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Pastor's Notes

Pastor's Notes

Ash Wednesday

Posted by Fr. Mario Orrigo

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a period of spiritual renewal which helps us prepare for the celebration of the Paschal mystery of Christ, his passion, death and resurrection.

The ashes we receive on our foreheads on Ash Wednesday are both a reminder of our earthly mortality ... Read More »

A Special Thank You

Posted by Fr. Mario Orrigo

Dear Church,

With everything we have all experienced in 2020, as we look forward to a new year, let us be reminded of what Christ says to you and I in Holy Scripture: ‘Rejoice and be glad on this day, for your name is great in heaven.’

Thank ... Read More »

Christmas Letter

Posted by Fr. Mario Orrigo

Dear Church,

On that first Christmas, the angels praised God, saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to men of good will.” The shepherds came and adored the newborn Savior. St. Luke wrote, “And Mary treasured all of these things and reflected on them in ... Read More »

COVID19, Advent, and Christmas

Posted by Fr. Mario Orrigo

Important - please read

Dear Church,

With so many concerns about public health and the rapid increase of COVID19 cases in our own community as we approach the holidays, Saint Patrick Parish is doing everything it can to keep its parishioners as safe as possible. However, we need your ... Read More »

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Advent

Posted by Fr. Mario Orrigo

Dear Church,

As we prepare for the holiday season during this unique time in our lives, we have still had the opportunity to gather together in prayer and Liturgy giving thanks to God for His unconditional love for each one of us. In our personal prayer let us remember ... Read More »

Change is never easy

Posted by Fr. Mario Orrigo

Dear Church,

How time flies! I remember like it was yesterday walking into the parish hall for the first time and bringing in the new year together as I became Pastor of this amazing parish. Since that first moment of encounter we have been through a lot together and ... Read More »

Living in Unusual Times

Posted by Fr. Mario Orrigo

Dear Church,

It’s an understatement to say we are living in unusual times. Who would have thought our reality could shift so dramatically in such a short period of time? In the midst of all this I am very hopeful about the future of our Church, for our hope ... Read More »

Praying together the Family Rosary

Posted by Fr. Mario Orrigo

Dear Church,

We have begun an exciting new school year with our students and staff. I could recite for you the data on the robust performance of our Catholic school students on standardized tests or the enviable student-teacher ratio. I could even impress you with the diverse class offerings ... Read More »

Saint Patrick Parish Grand Annual Appeal 2020 - 2021

Posted by Fr. Mario Orrigo

Dear Church,

I often wonder how many other pastors are as blessed as I am to be able to almost continually have to thank the members of the parish for their amazing generosity! At this time, when the numbers of people coming out to Mass during the pandemic is ... Read More »

Closing the Lobby for School Pickup

Posted by Fr. Mario Orrigo

Dear Church,

As we forge ahead during this fall season, with the opening of our Parish School and trying our best to keep anyone attending St. Patrick Parish safe, we are learning and adapting to new protocols.

In order to keep the children and everyone else safe, we have ... Read More »