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News and Current Events

PLEASE NOTE:  The parish office will be closed on Monday, May 30,

in observance of Memorial Day

The Faithful Citizenship Ministry

Children's Liturgy of the World

Seasons of Hope Grief Support Group begins in June



School of Religious


SRE Registration is now open!

Please visit the SRE website at


for more information!

June 26 Hospitality Update  

The final plans are coming together for Fr. Fred’s Farewell Weekend. As with any hospitality event, we cannot do it alone. If you are willing and able, we could use volunteers for the following:

• Set-up on Saturday evening, Sunday morning or Sunday afternoon

• Clean-up after the 11am mass or after the Bar-B-Que

• Hospitality assistance after each mass and at the Bar-B-Que

Brats, Hotdogs and Corn will be provided at the Bar-B-Que and ALL are welcome to bring a dish to pass:

        A-L Salad or Side dish

        M-Z Dessert

If you would like volunteer please contact Terri Furrer at furrer.terri@comcast.net 


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.


A Message from the Transition Team

As mentioned on April 3rd, Father Fred will be on sabbatical starting on July 1, 2016. We’ve created a Transition Team to assist with communication as we await a new Pastor. In the interim, the Archdiocese has appointed Father Jim Merold as the Parochial Administrator, beginning July 1, 2016.

What is a Parochial Administrator?

  When a priest leaves the office of pastor because his term is completed, the bishop simply appoints another pastor.  However, canon law of the church provides for a “parochial administrator” to supply continued pastoral care. When the office of pastor becomes vacant, then the bishop has the duty to designate another priest to provide this care until the vacancy is filled or when a new pastor arrives. The appointment may be indefinite but never permanent. It ceases when the pastor returns or a new one is appointed to fill the vacancy.


  This is to say while they technically have the authority of a pastor, because the nature of the assignment is temporary, they are not supposed to make major changes in the running or doings of a parish unless or until they are appointed pastor, or a pastor is appointed. An administrator runs the parish and is responsible for it. The understanding is that his role is that of a temporary caretaker. He may not start any major initiatives, constructions, etc. He is simply to be a caretaker. 


  On July 1, please extend Father Jim a warm St. Patrick’s welcome.


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....

Childrens' Liturgy of the Word (CLW) happens twice a month!  Children of St. Patrick Parish in Kindergarten through 2nd grade are welcome to join during the liturgy at the 9am Mass.  

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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!   Wednesdays from 8:00am-9:00pm, Eucharistic Adoration follows the 7:30am Mass in the Old Church.

         8:00am Public recitation of the Holy Rosary

         3:00pm Public recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet

         8:00pm-9:00pm Youth Holy Hour

         First Wednesday at 7:00pm - Public recitation of the Rosary for the Unborn Child

         For more information please contact Carla Benzschawel 847-265-7628


  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word will be on every second Sunday of the month.  What is Children’s Liturgy of the Word?  The term "Children’s Liturgy of the Word" refers to the practice of children leaving the mass before the Liturgy of the Word and gathering elsewhere to discuss the Scripture readings in a way that is more appropriate to their level of understanding.  How does this work? (click here 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.

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 AM - 11:00 AM in the Old Church Hall (There is a lift for those unable to do

    the stairs)

    Dates: Begins Thursday, September 4, 2014; meets weekly.

    Subject: The book of Psalms from the Little Rock Scripture Study

    Contact: Carla Benzschawel at benzscm@yahoo.com or 847-265-7628


  • Group Name: Thursday Evening Bible Study

    Time: 7 - 8:30 PM in the Parish School Staff Room (enter through Boehm Center


    Dates: Begins Thursday, September 17, 2015; meets weekly

    Subject: The Eucharist in Scripture

    Contact: Mary Ann Gilray at 847-662-5083 or magilray@yahoo.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



click here for a list of ministries


 Click here to access our Direct-Giving Plan!

Scrip forms available here!

Newly Baptized into the Church

Emma Rose Luetje

Grayson Michael Revis

Xiomara Ivonne Morales

Congratulations!  Recent Weddings

Jeffrey E. Svihra and Mary M. Eber

Please Pray for the Recently Deceased


Mark Walker

Nephew of Linda Schueneman


Natividad Geronimo

Aunt of Brenda and Santiago Brerientos


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, except 

Tuesdays.  Tuesday Mass will be at 8:30am,

in combination with the school mass.


Sunday Readings

June 19, 2016

1st Reading - Zechariah 12: 10-11, 13:1

Psalm:  63:2, 2-6, 8-9

2nd Reading - Galatians 3: 26-29

Gospel Reading - Luke 9: 18-24

June 26, 2016

1st Reading - 1 Kings 19: 16, 19-21

Psalm:  16

2nd Reading - Galatians 5: 13-18

Gospel Reading - Luke 9: 51-62

Light of the World



Save the Dates:

October 7-10, 2016

Sword of the Spirit

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


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.