Faith Formation in the Catholic Church


Faith formation is catechesis (teaching the Catholic faith) which aims to deepen a relationship with Jesus through educational and enrichment opportunities. Designed to touch the intellect as well as the heart, these programs help people live and experience a more Christ-centered life.The goal of Saint Patrick’s Faith Formation program is to provide effective ways of teaching the Catholic faith to people of all ages and backgrounds. We create a connection to the new evangelization envisioned by Second Vatican Council, the work of recent Popes, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Ultimately, faith formation is oriented toward the question: How do I practically and authentically live the Catholic faith? 

At the Church of Saint Patrick, groups like Childrens' Faith Formation, Bible Study, and Adult Faith Formation are the tools to help better understand the heart and mind of Jesus Christ and His sacrament, the Catholic Church. For more information, please contact the Director of Religious Education by email: Monica Kole or call 941-378-1703 ext. 309.

Register for faith formation here! All students/families must be registered with the Church of Saint Patrick.

Pre-K and K

3, 4, & 5 year old children are invited to join SEEDS class, held in the Parish Center during the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass. Parents bring their child to the Parish Center at 9:15 AM and the children are brought to the church after communion for Father’s blessing. Classes start in the fall and run through spring.

Grades 1-5

Classes are held each Wednesday in the Parish Center for Grades 1 through 5 from 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM, September through May. Children prepare for First Eucharist starting in Grade 1 and Grade 2 with the Sacrament of First Eucharist given during the spring for those in Grade 2.

Grades 6-8 (Jr. High Youth Ministry)

Middle school students meet weekly on Sundays, 3:30pm-4:45 pm through our Youth Ministry Program. Teens are encouraged to stay for the 5:00 PM Sunday Mass. We meet all year round!  Central to this curriculum is the celebration of the Eucharist on Sundays with the 5:00 PM Mass. Youth are invited to participate as lectors, altar servers, and ushers. Jr High Youth Ministry meets in the Parish Center. 

Grades 9-10

In the Diocese of Venice, Florida Confirmation is a two year program. Public school students must complete two full years of preparation.  Students attending Catholic school join the program in the second semester of Grade 10. Classes are held two times per month in the parish center after the Sunday 5:00 PM Mass until 8:00 PM. All teens are encouraged to be a part of youth group on alternating weeks.

Grades 11-12 

Teens are invited to join the Youth Group which meets on Sundays following the 5:00PM Mass


Contact the Director of Religious Education for more information.

Required forms for all participants and volunteers:

Photo and Video release for both adults and children

Medical Authorization Form

Schedules & Calendars:

Faith Formation Calendar

Confirmation Calendar 2016-2017