Formation Ministries

At St. Patrick’s, we understand the vital importance of faith formation for the spiritual growth of our members. It’s important for all ages, from children to elders, for sharing and building one another up. Volunteers, catechists and seekers are always needed and welcome.

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) are weekly classes that explain in-depth what the Catholic Church believes. Participants are given the opportunity to ask questions and discuss differing belief systems. RCIA classes are a wonderful way for participants to discern a commitment to the Catholic Church. For those that are already Catholic, RCIA can be a rich time of review. The RCIA program runs from the end of August and culminates on Easter. All are welcome! If you are interested in attending an RCIA class, please contact the parish office or sign up in the vestibule after Mass during the month of August.

The first catechists in any child’s life are the family members with whom he or she lives. What happens at home – both positive and negative – provides lessons for life. In the family, faith is shared as part of the unfolding of daily life. The home or “domestic church” provides a real place in which a child learns to live his or her faith as well as understanding it.

Our goal is to create a program of lifelong faith formation that is centered in and flows out of the events of Church life. It embraces all ages and generations, promotes faith growth at home and participation in Church life.

St. Patrick’s CCD program for children from pre-k to eighth grade meets Sunday mornings during the school year from 10:00 to 11:00am followed by attendance at the 11:00am mass.

If you are interested in signing your children up for CCD classes, please call the parish office and complete and return the registration form below.

There is a bookcase located in the church foyer across from the elevator filled with wonderful books on all faith topics. Anyone is welcome to take a book and return it. If you have books to add to the library, please leave them on the shelves in the entry way.

Near the bookshelf you will also find a display with CDs from Lighthouse Catholic Media with encouraging and educational talks that can be purchased for $3 each for your faith enrichment. Check back frequently as the CDs and topics change often.

Presently, there are no small groups set up. Currently, Father is working on setting up a group for young couples in the Parish that would meet once a month on a Friday or weekend evening – Please let us know if you are interested.

Previously, we have had have groups discuss books or Sunday readings. We also had a group study on social justice which employed sacred scripture, prayers, discussion, readings and reflections and Church teaching. Groups can be formal or informal.

If you are interested in leading or joining a group please let us know.

A critical part of formation is that of our teens. We have an eager and active group of youth. Their current project is the “Blessing Box” at Immaculate Conception in Manito to provide necessary health and hygiene products to those in need.

If you would like to assist in youth ministry, please contact the parish office.