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Faith Formation fo All Ages

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, emailed in our Newsletter, and publicized in flyers.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please call the Office of Faith Formation,
(727) 896-2191, extension 207


 

Saturday Bible Study

 

Our Saturday Bible Study is held from 10 - 11:30 AM in the Parish Center.
In 2024, we are using Fr. Mike Schmitz's podcast, The Bible in a Year!

Please register with Theresa Pacuicrk and join us for this life-giving study.

727-470-1671
[email protected]

 

 

 

 

2024 Adult Faith Formation 

 


Our weekly morning group will meet on Thursdays from 10:00 - 11:30  for a study of Bishop Robert Barron's book, This Is My Body. This short book is part of the three year Eucharistic Revival.
Please join us and renew your love of the Eucharist with study, prayer and fellowship!

January 11, 18 and 25
February 1 and 8

Meet in the parish hall in the pairsh office building for the book discussion at 10 AM.
At 11:30 we will pray the Rosary (optional)
At 12:10 we will attend Mass. (optional)

Cost of book $2

Please register with
[email protected]

Name, email and phone number
Please register ASAP

 


AN EXCITING NEW MEN'S MINISTRY HAS BEGUN IN 2024


 

The Order of Christian Initiation of Adults (Formerly the RCIA) is the process of prayer, preparation and sacrament by which we welcome new members to our Church. If you have not been baptized, this 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.

Participants meet on Sunday afternoons, 12:15 - 1:45 PM. We meet live in the parish center, and we ask that you bring your own lunch or snack to enjoy during our social time. We provide coffee, fellowship, prayer, teaching and discussion!

If you are ready to register, please download the form below and send it to Claudia at [email protected] . If you are unable to download, just call the office and we will take the information over the phone. M-Th, 9 am - 3 pm (727) 896-2191, extension 207.

Registration Form 

Children in the Initiation Ministry- 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. 

  • 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) Parents are required to attend. Godparents are welcome but not required.

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

 


Children's Faith Formation Information 

 

 

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 a home-based intergenerational program using the "A Family of Faith" materials published by Sophia Institute. The handbook, required forms and schedule for 2023-24 can be downloaded below. We accept children from Kindergarten through eighth grade. If you have an older child who needs Faith Formation or Confirmation, please contact our office to discuss alternatives. This year we will use the Sophia Institute "A Family of Faith Volume 2" materials for all ages, and the focus this year for all grade is the Sacraments. This is a family based program and an adult must agree to instruct the child at home during the month. Then both parents and students come to the Church once a month for intergenerational activities. 

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.

CLASSES BEING ON SEPTEMBER 18 WITH A MANDATORY SAFE ENVIRONMENT/CIRCLE OF GRACE PRESENTATION FOR ALL AGES.

DOWNLOAD the HANDBOOK which includes all forms that must be submitted for registeration by September 1, 2023. It also includes instructions on how to order materials.
If you are unable to download and print the forms, please contact Claudia at the office for assistance.

Diocesan Policy for the Protection of Children and Young People 

Schedule for 2023-2024 Intergenerational sessions and activities:

DATE

TIME

Activity

Other topics

Sunday Sept. 10, 2023

9:30 – 10:30

Circle of Grace - required Safe Environment class

Introduction to materials 
The Sacraments

Saturday, September 30, 2023

10:00

Blessing of the Animals in the church parking lot

Please bring your family pet AND a donation of cat or dog food for Daystar.

Sunday, October 8, 2023

9:30 - 10:30

 Circle of Grace materials and instruction with parents and students

Bring the whole family. 

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023

9:30 – 10:30

Distribution of Advent Packets. 

St. Catherine of Alexandria,

Baptism

Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023

12:15 - 1:45 pm- after 11:00 Mass in parish hall

Blessing Bags for the Poor – all hands on deck to pack up donations for the poor

Saint Stephen, Confirmation

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2024

9:30 – 10:30

Attend Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church for 1/2 hour, and have a class presentation about the Eucharist.

Eucharist

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024

9:00 – 10:30

Distribution of Lent packets

St. Mary Magdalene,

Reconciliation

Sunday, March 10, 2024

9:00 – 10:30

 TBD

St. Bernadette Soubirous, Triduum, Anointing of the Sick

Sunday, April 14, 2024

9:00 – 10:30

ARK ASSESSMENT - Students will be tested on religious knowledge

Matrimony, Holy Orders

Sunday, May 5, 2024

10 AM 

Final Celebration / May Crowning

Parking Lot

 

Please direct any questions to:
Claudia McIvor
Director of Faith Formation
(727) 896-2191, ext. 207