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Ask Fr. Mike

Announcing St. Patrick's Mission - March 4-6 2018!.

Click here for Lenten Regulations Information

Seder Meal at St Patrick's is March 18



Lenten Worship (starting February 15)

Click here for a full schedule of Lent and Holy Week activities, services and Masses

Monday through Friday:
6:30am Communion Service (Main Church)
7:30am Mass (Historic Church)

4:00-4:30 Sacrament of Reconciliation (Main Church)
5:00pm Mass (Main Church)

7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am and 5:00pm Masses (Main Church)



Upcoming Events


February 25—Lenten journey for Divorced Catholics
March 4—6 Parish Mission
March 10—Parish Dinner Dance for St. Patrick’s Day
March 18—Parish Seder—Passover Observance and Dinner
April 14—Confirmation


Seder Meal March 18

All parishioners are invited to our Seder Meal, beginning at 4:00pm on March 18 and including Mass.   This festive meal is also a ceremony where we retell and remember the story of the Exodus from Egypt.  The rites and symbols of the Seder offer a colorful and meaningful presentation of a spiritual message.

For more information and a registration form for this free event please check out the bulletin.  Space is limited so please get your reservation in quickly!



The 2018 Raffle is underway!  Click here to go to www.stpatrickraffle.com or here to purchase your tickets!


Adult Confirmation Classes

All members of our parish who have been baptized as Catholics but have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited!  We are offering classes to enable you to complete this great Sacrament.  Classes will be held in Slattery Hall (the basement of the Historic Church), on Mondays from 7-8:30 PM.

Classes are scheduled for February 12, 19, 26, March, 5, 12, 19, 26, and April 9 (no class on April 2nd).

Cost is Free!

St Patrick's Day Dinner Dance

Please join us on Saturday, March 10 for our first ever St. Patrick’s Day Dinner-Dance.  The evening will begin with cocktails at 6 PM and dinner will be served at 7 PM. This is an adult evening for fellowship, feasting, entertainment and dancing. Tickets are $25 each (cash bar, corned beef and cabbage meal) and can be purchased beginning February 4. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

2017 Donation Statements:

-If the total of your 2017 offerings is $250 or more, you will be mailed a tax statement shortly.
-If your yearly giving is less than $250, please provide us with a self-addressed stamped envelope. You may place the envelope in the collection basket or drop it off at the Parish Office.
-Requests will not be taken on the phone or in person.
This procedure will ensure a prompt response for you.


Lenten Journey for Divorced Catholics

Are you Catholic and have gone through a divorce? We would like to invite you to experience a new life this Easter season through a series of 2 hour workshops. Each session will begin at 2:30 PM and will end with the option of attending 5:00 PM Mass together.

The topics we will explore are:

Sunday, February 25, 2018 – Identity/Baptism

Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Community/Eucharist

Saturday, March 17, 2018 – Forgiveness/Reconciliation

Sunday, April 8, 2018 – Celebration of New Life in Christ (after Easter)



Ask Father Mike! Father Mike is starting a new column for the bulletin and he needs your help.  Simply send in your question to mowen@stpatrickwadsworth.org,  or drop it off at the parish office.  Questions can be about theology, ecclesiology, Church history, the Saints, the Sacraments… anything at all!

Father will answer your question in a timely manner, and some will appear in the bulletin column. Anonymity is assured; send in your question today!!



Please help with our Parish Wide Contact Update!


Recently you may have noticed we placed the Parishioner Contact Update Form in the bulletin as an insert again. The same form is available at this link for you to complete and turn in. Please take a few minutes today to fill the form out and return it to the Parish Office.

Why is this important? In an emergency, we need to be able to contact you via email or by phone for the following reasons:

  • Mass cancellations

  • Emergency Situations

  • Important Parish Announcements From Father Merold

  • Any last minute updates for ministries/parish events

Help us complete this initiative ASAP. Mailing a form to those who have not turned this in will be our next step, so please help us save money by completing this form in house today.

Please complete and return this to us at the Parish Office in one of three ways 1) Mail the completed form to the address listed on the top of the form, 2) email the completed form to bbaldridge@stpatrickwadsworth.org or 3) Fold and place into the offertory basket at Mass.  Thank you!


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Help Support our Prayer Shawl Ministry

The ministry is in need of supplies and would very much appreciate donations of yarn for this purpose.  It provides shawls to people who are hurting in some way, celebrating a significant milestone or in need of a special blessing.  There is a "Prayer Shawl Ministry" basket in the Narthex of the Main Church where you can leave your yarn donations.  You may also leave a check payable to "Saint Patrick Church" with the memo notation "Shawl Ministry."  Contact Jean Gibbons with questions - jeangibbons@comcast.net .

