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
Little Rock Scripture Study is held via Zoom from the 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 Services
- Then we watch a Lecture from the Little Rock staff 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, 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.
RCIA meets on Monday evenings, 7 - 8:30 PM. During social distancing, the group is meeting bi-weekly via Zoom.
Please call the office to register. (727) 896-2191, extension 207.
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. It is only necessary to attend one class. We invite godparents to attend our preparation classes as well.
Please call to register for a Baptism Parent Preparation class, 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 - ALL FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS ARE CANCELED FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH
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, 2019.
Download the Emergency Medical Release form. Please note that this form must be signed in the presence of a notary.
Director of Faith Formation
(727) 896-2191, ext. 207