.

Fast and Abstinence 

As a reminder - Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence. For members of the Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may also be taken, but not to equal a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

First Friday Brunch on March 3rd

Plan to join Fr. Michael for 8:00 a.m. Mass. Anointing of the sick will be available during Mass. A brunch and program will follow Mass. Our guest speaker is Fr. Michael, who will update us on his recent visit back home. Please bring a dish to share.

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!

Registration for the Walk to Mary is Now Open! Saturday, May 6, 2017

It is only fitting that registration opens for the 2017 Walk to Mary pilgrimage on a Marian Feast Day - the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes! We expect that several thousand pilgrims will join us for this day long journey starting at the Shrine of St. Joseph and ending at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. Bishop David Ricken of the Green Bay Diocese will celebrate Mass starting at approximately 4:45pm (the conclusion of the pilgrimage). Register now at!

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.

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, Feb 28 Retreat—”Consoling the Heart of Jesus”-6:30 pm-Parish Center

Wednesday, Mar 1-Ash Wednesday Masses: 8:00 am and 6:15 pm Prayer shawl ministry, 8:45 am, Parish Center Religious education classes will be meeting in the Church for Mass at 6:15 pm – students will sit in grade level groups w/families

Thursday, Mar 2 Adoration—following 8:00 am Mass until Noon

Friday, Mar 3 First Friday program/brunch following 8:00 am Mass-St. Patrick Hall

Sunday, Mar 5 8:30 am Confirmation Retreat, Donut Sunday, following 8:00 am and 10:00 am Masses St. Patrick Hall Men’s group meeting– 7:00 pm-St. Patrick Hall

This Week's Mass Intentions

Tuesday-Feb. 28 Rosary–7:30 a.m. 8:00 AM– Eternal Happiness of Paulette Gauger

Wednesday-Mar. 1-Ash Wednesday Rosary-7:30 a.m. 8:00 AM-Eternal Happiness of Kathleen Sweeney 6:15 PM-For the People of the Parish

Thursday-Mar 2 Rosary-7:30 a.m. 8:00 AM-Eternal Happiness of Sylvia Stachovak

Friday-Mar 3-St. Katharine Drexel Rosary–7:30 a.m. 8:00 AM– Eternal Happiness of Fr. David Runde

Saturday –Mar 4—St. Casimir Rosary—4:40 pm 5:00 PM- Eternal Happiness of Joan Oakey

Sunday–Mar 5-First Sunday of Lent 8:00 AM-For the People of the Parish 10:00 AM-Eternal Happiness of James Rothamer
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