Faith Formation

Saint Mary Our Lady of Grace offers opportunities for lifelong faith formation.
As programs are developed, they will be added to this page, announced in the bulletin, and publicized in flyers.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please call the Office of Faith Formation,
(727) 896-2191, extension 207

 

 

 

Spiritual First Aid

Join us for a three-part workshop via Zoom.

To read more details, download the complete flyer here.

To REGISTER, click here. 

 


 

Alpha

ANOTHER ALPHA is coming to Saint Mary Our Lady of Grace!

 

Have you ever wondered, “How can I share Jesus’ love with those I love?”
or “How can I share how much God cares with those I care about?”
Or do you wonder how to share the Good News with those who don’t know Jesus?
 Sound scary?  Not when you have the ALPHA program to guide you!

Starting September 8, 2020,  twenty people will be invited to participate in our online ALPHA program using Zoom.

Maybe this is not for you – you may already know Jesus! 
But we need your help in finding those 20 participants.
Please give some thought and prayer to people you may know who are open to hearing about Jesus,
but who have not yet committed their lives to him.  

Click HERE to simply print, email, or text an Invitation
with all the information needed to tell them about
Alpha and encourage them to Come and See! 
Who are you thinking of now? Who has God placed on your heart? Let their exploration of life’s journey begin!

For more information,  about Alpha HERE or contact Bob Birkenstock 727-410-7999  [email protected]

SIGN UP DEADLINE: September 1, 2020

 


Bible Study 2020

Wednesday Morning Bible Study Via ZOOM

Please register for the Prophets by August 12. When registering, you will need to purchase the workbook, which can take a week or so to arrive. While there is no registrations fee, the cost of materials is about $37 including shipping. After you register, we will send you a welcome reminder about a week before the study starts. Contact Kristen if you have questions before then. The registration/materials link is: https://bit.ly/SMOLGProphets 

 

 

Monday Night Bible Study

Little Rock Scripture Study is held via Zoom from hosts, Jim and Connie Messina, 6:30 - 8 pm Monday nights.

The way the program goes is that we do the following:

  1. We first read the Scripture Readings for the next Sunday's Mass
  2. Then we watch a Lecture from the Little Rock staff on the topic for the evening
  3. Then we discuss the questions in the Study Guide based on the readings for the week. We typically expect participants to do the weekly readings for the lessons to be covered in the next week.
  4. There is no cost for materials, but there are only a few spots available for this study. 
  5. This group is an ongoing group and welcome new members, and are looking for serious Bible study participants who also want to grow in community with this small group. Please contact Jim Messina for more information: [email protected]

 


 

RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This is the process of prayer, preparation and sacrament by which we welcome new members to our Church. If you have not been baptized, RCIA is for you! We also invite anyone who has been baptized in another faith tradition and would like to prepare for First Communion and Confirmation in the Catholic faith to contact us. The RCIA is available for both adults and children over the age of 8.

RCIA meets on Monday evenings, 7 - 8:30 PM. During social distancing, we are meeting via Zoom.

If you need assistance, call Claudia at (727) 896-2191, extension 207.

If you are ready to register for RCIA, please download the form below and send it to Claudia at [email protected] 

Registration Form for RCIA

Children in the RCIA - If you have a child who is over age 6 and unbaptized, or who is baptized in another Christian faith tradition, and you would like that child to be received into the Catholic Church, please call us to discuss how this is done. M-Th, 9 am - 3 pm (727) 896-2191, extension 207.


 

Baptism of Infants and Children

 Congratulations on your decision to have your child baptized at Saint Mary's. 

There is a lot of preparation that goes into a baptism! Please contact us six months in advance so we can complete the necessary steps and schedule your child's baptism at a mutually convenient time. At this time of church construction and social distancing, we are deferring Baptisms until November 2020 or later.

  • Parents must be registered and active members of Saint Mary's Church for at least 6 months.
  • Complete the Baptism Registration Form
  • Submit the Godparent Eligibility Form for qualified godparents at least one month before the Baptism.
  • Attend the Parent/Godparent preparation class (live or online)

Please call to register for a Baptism Parent Preparation class, 727-896-2191, extension 207

Our next Baptism Preparation class will be on  Sunday, August 2 from 4 - 5:30 PM ONLINE. Please contact Claudia to receive the Zoom invitation link. [email protected] 

 


Children's Faith Formation Information 2020-2021 

 

 

Learning about the Catholic faith and coming to be in relationship with Jesus through the Church is a lifelong adventure. Our Faith Formation program at Saint Mary Our Lady of Grace is an intergenerational program blending at-home study under the supervision of the parents/grandparents with a monthly gathered session and a monthly catechist-led online session. We use the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies and trained catechists lead the sessions listed below. Parents are responsible for conducting weekly lessons at home using the Pflaum materials - both print and digital. 

