Faith Formation

Faith Formation at St. Patrick's has many dimensions.  A number of programs are available to help you understand the Catholic faith in greater depth.

It’s August! Time to Register for GIFT! - 08/01/2017

This year, we are transitioning to have children in 2nd grade receive First Communion. If your child is in 2nd or 3rd grade, you should register for the First Communion Sacrament Preparation Class. This year we will explore the Sacraments in depth! Read more

Youth Education

We have an active Religious Education program for young people to ready them for their First Reconciliation, First Eucharist, and Confirmation.  Our program diverges from the traditional C.C.D. format in that it that engages the entire family.  We call it "Growing in Faith Together" or G.I.F.T. You can read more about the program on the G.I.F.T. web-page, please feel free to attend an upcoming session to learn more. 

The youth groups of our parish — S.P.Y.R.I.T. for grades 7 and 8 and L.E.G.A.C.Y. for grades 9 – 12 — engage in works of Catholic social justice and have lots of fun in the process!  Check our their web pages to see what's up!


Sacramental Preparation

In conjunction with our faith formaiton program, we offer preparation for the sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, the Eucharist, and Confirmation.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults — R.C.I.A.

Representatives from St. Patrick's at 2018's Rite of Election at St. Joseph Cathedral.

For adults today, the Church, after the Second Vatican Council, has restored the order of the Catechumenate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, R.C.I.A.  It outlines the steps for the formation of catechumens, bringing their conversion to the faith to a greater maturity.  It helps them respond more deeply to God's gracious initiative in their lives and prepares them for union with the Church community.  This process is meant to form them into the fullness of the Christian life and to become disciples of Jesus, their teacher.  This includes an initiation into the mystery of salvation, the practice of faith, hope, and love, and other virtues in a succession of liturgical rites.

Persons baptized into another Christian church and now seeking full communion with the Catholic Church are also welcomed to participate along with catechumens in the RCIA in the process of learning about the Catholic faith and being formed in that faith. They bring to the process of preparation their prior experience of Christian life and prayer.  For a baptized Christian, reception into full communion with the Catholic Church involves reception of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation and then a Profession of Faith followed by the celebration of Confirmation and the Eucharist.

For more information about R.C.I.A., please, contact our Faith Formation department or refer to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — U.S.C.C.B. — website.  Click Here!



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