WELCOME TO ST. PATRICK PARISH
Since its founding on March 17, 1983, St. Patrick Parish has grown steadily along with the rapid development of Spotsylvania County, Virginia. St. Patrick School, which opened in 1990, now serves more than 250 students from pre-K through 8th grade, and the parish serves addtional youth through the CYO, our religious education program and an outreach to homeschoolers. And that's just the start!
This page lists information about the many ministries, organizations and activities that constitute parish life for the many families who call St. Patrick Church their spiritual home. Please come and visit and get involved!
- Altar Servers: Service at Sunday and daily liturgies is open to boys of the parish in third grade and above. Please contact the parish office if you are interested.
- Choirs/Cantors: The parish offers a comprehensive liturgical music program for both children and adults. Please see the music pages, or contact the director to volunteer.
- Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lay members of the parish assist the priests and deacons with distribution of the Eucharist.
- Lectors: Members of the parish proclaim the readings and deliver announcements at Mass. Please contact the parish office if you are interested.
- Ushers: Greet parishioners prior to weekend Masses and assist with seating, bulletin distribution and collections. If interesting in serving, please get in touch with the parish office.
- Baptism: Baptisms are typically scheduled on the first Saturday of the month at 4:30 pm. Prior to the celebration of the sacrament, parents must participate in a baptism preparation class. Please contact the parish office to register.
- Divine Mercy Apostolate: This group gathers in the rectory meeting room to discuss St. Faustina’s writings. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month after zdoration and the first Tuesday of each month after 9:00am Mass.
- Marriage: Engaged couples must contact the parish office at least six months prior to the desired wedding date.
- RCIA: This program, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, prepares both baptized Christians and unbaptized persons for full entry into the Catholic Church.
- Religious education: The parish offers a full range of religious educational opportunities for children who attend schools other than St. Patrick. Preparation for the sacraments of Penance, Holy Communion and Confirmation are covered in this program. Please contact the religious education office to register.
- Fr. Patrick's Mission: Parishioners support Fr. Patrick's ministry to battered women in his native India. If you wish to contribute, you may do so any time. Please make your check payable to St. Patrick Church, with a notation that your offering is for Fr. Patrick's work.
- Gift Shop: Located in the parish hall, the gift shop is open Sunday mornings from 8:15 to noon, Thursday mornings following 9:00 Mass, and by appointment. The shop offers medals, rosaries, statues, and much more.
- Guardian Angels: This parish effort collects funds for families in need of assistance with food, rent and other basic expenses. To contribute, please contact the parish office.
- Knights of Columbus: Battlefield Council 10246 serves St. Patrick Parish. All men 18 and over are eligible to apply for membership. The knights are involved in numerous activities in both the parish and community. Please see the council's web site for additional details.
- Ladies Auxiliary: All women of the parish, single, married or widowed are invited to join. Regular meetings are scheduled the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the parish hall.
- Martha's Caring Hands: This group provides food for receptions that are held in the parish hall after funerals. Please contact the parish office to volunteer.
- Servants for Seniors: These volunteers help with transportation, meals, yard work, errands, shopping and other needs. Please contact the parish office to offer assistance.
- Visitation Apostles: Please contact the parish office if there is a member of our parish who is homebound or in a nursing home who would like to be visited or taken the Eucharist.
- Boy Scouts: Troop 325 at St. Patrick provides outdoor activities, leadership development and character building for eligible boys between 12 and 18.
- Cub Scouts: Pack 325 at St. Patrick offers younger boys in the parish an opportunity to experience the benefits of scouting. See the pack web page for additional information.
- CYO: Spiritual, social and community service activities are available for the youth of the parish from 8th grade through high school. To get involved, please contact the parish office and see the parish bulletin for listings of specific events.
- Work Camp: Each summer, young people from the parish participate in the work camp program, helping the region's needy with home repairs and other chores. Teens coordinate a number of fundraising activities to help defray expenses, including Lenten soup suppers.