Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law. There are seven: Baptism, Confirmation (or Chrismation), the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony. The seven sacraments touch all the stages and all the important moments of Christian life: they give birth and increase, healing and mission to the Christian’s life of faith. There is thus a certain resemblance between the stages of natural life and the stages of the spiritual life.
~ CCC 1210
In order to have your child(ren) baptized at St. Patrick Parish you must attend a Baptismal Preparation Class. Sessions are held at 6:30 PM in the lower level of the church on the second Tuesday of each month. No need to register. To make things easier on new parents, try to make it to a session before your child is born.
High School Faith Formation is a three year process that allows for the comprehensive exposition of the faith while remaining anchored in spiritual formation. The process leads to the preparation for and the celebration of Confirmation at the beginning of the students Junior year.
“The Journey” is our Confirmation Program at Saint Patrick Parish. We have made changes to the program the past few years as we seek to establish a program that meets Diocesan requirements and most importantly, serve our youth well. No more sitting in classes, now we will be joining together and actively learning about our faith.
At Saint Patrick Parish, we use a three pillar approach for First Reconciliation and First Communion during a 2 year preparation process that begins in first grade. The Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are usually celebrated in the winter and spring of a child’s second grade year. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated in January with First Communion in April. Family retreats are held at the church in advance of the celebration of each sacrament to assist the family in their role of sacramental preparation.
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Reconciliation is held at Saint Patrick Church each Saturday morning at 10:00 am in the Chapel or upon request at Father John’s availability.
For adults joining the Church through our Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, 1st Reconciliation is celebrated on Holy Saturday of Holy Week. For parents wishing for their child to receive their 1st Reconciliation, please click here to learn about 1st Sacraments (Communion and Reconciliation) at Saint Patrick Parish.
The Anointing of the Sick “is not a sacrament for those only who are at the point of death. Hence as soon as anyone of the faithful begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, the fitting time to receive this sacrament has certainly already arrived.” (CCC 1514). Those who are preparing for surgery or weakened by age or illness may wish to celebrate the sacrament. Only bishops and priests may be ministers of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, and it may be celebrated several times by an individual believer. Those who anticipate surgery, or family members of those who are in a weakened condition, may wish to contact the parish to celebrate the sacrament. Residents at Christian Community Home celebrate the sacrament twice a year and as needed.
There is a Healing Mass on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm. After the Mass those who wish to be anointed are encouraged to come forward. If that is not convenient, the presider will come to your place in the pew if you let him know that would be more comfortable for you.
Please contact either Fr. John Gerritts if you or a loved one is sick, hospitalized, or home-bound.
Marriage is a sacrament, which is an outward, visible sign of an inward, invisible reality — in this case, the reality of two separate people joining their lives into one, giving themselves to each other in love. A sacrament is also a visible manifestation of God’s grace and love in our lives. All sacraments are public celebrations within the local faith community, or parish. Marriage is also a civil, legal contract. This is just as true in a “church” wedding as it is when you are married by the justice of the peace. But by deciding to be married in a church, you have chosen to also recognize the religious and spiritual aspects of this celebration.
According to the Roman Catholic Church’s Statewide Common Policy for Marriages, a minimum of six (6) months’ preparation is required from your first contact with the priest until your marriage day. Due to the large number of weddings at Saint Patrick Church, please make contact with the priest as soon as you make your intent to marry, even if it is a year or more in advance. Before you make any other definite wedding plans, make sure that the time and date you desire for your wedding is available. This is a very busy parish, and events are put on the calendar on a first-come, first-served basis. Weddings can be celebrated on any day of the week except Sunday (Diocese of Superior regulation), and generally are not celebrated during the liturgical season of Lent (late Winter to early Spring).
As you plan your wedding day, let it reflect your love. Make plans about attendants, the wedding dress, your reception, flowers, pictures, etc. But remember, as important as this day is to you, the actual wedding is about an hour (or less) of your life. Don’t let it overwhelm you, or become an enormous production. What’s important is how you live out your love to each other and the Lord every day of your life.
St. Ignatius of Antioch once said, “Let everyone revere the deacons as Jesus Christ, the bishop as the image of the Father, and the presbyters as the senate of God and the assembly of the apostles. For without them one cannot speak of the Church.” We are blessed in our Parish Family to have three deacons serve our parish. All three of our deacons were members of our parish when they heard the call to become a deacon. Gentlemen, do you feel the call to become a deacon or even a priest, please reach out to Father John or one of our wonderful deacons.
RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
(and Children Older than Second Grade)
Are you or do you know someone looking to join the Catholic Faith, looking to receive baptism, communion or confirmation as an adult or a child older than second grade? The Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) for adults and older children might be a good fit.
Come join us for Catholic Faith Discovery Sessions! Discover what RCIA – “Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (and Children)” is all about! Bring your questions and your stories, we are here to walk with you on your spiritual journey, just like Jesus walks each day with all of us.
RCIA is for adults, and children older than 2nd grade, who are seeking to be received into the Catholic Church. During the RCIA Process we discuss many topics related to deepening our relationship with Jesus, the understanding of God, the mystery of faith at work in our lives, among many other topics related to faith and one’s own spiritual journey. The RCIA Process is a spiritual journey open to the baptized, un-baptized, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. We are always inviting “seekers,” those interested, intrigued or perhaps just curious about becoming Catholic to join others on their own journey.
We are inviting those that might be:
- People who hunger deep within themselves to come into a better relationship with God through Jesus Christ and His Church.
- People who have been contemplating joining the Catholic Church but have been putting it off for some reason or another.
- People who have not had the opportunity to complete the Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, First Eucharist & Confirmation).
- People who are already baptized looking to join our Church or finish their Sacraments.
- People who are looking to belong to a faith community.
Discovery Sessions and RCIA Process start date:
Discovery Sessions will be held on an individual basis for the upcoming process. We would love to connect with those seeking to begin the process, those that have questions in regard to the Catholic Faith or those looking to join the Catholic Church. Please contact us (see below) to schedule a time. We look forward to hearing from you.
The RCIA Process begins each fall. The journey through RCIA is a time of continual discernment. Those that are seeking go through the process and then receive the Sacraments at Easter Vigil.
If we have already started the process and you are still discerning, questioning and considering the RCIA Process, it is never too late. Discovery Sessions are held year round. Please contact one of us below with your questions.