News & Events
Update on Mass Times, Dates, and Locations
WE ARE NOW JUST 4 WEEKS TILL OUR RETURN TO THE CHURCH ON SEPT 7/8….MUCH HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED INCLUDING:
- NEW LIGHTS
- NEW FLOOR
- NEW SANCTUARY FURNISHINGS
- NEW SOUND SYSTEM
- NEW KNEELERS & RE-FINISHED PEWS.
WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE IT ALL!
Until then, Weekend Masses will be held at Kennett High School Auditorium and the Mass Schedule will be as follows: 5 PM Vigil on Saturdays; 7:30 AM, 9 AM and 11 AM on Sundays. Confessions will be 3:30 to 4:45 in the high school auditorium on Saturdays. Be sure to read Father Rogers’s letter from February 3, 2019 regarding full details about the upcoming Church Renovations. Click here to learn more!
After the remodeling of our church building is complete and we resume at St. Pat’s Church on the weekend of September 7/8, the new altar still must be consecrated. That will be done by Bishop McIntyre during the Noon Mass on October 6. Then we will welcome Archbishop Chaput on Saturday, November 2 for his Pastoral visit during our Jubilee Year. He will celebrate the 5:00 PM Mass with us then!
Red Cross Blood Drive – September 19th
The next Red Cross Blood Drive will be held in the church basement on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 2:00PM to 7:00PM. To schedule an appointment visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter Sponsor Code: stpatrickks. Please call the parish office at 610-444-4364 with any questions.
Jubilee Legacy Appeal Update:
Thank you to all who have responded so far to our special Jubilee Year Legacy Appeal. The response has been terrific. As of July 15, 2019 we have raised $513,962.00 for our church renovations. We are so grateful!
Fall Adult Faith Education Series – September 11th
BISHOP ROBERT BARRON’S CATHOLICISM: THE PIVOTAL PLAYERS, VOLUME 1. CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players showcases a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of western civilization. St. Francis of Assisi, the Reformer, radically and literally lived as Jesus commanded to transform the Church. St. Thomas Aquinas, the Theologian, demonstrated that faith and reason are not at odds, as they come from the same source. St. Catherine of Sienna, the Mystic, gave testimony to the reality of the spiritual dimension here and beyond. John Henry Newman, the Convert, left a prestigious career to seek and preach the apostolic faith. G.K. Chesterton, the Evangelist, publicly, humbly, and humorously announced the paradoxes and truth of Christianity. Michelangelo, the Artist, dramatically demonstrated that beauty and creativity are a primary route of access to God. Journey with Bishop Barron to explore the lasting influence of these Pivotal Players. Our parish journey begins on Wednesday, September 11 through Wednesday, December 18, 2019. For more information, please contact Deacon Jim Elliott through the parish office.
Holy Land Christian Display – August 31st
On the weekend of August 31-September 1, there will be a display of beautiful olive wood handmade carvings from the Holy Land in the lobby of Kennett High School. As Christians of faith, it is our duty to support our brothers and sisters in Bethlehem. You can support them by purchasing some of these beautiful carvings after Mass. For more information, please visit: www.BethlehemCarvings.org.
Family Fun Day at the YMCA – August 25th
The Kennett YMCA is helping celebrate our 150th Jubilee! There will be a Free Day at the Kennett Y for St. Patrick families and friends on August 25th from 2:00 – 6:00 PM. Come and enjoy corn hole, bounce houses, family zumba, basketball, hula hoops, Jubilee craft, and more! Minute to Win It Games from 2:30 – 4:00 PM and Beat the Padre at 3:45 PM. Don’t Miss Out! It’s FREE!
A Note from Phong Le:
As my summer assignment is getting shorter, I would like to thank you for your support and generosity. Your words of encouragement and kindness will be a grateful recollection on my journey of priestly formation. Please keep all seminarians in your prayers as we remember all of you in our prayers.
May God bless you and your family always,
Golf Outing Recap
The St. Patrick Golf Outing Committee would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of the sponsors, advertisers, golfers, volunteers, and supporters of the Jubilee Year Golf Outing! We had a great day on Monday, July 15 with beautiful weather. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s generosity. Please note that the hole sponsors, many of whom are parishioners, will have signs displayed along Cypress Street in the upcoming weeks as we continue to express our gratitude!
