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.
Circles of Claddagh 2021 Scholarship Awards
The Circles thank all who submitted 2021 scholarship applications. You described the impact and blessings of your volunteer activities and accomplishments.
This year’s essay question was: There have been new challenges, difficulties, and opportunities in the past year. Describe how you were impacted. How have you been changed? What gave (gives) you hope?
We were overwhelmed by your heartfelt responses. It was extremely difficult to choose the finalists. We had more applicants than in the past 5+ years.
Usually 4 scholarships are awarded. The scores were so close this year, that for the second time since 2018, we awarded a 5th scholarship.
Sierra Hinkel Paige Johnson Andrea Oldham*
Anya Schepp Sarah Vogel*
May God continue to bless you and guide you in your education and throughout life.
More opportunities in 2022
Don’t lose heart if you missed the deadline or weren’t a finalist this year. Whether registered for their 1st or last year in college, applicants can earn up to two scholarships. Be sure to apply in 2022.
* Received their lifetime awards
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.
2021 Summer Events*
August School Supply Collection
August 6-15 Garage Sale Collection, Setup, and Sale
(Check the Garage Sale page for updates!)
Sept 12/13 CountryFest Country Store
* All event dates are subject to change.
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:
A Virtual Hug from the Circles of Claddagh
The Circles of Claddagh did not hold the 2020 Annual Women’s event due to the pandemic. We look forward to the day when we can reunite in fellowship. Our desire is to continue 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 7:00 PM on the second Wednesday of the month in homes of members
- St. Bridget – meets 6:30 PM on the first Thursday of the month at St. Patrick Church
- Women of the Celtic Cross – meets 6:30 PM various evenings at St. Patrick Church and in homes of members
- St. 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:
Circles Advisory Board Minutes: 2019/1920 Fiscal Year
02.13.2020 (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: Christi Oldham
Staff Contact: Circles of Claddagh
Schedule: Once a month
Age Groups: Adults, Seniors
Ministry Category: Social