St. Patrick Church
Parish & School
Elkhorn, WI ~ Est. 1871
107 W. Walworth St.
Elkhorn, WI 53121
Saturday 5:15 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m.
(Spanish Mass) 1:30 p.m.
Monday 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Monday 7:00 p.m.
Welcome to St. Patrick's Parish, Elkhorn
St. Patrick Parish will no longer offer Catholic education in Elkhorn beginning next school year. As a result of this decision, we strongly encourage our current students to keep Catholic education a priority and consider St. Andrew School in Delavan, or any of the other Catholic schools in the area. St. Patrick Parish will always provide support to our parishioners who choose Catholic education in the future. Catholic education will always be a priority to St. Patrick Parish and we are very grateful to all the parents and parishioners who have continued to support our school and its mission for the last 55 years.
It has been a very difficult and agonizing decision. I want you to know that my first concern has always been the good of the children. I want to let you know that the main reason that has driven me to make this heartbreaking decision has been the decreasing amount of students we serve. We currently have 58 students and we were projecting 54 for next year, involving less than 42 families. I strongly believe we could not have continued having our own school in Elkhorn with these numbers, and without the support from young families who were not sending their children to our school. I had a long meeting with the Archbishop last Friday, and after going back and forth with different ideas and possibilities, he accepted my recommendation that it was more effective to offer Catholic education to our students at another Catholic school in the area.
After two years at St. Patrick’s, I am very sad and I cannot even begin to imagine how many of you will feel after 55 years of support and commitment to the school. It was especially heartbreaking for me when the news was announced to our students on Tuesday. This decision is not a best case scenario for us. We really enjoyed having our very own school in Elkhorn. However, we will still have a school, possibly more than one, depending on where our students choose to continue their Catholic education. Please, join me as we continue to pray for those who are directly affected by this change.
God’s peace, Fr. Oriol
Building Project Ideas and Plans
As you already know, over the past 30 years Saint Patrick Parish has conducted studies and developed plans to meet its building needs. Currently the Strategic Planning Committee has reviewed the previous 4 plans that have been developed and after reevaluating our increased need for space, demographics and finances, have come to a consensus that the parish should look seriously at developing a plan for our existing church site to meet our needs.
We are proposing to provide the church site with the following facilities: to have a gathering space and a crying room for our existing worship space, to make available new toilet facilities, to offer various size meetings rooms to meet the needs of several parish groups, to provide a welcoming administrative and general office space, to arrange for more storage space and to make sure that all our facilities will meet the needs of people with disabilities.
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