Coronavirus Update

Parish Office is Opening Soon
Thurs, May 14 @ 2:30pm – The parish office will open on Monday, May 18. The staff will be back in the office during regular hours of operation (please note that summer hours begin after Memorial Day). We will continue with the same Adoration and Reconciliation schedule through May 31. All who visit the church building are asked to maintain a proper social distance and wear a mask at their own discretion. Continue to watch the website for the latest news.

Stay-at-Home Order Extended
Thurs, April 30 @ 4:00pm – St. Patrick Catholic Church will remain closed for most events until May 18. We will continue to offer Adoration, but the parish office will remain closed until May 18. Staff can easily be reached by phone or email. Please see our website for the many activities that we are offering during this stay at home order.

Garage Sale and Plant Sale Canceled
Fri, April 24 @ 1:00pm – The May Garage Sale is canceled. We hope to have the August garage sale on August 6 – 8. We will begin accepting drop offs on Thursday, July 30 – learn more here. The Hanging Plant Sale is also canceled. Continue to support Pletschers Greenhouse, the nursery that provides our plants each spring. Also, we are now offering Eucharistic Adoration in the Daily Chapel, learn more here. Our staff is still hard at work and committed to serving the mission of St. Patrick. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, or ways we can better serve you and your family. Stay tuned for future scheduling updates.

Stay-at-Home Order
Wed, April 15 @ 12:30pm – In compliance with Governor Tim Walz’s Stay-At-Home Order, we have canceled all events through May 3. This cancellation also includes the celebration of public Masses, the Parish Office, and access to our church building. Updates to follow.


Wed, March 25 @ 4:00 pm – In compliance with Governor Tim Walz’s Stay-At-Home Order, we have canceled all events through April 10. This cancellation also includes the Celebration of public Masses, our Adoration Chapel, the Parish Office, and access to our church building. Rest assured that our staff is still working hard to meet our community’s needs and can be reached by phone or email. At this time we are not prepared to cancel Easter Masses. More updates to follow


Sun, March 22 @ 7:00 pm –  Nearly 300 tuned in to our live stream broadcast of 9am Mass this morning. Given that, we are trying to stream Mass on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 9am. More information to follow.

Given the status of the Coronavirus, we will keep the church building closed to the public, at least until Monday, March 30. The staff will be working from home and will continue to be available via phone and email.

If you know of someone who is in need of some relief during these times, please click here to see how we are helping with Basic Needs, or click here to see how we are helping with Spiritual Needs.  This includes busy families that can’t find time to make dinner, elderly, homebound – anyone who we can help!

If you haven’t noticed, Fr. Eilen is offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation, albeit in a unique way. Click here for more information.  


Thu, March 19 @ 5 pm – Due to new information and continued safety for our staff and parishioners, we are taking further measures regarding our facility use.

  1. The office will be closed until Monday, March 23, and possibly longer. Each staff person will regularly check voice mail and email and attempt to stay on top of parish business.
  2. With the office being closed, this means the entire building will be locked during this time.
  3. The Adoration Chapel will be closed through March 31.
  4. A reminder to watch St. Patrick Mass live with Fr. Eilen presiding, on Sunday, March 22 at 9am. Visit our website for more information and additional resources.


March 18 @ 9:00 pm – We are suspending all daily and weekend Mass at St. Patrick until further notice. Adoration Chapel will remain scheduled as is, limit two people at a time. Look for an update tomorrow morning.


March 18, 2020 – For clarification purposes, the Fish Fry events are cancelled for the remainder of Lent. Also, it has been decided to cancel Friday evening Stations of the Cross with Adoration for the remainder of Lent. As of now, our Mass schedule, Reconciliation schedule and Adoration Chapel schedule remains the same. Further updates will be forthcoming.


March 16, 2020Effective immediately, we will be canceling all events, programs, and ministries through March 31. Exceptions to this include: Mass (Daily and Weekend Masses), Adoration, previously scheduled Baptisms, and Reconciliation. We will also have Stations of the Cross this Friday at 6:00pm. In order to mitigate the spread of germs, our Monday Cleaning Crew will remain as scheduled, but the building will be closed to the community other than these times.

In the interest of more prayer, we invite parishioners to sign-up for extended Adoration Hours this weekend – click here to learn more.

All parishioners are invited to check out our Prayer Resources web page to help you continue your journey to holiness from the comfort of your home, click this link to gain access to Prayer Resources. Check back here regularly for all updates.


March 13, 2020 – As Pastor of St. Patrick, I want to speak briefly about some precautions we are enacting in response to Minnesota Department of Health and Archdiocesan instructions and guidelines to lessen the spread of viruses and illness.  Until further notice, the following measures will be taken at St. Patrick Catholic Church:

  1. Our Baptismal Font will remain empty to deter the spread of germs.
  2. We will suspend the “Sign of Peace” at all Masses.
  3. We will suspend “Communion from the Chalice” at all Masses.
  4. The Archbishop has provided dispensation for all Catholics in the archdiocese from their Sunday obligation. See his letter below for more details. 
  5. Be extra-vigilant of washing hands and using hand sanitizer to minimize transmission.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we enact prudent measures and guidelines to protect the health and well-being of all our brothers and sisters in Christ.  Please check your local news regularly, and go to our website for updated information.

If by chance you gave up television or the internet for Lent, know that I encourage you to speak with others who can give you an update from trusted sources to relieve your anxiety.  If this means you choose to watch the local news or go on the internet for updates, then exercise some other form of penance or work of mercy.

 Yours In Christ, 

Fr. Allan Paul Eilen

Click Here for the letter from Archbishop Hebda 


“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 4:6-7)