Weekday Mass Schedule: Mon. - Fri., 7:30am & 12:15pm, Sat. 8:30am; Weekend Mass Schedule: Sat. Vigil 5:30pm & 7:30pm (PORT); Sun. 7:30am, 9am, 10:45am; 12:30pm, 2pm (SPAN) & 5:30pm.

Faith Formation Grades K-5

Faith Formation


St. Paul Catholic Church welcomes all families to participate in ongoing, lifelong Faith Formation!

2020 - 2021 Sessions will be held from August 2020 -May 2021

Our goal is to ensure that our children in public school receive the same or better quality faith formation as those enrolled in our Catholic Schools or who are homeschooled. In order to better serve our working families, we have restructured the times for Faith Formation.



Registración en Español

Registration is ongoing for Faith Formation Classes for the 2019 - 2020 school year. Children attend a Faith Formation class once a week during the course of the school year. We offer the following choices for class times each week.

SUNDAYS: 10:15-11:30 am – Grades K thru 5 Meet in the Parish Center.

MONDAYS: 4:15-5:30 pm – Grades K thru 5 Meet in the Parish Center.
5:30-7:30 pm – Grades 6 thru 8 Meet at the Family Center.

TUESDAYS: 6:00-7:15 pm – Grades K thru 5 Meet in the Parish Center.

WEDNESDAY: 5:30-7:30 pm – Grades 6 thru 8 Meet at the Family Center.

SUNDAYS: 4:00 - 5:15p pm - High School Confirmation Prep and RCIA for Children and Teens.


Volunteers are the heart of our Faith Formation Program. Parishioners are encouraged to please prayerfully consider sharing your faith with the children of Saint Paul. In this rewarding ministry, we need two catechists per classroom. Time spent preparing for the class will help you grow in knowledge and appreciation of your Catholic faith. No experience is necessary!! The Faith formation team supports our catechists. The materials are designed for use by volunteers. Please call the Faith Formation office at 813-961-3023 or come and talk with us to sign up.

Preparing for First Communion
• Children are required to complete two years of Faith Formation classes in order to make their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.
• Children enrolled in Catholic School are asked to register for sacramental preparation sessions in their parish order to receive their First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Do You Have Children Needing Baptism?

Infants through 6 years old.
• Parents who wish to have their child Baptized attend a baptism preparation class.
• Please schedule the class well before your baby’s due date.
• Parents are required to set up an interview with our parish Baptism Coordinator prior to signing up for Baptism classes. Email CCayon@StPaulchurch.com

Children ages 7 and older who need Baptism.
Parents of children age 7 and older who need to receive the sacrament of Baptism or who are delayed in receiving their First Holy Communion or Confirmation should contact the Religious Education Office to schedule an interview with the Faith Formation Director, Carmen Cayon. She will interview the parents and child in order to determine the best placement and an individual educational plan will be developed. 
• Please note, the Diocese of St. Petersburg Sacramental Preparation Guidelines require two years of Faith Formation classes prior to the reception of a sacrament. The contact information for Carmen Cayon is 813-264-3337 or email at CCayon@StPaulChurch.com.

RCIA Adapted for Children 
• For the first year, children will attend one year of Faith Formation classes for their grade level.
• The second year, the children will attend RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) adapted for children sessions. These sessions will prepare the children for the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist. Classes will take place in the Family Center, Section 3, on Sunday afternoon from 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm. For more information about RCIA for Children please contact Carmen Cayon at 813-264-3337 or email CCayon@StPaulChurch.com

St. Paul Faith Formation 
• Supports parents who are the first and foremost teachers of the Faith and offers classes designed to complement and foster the faith formation that begins at home.
• Provides developmentally appropriate religious formation and education for all school-age children, grades K- 12. 
• Recognizes that all children should attend Faith Formation classes as well as weekly Masses with their family.
• Catechist’s help children grow in their relationship with Jesus and their knowledge and understanding of Scripture, Prayer, Liturgy and Church teachings.
• Offers sacramental preparation classes, retreats and prayer services for children attending Catholic Schools and the children receive sacraments at their home parish.
• Preparation classes for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation begin in grade seven. Please contact our Youth and Young Adult Minister, Andy Gotsch, at 813-264-3382 or agotsch@stpaulchurch.com for additional information regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation for youth.

Registration is ongoing for Faith Formation classes for the 2019-2020 school year! Please see Carmen, Silvia, Sonia, Theresa, Laura or Andy at the parish office for more information.


The St. Paul Faith Formation Team

Carmen Cayon
Director of Faith Formation

Vanessa Vasquez
Faith Formation Administrative Assistant

Sonia Eberhardt
Coordinator of Faith Formation

Stephen Eschenfelder
Middle School Youth Minister and Confirmation Preparation

Maria Costa
Baptism, Adult Confirmation, RCIA and Marriage Preparation 

Andy Gotsch

High School Youth Minister



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