Baptism
Baptism

Congratulations! The birth of a child is a Resurrection experience in that it raises the lives of parents to a new level of love. The Parish family of St. Patrick shares your joy at the arrival of your new child and is delighted to welcome this new parish member.

 

Arranging for your Child’s Baptism

In order to arrange for a baptism, please follow these steps:

  1. If you are not registered in the parish, please fill out the online Parish Registration Form available here on our website. If you grew up in our parish and are now starting your own family, we ask that you register as a new family.
  2. Fill out and submit the online baptismal information form (see below.) If you prefer to print the form, a printable version is available below. If you are having more than one child baptized, please fill out separate forms for each.

When choosing godparents, please keep in mind:  Godparents must be active Catholics, at least 16 years of age, who have received all the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Communion & Confirmation.)  Only one godparent is required. If you choose to use two godparents, one must be male and one female.  A non-Catholic baptized Christian may act as a Christian witness as long as there is one Catholic godparent.

After your forms are submitted, you will be contacted by a parish representative who will assist you in booking the date of your child’s baptism and answer any questions you may have. Please enter phone numbers and email addresses where you can be easily reached. Parents also need to attend a baptismal class. Our parish representative will also go over upcoming dates for the baptismal class. On the day of the baptism, we ask that you arrive at the church by 1:15 PM.

Thank you for welcoming Christ into your child’s life. May God bless you in your role as a parent.

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Confirmation

Students in our Religious Formation Program begin two-year period of preparation for Confirmation in Level 7. Confirmation takes place in the spring of the Level 8 year. St. Patrick School students prepare for confirmation during their religion classes in seventh and eighth grade. They also participate in events such as “Spirit Day” and special liturgies along with our Religious Formation Program students. For more information on the Confirmation program, call 631-724-7454 or email stpatsrfc@optonline.net.

Adults who have never received the Sacrament of Confirmation often prepare for the sacrament through our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program. For more information on RCIA, call the rectory at 631-265-2271 or email rcia@stpatricksmithtown.org.

Eucharist (First Communion)

Children enter Level One of our religious formation program in first grade. For the first two years they receive sacramental preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. First Communions take place in the spring of the Level 2 year. St. Patrick School students receive sacramental preparation in school during their religion classes. For more information on our Religious Formation Program, call 631-724-7454 or email stpatsrfc@optonline.net.

Older children or adults are often prepared for their First Holy Communion through our RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program. For more information on RCIA, call the rectory at 631-265-2271 or email rcia@stpatricksmithtown.org.

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Reconciliation (Confession)

Our Catholic Church treasures the Sacrament of Reconciliation. St. Patrick’s offers regular Reconciliation times three times each week throughout the year. Additional times are offered during Advent and Lent. Our parish schedule of confession times is listed above or you may call for an appointment at the rectory.

If you would like to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation, here’s what to do:

Prepare. Prayerfully recall your sins. Some will be specific actions. Some represent a more general pattern of behavior.

Go to the priest. Visit during a regular confession time or schedule an appointment. You may either kneel anonymously behind a screen or sit in a chair and speak face to face.

Be welcome. You and the priest may greet each other. Make a Sign of the Cross. He may urge you to have confidence in God. You may indicate the interval since your last confession or anything else that will help. Just use common sense.

Confess your sins. Some penitents begin with a formula like, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.” But you don’t have to. Let the priest know your sins. You may discuss the sins you confess so that the priest can give you the best counsel.

Receive a penance. The priest will recommend some action after you leave to indicate to God the sincerity in your heart. Usually he suggests prayer or self-denial. If it sounds difficult, let him know.

Pray for forgiveness. The priest may invite you to say a prayer of sorrow aloud. If you remember the Act of Contrition, you may use it. But you may also speak simply from your heart. One form of the Act of Contrition is:

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good
I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance,
to sin no more and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.

or

Lord Jesus, Son of God,
have mercy on me a sinner.

Receive absolution. This is the best part. The priest proclaims absolution, and God forgives your sins. The prayer of absolution (said by the priest):

God the Father of mercies,
through the death and resurrection of his Son
has reconciled the world to himself
and sent the Holy Spirit among us
for the forgiveness of sins;
through the ministry of the Church
may God give you pardon and peace,
and I absolve you from your sins
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Conclude. The priest may say, “Give thanks to the Lord for he is is good.” If so, answer, “His mercy endures forever.” Or he may conclude informally.

Change! Go forth, and with God’s help, begin to live a new life of freedom from the slavery of sin!

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Holy Orders

From the moment of Jesus’ conception in the womb of Mary until his Resurrection, he was filled with the Holy Spirit.  In biblical language, he was anointed by the Holy Spirit and thus established by God the Father as our high priest. As Risen Lord, he remains our high priest. . . . While all the baptized share in Christ’s priesthood, the ministerial priesthood shares this through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a special way.

Ordination to the priesthood is always a call and a gift from God. Christ reminded his Apostles that they needed to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into the harvest.  Those who seek priesthood respond generously to God’s call using the words of the prophet, “Here I am, send me” (Is 6:8).  This call from God can be recognized and understood from the daily signs that disclose his will to those in charge of discerning the vocation of the candidate. (USCCB)

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Anointing of the Sick

In the Church’s Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, throughthe ministry of the priest, it is Jesus who touches the sick to heal them from sin – and sometimes even from physical ailment. His cures were signs of the arrival of the Kingdom of God. The core message of his healing tells us of his plan to conquer sin and death by his dying and rising.

The Rite of Anointing tells us there is no need to wait until a person is at the point of death to receive the Sacrament. A careful judgment about the serious nature of the illness is sufficient.

When the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is given, the hoped-for effect is that, if it be God’s will, the person be physically healed of illness. But even if there is no physical healing, the primary effect of the Sacrament is a spiritual healing by which the sick person receives the Holy Spirit’s gift of peace and courage to deal with the difficulties that accompany serious illness or the frailty of old age. (USCCB)

To receive the Anointing of the Sick, please call the rectory at 631-265-2271.

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Pre-Cana

Pre-cana classes at St. Patrick’s are held in the fall and the spring. Facilitating couples use the “Decision to Love” workbook which covers topics ranging from communication and personalities to finances and spirituality.

For more information on Pre-Cana classes, call the rectory at 631-265-2271.

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Marriage

Couples should make arrangements at the rectory at least six months before the desired wedding date.

For more information, call the rectory at 631-265-2271.