Wedding Anniverary Celebration is for all couples in the parish who are celebrating a milestone anniversary (1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30,35, 40, 45, 50+). A special blessing and reception in honor of the couples is celebrated in the summer. Announcements are made from the ambo and posted on the website and bulletin board. Interested couples are asked to sign-up to receive a special invitation and then RSVP to the committee their intent.
Family Life Commission supports and enriches the lives of all parishioners, newcomers, and their families at all stages of their lives in their relationships with one another, whether they be youth, single, married, widowed, divorced, grandparents raising grandchildren, empty nesters, etc.; and in doing so, to continue to build the St. Patrick church family with the end purpose being to serve God.
This commission meets as needed for planning. The Commission Chair position is currently open.
"After I heard St. Patrick church was offering this program, my first thought was how I wish there had been such a program offered by my church when I was going through my divorce several years ago. My next thought was how this would play out with a group of divorced people in one room.
After attending all 12 sessions, I discovered what the program wasn’t. It wasn’t a Catholicmatch.com live. It wasn’t an evening spent bashing your EX. And it wasn’t group therapy sessions.
I found out that the Surviving Divorce Program is a program based on Catholic teachings. Teachings which assured me, as a divorced person, that God and His church are here to support me. In the videos are brave people who share their experiences as divorced persons; as well as expert lay people and priests who give sound, compassionate advice. Because of this program, I felt the church, “The Body of Christ”, opening Her arms to me and giving me a healing embrace for the first time. I now feel loved and supported by my church. (from a previous participant)
Engaged Sponsor Couples are married couples who mentor engaged couples as they prepare for the Sacrament of Marriage. Approximately 5-7 meetings are held during the preparation process with the engaged couple using the guidebook, Together Forever for Better or Worse.
Those engaged couples wishing to participate in this ministry as they prepare for marriage are asked to contact the Ministry Leaders or the Parish Office, 319-337-2856, to be assigned.
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A Parish Wedding Assistant aids and provides parish support to the couple getting married and their families on the day of the wedding. They also attend the wedding rehearsal to give advice and guidance to the bridal party and to ensure that church guidelines are being followed regarding flower placement, photography and to make sure the church environment is clean and ready to use for parish activities when the wedding is over.
Please contact the ministry leader if you are interested in this ministry or wish to volunteer for a scheduled wedding.
Monday Night Crafters meet on the first and third Monday evenings of the month at 7:00pm in the Parlor to work on individual projects or group projects, and enjoy each other's company while doing so. The group does not meet during the summer months due to members' vacations.