The sacrament of Baptism is a communal event so we encourage families to consider baptizing during Mass and to experience the welcome of the whole community. Baptisms may be celebrated on most weekends of the year. Parents intending to baptize their first child are asked to attend a pre-Baptismal class. We encourage you to attend prior to the birth of your child. For expecting parents that attend there will be a “Blessing of a Child in the Womb” by the Deacon. The class is free.

If you would like to register for an upcoming preparation class or would like to arrange your child’s baptism, please contact:

Jim Luksetich – 563-582.7646 or


First Communion

The preparation for First Eucharist includes completion of home study materials, attendance at Mass, projects and interviews. Preparation for the sacrament is a special time for the entire family. First Communion is normally celebrated in the spring during the Easter season.


Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, also called the Sacrament of Penance, a person is freed from. Weekly Reconciliation times are as follows:

Thursday: 11:15-11:45 AM at St. Patrick
Friday: 6:45-7:20 AM at St. Raphael
Saturday: 3:00-3:45 PM at St. Patrick
Sunday: 8:00-8:45 AM & 4:30-5:15 PM at St. Raphael & 10:25-10:40 AM at St. Patrick

Also by appointment by calling the parish office.



The planning of your wedding begins by contacting the Pastor, Fr. Tom Toale, or Associate Pastor, Fr. Greg Bahl, at the Parish Office. Click here for a full list of wedding guidelines.

All engaged couples are required to attend a Wedding Music Workshop to plan music for the celebration. The Director of Music and the cathedral music staff offer the workshop sessions several times during the year.

Jim Mendralla – 563. 582.7646 or



Students are normally confirmed at age 15/16 yr. (9th Grade) All students entering the Confirmation preparation are required to attend religious education classes or attend Catholic School for a minimum of 2 years prior to registering for the Confirmation Preparation Session that begins in Fall  as well as attend separate Confirmation sessions held once a month.


Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation is designed for adults who have heard the mystery of Christ proclaimed and desire to enter into a closer union with God in the community of the Catholic Church. Christian Initiation is a process of prayer and study within the parish community. More information regarding our RCIA program can be found at:

Fr. Tom Toale or Fr. Greg Bahl


Anointing of the Sick

When a Catholic’s health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age, it is time to request the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which is a sacrament of the living. For instance, if a Catholic was recently diagnosed with cancer or some other serious illness or is soon to be undergoing serious surgery or has entered hospice care, then the person should request the Anointing of the Sick from the pastor or another priest. It is preferable that the sick person is able to actively participate in the Sacrament, with family members present. Usually, sometime in the fall of each year both parishes celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, when those who are impaired by sickness or old age are anointed with members of the community present to pray for them.

When someone is dying, it is time to celebrate the Last Rites, which includes Viaticum (Holy Communion given to a Catholic who is near death). The Eucharist is food for the journey throughout this life and for the passage through death to eternal life. If the person has not been anointed recently, it is also appropriate to celebrate that sacrament. At the conclusion of the Last Rites, the dying person is commended to the Lord with the special prayers known as the Commendation of the Dying. There are also special prayers once the person has passed from this life. Please contact the parish office to schedule the sacrament.

Cathedral of St. Raphael – 563.582.7646  or  St. Patrick Church – 563.583.9749


Funeral Arrangements

The Cathedral and Saint Patrick community offers assistance to families upon the death of a loved one. Family members meet with a member of the pastoral staff to make arrangements for the vigil service, funeral liturgy, and burial. Saint Raphael and Saint Patrick have facilities to accommodate a funeral dinner provided the space is not previously scheduled. Families interested in a funeral dinner at the church are welcome to inquire at either parish office when arrangements are being made.

Cathedral 563.582.7646  or  St. Patrick Church 563.583.9749

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