News & Events
Important Details Regarding Church Renovation
Be sure to read Father Rogers’s letter from February 3, 2019 regarding important details about the upcoming Church Renovations. Click here to learn more!
Reach More Small Groups Sign Ups – February
Lenten Reach More Small Groups are Forming Now! Connect-Engage-Belong! In community, we grow closer to Jesus and others so we can reach more! We invite you to join a group! Groups meet once a week during the Lenten Season to read Scripture, discuss faith, support one another, and pray! Sign up cards available in the pews and at the back of the Church. Click here or call Rose at 610-357-7315 or Candy at the Parish Office at 610-444-4364 for more information.
Bunk Bed Frames and Linens Needed
During the week of January 20th, the Knights of Columbus from Saint Patrick’s Church were contacted by the Sisters for Life concerning a pressing need. As background, several weeks ago a few brother knights visited the Sisters & we gave a donation to them from the funds we raised through the “change for life” baby bottle campaign after learning about their special work helping expecting mothers. The Sisters had become aware of a single pregnant mother with 6 kids in dire need. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the mom was now living in a house with no beds and even limited bed linens/blankets. Moving quickly, several brothers were able to find donated bedframes and linens. We also found a local retailer, Mattress Warehouse, who once they understood our circumstances, gave us very generous prices on new mattresses and box springs. On Thursday, January 24th in the rain, several brothers delivered two sets of box springs/mattresses, linens and bed frames to the mom’s home. Needless to say both the sisters and the family were overjoyed. With 6 children and only 2 beds, the family is sll in need of extra beds. We would like to do more to help. Given the house size, we’re hoping to find one or two bunk bed frames and some extra appropriately sized linens. We’ll then need to purchase several more mattress sets. If you know of someone who has bunk bed frames or linens they’d be willing to donate, please email me, Peter Mellone at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our council through the church office. Plus for the next couple weeks in the back of the church there will be a small box marked, “Beds for Kids” where the Knights will be collecting donations to cover the mattress purchases. Finally, the Knights would like to thank Mattress Warehouse for their generous discounts and we encourage fellow parishioners to support them.
Music Notes By Anne Marie McCarthy, Music Director
I hope you are enjoying our beautiful new Communion hymn, “Bread of Angels,” with the Latin words of St. Thomas Aquinas. I first heard it when I attended Mass while vising my daughter in Washington state last summer. There is a beautiful rendition of the song on YouTube that I recommend for your listening. You may also enjoy listening to other more classical versions of Panis Angelicus, such as the one by Cesar Franck. Here is the translation of the Latin words we are singing.
Angels’ Bread is made
The Bread of man today:
The Living Bread from heaven
With figures dost away:
O wondrous gift indeed!
The poor and lowly may
Upon their Lord and Master feed.
Thee, therefore, we implore,
O Godhead, One in Three,
So may Thou visit us
As we now worship Thee;
And lead us on Thy way,
That we at last may see
The light wherein Thou dwellest aye. Amen.
Matthew Kelly Book Discussion – Thursdays in February
“Together we can change the course of history-with humility, generosity, kindness, and joy, one Holy Moment at a time.” This Christmas, you may have received the book, “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity” by Matthew Kelly. Well, now…our parish will have a discussion on that book! Join the conversation, meet new parishioners and see how we can reap good fruit!
Discussion Groups will meet at these times and places:
- Ongoing/Weekly discussion: Thursday Evenings in February, from 7-8:30PM in the Main Church with Seminarian Andrew.
Drop in…invite a friend…we welcome you to join in the discussion! We can do this…we can be Holy…one Holy Moment at a time!
Men’s Retreat – March 9th
All men are invited to join Catholic Men from throughout the Archdiocese for the 11th Annual Archdiocesan Catholic Men’s Conference at Neumann University on March 9, 2019. Speaker lineup include the following: Matthew Kelly, Ron Jaworski, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, and Mark Forrest. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered, and the Conference will conclude with Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. Timothy Christian Senior. Lunch is included. Register at www.manupphilly.com.
