St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

Reflections by Randy Hodge

Mr. Hodge's Reflections also appear in the Portland R & O and the Ionia Sentinel Standard nearly every week.

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St. Patrick Catholic School Prepares for Lent

Posted on February 14, 2018 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Lent, from the Middle English word Lentum, meaning springtime, is a period of 40 days of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving before Easter. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday when the Sacred Triduum begins.

Lent offers us all a special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism. It is an opportunity to reflect on our lives, pray more deeply, repent of the wrongs we have committed or in ...

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Join us to explore our early education programs

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The education of a child during their developmental years is crucial to their lifelong success. Therefore, it is never too early to begin thinking about your child’s education. St. Patrick School has programs for students beginning at three years of age.

The focus of preschool education is socialization skills. Students learn how to follow rules, play with and be respectful of others including how to share or take turns, converse, problem solve, explore, experiment, an...

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The Pro-Life Generation

Posted on January 29, 2018 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This week’s column is being submitted by junior Summer Russman who attended the March for life in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 19 with 30 other St. Patrick High School students.

The March for Life has always inspired me. Every year, I have always wanted to be a part of it, but have had other obligations. This year, when I heard that all sports and school activities were cleared, I jumped at the opportunity to go. I expected the March to be a great experien...

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Saying Goodbye to Father Larry

Posted on January 23, 2018 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

In 2004, our current pastor, Fr. Larry King was assigned to St. Patrick Parish. Since that time, he has served as the canonical administrator for St. Patrick Catholic School. This essentially means that one of his main roles as pastor is to support and encourage the programs and activities of the school, as an integral piece of the parish’s ministry. On Wednesday, Jan. 31 we say goodbye to our beloved pastor as he enters retirement. But even in retirement he’ll be busy as he fills...

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Celebrating the Successes of 2017

Posted on December 23, 2017 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The end of the year always finds the circulation of many lists counting down the major events that happened. And before we ring in 2018, I would like to create my own list and look back at the top events for St. Patrick School during 2017.

It would be impossible to rank them in order of importance so I have placed them in chronological order instead:

1. In March, we brought back our school play for the first time in recent history. Our students performed &#...

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Students Celebrate Advent

Posted on December 23, 2017 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Advent is a time to prepare for Christmas; which means the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks is always busy and packed with activities. Each year, much preparation and planning takes place to ensure that our students are well prepared for the coming of Christ on Christmas. To prepare our students to be good disciples here are some of the activities that have taken place throughout Advent at the school:

 Each Monday, our high school campus ministry team h...

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Strong Community Partners Lead to a Vibrant Community

Posted on December 12, 2017 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (0)

As a member of this community, we value our relationships with city, business, and school leaders. There are many services provided by our local government. In fact, you may not even be aware of the many pieces of the partnership we have with them.

• A member of the Portland Police Department serves as a liaison to the Chief of Police on our behalf. In addition, the officer helps conduct lock down drills with the students and plans safety measures with the school admin...

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2017 Fall Sports Wrap Up

Posted on December 5, 2017 at 6:40 AM Comments comments (0)

With our 2017 varsity baseball team ending the previous school year with a state championship, we were all excited to see what kind of encore our fall sports season would bring. Our varsity football team did not disappoint as they allowed us to hang a second consecutive banner by finishing as the state runner-up in Division II 8-man football. We would like to congratulate all our teams for their efforts throughout this fall sports season! A lot of time and hard work was put forth in the gym, ...

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A Time to be Thankful

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Each year around this time I, like many others, spend time reflecting on what I am thankful for. There are many things that come to mind, first and foremost having the opportunity to serve as principal in my home parish and at the school from which I graduated. But, there are several other things that always stand out as well.

I am so appreciative that our school is built on our faith in Christ. Having the freedom to put God first in everything we do is a precious gift. We p...

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St. Patrick High School Students Prepare for Retreats

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

As a Catholic school, our most important and crucial responsibility is the development of our students' faith. There are many channels that we use to accomplish this, one is our annual high school retreat day. It takes place each year around the beginning of Advent.


Although our Catholic faith is infused into our everyday curriculum, it’s important we allow students to further their spiritual mission and experience God’s work outside the classroom. On Wedn...

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Join us for a Fall packed full of events

Posted on November 7, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

We have completed a very busy and exciting first marking period and are preparing for many activities that will take place before we reach the end of 2017. Looking ahead, there is no immediate let up in the schedule with many activities scheduled between now and Christmas Break. Here are some of the activities taking place that we would like you to know about and join us for.

• November 16: The St. Patrick School PTO hosts its annual wine tasting fundraiser at the Wago...

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St. Patrick Students to Celebrate "Thanksliving"

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

For many years, St. Patrick students have participated annually in an event called “Pay It Forward”. In recent years, it has mostly consisted of raking leaves around the community. After much thought, prayer and brainstorming, this event will be getting an extreme makeover this school year including a new name.

The St. Patrick High School Ambassador Team has spent a great deal of time planning "Thanksliving.” As the name implies, our students will offer tha...

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St. Patrick School Supports Students and Community with Healthy Kids Grant

Posted on October 9, 2017 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

In recent years writing and applying for grants has become a new source of revenue funding in the non-profit world. Many businesses seek to support their community and projects occurring at non-profits by funding grants in areas specific to their business or a cause that reflects the businesses’ values and ideals. To help our school and parish in this process Mrs. Cortney Smith, assisted by Mrs. Heather Hendges-Davis are working with the administration to oversee the writing of grants a...

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Class of 1967 Enjoys 50-Year Class Reunion

Posted on October 6, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Each September since 2003, the Father Flohe Foundation has hosted a wonderful celebration for the St. Pat’s graduating classes who is celebrating its 50th class reunion. The Class of 1953 was the first class to graduate from St. Pat’s High School, and the first to be honored at this party.

On Saturday, September 9, the Class of 1967 was invited back. On the class composite that sits outside the office, there are pictures showing the 39 members of this class when ...

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Fall Festival is Coming Soon!

Posted on October 4, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The autumn equinox recently arrived which is a sure sign that St. Pat’s Annual Fall Festival is just around the corner. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 8, once again sponsored by the St. Patrick Athletic Association, and staffed by our Shamrock athletes, their parents and coaches. The festival generates over 20% of the sports budget and ensures that our students don’t have to ‘pay to play’.

The Fall Festival will provide food, ...

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