7900 Bee Ridge Rd. Sarasota, FL | 941-378-1703

Faith Formation

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path Psalm 119:105

What is Religious Education or Faith Formation in the Catholic Church?
Religious Education is the Program that covers catechesis for children age 5 and older and adults of all ages.

Faith Formation is catechesis, (teaching the Catholic faith), which aims to deepen a relationship with Jesus through educational and enrichment opportunities. Designed to touchthe intellect as well as the heart, these programs help people live and experience a more Christ-centered life. The goal of our Religious Education 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 Children’s classes, Confirmation classes for teens and adults, Bible Study, and Adult Faith Formation Ministries are the tools to help better understand the heart and mind of Jesus Christ and His sacrament, the Catholic Church. You can check our bulletin at churchofstpatrick.org to see what is happening each week.

For more information, please contact the Director of Religious Education & Youth
Email: sue@churchofstpatrick.org
Phone: 941-378-1703 ext. 309


Register for all classes! All students/families must be registered with the Church of Saint Patrick. Just like school, you must register every year your child attends to keep our records current.

Grades Kindergarten through Grade 8.

Classes are held most Wednesday’s in the Parish Center for Kindergarten through Grade 8 from 5:15 PM – 6:30 PM, September through May. Children prepare for First Eucharist starting in Grade 1 and receive the Sacrament at the end of Grade 2.



In the Diocese of Venice, Florida, Confirmation is a two - year program. All students must complete two full years of preparation.  Generally, teens start in Grade 9.  Registration starts every July.


No college degree required. We will provide the necessary training. For more information contact the Director of Religious Education & Youth.
Sue Thompson
Email: sue@churchofstpatrick.org
Phone: 941-378-1703 x309