40 Hours Devotion – March 10th, 11th, 12th
In 1853, Bishop John Neumann established the 40 Hours Eucharistic Adoration Devotion in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Sixteen Years later, when our parish was founded, the devotion arrived in Kennett Square and has been a part of our parish community ever since.
Join us in this Jubilee Year as we hold our Annual 40 Hours Devotion. We will welcome to the parish Fr. Stephen DeLacy who is the Vocation Director for the Diocesan Priesthood. These days will be days of prayer, praise and great preaching as Father DeLacey leads us in worship on March 10, 11, 12 at 7 PM.
Jubilee Year Saint Patrick’s Day Gala – March 17th
You’re invited to the Jubilee Year Saint Patrick’s Day Gala, hosted by the St. Pat’s Knights of Columbus, on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the Mendenhall Inn. It will be an event filled with delicious food, a silent auction, Basket of Cheer, 50/50 Raffle, entertainment, and good company, including comedian Gordon Douglas! Tickets on sale now after all masses and at the parish office.
Red Cross Blood Drive – March 27th
Our next parish blood drive will be held on Wednesday, March 27 in the church basement. Please mark your calendar. More information will follow.
St. Pat’s Knights of Columbus Seeking Silent Auction Donations
The Knights of Columbus are soliciting highly desirable “Big Ticket” items for the Jubilee Year, St. Patrick’s Day Event Silent Auction. Proceeds benefit several charitable causes. Donations needed to support this fundraiser include…
- Donate a few hours of your professional business services
- Tickets to college or professional sporting events
- Theater or show tickets
A stay at your vacation home at the beach or mountains
- A Time-Share, winter snowbird home, or place on the slopes
Please contact Candy Malchione at the parish office (610-444-4364) with your donations. Donations may be tax deductible.
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.
Jubilee Legacy Appeal Update
Thank you to all who have responded so far to our special appeal. The response has been terrific. As of January 28, 2019, $301,852.00 of $400,000 has been raised! Visit here for more information.
If you require a tax receipt for your contributions, please forward the request on the form found in the bulletin to the parish office no later than
Friday, February 15, 2019. Receipts will not be furnished unless they are requested in writng or by using the form found in the bulletin, as a security precaution for you. After the date specified, the office records must be updated for the new year and your information may not be available.
During Lent of 2017, our parish participated in the Disciple Maker Index (DMI) Survey issued by Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) of Malvern. Click here to view the full information about the St. Patrick’s Survey Results!
Southern Chester County Steering Committee Update
Guide Book & Directory Advertising Opportunities
We are in the process of updating our annual Guide Book & Directory for the church. This book will contain everything pertinent to our church: the various ministries, organizations, committees, activities, functions and events plus a complete directory of all members. This book is being provided and direct-mailed to each family at no cost to our church, and it is again being subsidized by local businesses that advertise. If you own or manage a business and would like to find out about advertising in our book, please call the Parish Office at 610-444-4364….Recent survey results by Guide Book Publishing show that 92.1% of families would rather patronize a Guide Book & Directory advertiser over a non-advertiser!
St. Patrick’s 2019 Pilgrimage Details Now Available
Have you eve been across the sea to Ireland? The St. Patrick’s Jubilee Pilgrimage is now set: April 22nd to May 1st. Click here for full information.
Jubilee Year Announced
Saint Patrick Parish announces plans for its 150th anniversary year in 2019! Learn more by exploring the Jubilee tab located at the top right of your screen.
Jubilee Year: Volunteers Needed for Planning
Various committees continue to plan activities in anticipation of the parish Jubilee celebration in 2019. As we develop these plans, we find that we need additional help in two important areas: Liturgical Celebrations and Community Social Activities. Both of these committees are looking at a number of events to be held throughout the Jubilee year. Additional volunteers are needed now to help develop these events for the parish. No previous experience is necessary – just a willingness to help. If you are interested and would like to participate, everyone is welcome. Please contact Candy in the parish office at 610-444-4364.
Parishioner Discount at Staples
St. Patrick’s Parishioners can now receive a special 20% discount at Staples Stores. Click here to register today.