tabernacle
The Tabernacle at St. Patrick's

Youth receiving Jesus for the

 first time

Young girl receiving the Eucharistic host for first time

More photos like those above can be seen in our "photos of parish activities" and at www.camera1.net

Boy after making his First Reconciliation

Sacraments

Sacraments and Sacramentals per USCCB (click link)

 

Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist occurs as part of the Religious Education (CCD and School) Programs, usually in the 2nd Grade.

 

Individuals interested in RICA (Rite of Christian Initiation), the process of preparing for full admission into the Catholic Church, should meet with Fr. George Gonzalez and/or the team on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Lazarus, next to parish parking lot.

 

Baptisms are scheduled the First Saturday of every month.  Pre-baptism class for all parents is necessary before Baptism.  Please contact the parish office for information at (334) 298-9025.

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, a.k.a. Penance or Confession, is held 20 minutes befor Mass or anytime upon request.

 

The Sacrament of the Sick (Sick Call) can be requested when a family member faces surgery or serious illness. A priest is the ordinary minister of this sacrament. Holy Communion can be brought to the sick in their homes by a Eucharistic minister upon request. Please contact the Parish Office if this sacrament is desired.

 

Matrimony or marriages must be arranged at least 6 months prior to the actual wedding date. This is a Diocesan regulation to allow the couple time for adequate preparation to receive the Sacrament. Interested couples should contact the Pastor to begin preparation as soon as possible.


The Eucharist with proper preparation is normally received for the first time when a child is in the second grade.  However, the Rites of Christian Initiation are normally completed with the sacraments of baptism, Eucharist and confirmation during the Easter Vigil.  See photo of 2014 First Eucharist Group


Currently, the sacrament of Confirmation occurs every 2 years with neighboring Alabama parishes.  This diocese requires that recipients be at least 16 years of age.  In 2015, Confirmation will be Saturday, May 23 @ 11 a.m.