Religious Education is meant to provide a developmentally appropriate, comprehensive, and systematic presentation of Catholic beliefs so that children will be knowledgeable about their faith, grow in their personal relationship with God, and integrate those beliefs and traditions into their personal lives to bring forth the Kingdom of God in the world.
St. Patrick Faith Formation supports parents in their role as the primary religious educators of their children by providing religious education and formation classes for children from Preschool through High School. Our Faith Formation program includes class sessions, special events, and service opportunities beginning in mid-September and ending in May.
- Faith Formation class sessions for levels Pre-K- grade 5 usually meet on Sunday mornings.
- Faith Formation sessions for levels 6, 7 and 8 Edge Middle School and preparation for the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation usually meet twice monthly on Friday evenings.
- Faith Formation sessions for levels 9-12 meet for Life Teen usually meet on Sunday evenings.
Please contact the Faith Formation staff for more information.
Welcome to our New Director of Faith Formation, Millicent Griesemer
Millicent grew up faithfully going to Mass every Sunday but didn’t really start devoting herself to God until her undergraduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Feeling a call to give more to the Lord after graduation she has worked as an assistant to the Director of Religious Education at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, Virginia and has served in college campus ministry and High School youth ministry over the years. Millicent is now living near family in Tampa after relocating to the area from Christiansburg, Virginia at the end of February 2023. Blessed and honored to serve St Patrick’s as the Director of Faith Formation, she is excited to get to know the parish family here, and grow together closer to Christ.
Director of Faith Formation and Religious Education
Phone: (813) 839-5337 Ext: 131
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Monica Bonfe Erickson
Phone: (813) 368-3866 (c)
(813) 839-5337 Ext: 304
The Diocese of St. Petersburg Sacramental Preparation Guidelines require two years of Catholic Faith Formation classes prior to the reception of a sacrament.
To begin preparing for the reception of the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion in second grade, children must have completed a year of religious education in first grade in our parish Faith Formation program or a Catholic School.
In order to begin the preparation process for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the eighth grade, children must have completed two full years of religious education in sixth and seventh grade in our parish Faith Formation program or a Catholic School.
Additional Dependent Form (if needed – to accompany the form above)
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.
Please click the links below to learn more about other various Sacramental Preparation Programs and Youth Faith Formation Ministries