News & Events
Update on Mass Times, Dates, and Locations
WE HAVE RETURNED HOME TO OUR BEAUTIFUL RENOVATED CHURCH. MUCH HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED INCLUDING: NEW LIGHTS, NEW FLOOR, PAINTING, NEW SANCTUARY FURNISHINGS, NEW SOUND SYSTEM, NEW KNEELERS & RE-FINISHED PEWS. MANY THANKS AND BLESSINGS TO ALL WHO HAVE MADE THIS POSSIBLE.
New Altar Consecration – October 6, 2019
Please join us for the consecration of St. Patrick’s new altar at the Noon Mass with our celebrants Bishop McIntyre and Father Rogers.
Flu Shots Available – October 6, 2019
Flu shots will be available through Rite Aid in the church basement on Sunday, October 6th from 8 AM – 12 PM.
Oktoberfest 2019 – October 13th
Tickets: Online ticket sales are open now – click here. Tickets will also be available for purchase after Sunday Masses on September 8, 15, 22, and 29.
Where: Join us for the annual fall parish picnic which will be celebrated as part of our Jubilee Year as Oktoberfest! Look for the big tents on the lawn located behind the church.
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! We express our deepest gratitude to Kent & Amy Steeves and Matt & Kathy Drysdale for their generosity. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be provided, courtesy of the Knights of Columbus!
Food: Hood’s BBQ of Unionville will offer a buffet featuring delicious 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!
Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to help sell tickets after Sunday Masses on September 8, 15, 22, and 29. Volunteers are also needed on the day of the event, October 13, to assist with setup, check-in, and cleanup. Click here to signup as a volunteer today.
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. Online signups are open now – click here. You can also signup for an appointment after all Masses, September 7/8 through October 5/6. Volunteers are needed to assist with signups after Masses – click here. Volunteers are also needed to assist on the days of the actual photo sessions – click here.
Bereavement Support Group – September 15
For anyone grieving the loss of a loved one, please join us for six sessions which will be starting Sunday, September 15 at 1:15PM in the Buffington House. Please look for brochures in the vestibule of the church for additional information. For questions or to register, you can contact Kathy Sarnecki by email at: email@example.com or call 302-598-1241.
Music Ministry Note
OUR MUSIC MINISTRY NEEDS YOU! Can you sing or play an instrument? Please consider joining our parish music ministry. There are many opportunities: Adult and Children’s Choirs; Guitar Group; and Cantors. We are all called to stewardship; participating in the music ministry can be your response to the call. We are especially in need of cantors. Training is provided. Don’t be afraid to make the commitment of time; we can work around your availability. If interested, please contact Anne Marie McCarthy through the parish office.
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 1 – 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.
Fall Adult Faith Education Series 2 – September 17th
A stunning video series that systematically presents the BIG picture of the Catholic Faith. Filmed on location in Rome, the Holy Land, Calcutta, and in the Augustine Institute studios in Denver, dozens of nationally-known teachers clearly present the beauty and brilliance of Catholicism. Top experts will clearly and comprehensively explain the Catholic Faith in a way that helps us know it, live it, and articulate it to others.The Symbolon study begins Tuesday, September 17 and runs on Tuesday evenings from 7:00PM-8:30PM for 10 weeks. We will meet at the Buffington House at 227 Lafayette Street. Workbooks are available for $10 each. Please contact Ann Marie Gillinger by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like to attend the study.
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,
Welcome Home Weekend – September 7th & 8th, 2019
Welcome everyone back to our newly renovated Church Building! Praise the Lord!
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
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.
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 as classes are filling up and begin this weekend. Click here to learn how to register. Or, If you would like to learn more, please contact Marianne Kane through the Parish Office with questions.
Jubilee Year – Movie Night Under the Stars Recap
Jubilee Year – Blue Rocks Baseball Game Recap
Is God Calling You? – CREDO
You are invited to explore the Catholic Faith! CREDO is for individuals who would like to learn more about the teachings of the Catholic Church. Knowing that we live in confusing times, both in and outside of the Church, this opportunity is offered to shed CLARITY on what, why and how we believe as Catholics. Please consider taking advantage of this faith formation opportunity whether you have been Catholic all of your life, for a few years, or even it you are not Catholic at all.
CREDO will begin on Thursday, September 12, 2019 and will continue to meet weekly through the year. Meetings will be held Thursday nights from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM in the Parish Office. If you are interested or have questions, please contact Marianne Kane through the Parish Office.
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!
Upcoming Retreats & Conferences:
Archdiocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference: October 5, 2019, Clarion Hotel, Essington, PA. 9AM-8:30PM. Please visit phillyspirit.com for more details.
Annual Mass of Anointing: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:30 AM, St. Joseph Parish, 332 Manor Avenue, Downingtown, PA. RSVP by October 14th to the parish office at 610-269-8294.
The Celebration of the Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament of strengthening, peace and courage for all Christians who are seriously ill, injured, about to undergo surgery or a procedure, struggling with addiction, suffering from a decline due to advanced age or in danger of death. Family members and friends are welcome. A light lunch will follow in the cafeteria.
Help for today….Hope for tomorrow: Friday, October 18th – Sunday, October 20, 2019, First Baptist Church, 415 W. State Street, Kennett Square, PA.
A three day seminar facilitated by Rev. Donald G. Coombs Jr. Ed.D., an ordained elder with the Church of the Nazarene, educator and counselor specializing in addictions. For more information and registration, please visit www.ksqfbc.com/conference.
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.
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.
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.