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“You must propagate veneration of the Most Blessed Sacrament with all your might, for the devotion to the Holy Eucharist is the queen of all devotions.”
– Pope Benedict XV

Deepen Your Faith with St Patrick Church

There are many ways you can deepen your faith and walk with God being offered now by our church.

Year of St Joseph

Pope Francis proclaimed a Year of Saint Joseph from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.  A plenary indulgence will be granted to Catholics who complete an act honoring St Joseph.

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What Are You Missing in the Mass?

Join this study led by parishioner, Christa Pichler.  No materials or previous study required.  Just show up and learn more about the Mass!  In-person and online options offered!

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Chosen Video Series

The Chosen is a new television drama based on the life of Jesus Christ.  The series portrays Jesus “through the eyes of those who met him.”

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WHO WE ARE

The community of St Patrick is one of faith and commitment to the Lord.

We, the faithful community of St. Patrick, are using our collective gifts to serve the Lord and one another.  Through worship, faith, formation, education, and outreach we strive to be a sign of Christ’s presence in our community and the world.

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Each Weekend ~ Available on St. Patrick YouTube Channel

ST PATRICK YOUTUBE CHANNEL

In these uncertain times, we the community of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Gretna can still come together to pray and celebrate the Mass.
During this time of social distancing it is more important now than ever to unite ourselves as one parish.
To provide everyone Mass from our beautiful church, and allow all to participate whether in person or at home,
Mass will still be recorded and made available for you to celebrate at your convenience anytime.

Please Note:  while Mass is being celebrated, ALL doors to the Church will be locked.

Remember to Subscribe to the St Patrick YouTube Channel and set a reminder for mass!

May God bless and keep you safe, healthy, and positive until we gather in the Lord’s house together again!

MASS TIMES

The Mass is our most important prayer as Catholic Christians. The Church tells us that celebrating the Mass is the “source and summit” of our Christian life.

WEEKEND MASSES

Saturday – 5 PM
Sunday – 8 AM, 10 AM, Noon
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DAILY MASSES

Tuesday – Evening Mass at 6:00 PM
Wednesday – Morning Mass at 7:30 AM
Thursday – Evening Mass at 6:00 PM
Friday – Morning Mass at 7:30 AM

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION

Morning Mass at 7:30 AM
Evening Mass at 6:00 PM

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RECONCILIATION

Saturday – 4:00-4:40 PM

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Building Access

Main East Entrance (Narthex) – Open 7 days a week, 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Please remember to respect social distancing rules of staying a minimum of six feet apart.

Weekend Masses Only:
– All church entrances unlocked half hour prior to start of Mass
– All church entrances locked five minutes after Mass begins
– Main East Entrance South Door (Narthex) opened by security guard only

Church Basement / Elevator – locked around-the-clock every day of the week
Conference / Meeting Rooms – available for limited use with the approval of the parish office

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Friday Funny  Being that May is the month of Mary and I believe God has a sense of humor (see first image). Dont worry about seeing Cookie Monster in the image of Mary at St. Patrick, I checked I dont see him (image on right).

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Geeze. You’re right, can’t unsee it now. GBY

Today is National Day of Prayer. Let us pray for unity within our nation today.

2021 NATIONAL PRAYER FOR AMERICA

Lord, we look up and see the billions of stars You created, and we praise You. We look around and see the billions of people You created in Your image; uniquely, fearfully, wonderfully, and we thank You. Wrap us in Your Spirit and unite us in Your family, Lord.

Thank You for loving us first. In Your love for the whole world, You sent Your Son to save us.

Jesus, in You alone we have abundant and everlasting life. Thank you for teaching and leading us to love and live, fruitful, and faithful. In Your life, death, resurrection, and ascension You are our Lord, our love, our life, and our liberty. You came to “bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.” You have freed us from the penalty and shame of our sin; free to live life as You designed and Your destiny for our Nation.

Spirit search us, convict us, as we repent for our sin and the sins of America. Please cleanse, fill, and send us. We rejoice, knowing that Your forgiveness makes us acceptable and effective vessels for Your love, life and liberty in our family, church, education, workplace, military, government, art, entertainment, and media.

