Our Parish office hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00am-3:00pm, and Friday 9:00am-12:00pm.
Fr. James – Pastor
Fr. James came to St Patrick’s in July of 2015 and was named Pastor in July of 2016. He has been a priest in the Springfield Diocese since June of 2012. Fr. James was previously a Jesuit, a lawyer, a dairy farmer, a carpenter and he has taught middle school, high school, college and graduate school. Fr. James has degrees from the University of Connecticut, Gonzaga University School of Law, Miltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Dublin, and Pope Saint John XXIII National Seminary. On his day off, he is an adjunct professor of Philosophy at Pope Saint John XXIII.
Deacon David Bergeron- Pastoral Minister/Facilities Manager
Raised in the Leeds section of Northampton, Dave has been a parishioner of St. Patrick’s for 30 years. He and his wife Deb have been married nearly 30 years and have one son. In his spare time Dave enjoys walks with Deb as well as hiking and biking the many trails in the area. Dave was ordained as Deacon of St. Patrick’s Parish on May 20, 2017. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gwen Blanchard- Administrative Assistant
Previously worked as an office supervisor at an awards company for 20 years, before joining the staff at St. Patrick’s in 2010. She’s been happily married for over 25 years, has one daughter, is a life-long resident of South Hadley and a 4th generation parishioner of St. Patrick’s.
Tom Vautrin – Facilities Manager
I first became involved with St. Patrick’s as a member of the catholic youth organization (CYO) back in the early 70 ‘s . I remember helping at church events , raising money with church raffles and going horseback riding with the group. I was a regular at roller skating on the old tile basketball floor. I’m a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Fairview since the 80’s. Got married and was blessed with five beautiful children. All of which were baptized and confirmed here at St Patrick’s. Each one had joined the children’s choir before they could even read the music. Previously worked in retail management for 41+ years and now enjoy working here instead of early retirement.
Kelly O’Connor- Religious Education Director
Kelly O’Connor joined our staff in December 2019 as the Director of Religious Education. She is also the DRE at Blessed Sacrament Church in Holyoke since 2014. She is the co-director of the CIA (Catholics in Action) Youth Ministry. In 2020, Kelly was named Woman of the Year by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Holyoke. In her spare time, Kelly can be found cheering on her son, JB and daughter, Erin at their various sporting events.
Gertrude Kennedy- Director of Music & Organist
Gert Kennedy has been the organist and director of the Senior Choir at St. Patrick’s since 1956. At the same time, she has played the organ at Holy Rosary Church in Holyoke. She has accompanied musical productions at Holyoke Catholic High School. Currently, she also accompanies the singing group Choralites, at the Council on Aging in South Hadley.
Padre - Chief Morale Officer
My job is to lay under Fr. James' desk, sleeping and ensuring that all meetings stay on track, I do this by getting up and stretching as a gentle hint that the meeting has gone on long enough, and now it’s time to pay attention to me.