Director of Faith Formation and Religious Education
Donna Koppy, Phone: (813) 839-5337 Ext. 131, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for Sunday school or CCD classes or Religious Education? You have found them! We are a family-friendly, multi-generational, faith formation program known as St. Patrick Faith Formation. At St. Patrick, we teach children about the Catholic faith in a unique format that involves all generations. Our Faith Formation program includes classroom lessons, several special events, and service opportunities throughout the year. All of the events and service opportunities encourage children and parents to work together. Families appreciate our unique format and small class sizes. The Sunday morning typical class begins directly after the 9:00 AM Mass with the child and the parent(s) gathering for refreshments in the Social Hall. Classes meet once a week on Sunday morning from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM, beginning in mid-September and ending before the end of May.
Several sessions of our Faith Formation program are inter-generational, where parents & children participate together in special service events to benefit the homeless, the ill, the homebound, or those whose needs cry out for help. These events encourage learning that extends into the hands and hearts of the children and parents so that the idea of helping others becomes a present reality. This is a whole community learning experience where all ages take part. Volunteers help make the events possible and are needed to assist with the set-up, food, decorations, and craft/activity tables at our inter-generational events and to distribute the food or gifts to the homeless, homebound, and nursing home patients. To volunteer, please contact the Faith Formation director in the parish office.
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Catechists and Catechist Aides are called by God to openly share the light of faith in the classroom with the children. Catechists and classroom aides help the children to grow in their faith, by nurturing the seeds of faith that began in the home. Catechists help children grow spiritually as loving persons and form them into true disciples of our Lord.
Administrative Assistants make the program run smoothly by helping with inventory, ordering books and supplies, registering students, entering attendance, making copies, opening and closing classrooms, preparing for events, posting bulletin and website notices, offering joyful welcomes, etc.
Safe Environment Program
St. Patrick Catholic Church supports the Diocese of Saint Petersburg Safe Environment Program. Anyone entrusted with the care, responsibility, and/or supervision of children and youth is required to complete a background check based on electronic fingerprinting and successfully complete a web-based Safe Environment Program (SEP) training course prepared for the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The course may be taken at any location with an available internet connection.
Each year, the parents and children in our faith formation classes from K through 12th grade will be offered information on creating a safe environment for themselves and their families. The information taught will be age-appropriate. Parents will have an opportunity to review the teaching materials beforehand and choose for their families/children to participate or decline participation.
First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion
During the preparation for Sacraments, parents and children often study together. The sacramental programs for both First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are six to eight weeks long with a family retreat as part of the preparation process. All children preparing for the reception of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion should first complete a year of Faith Formation classes.
Confirmation completes the three-step process of initiation into the Church. Candidates ordinarily participate in the Sacrament in grade eight. Older candidates are welcome. Readiness for the Sacrament includes two full years of Parish Faith Formation received through the Edge or LifeTeen programs. In addition, the immediate preparation will begin with an interview and involves eight sessions, plus a service project and retreat. Involvement by parents is essential for the opening sessions and the retreat.
Christin Family Studies
Sometimes, for any number of reasons, one, two, or even all the children in a family may not have received their Sacraments at the same time as their peers. We welcome those parents and families who decide to bring their children to the church to participate in the Sacraments given to us by Jesus Christ. We gather the families together and address each of the needs presented. We assist in preparing the family for any or all of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, First Holy Communion, and Confirmation. Please contact the Faith Formation director for specific information.
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Director of Faith Formation and Religious Education
Phone: (813) 839-5337 Ext: 131
Please click the links below to learn more about other various Sacramental Preparation Programs and Youth Faith Formation Ministries