Parish/Religious Education for 2020 and 2021:

For our 2020-2021 program, please contact the Rector after July 15, 2020.  We are not accepting any applications until July 15, at which time application forms and information letters will be available (but not before). Next Fall’s schedule and general information, however, can be found here after July 1, 2020.


Because of the situation with the pandemic and the protocols we have to follow in our Church, we are currently redesigning our process for next year’s Religious Education Program. Our Fall classes may be taught on Zoom, but we will have to wait and see.  Check back with us at the beginning of July.

Registered active parishioners who have been regularly attending our parish Masses and programs, (and have contributed financially to the parish on a regular basis) will have first preference for enrollment. However, there will be a limited number of openings for non-parishioners and non-active St. Patrick’s parishioners. Attendance of the child together with one parent is mandatory for every session. Requirements for 2020/2021: At least one parent, but preferably both, must have a comprehensive, thorough understanding of English. And, even more importantly, the child must clearly understand and speak English. The minimum age for First Communion is 8 years old and the Third Grade (by the first day of class - American system) and for Confirmation it is 14 years old and the Ninth Grade (by the first day of class). We will also be increasing the homework for the weeks in between the classes.  In 2020-2021 we will only be taking a maximum of 20 students for First Communion.

St. Patrick's Catholic American Community (Chiesa di San Patrizio) offers Religious Education Classes in English for students ages 6 through early teens, plus their parents. We have moved from a class-based school to a family-centered workshop, meeting once or twice a month. If allowed given the pandemic, our classes will meet at the newly renovated space at St. Patrick's Church, and in the parish hall and library below the Church;  otherwise the classes will take place via Zoom. These two hour workshops meet on a Saturday from 3:30 to 5:30 PM from September to May, for a total of 11 sessions. (The times may need to be staggered if we need to offer these classes on Zoom). Each workshop is followed by a Family Mass (held at 6:00 PM in St. Patrick's and livestreamed on Zoom and later posted on Facebook), in which each class takes responsibility for readings and prayers on a rotating basis. While children are in class, parents have a special required class of their own that will assist them in home teaching during the weeks between workshops. One English-speaking parent (they can alternate or both can attend, but it is helpful if both understand English) must attend all sessions. All children and parents who wish to apply for the sacramental programs are required to meet with Fr. Steve before being accepted (these meetings take place AFTER application has been made, and will be done on Zoom.  These appointments take place between July 16 and September 12, 2020).  

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Children's classes are taught  by deacons and seminarians from the North American College. There are generally two First Communion classes (age 8+) of approximately 9-10 children each. The Confirmation class (age 14+) contributes 12 hours of community service as part of their classroom requirement.  We also have non-sacramental classes for children in grades 1 through 8, who are either not old enough yet to receive First Communion and Confirmation or have already received First Communion. Adult classes are taught by Fr. Steve Petroff and our new Vice Rector, Fr. Joe Ciconne, plus special guest speakers. All participating parishioner families must be registered members of the St. Patrick Catholic American Community, attend all classes as well as regularly attend Sunday Mass at St. Patrick's Church. There is a separate fee rate for non-parishioners and non-active parishioners in the sacramental classes. If parents themselves have any questions about our program or for an application you can contact Father Steve. (after July 15, 2020)


The calendar for the 2020/2021 school year is below: 

The 2020/2021 Calendar for Family Based Religious Education:

July 15 to September 9
Registration begins for Religious Education. Applications will be available July 15 (no earlier). Family Interviews begin July 16 (no earlier), will be done on Zoom.
September 12, 2020

Parents' Mandatory Meeting at St. Patrick's, 4:00 - 5:45 PM. (Registration, however, closes September 11)

Sat., September 19
Religious Education Workshop One (All classes held at St. Patrick's Church, or via Zoom, TBA)
Satuday, October 10 Religious Education Workshop Two
Saturday, October 24
Religious Education Workshop Three 
Sat., November 14
Religious Education Workshop Four
Sat., December 12
Religious Education Workshop Five
Sat., January 16, 2021
Religious Education Workshop Six.
Saturday, February 13
Religious Education Workshop Seven.
Saturday, March 6
Religious Education Workshop Eight (First Reconciliation)
Saturday, March 27 Religious Education Workshop Nine (Palm Sunday Vigil)
Saturday, April 24
Religious Education Workshop Ten 
Saturday, May 8
Confirmation Retreat & Rehearsal, 10:15 AM - 7:00 PM (mandatory)
Saturday, May 8 First Communion Rehearsal, 2:00 - 3:15 PM (mandatory)
Saturday, May 8 Religious Education Workshop Eleven (3:30-5.30 PM)
Wednesday, May 12 First Communion Rehearsal No. 2, 4:30- 6:00 PM (mandatory)
Saturday, May 15
First Communion Mass, 10:30 AM
Saturday, May 15
Confirmation Mass, 5:30 PM

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24: Children's Pageant Mass at 4:30 PM; Vigil Mass at 7:30 PM (with Christmas Carol Concert at 7:00 PM); Christmas Day Masses: 9:00 AND 10:30 AM.

For other Adult Religious Education Opportunities outside of St. Patrick's Parish, please contact The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, at


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Mass Times and Directions

Masses in English with the American Community are now permanently at the Church of St. Patrick (Chiesa di S. Patrizio a Villa Ludovisi), Via Boncompagni 31. Click here for our New Mass schedule at St.Patrick's. For Holy Days and special Liturgies (including our Christmas/New Year's Schedule), see also special Mass times.



To make donations to St. Patrick's American Community in Rome, you can click on the secure PayPal/Credit card "DONATE" link below. If you need a tax credit letter, it is best not to use PayPal "DONATE", but make your donations by checks made out to “Paulist Fathers”, a US entity, and Fr. Greg can issue a letter for your taxes. You can mail this check or you can give US dollars in person. We hope this inconvenience won't discourage you from donating to the St. Patrick's American Community as we are much in need of your support.

As Romans Do


Our newest edition of As Romans Do, 2019-2020, our periodic guide for pilgrims to Rome, is now available. This 100-page guide to Rome and the Catholic American Community of St. Patrick’s Church is a real treasure. Click for more info!

Papal Audiences

On most Wednesdays throughout the year, Pope Francis holds a public audience in St. Peter's Square in front of St. Peter's Basilica. To request tickets to the Wednesday Papal Audience, please click here .

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