St. Patrick Catholic School

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

We Pray! We Learn! We Achieve!

Located in Portland, Michigan, St. Patrick Catholic School has been educating the minds, bodies, and spirits of its students for over 110 years.  Our school mission statement contains just six words, six powerful words that are a guide for life:  We Pray!  We Learn!  We Achieve!

St. Patrick School is open to all families who are looking for a faith-based education for their children.  For more information about our top-rated preschool through 12th grade academic, athletic, and extra-curricular programs, please visit the Prospective Families page, contact the school office at 517-647-7551 or e-mail Mr. Randy Hodge.


Daily Intention:

Today we pray for those who are considering getting an abortion, that they will be open to God’s invitation to bring forth human life. We also pray for our students who are traveling to the March for Life, that they travel in safety and that their voices are heard.

(1/18) Bishop's Scholarship Award

If you haven't submitted a tuition scholarship form yet, the second round of Bishop’s scholarship awards is next week. They will work on all applications completed by Sunday, January 21. Click here to complete your application.

(1/18) Athletic Association minutes from January 7th.

(1/18) Happy birthday to Lilly Anthony and Ethan Nickols on Saturday, and to Simon Fedewa on Sunday.

(1/17) Portland March For Life

For those who are unable to go on the March for Life trip to Washington D.C., we are holding a local March for Life here in Portland at the same time. We will meet at Mt. Hope Church (845 Ionia Rd., Portland) at 12:45 pm on Friday, January  19th. We will march from Mt. Hope Church to downtown and back, where we will have snacks and watch the DC March for Life.  The entire family is invited.

(1/16) School Board meeting date & time changes

Due to Farther Mike’s schedule on when he is planning to be in Portland, the following School Board meetings are starting at 6:30 p.m. and have changed dates from Tuesdays to Thursdays:

February 22 - April 12 - May 31

(1/16) Happy birthday to Karley Beachnau and Carly Zimmerman.

(1/15)  Catholic Schools Week Schedule

(1/12) All athletic games and practices are cancelled for today/tonight.

(1/12) Secondary students will be dismissed at 2:00 today. Buses will be picking students up 20 minutes early to allow extra time for normal elementary release.

(1/12)  The JV and Varsity Girls Basketball game against Dansville for tonight has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

(1/12) Happy birthday to Mathius Cross today, and to Macie Leonard on Sunday.

(1/11)  School Newsletter is online

(1/11)  Join us for Catholic Schools Week Breakfast

Mark your calendars! The annual St. Patrick Catholic Schools Week Breakfast will be held on Sunday, January 28, 2018 in the school cafeteria. Once again, this year’s breakfast will be provided as a “Thank You” to our school and parish families for your continued support. There is no charge for the breakfast, however, a goodwill offering is always appreciated. So grab your family and friends and stop down for a delicious homemade breakfast! And….don’t forget to attend Fr. Larry’s farewell sendoff at the Knights Hall beginning at 3:00 that afternoon. Any questions? - contact Nikki Brown at

(1/11)  Summerfest information

Summerfest will be held on June 22-24, 2018.  The website is currently being updated---two events have already been announced:

  • The Youth Baseball Tournament for 9U-13U registration forms are now available
  • The 4-on-4 Coed Volleyball Tournament flyer is now available
  • Go to to print out these forms

(1/11)  Early Education Open House
If you have a child who will be attending preschool, DK, or Kindergarten in the fall of 2018, please plan to attend the Early Education Open House on Thursday, February 15, beginning at 6:00 pm in the Parish Hall.  Bring your children along, too!

(1/11) Happy birthday to Brody Beckhold, Nathaniel Leahy, Tori Sandborn, and Emily Snitgen.

(1/10)  2018 Shamrock Auction

The Shamrock Auction will take place on Saturday, April 21.  Mark your calendars now for a fun filled evening.  The Auction letter and donation form were emailed to all school families.  You can also find the form here.

(1/10) Happy birthday to Aiden Fandel.


(1/10) This weeks jean day money will be donated to Sergei Kitching and collected during Mass tomorrow.


(1/9)   March for Life Bus Trip Informational Meeting

This Sunday at 4:15 pm in the parish hall there will be a short informational meeting for parents of students riding the bus to Washington to stand in defense of the unborn at the March for Life.  If there are still seats open, we will have the appropriate forms available for anyone who would like to go along.  

Following this brief meeting, the St. Patrick High School Student Ambassador Team and Students for Life chapter will host Chloe Alberta, a four-year member of the Students for Life chapter at the University of Michigan.  Chloe will speak at 5:15 pm.  All are welcome and there is no charge.

(1/9) Happy birthday to Marley Weems, Colie Weems and Mrs. Kristen Schrauben.


(1/9) St. Patrick Catholic School National Honor Society members are hosting an American Red Cross blood drive January 23rd from 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM in the Parish Hall.  Please consider giving the gift of life. To schedule an appointment to donate, please see an NHS member or visit today!

(1/8)  Would you like to put your talents to work for St. Patrick School?

The school board is looking for nominees to help fill next year’s board. We are looking for subcommittee chairs or members for all subcommittees: development, finance, mission effectiveness, policy, public relations/marketing, strategic planning, and technology.

Board meetings are held on a bi-monthly basis and last about 2 hours. Subcommittee work is done independently of board meetings and varies in time commitment.

The board consists of members from the parish at large including school parents, parishioners, alumni, and community members. Please fill out this form to nominate yourself or someone you know:

Questions may be directed to Keelie Honsowitz, board chair, at

Nominations for next school year will be accepted until March 9, 2018.  Thank you!

(1/8)  2018 Stewardship Contests
Show your stewardship and win money!  Print out the entry form below.  Projects must be turned in by January 22.

(1/7)  Chloe Alberta to speak at St. Pat's

The Student Ambassador Team and Students for Life chapter at Portland St. Patrick will be hosting Chloe Alberta on Sunday, January 14, in the parish hall.  Doors open at 4:30 pm, with her talk beginning at 5:15 pm.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  There is no charge.  

Chloe Alberta is a senior English major at the University of Michigan. She has been a member of U of M’s Students for Life Chapter for four years, acting as Chairwoman for the Pregnant on Campus Initiative for the last three. In this capacity, Chloe coordinates with local and campus organizations to find resources for pregnant and parenting students, advocates for their rights, administers an annual scholarship, and (her favorite part) throws baby showers for expectant student moms. Chloe also represents Michigan students as a member of the Operations Committee at ArborWoman, Ann Arbor’s Pregnancy Medical Center. In her spare time, she loves to write, watch football, pet cats, drink copious amounts of coffee, and go to rock concerts.  

We will also have information about the bus to Washington D.C.for the March for Life.  We have a limited number of seats available for this great opportunity to make a stand for life.

(11/2) Hall walking is open to the public from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on days that St. Patrick School is in session (full days of school only). You may enter the building using the center set of doors on West Street. Hall walking is available starting November 7 through March 29 (shown on the parish calendar).  Hall walking is NOT available on Mondays when children's faith formation classes are in session.