I hate New Year Advertising -There are so many ads about Diets & Exercising equipment - it makes me feel like a failure!!! I find myself getting depressed! I don't feel like doing anything! (Which isn't really like me at all, well maybe a little! LOL!). I don't want to see anyone or do anything. I don't even want to go to church.

But thanks be to God, my habit of going to Mass won over my desire not to attend Holy Mass! (Thanks be to Holy Catholic Guilt!!!).

Once I came into the church for mass and listened to the readings and received Jesus I felt renewed and encouraged, I felt loved by God! The Holy Family Sunday readings were written just for me! Also, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God readings were also encouraging and empowering. Can you imagine being the Mom of Jesus? She taught Him his prayers and taught Him about God (think about that one!). She kept all these things reflecting them in her heart!

So the bottom line for me this New Year-2019: I want to focus on becoming more Holy, in ordinary, everyday ways. The Holy Family Mass - 2nd reading (below)....teaches us how! I can do these things! No matter how I "feel" about myself - God is calling me to Love myself and others! I can do this, you can do this, we can do this! This is all we need to do to teach our children, just like Mary taught Jesus!
My New Year's Resolution! Colossians 3:12-17
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
  Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

Let us take one step at a time in 2019 to become more Holy, to follow Jesus' example of LOVE!!!

Nancy Longo
Director of Religious Education
562-822-8779 (cell)
512-759-3712 (office)
Important Dates for
Elementary Religious Education
  • Jan 2 - No RE
  • January 9 - FAMILY FAITH NIGHT -4:30 or 6:30pm Walk through Mass. Have you ever been bored in mass? Confused? not understand why the priest does things? Why we do certain things? Come to this with your family and go behind the scenes! (This is NOT mass, but a walk through mass - no Priest...but we will leave ready to Fully Participate in future masses, I promise!)
  • Jan 16 - RE Classes 4:30 or 6:30pm- Also RCIA child and Parent Classes begin (5:30-6:30pm)
  • Jan 23 - RE Classes 4:30 or 6:30pm - Also RCIA child and Parent Classes (5:30-6:30pm)
  • Jan 30 - RE Classes 4:30 or 6:30pm - Also RCIA child and Parent Classes (5:30-6:30pm)

Adult Bible Study
FOR ADULTS - Bible Study begins again on January 6th from 11:30-1pm. This 6-week series is about Meeting Jesus in the Scriptures. Books are $11. Contact Janice "Aunt Jan" Swope at janice.swope@sbcglobal.net for more information.
Middle School Ministry!
CIA - Catholics in Action
Saturdays after 5pm mass - 6:15-8:00pm
Check out the news on our CIA Website
CIA Agents (volunteers) are needed!
Youth Ministry - SPY
Sundays after 5pm mass - 6:15-8:30pm
Check out the news on our SPY Website
Volunteers are needed!
DCYC is February 2nd! Email SPY if you are interested! spy@stpatrickhutto.org
Confirmation Classes for Teens has begun.
Various Mondays from 7-8:30pm.
Visit our website for more information.
It's never too late to register!!!
GOOD Catholic RESOURCES for your Spiritual Growth on the Internet!
and Parents -
If there are other things you would like links to - let me know! I will try to keep this updated!

Even though you are busy - check out this app while you are waiting for your child at soccer practice, band, school, etc. .anywhere (except driving, of course!!!)

Laudate also has Daily Mass Readings, Liturgy of the Hours, Order of the Mass, Calendar with daily readings, Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, How to go to Confession, Stations of the Cross, Basic Catholic Prayers, Latin Prayers, Catechism, Catholic Media, EWTN & Vatican Documents. Everything you wanted to know about being Catholic but were afraid to ASK! You are now smarter than a 5th Graders!

  • Catholic Answers & Apologetics
  • Catholic Confession Guide
  • Our Daily Bread - Meditations

myParish Catholic Life - has all the information you need for St. Patrick - Mass/Confession times/Special Group connections!

USA Catholic Church - USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops...everything you wanted to know about being Catholic!
Help us pray for more Catechists.
  • We need people who LOVE JESUS and love young people. You will be TRAINED!
  • If you are feeling that tug on your heart, but your palms are sweaty, and you want to run in the opposite direction(like Jonah), you are feeling what we all felt when we first got the call from God. Just Say "YES" to God and surrender your fears....God qualifies the called!
  • contact Nancy if you want to talk/pray about it!

We need Catechists & Aides for all ages:
  • 4:30 - 5th grade / 6:30 - 2nd and 3rd
  • 6-8 - middle school
  • 9-12 - High school (Confirmation, too!)
  • We need adults to teach adults - English and Spanish speaking.

St. Patrick Religious Education Ministry is here to empower and support families in their ministry to form and teach their children about God and the Catholic faith. This is a life-long process that includes us as adults and those families with special needs!

If you have any questions or needs that we can help you with, please feel free to email us or call us! We are here to serve you! I am usually here from 9am - 4:30pm - Mon-Fri. During school year, I will be here during the RE programs, but probably not available by email or office phone. 
You can text me at (562-822-8779)

May God bless you with His abundant Love, Peace and Joy as we grow more like Him every day during our journey of faith!

Nancy Longo
Director of Religious Education
St Patrick Catholic Church
 2500 Limmer Loop
 Hutto, TX 78634
 512-759-3712 ext 104
If you would like text reminders, we will use REMIND:
Dial 81010 - and add yourself to your desired group:
  • Catechists—@ah8gk
  • RCIA adapted for C/T—@d6kbak
  • 4:30 Session—@4c8464
  • 6:30 Session—@b8de64