Late July Renovations Update
Oktoberfest 2019 – October 13th
When: This family friendly event takes place on Sunday, October 13th from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
Beverages: Braeloch Brewing of Kennett Square will be offering a unique brew made just for the celebration of our Jubilee Year! Stay tuned for more information and look for a Flocknote email that will allow YOU to vote on a special name for this brew. We express our deepest gratitude to Kent & Amy Steeves and Matt & Kathy Drysdale for their generosity.
Food: Hood’s BBQ of Unionville will offer a buffet featuring delicious dark and light meat chicken, pulled-pork, cornbread, coleslaw, and corn on the cob. Desserts will be assorted cookies and brownies.
Activities: Can-Jam, Cornhole, and volleyball will be the featured lawn games. A DJ, bonfire with s’mores, and much more complete the day!
Pumpkin Contest: Make sure to form a team or grab your family members together to decorate a pumpkin and bring it with you to be entered in the Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Attendees will vote for their favorite entree and the team/family with the most votes will win a prize! As part of the event, you’ll also enjoy a delicious BBQ buffet from Hood’s, adult beverages and other family-friendly refreshments.
Commemorative Book – October 3-5, 17-19, 25-26
In celebration of the Jubilee Year, we will be publishing a commemorative book! An important part of this book will be photographs of all our wonderful parishioners. The photography team will be at St. Patrick’s on the following dates in October: 3, 4, 5, 17, 18, 19, 25 and 26. We would love for as many people as possible to participate, so please save the dates! More information to come.
PREP Opening Mass – September 8th
Mark your calendars for PREP Opening Mass on Sunday, September 8th at 6PM! Afterwards all families are invited to meet the catechists while the students enjoy pizza with their classmates! Our PREP classes begin on Sunday, September 15 at 10 AM and Monday, September 16 at 4:45 PM. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so soon because classes are filling up. Thanks and see you soon!
Jubilee Year – Movie Night Under the Stars Recap
Jubilee Year – Blue Rocks Baseball Game Recap
Is God Calling You? – RCIA
You are invited to explore the Catholic Faith! RCIA is for individuals who would like to learn more about the teachings of the Catholic Church. RCIA is for:
- Those never baptized as Christians
- Those baptized in another Christian faith tradition, who are now interested in the Catholic faith
- Those baptized in the Catholic Church whose total formation has not been completed
RCIA meets in the Parish Office on Monday evenings at 7:00 PM. The first meeting this year will take place on September 9, 2019. If you are interested or have questions, please contact: Marianne Kane, email@example.com, 610-444-4364.
Announcing a New Parish Office Staff Member
Letter from Father Rogers, June 30, 2019 Bulletin:
I am happy to announce a new position and new member of our own St. Patrick’s staff. The position is Director of Parish Engagement and it is with great joy that I can now announce that our own parishioner, Jenifer Keller, will fill that new role.
Allow me to provide some context. As I begin my fifth year as Pastor of St. Patrick, I’ve witnessed with many of you the growth of our parish and especially the fruitfulness of our Jubilee Year which has brought together so many people via events and opportunities. Not only have we witnessed this grace but so too has the media! We were described in this edition of Kennett Life Magazine as “the beating heart of the small town”. That really is quite a compliment and we should take it! At the same me as Pastor, I also take the duty to see that that heart keeps beating well. With that in mind and seeing the many needs of our parish, I began to discern the merit for a new position on our parish staff. Currently, our administrative needs are served quite well with a staff of three persons: Parish
Secretary, Business Manager and Director of Religious Education. All of whom do a fantastic job in keeping the
parish afloat and running day-to-day, year-to-year. But I have also discerned the need for a new hire to assist with
the pastoral aspects of the parish.
To that end, over the past year, members of our pastoral council have done a good bit of homework which yielded what I believe to be a fitting job description for our parish. We advertised the position thru the Archdiocese and several National Catholic job sites. And after receiving over 12 applications, we selected 5 to be interviewed. In mid-June, we offered the job to our own, Jen Keller.
Some of you will recognize Jen from serving as a lector and assisting with our Mark Forrest Concert back in December. She comes to us having spent over 20 years in the field of social work, most recently at A.I. DuPont. But even more impressive, she comes to us with a great love for her parish and a love for Jesus Christ. I will let her do the formal intro and speak for herself as she comes on-board our staff, but for now, join me in praying for Jen as she makes this transition.
Early July Renovations Update
At the 8 week mark of our project. So grateful for the skilled artists from St. Jude liturgical design. Next up is the floor! Grateful to all who have made this possible, a legacy for future generations!
