Our Staff

Fr. James – Parochial Administrator


Fr. Fred Cournoyer

W Fr. Cournoyer

Father Fred Cournoyer is a graduate of Sacred Heart High School in Holyoke and Boston College. He did his seminary studies at Blessed John Seminary in Weston. He was parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish, Springfield. He also served at Saint Ann and Our Lady of Suyapa parishes in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He was administrator at Sacred Heart Holyoke, and was pastor of St. Jude in Indian Orchard and St. Jerome in Holyoke. Before coming to St. Patrick he was founding pastor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Choloma, Honduras.

Sr. Cathy Ormond- Pastoral Minister

Sr. Cathy Ormond- Pastoral Minister


She was raised in Brooklyn, New York. After attending Elms College, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph. Sister has served in the Diocese as guidance counselor at Cathedral and Holyoke Catholic High Schools and a Social Worker with substance abuse. Presently she is enjoying her ministry at St. Patrick’s since 2002.

Gwen Blanchard- Administrative Assistant

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 20 years, has one daughter, is a life-long resident of South Hadley and a 4th generation parishioner of St. Patrick’s.

Gwen can be contacted at the parish office during regular hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-3:30pm, Friday 9:00am-12:00pm at 532-2850 or emailed at gblanchard@stpatricksh.org.

Susan Napolitano- Religious Education Director


Susan Napolitano is a retired teacher of Chemistry and Biology from the Holyoke Public Schools System. She’s spent twelve of those years working as a Mentor Teacher to new teachers. She previously taught Theology and Science at Our Lady of Hope School in Springfield.

She was a parishioner of St. Patrick’s while attending Our Lady of the Rosary and Holyoke Catholic High School in Holyoke and the Elms College. She also taught religious education at St. Patrick’s during her high school and college years. She continued to teach religious education no matter what parish she belonged. She moved back to the area in 2004 and feels at home again here at St. Patrick’s.

John Cordle- Maintenance

John Cordle

Gertrude Kennedy- Director of Music & Organist

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.