For safety and security reasons our Parish Staff has determined when our two worship spaces will be open each week. Times outside of these hours must be approved by Fr. Merold or Brittney Baldridge (our business manager). The times when our churches will be open are as follows:


    Main Church:  

       Monday-Friday CLOSED unless there is a service. 

       Saturday-9:30 am to 7:00 pm and Sunday-7:00 am to 7:00 pm. 

    Historic Church:  

       Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 4:00 pm (Wednesday until 7:00 pm for Adoration) 

       Saturday and Sunday CLOSED 


If you have a scheduling need outside of these hours, please call the Parish Office. As always, we will do our best to accommodate you

Childrens' Liturgy of the Word (CLW)  

Remember that CLW is now being offered every week at the 9:00am Mass.  This is a wonderful opportunity for children in grades K-2 to learn and understand the Liturgy at their level.  We are still looking for volunteers - please contact Lori Johnson at icdubl@yahoo.com for more information.


We are pleased to announce that we have begun accepting online donations through GiveCentral, our new online donation service. GiveCentral is a safe, secure, and paperless way to make your contribution. It was designed specifically for Catholic churches and schools in the Chicago area, and over 300 Catholic Parishes in Illinois already use GiveCentral. The site allows you to make automatically repeating payments on a schedule that works best for you, using any credit card, debit card or electronic bank account. (This will replace our current online giving program.*) 


We believe that having a flexible online giving option will make it easier for many of you to support St. Patrick Church. 


Please visit www.GiveCentral.org and take a couple minutes to set up your donations.

How to sign up for GiveCentral:

1. Go to www.GiveCentral.org and click on the ‘Donate Now’ button

2. Begin typing the name of our parish “St. Patrick Church Wadsworth”. Click on the parish icon when it appears.

3. Decide on the funds you would like to contribute to, and the amounts and select ‘Add to Gift Basket’

4. Click on Checkout at the top right of the screen

5. Create a profile or continue as a guest

6. Click ‘Submit’


You can return to GiveCentral at any time to make changes to your donations or personal information. Click on the ‘Login’ button on the homepage, then enter your username and password to access your profile.

Need help navigating? Please contact the Parish Office at 847-244-4161.


Introducing to the St. Patrick Church Community…An important new ministry:

The Faithful Citizenship Ministry

The Mission of this new Ministry is dedicated to helping our community give glory to God and grow in holiness by a greater understanding of our Catholic Faith, values and moral principles and how they should be applied in forming our consciences regarding important cultural and political issues affecting our families, the Church and our country.  Click here for more information....

Keep in touch and stay up to date!

Visit our facebook page




St. Pat's Kid Quest Has Begun!

At the beginning of the Mass, after the opening song, your registered child will be invited to head to the back of the Sanctuary to join our Crowd Ministers who will escort them to the Gym for QUEST for Song, Message and Prayer. The children will be returned to the Sanctuary to join you after the Liturgy of the Eucharist for the closing prayer and song. This is intended for potty trained children who haven’t yet celebrated First Communion. Registration will be at the Welcome Center 15 minutes before Mass.  Please click here for a flyer with more information and VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!


Visit our Youth Ministry!




  • Join our Adoration Ministry!  The schedule will be Wednesdays from 8:00am-7:00pm in the Historic Church (unless otherwise specified due to weather conditions). 

         8:00am Public recitation of the Holy Rosary

         3:00pm Public recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet

         6:45pm Benediction and reposition of the Blessed Sacrament

    For more information please contact Carla Benzschawel at benzscm@yahoo.com or 847-265-7628

  • Childrens' Liturgy of the Word (CLW)Childrens' Liturgy of the Word (CLW)  

    Remember that CLW is now being offered every week at the 9:00am Mass.  This is a wonderful opportunity for children in grades K-2 to learn and understand the Liturgy at their level.  We are still looking for volunteers - please contact Lori Johnson at icdubl@yahoo.com for more information.

  • Seasons of Hope Grief Support Group begins in June.  If you're in need of consolation after losing a loved one this adult Christ-centered faith sharing group is here for you.  Season of Hope begins on Monday, June 6th, and meets for six consecutive weeks.  Prayer, scripture, faith-sharing and fellowship begin at 6:45pm in the Historic Church Hall.  Registration is required - please see the bulletin for contact information.