AbbeyFest 2019 – September 21st
This faith, music and family festival will take place on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Daylesford Abbey in Paoli, PA. Eight-time Grammy Nominee, Matt Maher, will headline this year’s AbbeyFest! Enjoy a wonderful one-of-a-kind local experience celebrating faith, music, and witness for families and individuals! Visit theabbeyfest.com.
Upcoming Retreats & Conferences:
24 Hour Women’s Retreat: September 6/7, 2019, Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA. Kathleen Beckman will be speaking on Woman: God’s Special Weapon Against Evil; Intercessory Prayer and Putting on the Armor of God! Register at 610-644-0400 or malvernretreat.com.
Remain in My Love: September 15, 2019, 2:00-4:30PM, Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter & Paul, Philadelphia. National Catholic speakers will present the splendor of Christ’s teachings on the dignity of marriage and Christian family life. This mini-conference is free. Visit archphila.org/remain2019.
Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference: October 5, 2019, Clarion Hotel, Essington, PA. 9AM-8:30PM. Please visit phillyspirit.com for more details.
Catholic Women’s Conference: Saturday, October 26, 2019, National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA. $55 general admission. Register online at catholicwomensconference.org.
St. Pat’s Jubilee Year Picnic Recap
Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady
Do you love our Blessed Mother? If so, invite her into your home and experience the special blessings and graces! When the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady is in your home, it gives you a chance to pray together as a family and feel Our Lady’s love and comfort and experience God’s presence. Call Susan (610-388-6334) to make arrangements for pick up/drop off. It is also a privilege to celebrate special occasions (such as: birthdays and anniversaries) with Our Lady.
June Renovations Update
Stay up-to-date with the church renovation project through photos that will be added and updated regularly.
Request for Catechists
Looking forward to next September, the Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) will be in need of catechists for our parish children. Please consider stepping forward to a most rewarding ministry and a great opportunity to make new friends from among the faculty of catechists. Adults ages 18 and older are invited to learn more about this ministry. Catechists are needed for kindergarten, fourth and sixth grade on Sundays. We also have opportunities for an individual to be a classroom aid. Call Marianne Kane at 610-444-2214 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are curious.
We are forming a new ministry, “Faithful Inclusion.” This ministry includes “Persons with Disabilities,” or as we prefer to say, “Exceptional Abilities” and gifts. Our goal is to nurture participation and love for God and our Parish. We are seeking an initial meeting time that will work for all, preferably at the Buffington House behind the church on Lafayette Street. Please contact Regina Sarno at 610-256-6715. We hope to develop: fellowship, ministry, resources, love and belonging.
PREP Registration for 2019-2020
It’s never too late to begin faith formation for your children. Children in grades kindergarten to 7th grade are welcomed to join other children of the parish as we come together to learn about the teachings in the Bible, the graces received in sacraments and the unconditional love that Jesus has for all. Call the Office of Religious Education to learn more about our PREP classes which start in September. Email email@example.com or call 610-444-2214.
Register for PREP 2019-2020 ASAP. Classes begin September 15. Click here to learn how to register. If you would like to learn more, contact Marianne Kane at 610-444-2214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jubilee Year Photos
Click the links below to view all of the photos from the various Jubilee Year events. Some best of photos are shared below. More photos are available on the Jubilee Year Calendar page, accessed by clicking here.
- Jubilee Year Opening Mass
- Jubilee Year Irish Tenor Concert
- Jubilee Year St. Patrick’s Day Gala
- Jubilee Year Reunion Picnic
Congratulations from the PA Senate to St. Patrick’s!
Saint Patrick Church is proud and grateful to share that we have received an official citation from the Senate of Pennsylvania congratulating us on our momentous Jubilee Year! Click the image to the left to read the full citation.
St. Patrick Jubilee Celtic Cross
During our 150th Jubilee Year, our parish hopes to bring the love of Jesus and the power of prayer into the homes of our parish. And your family can be a part of this effort by hosting our Parish Jubilee Celtic Cross. By hosting this cross in your home for a week, your family will have a concrete reminder of our larger parish family in your home and a new way to engage the life of prayer. The Celtic Cross symbolizes eternity, emphasizing the eternal and infinite love of God. The circle in the middle of the Celtic Cross represents the divine mystery of how, through crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus continues to bestow his love and hope of salvation to all of mankind. What a beautiful way to live our Jubilee Motto: “to share the joy of the Gospel” in this special year! Click here to sign up for a week.