We pray that America will be united in love to serve You with all our hearts, all our ways, and all of our days. Unite us to pray, love; to live and walk by the Spirit. Conform and transform us as we pray and proclaim, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

We pray this is the name of Jesus, Amen.

Prayer by Kathy Branzell, President of the National Day of Prayer Task Force
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Today is National Day of Prayer. Let us pray for unity within our nation today.  2021 NATIONAL PRAYER FOR AMERICA 
Lord, we look up and see the billions of stars You created, and we praise You. We look around and see the billions of people You created in Your image; uniquely, fearfully, wonderfully, and we thank You. Wrap us in Your Spirit and unite us in Your family, Lord.  Thank You for loving us first. In Your love for the whole world, You sent Your Son to save us.  Jesus, in You alone we have abundant and everlasting life. Thank you for teaching and leading us to love and live, fruitful, and faithful. In Your life, death, resurrection, and ascension You are our Lord, our love, our life, and our liberty. You came to “bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.” You have freed us from the penalty and shame of our sin; free to live life as You designed and Your destiny for our Nation.  Spirit search us, convict us, as we repent for our sin and the sins of America. Please cleanse, fill, and send us. We rejoice, knowing that Your forgiveness makes us acceptable and effective vessels for Your love, life and liberty in our family, church, education, workplace, military, government, art, entertainment, and media.  We pray that America will be united in love to serve You with all our hearts, all our ways, and all of our days. Unite us to pray, love; to live and walk by the Spirit. Conform and transform us as we pray and proclaim, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”  We pray this is the name of Jesus, Amen.  Prayer by Kathy Branzell, President of the National Day of Prayer Task Force

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Thanks for the reminder! GBY

The Preschool had a beautiful May Crowning prayer service this morning to honor Mary during the month of Mary.  Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.  Gentle woman, quiet light, Morning star, so strong and bright, gentle Mother, peaceful dove, teach us wisdom, teach us love.

When we think of the saints in Heaven we often think of people who lived long ago and feel a disconnect between their lives and our own. But the truth is our world is still making saints even today. This last Monday would have been Blessed Carlo Acutis' 30th birthday. That's right, he would have just turned 30. He might not be an official canonized saint yet, but he is on his way.

“I'm happy to die because I've lived my life without wasting even a minute of it doing things that wouldn't have pleased God.” Carlo Acutis

Blessed Carlo died at the age of 15 after a sudden diagnosis of leukemia, but in just 15 years of life he became a great inspiration to so many. He had a strong devotion to the Holy Eucharist and to Our Lady, specifically in praying the Rosary, and Carlo desired to share these devotions with the world.

“To always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan.” Carlo Acutis And that he did.

Official prayer asking for the Canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis

Oh Father, who has given us the ardent testimony, of the young Blessed Carlo Acutis, who made the Eucharist the core of his life and the strength of his daily commitments so that everybody may love You above all else, let him soon be counted among the Saints in Your Church.

Confirm my faith, nurture my hope, strengthen my charity, in the image of young Carlo who, growing in these virtues, now lives with You. Grant me the grace that I need ...(your specific request).

I trust in You, Father, and your Beloved Son Jesus, in the Virgin Mary, our Dearest Mother, and in the intervention of Your Blessed Carlo Acutis.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be

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When we think of the saints in Heaven we often think of people who lived long ago and feel a disconnect between their lives and our own. But the truth is our world is still making saints even today. This last Monday would have been Blessed Carlo Acutis 30th birthday. Thats right, he would have just turned 30. He might not be an official canonized saint yet, but he is on his way.  “Im happy to die because Ive lived my life without wasting even a minute of it doing things that wouldnt have pleased God.” Carlo Acutis  Blessed Carlo died at the age of 15 after a sudden diagnosis of leukemia, but in just 15 years of life he became a great inspiration to so many. He had a strong devotion to the Holy Eucharist and to Our Lady, specifically in praying the Rosary, and Carlo desired to share these devotions with the world.  “To always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan.” Carlo Acutis And that he did.  Official prayer asking for the Canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis  Oh Father, who has given us the ardent testimony, of the young Blessed Carlo Acutis, who made the Eucharist the core of his life and the strength of his daily commitments so that everybody may love You above all else, let him soon be counted among the Saints in Your Church.  Confirm my faith, nurture my hope, strengthen my charity, in the image of young Carlo who, growing in these virtues, now lives with You. Grant me the grace that I need ...(your specific request).  I trust in You, Father, and your Beloved Son Jesus, in the Virgin Mary, our Dearest Mother, and in the intervention of Your Blessed Carlo Acutis.  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be  http://www.carloacutis.com/en/association/la-linea-del-tempo-di-carlo

