Circles of Claddagh
A Ministry of St. Patrick
Circles of Claddagh
Circles of Claddagh is a women’s ministry group designed to allow women of the community at St. Patrick’s Church an opportunity to grow in their faith, foster friendships, and serve the church and community.
The Circles is comprised of four individual Circles, representing the general geographic areas where the women reside. Participants are welcome to join whichever Circle best meets their needs and schedule for location, meeting day, or time. Members include women who are single, married, moms, grandmothers, employed, unemployed and retired.
With faith and fellowship, we follow the traditions of parish women before us. In their footsteps, we continue to honor the commitment to women, family and community. Through our efforts, we will forge the bonds of love, friendship and loyalty, while strengthening our relationship with God.
Spring 2022 Events*
April – May 10 Scholarship Application available (details below)
May 6-11 Garage Sale Collection & Set-Up (5/11 no collection)
May 12-14 Garage Sale (Check Garage Sales webpage for hours and info.)
Mid-May Scholarship Applications reviewed by the committee.
June 11/12 Scholarships Presented at weekend Masses.
Check back for future events.
* All event dates are subject to change.
Circles of Claddagh Scholarship Applications are under review!
Applications were accepted through Noon on May 10th.
Did you know?
- Applicants must be registered parishioners who will be students of a college or trade school for the 2022-2023 school year. Includes returning adult students.
- The Circles award scholarships of $750 apiece.
- There is a lifetime limit of two scholarships per recipient.
Scholarships will be awarded at weekend Masses on June 11/12. Check back for details about the 2022 scholarship recipients.
Mark Your Calendars
All Circles run fundraisers and church-wide social functions throughout the year. We invite you to participate in or volunteer for any of the Circles projects or events.
The Church calendar lists all reserved dates for current and future Circle events.
A Virtual Hug from the Circles of Claddagh
The Circles of Claddagh desire to bring spiritual support to all women in the parish. Below is a list of excellent resources; websites that offer religious videos, articles, and prayers. These are meant to give support, nurture the spirit, and perhaps a bit of laughter.
- Our own St. Patrick’s website has a wealth of information and videos.
- WINE-Women IN the New Evangelization is an Archdiocesan resource coordinated by Kelly Wahlquist, the speaker at our 2019 women’s event.
- Father Mike Schmitz YouTube videos
- The Young Catholic Woman
Be assured that the Circles of Claddagh Advisory Board and Circle members are keeping you and your family in prayer.
Fundraisers and Socials
Circles projects and events include Bassinets for Babies; Blanket and Pillow Drive; Classic Bake Sale, Cookie Stroll, CountryFest Country Store, Easter Egg Hunt, Feed My Starving Children packing meals, Garage Sales, Giving Tree, Homily Bags, Lap Quilts for nursing homes, Mother Day Corsages, Prayer Shawls, Scholarship Committee, School Supplies Collection, Soup Supper and White Elephant Bingo, St. Nicholas Breakfast and Marktplatz.
Proceeds from fundraising events allow the Circles of Claddagh to donate to parish activities and causes as well as other organizations in the community. Proposals and reviews for requests for funds are handled by the Advisory Board. The Circles have donated to the Funeral Fund, Sharing & Caring Hands, Life Matters, the Music Ministry of St. Patrick’s, Seminarian support and our St. Patrick’s Youth Group. We have also assisted in purchasing liturgical and other church supplies, contributed to the cost of special renovation and repair projects around the church, and helped out with some of the operational costs of the church.
What is the Annual Women’s Event?
The Circles of Claddagh host an Annual Women’s Event open to all women of the parish and guests. It begins with a free breakfast and overview of Circles projects, fundraising events, donations and accomplishments of the past year. The outgoing and incoming Advisory Board are introduced and Officers are installed in a short ceremony. A presentation by a featured speaker is the highlight of the morning. This yearly event is an excellent opportunity for parish women to learn more about the Circles of Claddagh and consider joining this terrific ministry. Formerly in January, it was moved to Fall in 2017 in hopes that the warmer weather would be more appealing to all.
Join a Circle!
Individual Circle meetings are usually held once a month. (Some are less frequent or take seasonal breaks.) An Advisory Board with representatives from each Circle also meets five times a year.
Please contact the parish office at 763.753.2011 or email the Advisory Board Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org to join a circle.
Recurring Schedule: Dates and times may vary. Confirm individual Circle’s schedule for specific months. (The Church calendar lists all reserved dates for current and future Circle events.)
- St. Angela – meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month
- April-September 7 p.m. in members’ homes
- October-December 6 p.m. at church
- January-March no meetings
- St. Bridget – meets 6:30 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Church
- Women of the Celtic Cross – meets various evenings at Church and in members’ homes
- St. Mother Teresa – meets 9:30 AM on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Church
Manual & Bylaws
The Circles of Claddagh Advisory Board is inducted each Fall at the Annual Women’s Event. View the Circles of Claddagh Advisory Board Meeting Minutes for additional information on our activities and projects:
Circles Advisory Board Minutes: 2021/2022 Fiscal Year
(Check back for next approved minutes.)
Donation Request Forms
Throughout the year the Circles of Claddagh Advisory Board prayerfully considers donating to Saint Patrick’s Church projects, activities and groups. We also donate to organizations that support the community. A donation request form must be submitted to help the board make these informed decisions.
Please do a Save As of the donation request form. Fill in the form and submit to email@example.com. We recommend submitting request at least two business days prior to a Circles of Claddagh Advisory Board meeting.
Requests will be discussed at the next scheduled Advisory Board meeting. Dates are posted on the Circles of Claddagh calendar of events.
Parish donation request form for parish projects, activities and groups.
Community donation request form for external organizations.
Contact Circles of Claddagh
Volunteer with Circles of Claddagh
Ministry Leader: Melissa Dupont
Staff Contact: Linda Abel-Thomas
Schedule: Once a month
Age Groups: Adults, Seniors
Ministry Category: Social