In 2020, because of the dangers of gathered meetings, Saint Mary will offer online classes for ALL grade levels. We are hoping to have a couple of live sessions in the parish parking lot, or at least a drive-through to pick up materials in November. Changes in the schedule will be directly communicated to registered families.

2020-2021 Schedule

September 2020 - Safe Environment Presentation for students and adults. This session is required for all students in our program, without exception. These sessions will be delivered via Zoom to children WITH THEIR PARENTS PRESENT IN THE ROOM.

Times and Dates for Safe Environment Presentations are below. Only registered families will receive the Zoom links, so please be sure to register your child by August 20, 2020.

Date

Grade Level

Topic

Time

Location

9/13/20

K- 3rd

Safe Environment

1:30 – 2:30

Zoom

9/20/20

4th – 6th

Safe Environment

1:30 – 2:30

Zoom

9/20/20

7th – 8th

Safe Environment

2:30 – 3:30

Zoom

 

The rest of the year's schedule is as follows. Remember that parents are also responsible for the lessons at home on the weeks the children are not receiving instruction online.

Schedule 2020 - 2021

MONTHLY GRADE-LEVEL CLASS TIMES ONLINE. Please note that there are different times for different grade levels.

  • Kindergarten – 3rd grade – 1:30 – 2:30, First Sunday of the month
  • 4th – 6th grade – 9:30 – 10:30 First Sunday of the month
  • 7th – 8th grade – 12:30 – 1:30 First Sunday of the month

 

MONTHLY FAMILY SESSIONS FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS/GRANDPARENTS

  • All grades 1:30 pm on the dates indicated. Please note that on Intergenerational class days, these classes are all at 1:30 pm. 

Date

Grade Level

Topic

Time

Location

10/4/20

ALL

Pflaum lesson

See times above

Zoom

10/18/20

ALL

Respect Life, Racial Justice and The Glory Be

1:30 – 2:30

Zoom

11/1/20

ALL

Pflaum Lesson

See times above

Zoom

11/20/20

ALL

Tour of the Church, Hand out Advent Packets for families. Priests bless our families.

12:30 – meet in Church Parking Lot for socially distanced lunch and tour of the church. Bring your own food.

Church Parking Lot

12/6/20

ALL

Pflaum Lesson

See times above

Zoom

12/13/20

ALL

Jesus, Christmas, and making Christmas cards for our serviceman overseas

1:30 – 2:30

Zoom

1/3/21

ALL

Pflaum lesson

See times above

Zoom

1/10/21

ALL

Discipleship, The Lord’s Prayer

1:30 – 2:30

Zoom

2/7/21

ALL

Pflaum Lesson

See times above

 

2/21/21

ALL

Lent, Lenten packets, Lenten Service Project (prayer, fasting, service)

1:30 – 2:30

Possible Church Parking lot to hand out Lenten packets. Otherwise, Zoom

3/7/21

ALL

Pflaum Lesson

See times above

 

3/14/21

ALL

Rice Bowl, Confession, Stations of the Cross, and Care for the Poor

1:30 – 2:30

Zoom

4/4/21

ALL

Pflaum Lesson

See times above

Zoom

4/18/21

ALL

How Catholics Use the Bible at Mass

1:30 – 2:30

Zoom

5/2/21

ALL

Pflaum Lesson

See times above

Zoom

5/16/21

ALL

Vocations, Summer Family Fun Faith Project

1:30 – 2:30

Zoom

 

If your child misses a scheduled session, please contact Claudia to schedule a make up lesson.
Children who miss more than 2 sessions without making them up will be considered “incomplete” for the year.
By diocesan rules, children must complete two consecutive years in Faith Formation before they are eligible for Sacramental Preparation for
First Holy Communion or Confirmation.

 

Ready to register? Downloadable forms are listed below. Print them out, fill them in, and return them to the parish office by August 20, 2020. Please include a $35 materials fee for each child. Checks should be made out to Saint Mary OLG with "Faith Formation" in the subject line, and sent with the registration form. No child will be turned away because of inability to pay our materials fee. Please speak to the Director of Faith Formation if you have questions about this.

Download the REGISTRATION FORM for K-8th grade students

Download our Parent/Student Handbook for 2020-2021 

Download the Emergency Medical Release form. Please note that this form must be signed in the presence of a notary.

Download the Media Release Form for Parents

Download the Media Release Form for Students

Download the Safe Environment Acknowledgement Form

Download the 2020-2021 Faith Formation Schedule for all grades

Director of Faith Formation
Claudia McIvor
(727) 896-2191, ext. 207