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.

Circles of Claddagh Scholarship Application Has Arrived!

Link to the 2019 Scholarship Application. Check out this year’s new essay question.

Did you know?

  • Applicants must be registered parishioners who will be students of a college or trade school for the 2019 – 2020 school year including returning adult students.
    • Whether you are already in college, attending long after high school, or a high school senior you should apply.
  • There is a lifetime limit of two scholarships per recipient.
    • Have you already received one Circles’ scholarship? You are still eligible to submit an application.
  • You can earn up to 30 points for your volunteer work in Ministries, Parish and Community Activities.
    • Tip: Check your calendars to create your list.

Dates to remember: Applications are due by noon May 22nd. Scholarships will be awarded during hospitality on June 2nd immediately following the Baccalaureate Mass.

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: 2019 Calendar of Events.

Coming Events: April – June 2019

April 14                       Scholarship Applications Available
April 21                       Easter Egg Hunt
May                             Bassinets for Babies
May 11 – 12               Mother Day Flowers
May 16 – 18               Spring Garage Sale
June 2                        Scholarship Presentation

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.

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 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 6:30 PM on the second Tuesday of the month at St. Patrick 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

2013 Circles of Claddagh Manual and Bylaws_Updated 10.23.2017


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:

2018/2019 Fiscal Year

October 25, 2018 Advisory Board 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 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  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.



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Ministry Stats

Ministry Leader: Cindy Debrobander
Staff Contact: Kerri Rooney
Schedule: Once a month

Age Groups: Adults, Seniors
Ministry Category: Social

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