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Contact: Parish Office
Phone: 651.455.6624

Teresa Neuman | 651-621-1565 |
tneuman@churchofstpatrick.com
RCIC/RCIA, First Reconciliation, First Eucharist

Bryan Collins | 651-621-1562 |
bcollins@churchofstpatrick.com
Confirmation
 
Click on a Sacrament below for more information:
Infant Baptism
First Reconciliation
First Eucharist
Confirmation
Matrimony
RCIA and RCIC (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) and (Rites of Christian Initiation of Children)

Infant Baptism
One hour preparation classes held second Saturday of January, March, May, July, September, and November at 10:30am in Emerald Hall. Baptisms held first Sunday of the month 12:00 p.m. (noon) or the third Sunday of the month at the Masses.
Instruction for parents is required prior to setting a baptismal date.  Instruction includes the meaning of baptism and corresponding obligations, Scripture foundation for the sacrament, and Rite of Baptism itself.  Preparation is encouraged before the arrival of the child.  There is a $25 class fee. Contact the parish office to arrange class instruction.
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First Reconciliation
Six week preparation includes a parental information session, four lessons (40 minutes/week) discussed at home, and two retreats (90 minutes each) at the parish.  The sacrament is received mid-November each year.
This sacrament focuses on God’s love for us.  Young people need to be involved before, during and after the celebration of a sacrament to nurture the full fruits of graces given.  Parents are the primary catechists (teachers) for this sacrament.  This sacrament is normally celebrated in the 2nd grade.  Children past the age of 7 years - who have not participated in Faith Formation - will be prepared by the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) (see separate description).  Parents must register their child in both Faith Formation and sacramental preparation classes.
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First Eucharist
Seven week preparation includes a parental information session, five lessons (40 minutes/week) discussed at home, and two retreats (90 minutes each) at the parish.  First Eucharist is normally celebrated the first weekend in May at the Masses.
The family has the most important role of communicating Christian values and fostering Eucharistic understanding by participating in Mass consistently. Parents are the primary catechists (teachers) of this sacrament.  This sacrament is normally celebrated in the 2nd grade.  Children past the age of 7 years - who have not participated in Faith Formation - will be prepared by the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC) (see separate description).  Parents must register their child in both Faith Formation and sacramental preparation classes.
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Confirmation
Preparation for this sacrament is a two year program incorporating large and small group settings as well as yearly retreats. The Confirmation program strives for active membership as a parishioner within a Catholic parish through a greater understanding of personal faith and community involvement. This sacrament is typically celebrated in the 10th grade.
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Matrimony
Commitment is 15 hours for below mentioned meetings in addition to an Archdiocesan retreat.
Preparation to receive the sacrament must begin at least six months prior to the wedding date.  Includes meetings with the pastor, wedding coordinator, sponsor couple, Liturgy Director, and an Archdiocesan retreat.
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RCIA and RCIC (Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults) and (Rites of Christian Initiation of Children)
2-3 sessions /month from September - Apri
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and/or Children is a journey of conversion to the Catholic faith. Program includes four steps of 1) Inquiry – Begin initial learning about the faith, 2) Acceptance – Catechumenate looking for understanding and learning about the faith, 3) Purification and Preparation - focusing faith during the Lenten season in preparation for receiving the sacraments at the Easter Vigil, and 4) Mystagogy - reflecting on the journey.
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The Church of St. Patrick | 3535 72nd Street East | Inver Grove Heights MN 55076
Phone: 651-455-6624 | Fax: 651-455-8984