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

 

 


Bible Study 2020

 

To Register and purchase your materials for the study of Revelation, click on one of the links below.

Register for Daytime Study

Register for Evening Study


This Bible Study is ongoing in the home of one of our parishioners. If you would like to study the Bible in a home setting, please give us a call. Topics vary. Our first study in 2020 will be the Gospel According to Matthew. 

The Gospel According to Matthew

Reader: The Gospel According to Matthew, Gospel Reading and Study Guide Part One and Part Two by Barbara E Reid

Monday 6:30-8:00 pm

 

Topics

January 13

Lesson 1

Part One: Matt 1-2, p.11-26

January 20

Lesson 2

Part One: Matt 3-5, p.27-44

January 27

Lesson 3

Part One: Matt 6-8, p.45-60

February 3

Lesson 4

Part One: Matt 9-12, p.61-78

February 10

Lesson 5

Part One: Matt 13-16, p.79-90

February 17

Lesson 6

Part Two: Matt 17-19, p.11-24

February 24

Lesson 7

Part Two: Matt 20-22, p. 25-38

March 2

Lesson 8

Part Two: Matt 23-25, p.39-54

March 9

Lesson 9

Part Two: Matt 26- 28, p.55-73

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

  1. We first read the Scripture Readings for the Next Sunday Services
  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 study meets in the home of Jim and Connie Messina, zip code 33715 from 6:30 - 8 pm Monday nights.

 


ALPHA

We are starting a new program for those who wish to explore the very basics about Christianity, meet other seekers, and enjoy a great meal and lively discussion. It's called ALPHA.  The deadline to register is January 3. Please contact Bob Birkenstock to register - participation is limited. You won't be sorry!

727-410-7999

[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.

RCIA meets on Monday evenings, 7 - 8:30 PM
Please call the office to register. (727) 896-2191, extension 207.
Registration Form

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. 

  • 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.
  • Parents must attend a one-time Baptism Parent Preparation Class. Parent Preparation Class dates are scheduled once a month on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:30 pm on the dates below. It is only necessary to attend one class. We invite godparents to attend our preparation classes as well.

Our next class is January 8, 2020 at 6:30 pm. Please call to register, 727-896-2191, extension 207

 


Children's Faith Formation Information 2019 - 2020 

 

 

 

 

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. We use the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies at home and trained catechists lead the gathered sessions listed below. 

Our monthly classes begin at 9:15 and end approximately 10:45 so that families can attend 11:00 Mass. We serve a snack and have coffee and water available for the adults.

2019 - 2020 Schedule
This year’s theme is Courageous Kids: The Saints. Each month we will explore a different saint, and the whole year will be tied to our Diocesan initiative, Courageously Living the Gospel.

9/29/19 - Safe Environment Presentation for students and adults. This session is required for all students in our program, without exception. Absences must be made up within one month.

10/20/19 - Respect Life month, How to use the Pflaum materials, and Saint Francis, the saint of the month

11/1/7/19 - Courageous Kids Meet the Saints: Our Models of Courage and Virtue. Saint of the month, Saint Therese of Lisiuex. The families will practice songs for our service project next month and start making Christmas cards.

12/15/19 - Please keep this day free, morning and afternoon! We will finish our Christmas cards and practice our songs in the morning. Saint of the month is Saint Nicholas. In the afternoon at 1 PM we will meet at Bon Secours nursing home to deliver our cards and carol for the residents there. Afternoon address: 10300 4th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33716

1/12/20 - What is the Church? Saint of the month, Saint Andre Bessette

2/9/20 - The Virtues and the Ten Commandments. Saint of the month, Saint Valentine

March 2020 - in place of our Sunday monthly session, families will gather to pray Stations of the Cross one Friday evening, date and time TBD. We also encourage all families to attend our Lenten Soup Supper.

4/19/20 -  Discipleship - Following Jesus, Free Will and Making Courageous Choices. Saint of the month, Saint Bernadette

5/17/19 - May Crowning. The parish will be invited to this traditional devotion honoring Our Lady. Saint of the month, Mary, Our Lady of Grace

 

Ready to register? Please download your paperwork here. Print it out, fill it in, and return it to the parish office by August 20. 

Download the Faith Formation Registration Form for 2019-2020.

Download our Parent/Student Handbook for 2019 - 2020

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

 

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