Welcome to St. Patrick, Seneca
Founded in 1856
Welcome to all at St. Patrick's Church in Seneca. Our community is pleased to count you among its members. If you wish to Join Us, please click the link above, complete the "New Parishioner" form, and drop in the collection basket at either of our weekend masses. If you want ot submit your form online, please click Join Us Now.
If you need to "update" any family information, please click on the Update Family link above, fill out the form, and drop in the collection basket at any of our weekend masses.
Children's Choir starting up at St. Patrick's:
Catherine Bilot is starting a children's choir for St. Patrick's in Seneca. Rehearsals will be once a week on Wednesday evenings 6:00-7:30pm in the church. Questions? Please contact Catherine at [email protected] and/or cell: 779-702-8959. Children's choir will sing once a month at the 9:00 Mass on Sundays. The schedule for rehearsals and for singing is yet to be determined. Please reach out to Catherine for more information.
Important Tax Information:
It is that time of year… 2021 Contribution Statements are available! Please complete a request form found on the tables at the back of church. You can drop it in either of the weekend collections. You can print off a form found here 2021 Contribution Statement Form Request
Feel free to reach out with question/concerns to June/Andrea in the office at St. Joseph’s – 815-795-2240. If you are a St. Patrick’s Seneca parishioner, you can reach out to Nadine at [email protected].
We will do our best to get them turned around within 2 weeks of receiving the requests. Requests are accepted through Sunday, March 13, 2022.
Important Upcoming Mass Dates/Times
Click on the link below to see the Altar & Rosary All Souls List:
Outdoor Mass on Sunday, September 19, 2021
Join us at 9am on Sunday, September 19th
for our Outdoor Service
Mass at 9:00am followed by Adoration from 10:00 – 11:00am.
For those that would like to meet our new Pastor, Father Millar, please join us for Fellowship following Mass (10:00am) with coffee, juice, and donuts.
Please remember to bring your own chairs! Rain Date set for Sunday, September 26th
Altar & Rosary would like to thank ALL of the helpers that came out to help at last Sunday’s Breakfast in the Park! They would also like to thank all those that came out to support the Altar & Rosary at St. Patrick’s in Seneca. There were 165 tickets sold and total profit came to $1,412.00.
Message from CCD Coordinator: Mrs. Jennifer Doloski:
On 7/22/21, based on guidance available at that time, the Diocese of Peoria announced an optional masking policy for the schools (and CCD programs) of the Diocese. We announced the same for the upcoming start of CCD.
However, following the Governor's announced mask mandate for all public schools, Bishop Jenky announced that all schools (and CCD programs) of the Diocese would also follow this mandate.
This means that when CCD classes begin in September, all students and CCD teachers must wear a facemask (covering mouth and nose) while in the Parish Center or church during class time. If the weather permits, teachers may choose to take their classes outside for "mask breaks" or to conduct entire lessons.
Please understand that this is not debatable at the parish level. Neither Father Millar nor I can establish masking rules for St. Patrick's that are contrary to what the Bishop's office directs.
Catholic Schools in Diocese of Peoria will Comply with Pritzker Mask Mandate
We'd like to wish Father Ghislain Inai Congratulations on his 17-years in the Priesthood!
Father's Anniversary is Saturday, June 26, 2021.
Progress report on Phase ll of Tending To Our Heritage
I’d like to give everyone a progress report on Phase ll of Tending to Our Heritage and some other unexpected expenses we’ve incurred over the past few months that are not related to the renovation.
First of all Fr. Millar, the Building Committee, and the Parish Council would like to thank all of you who have been so generous in supporting Phase l and Phase ll of our multi- year renovation.
Phase ll is progressing as planned. The S.W. parapet wall has been re-tuck pointed and the inside of that wall in the attic has been repaired. Mortar has been ground out and cracked bricks removed at various places on the lower west sIde wall and N.W. entrance wall. The tile has been removed that covered the N.W. entry and covered with a waterproof membrane while they rebuild the top of that parapet wall and raise it one foot. Some of the concrete pieces have been ordered that will replace the defective ones. Once everything is done in that area a standing rim metal roof will be installed along with new copper gutters. Mortar has also been ground out on the front wall. They will eventually be placing scaffolding inside the church to work on that front wall.
As I said earlier, we’ve have incurred some unexpected expenses. If you own your own home you know that some things eventually wear out. You hope not all at once, but sometimes that happens too. The rectory dishwasher had to be replaced at a cost of $700. About a month after that the AC in the rectory had to be replaced with a new a-coil, line set, compressor, and pad at a cost of $3,960. We spent $170 for a service call to fix the S.E. AC unit for the church that wasn’t working. The front steps at the parish center are beyond repair. If the insurance company were to see that, we’d flunk the inspection. So those are going to be removed and replaced along with the sidewalk that goes from the stairs out to the main sidewalk. Work on that will start in about a week and will cost $5,100 plus the cost of repairing the handrails and having them sand blasted, powder coated, and painted.
You’ve probably noticed that some of the trees have been trimmed. Miller tree service is going to trim all the trees on the property at a cost of $2,500. That won’t be paid until they’re all trimmed which might be a while because they come when things are slow. It’s a work in progress.
As you know, we need $3,200 a week to meet expenses. I hate to ask for money. You all have been outstanding stewards to your church, St. Patrick’s. I’m just going to pray that we’ll get through this rough patch and that nothing else breaks down or falls apart. Anything that you can do to help out would be greatly appreciated. God Bless and Keep You.
Building and Grounds Chairman