Pope Francis invites Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Catholics across the globe are encouraged to dedicate the Marian month of May to praying for an end to the pandemic. The initiative, behind which the Pope has thrown his support, involves 30 Marian Shrines from various parts of the world. The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization announced the news with a press release on Wednesday (April 21) afternoon. It takes place under the theme “The whole Church was fervently praying to God,” which recalls a verse in the Book of Acts (12:5).

PRAYER INITIATIVE

“The initiative will involve all the Shrines of the world in a special way, so that they might encourage the faithful, families, and communities to recite the Rosary to pray for an end to the pandemic,” read the statement. Pope Francis will open the Marian month of prayer on May 1 with a Rosary broadcast across Vatican Media’s platforms. Each day will see Vatican News broadcast the recitation of the Rosary at 6 PM Rome time from the various Shines taking part in the initiative. The Pope will also close the initiative on May 31 with another specially-broadcast Rosary.

END TO THE PANDEMIC

This year’s dedication of May to pandemic-related prayer recalls a similar occurrence during the first wave in March 2020. Pope Francis led the world in prayer during that confusing and difficult time, celebrating a live-streamed, daily Mass in the Casa Santa Marta. After more than a year, and with the world still in the grips of the pandemic, the Pope and the Church around the world are once again leading the way in imploring God for an end to the suffering which so many people are forced to bear.

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Pope Francis invites Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Catholics across the globe are encouraged to dedicate the Marian month of May to praying for an end to the pandemic. The initiative, behind which the Pope has thrown his support, involves 30 Marian Shrines from various parts of the world. The Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization announced the news with a press release on Wednesday (April 21) afternoon. It takes place under the theme “The whole Church was fervently praying to God,” which recalls a verse in the Book of Acts (12:5).  PRAYER INITIATIVE  “The initiative will involve all the Shrines of the world in a special way, so that they might encourage the faithful, families, and communities to recite the Rosary to pray for an end to the pandemic,” read the statement. Pope Francis will open the Marian month of prayer on May 1 with a Rosary broadcast across Vatican Media’s platforms. Each day will see Vatican News broadcast the recitation of the Rosary at 6 PM Rome time from the various Shines taking part in the initiative. The Pope will also close the initiative on May 31 with another specially-broadcast Rosary.  END TO THE PANDEMIC  This year’s dedication of May to pandemic-related prayer recalls a similar occurrence during the first wave in March 2020. Pope Francis led the world in prayer during that confusing and difficult time, celebrating a live-streamed, daily Mass in the Casa Santa Marta. After more than a year, and with the world still in the grips of the pandemic, the Pope and the Church around the world are once again leading the way in imploring God for an end to the suffering which so many people are forced to bear.  Article from vaticannews.va by Devin Watkins on April 22, 2021.
Jesus presents us with two choices: dependence upon Himself or condemnation, Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned, (John 15:6).  Those who are faithful can pray with confidence that God is with them. They can ask and be certain that there will be an answer to their requests. Indeed, our faith itself is a gift from the Lord. So, we cannot do anything (even loving the Lord) with Gods help.  Notice that Jesus says that prayer and its answer are to glorify God, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples” (John 15:7-8).  Prayer is not simply to fulfill the whims of the follower who is praying. Hence, Christians should pray with utter trust, but their prayers should seek Gods will and proclaim Gods glory. A goal of prayer is evangelization, that we will become disciples of the Lord.  How has trust in Christ made a difference in your life?
Happy feast day of St. Joseph, the Worker! A Prayer for Fidelity to Work, (see below) is a prayer during those times that you find it hard to convince yourself to do the work that you need to do. Seeing a spiritual purpose in that work can help. This prayer to St. Joseph, patron of workers, helps you to call to mind that all of your labor is part of your struggle on the road to heaven.  Glorious St. Joseph, model of all who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations; to work with gratitude and joy, considering it an honor to employ and develop, by means of labor, the gifts received from God, disregarding difficulties and weariness; to work, above all, with purity of intention and with detachment from self, having always before my eyes death, and the account which I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all for Mary, all after your example, patriarch Joseph. This will be my watchword in life and in death. Amen.
Friday Funny  We love a good Sister joke!

