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

 

January 2022 Bible Studies

 Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance

Two-thousand years ago, Saint Paul, “ambassador in chains,” writing from prison, penned a widely circulated blueprint for living the active Christian life -- instructions as useful to us today as they were in the early Church. What could be a better source of New Year’s Resolutions than accepting Paul’s invitation to “put off your old self” (Ephesians 4:22-24)?

In eight sessions via Zoom, we will explore some of the most discussed passages in the New Testament, relating them to powerful themes in our own lives. Narrator Jeff Cavins will guide us in considering the nature of the Church as a body, as a household, as a mystery, as a communion, as a bride, and as an army prepared in “the full armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-20).

Our Bible Study Team invites you to join us for Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance -- sure to be a blessed start to 2022!

TUESDAY EVENING  5:30-7:00 pm - Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1

WEDNESDAY MORNING  10:00-11:30 am -  Jan. 12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Mar. 2

 

 


Monday Night Bible Study

Little Rock Scripture Study is held via Zoom from 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 on video 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 who are looking for a serious Bible study and who also want to grow in community with this small group. Please contact Theresa Irwin for more information
    [email protected]

 

The upcoming study will be:

Genesis Part Two by Joan E. Cook
Video Lectures at: https://littlerockscripture.org//lectures/GenesisPartTwo

Jan 10: Lesson 1: Introduction and Genesis 25:19-30:24
Jan 17: Lesson 2: Genesis 30:25-34:31
Jan 24: Lesson 3: Genesis 35-39
Jan 31: Lesson 4: Genesis 40-44
Feb 7: Lesson 5: Genesis 45-50

 


 

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] 

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. 

  • 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 REGISTRATION FORM for K-8th grade students

Download the 2020-2021 Faith Formation Schedule for all grades

Download our Parent/Student Handbook for 2020-2021 

Download the Emergency Medical Release form 2021 Please note that this form must be signed in the presence of a notary.

Download the Media Release Form for Parents- 2021

Download the Media Release Form for Students- 2021

Download the Safe Environment Acknowledgement Form 2021

Download the Safe Environment Document for Parents 2020-2021 Edition

Diocesan Policy for the Protection of Children and Young People 2021

 

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