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
Fall 2021 Bible Studies
We will continue to offer Bible Study via Zoom at this time. We hope you will join us! Our online discussions are lively and informative, and you can come as you are!
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:
- We first read the Scripture Readings for the next Sunday's Mass
- Then we watch a Lecture on video on the topic for the evening
- 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.
- There is no cost for materials, but there are only a few spots available for this study.
- This group is an ongoing group and welcome new members who are looking for a serious Bible study and who also want to grow in community with this small group. Please contact Jim Messina for more information: [email protected]
The current study is Acts of the Apostles and runs from July 26 - October 4, 2021. Contact Jim Messina to sign up!
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible
by Ascension Press with Jeff Cavins
8 weeks on Wednesday mornings via Zoom
September 8 - October 27
Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible, an eight-part Bible study, helps you uncover the story woven throughout Scripture, so you can get the “big picture” of the Bible and understand what it’s all about. Aided by a unique color-coded Bible Timeline Chart that arranges the key people, places, and events of the Bible in chronological order, Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible will help you pick up the Bible with confidence and understand how you fit into God’s plan.
For more information or to register, click here: https://forms.gle/WdmM2Ea8tYVSEfpg9
Please register before August 25 to allow enough time to purchase and receive your materials. After you register, Kristen, the study leader, will contact you with the Zoom link and instructions on how to obtain your materials. Contact Kristen Noakes-Fry for more information: [email protected]
A Biblical Walk Through the Mass
by Edward Sri
Join us in a new time slot for this popular Bible Study, which has recently been revised by Ascension Press. As Catholics, we love the Mass. Discover the Biblical basis for the prayers and practices of the Mass.
10 - 11:30 AM
September 18 - October 16
To register and see complete information, click here: https://forms.gle/EZWSHNf1hvbiAWKM8
Please register by September 4 in order to place your order for the materials in time to be ready for the opening session on September 18. Cost of materials is approximately $27 plus S/H. This includes the book, the workbook and access to the online videos. After you register, Kevin, the study leader, will contact you with the Zoom link and instructions on how to obtain your materials.
For more information, please contact study leader, Kevin Curran. [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. We are planning to offer two Zoom sessions - September 13 and 20, and then meet live in the parish hall starting September 27. Please wear a mask for the live sessions.
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]
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.
- 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 2021-2022
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 in the parish center, and an additional monthly catechist-led 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 2021, because of the dangers of gathered meetings, Saint Mary will begin the year with our Safe Environment Training both online or in person (masked and socially distanced) on September 19. If and when we move into the parish center, social distancing and mask wearing will required at this time.
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.
Download the Emergency Medical Release form 2021 Please note that this form must be signed in the presence of a notary.
Please direct any questions to:
Director of Faith Formation
(727) 896-2191, ext. 207