The celebration of Baptism is a joyful moment in which a person becomes a member of Christ's family. In order to fully experience the grace of this special moment for the family and the parish, parents with children whom they want to be baptized must contact the parish office either before or soon after the birth of their child. At least one parent must be a registered and active member of the St. Patrick Lenox parish. Baptismal preparation sessions are necessary. Please call the parish office at 641 333 2565 to sign up for the preparation sessions. Adults wishing to be baptized need to go through the process of Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Those completing the process are baptized at the Easter Vigil.
First Reconciliation & Holy Communion
Second -grade children attend preparation classes and retreat. These sessions focus on mercy and forgiveness. Each child must be regularly attending the parish's religious education program. Preparation for First Communion is provided in second grade after children have received their First Reconciliation. Throughout the year our preparation for this central sacrament focuses on the meaning of the Eucharist and Jesus’ sacrifice for us. First Communion is received at a special Mass, allowing family and friends to join the celebration.
Confirmation preparation is a two-year program starting in 9th grade and ending in tenth grade with Confirmation. During this time, students are invited to take ownership of their faith lives. A retreat is a required part of the Confirmation preparation. The Confirmation Mass takes place with the bishop in the spring. For adults seeking Confirmation, please contact the parish office 641 333 2565.
Marriage is the sacrament of life and love, so adequate preparation for this life-long commitment is essential. We are excited to walk with you during this process! The Diocese of Des Moines requires an engaged couple to begin their preparation for marriage six months to a year prior to the marriage ceremony. At least one of the engaged couple or a family member(s) should be an active member(s) of St. Patrick Parish.
Marriage Preparation Process
Preliminary meeting with the pastor to overview the preparation process and discuss possible dates.
Meetings with a trained sponsor couple to assist in prayerful preparation
Meetings with the priest who will be officiating at the wedding ceremony. These meetings give the priest an opportunity to discuss with the couple their understanding of and their commitment to the sacrament of marriage. During this time, appropriate readings and music are selected.
Those who are entering into a second or subsequent marriage as well as those who wish to have their civil marriage blessed or validated are to contact the pastor as these situations require special attention. If an annulment of a previous marriage is involved, a longer preparation time may be needed. Please contact the parish office for more information.
"Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, oh God." -St. Augustine
Is the Lord inviting you to joyfully lead souls to heaven as a spiritual father or mother?
Four practical steps to take:
1. Visit our diocesan vocations website
2. Talk to a priest, deacon, or sister.
3. Hear the call stories of our seminarians
4. Receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist
Anointing of the sick
"Are there any in need of healing? Let them send for the priests of the Church, and the priest will pray over them, and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them." (James 5:14-15)
We offer the sacrament of the sick to anyone who is in need of healing 24*7. Despite popular understanding, one does not need to be terminally ill to receive this beautiful sacrament. If you know someone in the hospital or in a care facility, please let us know.
For the sacrament of the Anointing of the sick,
you can contact Fr. Emmanuel at any time 24*7 at 818 301 8456.