An Encounter with God
The Latin word sacramentum means “a sign of the sacred.” The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. That’s what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God’s grace.
Sacraments are fundamental to what we live as Catholics, and we believe they are instituted by Christ himself for our benefit. By participating in the sacraments fully, we say “yes” to Christ and to the grace promised by the Holy Spirit. What may seem as simple ceremonies or rituals passed down actually contain grace that heals, nourishes, and supplies us with what we need to live our lives to the fullest as Christians. Simply put, we do not participate in the sacraments as an appeasement or service to God but instead for our total benefit.
Below you may click on any of the sacraments or scroll down the page to the section for each.
Baptism is the first step in our initiation into the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection. However, baptism is not just a relationship between God and us. Baptism incorporates us into a community of faith – the Body of Christ, the Church. In fact, baptism celebrates the faith that transforms the lives of the parents and of the community, a faith that is shared by word and example with the newly baptized infant. Parents must understand clearly the Christian meaning of baptism, and must choose freely to celebrate the sacrament as being a time of growth in their own relationship with God and the Christian community. Baptism is only the beginning. It is not a one-time “inoculation” to be doled out like a flu shot. Baptism needs growth, nourishment, and development just as does the baby’s physical body.
The parish community helps parents prepare for the Baptism of infants or young children by helping parents to understand their role in their child’s spiritual life and growth, and by supporting them in undertaking this task. Preparation session includes discussion of our Catholic faith and an explanation of the symbols and baptismal rite.
An interview is required with the baptismal preparation couple if this is a first child or new parish family.
We welcome adults who wish to be baptised to contact Maggie Seliga to discuss the steps and journey through the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation) program at the parish. Read more information about the program on our formation page.
Confirmation and First Eucharist
The Sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation complete the process of Christian Initiation, which began at Baptism. The Christian is born anew by Baptism, strengthened by Confirmation, and receives in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. This process is designed to be the second year of the sacramental preparation journey and is a time of joyous celebration: an outpouring of the Gifts of the Spirit as well as receiving our Lord in communion. The Diocese of Phoenix uses the process of ‘Restored Order’ (starting in 2005) that permits the reception of the sacraments together. To learn more about this process, the Diocese has provided an informative Frequently Asked Questions guide.
We’re excited for you to take this important step in the faith! The candidate should display an openness of the heart through mass attendance, consistent attendance of formation sessions at the parish, participation in a retreat, and a willingness to participate in community service. Additionally, the candidate must provide a copy of their baptismal certificate and all paperwork and fees.
A sponsor should be faithful Catholic who walks with the candidate as witness and guide. The sponsor should be a confirmed, practicing Catholic, 16 years of age or older. The sponsor should also not be the parents of the candidate. Sponsors are to support their candidate during the preparation process through prayer, words of encouragement and attendance when required and are to present the candidates to the bishop for anointing.
The vocation of marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the Creator. Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures and spiritual attitudes. (CCC, no. 1603) The marriage covenant, by which a man and a woman form with each other an intimate communion of life and love, has been founded and endowed with its own special laws by the Creator. By its very nature it is ordered to the good of the couple, as well as to the generation and education of children.
Please call the parish office to make an appointment with the pastor. You are eligible to be married at St. Patrick if either the bride or the groom lives within the parish boundaries, or your parents are registered members of the parish. During your preparation period, you are expected to attend mass each Sunday and participate as members of the parish. With Christ as the center of your relationship, we as a parish can partake in welcoming you and helping you start your sacramental life together.
When you make your first phone call, only the appointment with the pastor will be set. We do not set wedding dates or times until the first interview. Below you will find podcasts from our pastor. Please listen to them to become more familiar with the process.
Basic Information (Start Here)
Information on the Wedding Ceremony
Additional Information on the Ceremony
This sacrament is also known as Sacrament of Penance and confession. Reconciliation is used to show the full grace of this sacrament to restore and make right our relationship with God.
This sacrament is celebrated on Saturdays 3:30-4:30pm, with the Reconciliation Chapel in the main sanctuary located next to our baptismal font. During special seasons such as Advent and Lent we have Penance Services.
We also encourage private appointments with our priests who are always open to celebrate this sacrament with you. God is merciful and kind and Catholics can celebrate that so well.
Anointing of the Sick
Jesus’ ministry to the sick was important to him. We find in the scriptures that many people brought the sick to Jesus because he showed that God cared for His people. In the time of Jesus, sickness would exclude the ill person from the life of the community. Jesus strongly opposed the practices of his time which set ill people apart from the life of the community in the belief that those who were ill had done something wrong in their life to warrant their illness and were, therefore, treated as less. Jesus would heal the ill person and fully restore them to the community, removing the barrier and loneliness that can come with illness.
This sacrament is not only meant for those nearing death; a serious surgery or illness is a wonderful time for anointing. Please feel free to contact the priest at the Parish Office. A priest is scheduled to be on call at all times for emergency situations