As the Father has sent me, even so I send you…
“A shepherd after the heart of God has a heart sufficiently free to set aside his own concerns. He does not live by calculating his gains or how long he has worked: he is not an accountant of the Spirit, but a Good Samaritan who seeks out those in need,”
Pope Francis, June 3, 2016 homily
Father Matthew J. Gutowski
Father Matthew Gutowski assumed the role of pastor for St Patrick in the summer of 2017. He came from nearby Springfield, Nebraska and St Joseph Parish there. He continued to lead the parish through recently implemented programs such as Christ Renews His Parish (CRHP) as well as assisted in helping plan for the future and a potential Catholic elementary school.
Father Daniel Soltys
Father Dan shepherded our parish through the largest expansion in our history, taking the church from seating 250 to seating almost 900. Father Dan began the tradition at St Patrick of having a children’s collection, where the youngest of our families bring forward their coins to hand directly to Father. At the building of our new church, this collection was put toward the statue of Jesus and the children that stands outside our Parish Center. The tradition continues today with great enthusiasm from our young people.
Msgr. John L. Zaplotnik
Msgr. Zaplotnik came to America from Slovenia, Yugoslavia in 1902 as a 17-year-old. He received his doctorate in Canon Law in 1927 from the Catholic University in Washington, DC. He came to Gretna in June 1954, and served the community until 1966. During his tenure, he introduced the new liturgy approved by the Vatican Council.
Father Paul E. Schneider
While Father Paul only served three years at St Patrick he had many great contributions. He was passionate about young parishoners and promoted many sports such as baseball, basketball, and ping pong. He was instrumental in leading the charge to repair and secure all of the stained glass windows. He also helped organize the Gretna Medical Association whose purpose was to secure a physician for the community.
Father James J. Morrin
Father Morrin contributed greatly during his time to the care and condition of the church, rectory, and grounds. He encouraged and paid parishoners to clean the grounds. He had the rectory updated and decorated.