  • As part of our Stewardship Renewal, we continue to encourage all parish meetings to begin (or close) with a 10 minute prayerful reflection, known as Lectio divina, on the upcoming Sunday Gospel. We also recommended it for a weekly family, or personal, prayer experience. We hope that many of you have been able to experience this prayer in one or both of these venues in the past, and that you have found it to be spiritually enriching.  Please find more information and prayer tools here.

  • Respect Life.  The Respect Life group meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00pm in Room 3 of the New Church.  Through prayer and advocacy we support life from conception to natural death.  New members are welcome.

  • The Music Ministry needs you!  If you're interested in joining any of our musical groups please contact Bernie at 847-244-4161, ext. 21.

  • Can you help at our Welcome Booth?  If you've got a few minutes after mass to share with your fellow parishioners please contact Deacon Jeremy at jcarter@archchicago.org.

Bad Weather / Snow Closing Policy

Please Note:  If St. Patrick School is closed due to bad weather, the entire campus will be closed for the entire day and evening. The morning Mass is cancelled, the Parish Office is closed, and all evening activities and meetings are cancelled. We do this for the safety and well being of us all.


Weekend Mass Schedule

Saturday Mass: 5:00pm

Sunday Masses: 7:00am, 9:00am, 11:00am

Sunday Evening:  5:00pm



Daily Mass

7:30am Monday-Friday, Historic Church

 **NEW** Friday 10:15am, Historic Church 

 No Monday morning Mass.


  Sunday Readings 

February 25, 2018

1st Reading - Genesis 22: 1-2, 9-13, 15-18

Psalm:  116

2nd Reading - Romans 8: 31-34

Gospel Reading - Mark 9: 2-10

March 4, 2018

1st Reading - Ezekiel 20: 1-17

Psalm:  19

2nd Reading - 1 Corinthians 1: 22-25

Gospel Reading - John 2: 13-25

Light of the World



Save the Dates:

June 15-18, 2018

Sword of the Spirit

Sword of the Spirit (SOS) – an intercessory prayer ministry  

Click here to access our Direct-Giving Plan!

Scrip forms available here!

Newly Baptized into the Church

Layla Rosales

Lydia Ann Grimon

Liliana Sajuan

Congratulations!  Recently Married

Jodie Maplethorte


Nicholas Strong and

Christin Accomando

Please Pray for the Recently Deceased



Philip Carrigan


Stanley Crevier





Is God calling you?

Visit the Chicago Archdiocese Office of Vocations

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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, founded in 1917, is one of the largest social service agencies in the Midwest, annually serving more than one million people in Cook and Lake counties. Please visit our web site to learn more about our services.


Family Ministries Website

Are you trying to register for a PreCana or marriage education class, or want information about the Golden Wedding Mass, FOCCUS, Divorce and Annulment Support Ministry, Natural Family Planning, or Hispanic Family Ministries? We’ll be there! Our website is in English, Spanish, and Polish.


Prayer and Bible Study Opportunities

  • Group Name:  Wednesday Morning Bible Study

    Time: 9:00 AM Joan Zupec’s home

    Dates: Begins Wednesday, September 10th; meets weekly

    Subject: The Sunday Scripture Readings; prepares the Scripture readings for the upcoming weekend.

    Contact: Joan Zupec at 847-662-1150



  • Group Name: Thursday Morning Bible Study

    Time: 9:00AM - 11:00AM in Fr. Slattery Hall (There is a lift for those unable to do the stairs)

    Dates: Thursdays starting January 18 .  Meets most weeks until the arrival of Holy Week in March.

    Subjects:  Wisdom:  God's Vision for Live (by Jeff Cavins and Thomas Smith).


    Contact:  Carla Benzschawel at benzscm@yahoo.com or 847-265-7628 to sign up before August 23 so a study guide can be ordered.


  • Group Name: Thursday Evening Bible Study

    Begins:  Thursday, January 4

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm in Room 4 at St. Patrick School (enter through Boehm Center doors)

    Dates: Meets weekly Thursday evenings.

    Subject: Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality by Richarch Rohr.

    Contact: Patrick Romane at 847-746-6144 or romanejulian@gmail.com.


  • Calling all Parents of preschool age and younger! We would love for you to join our group! We get together with our tots during the day at least once a month for play dates and/or outings. We also have "Parents Night Out" once in a while to connect without distraction. Our group offers friendship, community, resources and support through our faith. Our schedule is fluid and changes every month so no one is left out! Working or stay at home Moms and Dads welcome!!  Contact Laura Savage at savages4life@gmail.com