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The new parish cookbooks are here and they look great! These will make really great Mothers day gifts or even birthday or Christmas presents. You wont want to miss out on the 700+ family favorite recipes submitted! Which means youll have to hurry to get your copy(s) of the cookbook. This weekend there will be a table set up in the Narthex after all four Masses or you can come into the Parish Office during regular hours to purchase your cookbook.  Thanks again to everyone who submitted recipes, who helped put the cookbook together and the sponsors. All proceeds go to the St. Patricks Preschool.
Happy feast day of St. Gianna Beretta Molla! St. Gianna is the patron saint of mothers, physicians and unborn children.  St. Gianna’s sacrifice of risking her life for the health of her unborn child has inspired, and, in some cases, confounded those who hear her story. Yet almost all can agree that it was an extraordinary act of love. St. Gianna’s husband, Pietro, maintains that Gianna did not sacrifice her life from a desire to attain heaven, but simply “because she was a mother.” All mothers are capable of extraordinary acts of self-giving love, although these acts may take different forms. Mothers deserve our gratitude for the sacrifices they make in order to give, and to sustain, life. St. Gianna Beretta Molla, pray for us!
We need to be praying for vocations now more than ever, with so many priests growing closer to the age of retirement and very few young men being ordained into the priesthood during the last couple of years here in the Archdiocese.  How can you help instill the courage and grace to respond to the call to the priesthood, for the young boys and men in your life?  Loving God, Is it I, Lord? Are you calling me to a vocation of ministry in the Church as a Priest, Sister, Brother or Deacon? Or if I am already living out a lifes vocation, are you asking me to help call others to the ministry of leadership in the Church? We do need men and women to help lead us as Church, Lord. We are your people of the valley, prairie and pines, the Archdiocese of Omaha. Speak to us Lord. Open the minds and hearts of many men and women to live your Word and build your Kingdom. Speak to me Lord. Plant your Word within me so that whatever you call me to be or do I may say Yes, Here I Am Lord.  Lord here I am! What would you like me to do with my life? (Pause to listen to God for a moment) Teach me to do your will, Lord. And let your Holy Spirit guide me! Amen.
Sacrifice is the yardstick that measures ones character and values. Self-giving proves the worth of ones words and intent.  Jesus declared Himself to be a devoted shepherd, the Good Shepherd, who calls each sheep by name, who loves each sheep as a favorite pet, whose loyalty to His flock means putting Himself in danger as a sacrifice for His sheep. As the Good Shepherd, Jesus points to Himself as the model for us to follow. Any follower who desires leadership in the Christian community should be willing to face the same fate, self-sacrifice for the good of the flock. They must be loyal to the Lord and His followers, no matter the cost.  Jesus’ intense devotion and loyalty continues to gather new sheep into the fold, as we follow His example of love, loyalty, and self-sacrifice. We are to shepherd in the same fashion as Christ taught us, to sacrifice out of love. We are to lead by giving of self for the good of others. More important, we are to lead in a way that brings others to Christ and through Christ to the Father. In order to lead in this fashion, we need to sacrifice self-interest and ego, and the rewards of love will make this sacrifice worth the cost.  What sacrifices have you made to lead others to Christ?
Tomorrow is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. As Catholics we are asked to pray for our priests, deacons, and all those in religious vocations. We are also called to pray that more young men and women will answer the call to these vocations.  Let us pray,
O God, Father of all Mercies, Provider of a bountiful Harvest, send Your Graces upon those You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor; preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you. Open the hearts of Your children that they may discern Your Holy Will; inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ. Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life guided by Your Divine Word and Truth. Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers and grant Your Churchs needs, through Christ, our Lord. 
Amen.  For more information about the different vocations, you can visit the Archdiocese website: https://archomaha.org/vocations/
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