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.
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: 2017-2018 Calendar of Events.
Mark Your Calendars: March – May 2018
March 17 – May 2 Circles Scholarship Application (see below)
April 1 Easter Egg Hunt
May 17 – 18 Spring Garage Sale (set up starts May 14)
Circles Scholarship Application
Download the 2018 Scholarship Application. Application Deadline: Wednesday, May 2nd by 12:00 Noon.
Eligible applicants are registered parishioners attending a college or trade school during the 2018 – 2019 school year. Includes returning adult students. Be sure to carefully follow all instructions, requirements and application deadline.
Presentation date: June 3rd at the Baccalaureate Celebration. Held in the Social Hall following the 9 am Mass.
Fundraisers and Socials
Circles projects and events include Bassinets for Babies; Blanket, Coat and Pillows 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.
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.
- St. Angela – meets 7:00 PM on the second Wednesday of the month in homes of members
- St. Bridget – meets 7:00 PM on the first Monday of the month at St. Patrick’s Church
- Women of the Celtic Cross – meets 6:30 PM on the third Wednesday of the month at church.
- Mother Teresa – meets 9:00 AM on the fourth Wednesday of the month at St. Patrick 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:
2017/2018 Fiscal Year
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 which 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.
Ministry Leader: Bonnie Bernstrom
Staff Contact: Kerri Rooney
Schedule: Once a month
Age Groups: Adults, Seniors
Ministry Category: Social