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Weekly News
Dec. 5 - Dec. 12

Dear St. Pat Families:

Blessed and happy Advent season! 


  • Please note that, because of Msgr. Steve’s surgery, the parish penance service, which was scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 16, has been cancelled.
  • Also, as of now, our All-School Masses for the month will be Communion services with Deacon Frank, not Mass.  It might be a good time to familiarize the kids with the differences between the two.  The kids might need to be reminded that only a priest can consecrate the bread and wine to transubstantiate them into the most holy Body and Blood of Jesus. While deacons are ordained, they do not have the grace needed to effect that sacrament.  Rather, the deacon has designated roles at Mass to help the priest, most notably the proclamation of the gospel and preaching, among others, but he does not preside at Mass.  (The sacraments he can perform are baptism and holy matrimony.)  Here at St. Pat, in a Communion service, the deacon proclaims the gospel and preaches, as he can at Mass, and presides over the celebration.

This Week

  • The All-School Mass for First Friday will be a Communion service with Deacon Frank.  
  • Saturday, Dec. 8 is the Feast of Mary’s Immaculate Conception and a holy day of obligation.  To accommodate families, St. Pat will offer a vigil Mass at 5:30 pm on Fri., Dec. 7 as well as a 9:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday.  The dogma of the Immaculate Conception means that Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin (through the graces given by God the Son).  Other than sacred Tradition, there is biblical support for this doctrine:  Luke 1:28.  The verse relates to the angel Gabriel saying, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.”  The actual Greek text indicates the filling of grace happened in the past and is ongoing. 
  • Mystic Monk products will be on sale after all Masses this weekend and next.
  • Students in grades K4 through 6 will be attending a field trip on Mon., Dec. 10 to the Aquinas High School Christmas concert.
  • The 3rd grade families are preparing a meal for The Warming Center on Mon., Dec. 10.
  • Next week is our monthly Children Feeding Children collection.  As always, participation is optional.
  • On Wed., Dec. 12, second graders will still receive First Reconciliation.  We would like to thank Fr. John Parr from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Holmen for coming to celebrate this sacrament with our students.
  • We are working to find a priest to celebrate Reconciliation for students in grades 3-6 and will keep you updated. 

Advent Special Collections

  • This year, St. Pat School has adopted two causes for Advent.  As always, participation is optional.
    • The Warming Center is looking for some specific items as they serve the homeless in La Crosse.  Please see the flyer for specific needs.
    • We are partnering with Sacred Grounds, an open-door coffee shop that serves homeless and recently housed individuals.  They are looking for single-serving food items

Looking Ahead

  • On Sat., Dec. 15, the Aquinas dance team will be holding a dance clinic from 2:30-5:30.  Clinic participants will dance during halftime of the 5:30 girls basketball game against Regis.  Please see the registration form for details.
  • The Christmas concert is Tues., Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m.  The preview performance (dress rehearsal matinee) will be at 12:30. For the concert, students should dress up; for the preview, students should wear their regular uniform clothes.

Coming Home This Week


Blessings on your day!



Author: Jean Bottelberghe   E-Mail: jean.bottelberghe@aquinasschools.org