Get my Child Baptized

Congratulations!  You may be awaiting the birth of your child, have a newborn, or have a child who is several months old.  No matter the stage of parenting you are currently in, you have been entrusted with a great gift from God.  In your role as parent, you will serve as the first ad most influential teacher of your child’s faith (among other things).  We look forward to helping you in this role through the Sacrament of Baptism.  Baptism is the first sacrament celebrated in the process of becoming a full member of the Catholic Church.  The waters of Baptism symbolize life and death, washing and cleansing, and the mystery of new life out of death.  At Baptism we celebrate and reflect on God’s unconditional love and welcome him or her into our faith.

  • When are Baptisms held?  They are normally celebrated on the fourth Sunday of each month.
  • Families who are baptizing a child need to register as parishioners.  Stop by the parish office to register.
  • Parents can also call the office at (352) 383-8556 to register for a Baptismal Preparation Class.
  • Choosing Godparents:  When a child or an adult is baptized, he or she must have at least one godparent or sponsor.  It is customary for children to have two godparents.  When there are two, one must be male and the other female..  Godparents must meet all the following criteria, which are established by Canon Law and do not vary from place to place.  Godparents must be Catholic; have been baptized, confirmed and received Communion; be 16 or older; must be living a life consistent with tie own baptismal vows.  Learn more here!

Register with the Parish

Welcome!  To register to be members of St. Patrick, please fill out a registration form.  They are available in the Gathering Space of the Church or in the parish office.  You may drop it by the office or in the collection box.  If you have any questions, we are happy to answer them.  Please contact our office at (352) 383-8556.

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the sick is a sacrament that is offered to those undergoing serious illness, having surgery, or for people who have grown weak under the burden of years.  If you wish to be anointed, please call the parish office at (352) 383-8556 and one of the priests on duty will arrange a convenient time to visit you in your home, nursing home or in the hospital.

Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, also called Penance, or Confession, allows us to confess our sins, receive absolution, and be reconciled with the Church.  Reconciliation must be received before First Communion (Eucharist).  Children and  youth receive two years of instruction before receiving Reconciliation in second grade.  Classes are also available for children and youth older than second grade.  Adults would participate in the RCIA (Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adults) program.  Reconciliation is offered each Saturday from 3:00 – 3:45 pm in the church and by appointment through the office.

Learn More about the Catholic Faith

If you would like to talk about where you are, or if you are curious about our Church and our faith, or even if you’ve been attending Mass here and would like to find out about possibly joining, this is where to begin!  All are welcome to come and see, to task questions, and to look more deeply.  Please contact Sr. Judy Waldt to get started at (352) 383-8556 x 34 or via email at srjudy @stpatrickmtdora.org.

Vocations

If you would like to speak to someone about a priestly or religious vocation, including becoming a deacon, contact the Diocese of Orlando Vocations Office or to contact the Director of the Office of Vocations, call here:  (407) 768-3113.

“Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision . . . Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.”  – Pope Francis, Address to Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013

As Catholics, by virtue of our baptism, we are called to a vocation to serve and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in our lives.  Some are called to single life, others to marriage, and still others to priesthood and religious life.  Ultimately, this vocation is as unique as the person who is gifted with it.

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