First Down with Fr. Eric (August 22, 2021)

Dear Friends,

The seven sacraments of our Catholic faith are powerful ways we encounter God in the midst of our community. These sacraments are not the only way we experience the presence of God, yet the seven sacraments are unique moments that the community has a role in participating. They welcome the newly baptized, eat at the table with others, witness the sealing of the Holy Spirit, know that the community is reconciled with the penitent, the ill are prayed for, the married witness to the community, the ordained serve the community.

The sacraments were still celebrated at St. Patrick when the pandemic began, and it still continues today. We are reminding parishioners that sacramental preparation continues for baptisms, confirmation, reconciliation, marriage and eucharist. The Formation Registration is ongoing, and we are inviting parents to register their children. We are moving forward and still use creative ways to form our parishioners if the pandemic is still a struggle. The parish still celebrates the sacraments for its people and will continue to do so.

For those who are participating in Sunday Communion from 9:15-10:15 am in our Daily Mass Chapel, with the COVID numbers rising and some feeling they need to be careful, we will continue with Sunday Communion for the time being. For now we still need to offer this for those who need to avoid large crowds because of health concerns. We will keep the community updated on any changes that may arrive.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric