Adult Bible Study
Purpose or Mission: To help adults deepen their understanding of the Bible and strengthen their relationship with God through Scripture study and faith sharing.
Requirements: No prior experience necessary, all that is required is an open heart and willingness to learn what God is speaking to us in His Word.
Participants should be committed to completing reading assignments, attending classes and willing to listen and share in a respectful manner. Cost of study materials and workbooks will vary, ranging in price from “free” to $20.
Time Commitment: 2 and ½ hours of class per week + reading preparation.
Meeting Times: Classes are offered year round on Thursday morning from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and seasonally on Monday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Assembly room of the Ministry Building.
Contact: JoAnn DeFrancesco 727-733-1013
Catholic Come Home Programs
Purpose or Mission: Have you been away from the regular practice of the faith? Do you desire to reconnect with the Church? Maybe you know someone who is struggling with his/her faith. Catholic Come Home is a ministry that welcomes all Catholics who are interested in returning to Mass and the Sacraments. Sessions are designed to catch you up on what’s happening, provide an opportunity to ask questions and have your voice heard or help you heal.
Requirements: Simply have an open heart and rediscover the truth, wonder and mystery of your Catholic faith. Please take the first step to respond to the gentle tugging of the Holy Spirit calling for your return to the Church.
Time Commitment: As little time as it takes to make a phone call or send an email to any of St. Luke’s priest or deacons. You can also examine all the reasons to return to the Church by previewing the ministry on line at www.catholicscomehome.org
Meeting Times: Any member of our clergy is willing to speak with or meet with you at your earliest convenience. Our entire Church is here, waiting to welcome you home!
Contact: Pastor, Rev. Paul Kochu, [email protected] or call the Parish office 727-786-3648
Children’s School of Faith Formation Classes
Purpose or Mission: Religious formation is offered to children in grades K-8th grade. Since parents are the primary educators of their children, our program is here to assist parents in their responsibility to educate their children in the Catholic faith.
In addition to sharing our Catholic faith, we work with parents to prepare their children to receive the sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.
Requirements: Registration is required and there is a small fee per student to off-set the cost of supplies and workbooks. Click here to be directed to website page with registration forms.
Time Commitment: One hour of class time per week for students plus time spent reviewing lessons with parents.
Meeting Times: Classes are held weekly throughout the school year from Early September until the end of May in the Ministry Building - Sundays 10:15 am to 12:30 pm and will include children attending Mass with their parents.
If you have any questions or need additonal information please contact the Coordinators for the School of Faith Volunteers:
Contact: Mrs. Kathy Abernethy or Mr. Adam Wiercioch at 727-786-3648 ext 104
Register for 2022 - 2023 ST LUKE THE EVANGELIST SCHOOL OF FAITH by Sunday, July 31,2022
Christ Renews His Parish (Women)
Purpose or Mission: CRHP (chirp) is not for the birds, but rather it is a weekend retreat for women to gather together in fellowship to draw closer to the Lord and one another. Conducted by an experienced team of volunteers from the parish, the retreat focuses on Scripture, prayer, inspirational music and personal testimonies. You will have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and attend Mass.
Requirements: Open to all women 18 years of age and older. It is not necessary to be a member of the parish, nor is it required to be Catholic.
Time Commitment: One weekend of your time. All materials, three meals per day, snacks and beverages are included.
Meeting Times: The Renewal Weekend (day retreat) is usually held twice a year at St. Luke Parish.
Contact: Joy Burgess
Purpose or Mission: Evangelization first begins when we accept God’s Word into our life. We believe the Gospel message can transform a person’s heart, our parish and society as a whole. Our ministry’s vision is to invite others to be ambassadors of our Catholic Faith.
Our aim is to assist our Pastor in implementing spiritual growth of the parish by building a network of small, faith sharing groups from within our parish community and encouraging the participation in daily Mass, Bible Study, Holy Hours, 40 Hour Devotions and Parish Missions.
Requirements: A desire to respond to the Holy Spirit and “Courageously Live the Gospel,” by enthusiastically sharing our faith and inviting others to a deeper understanding of Scriptures and the Sacraments. To work in conjunction with our Pastor on specific programs and participate and lead others in small group discussions designed to enhance our faith.
Time Commitment: Will vary based on assignment.
Meeting Times: To be determined based on assignments and events.
Contact: Gail Barney
Rite of Christian Initiation R.C.I.A.
Purpose or Mission: RCIA is a wonderful process of preparing children and adults to enter into full communion with Christ and His Church. It is a journey of knowledge, faith and heart and what it means to be Catholic, and so much more. The Rite of Christian Initiation introduces inquirers to the teaching of the Church and those seeking Baptism, Eucharist and/or Confirmation. Originally designed for adults seeking Baptism, it has been adapted to include children over the age of seven.
Requirements: The Diocese of St. Petersburg requires that children/youth complete one full year of catechesis to be eligible for initiation. This year may be completed in the parish Faith Formation Program (regular grade level) or Catholic School.
Each catechumen/candidate will need a sponsor who is an active, practicing Catholic in good standing. Sponsors will be required to participate in weekly meetings and in all group Liturgical Rites.
Time Commitment: The conversion process into the Church takes approximately one year. Participants and sponsors commit to a 1 ½ to 2 hour weekly group meeting.
Meeting Times: Enrollment is ongoing; with formal programs starting in the fall and ending at the Easter Vigil.
Vacation Bible School
Purpose or Mission: To bring the “little ones” closer to Jesus by providing a fun week of spiritually enriched learning for children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade. The faith education program has a new theme each year, and guides the children through various enrichment activities involving music, crafts, faith, games and snacks!
The week long program also provides an opportunity for the older kids of the parish, 6th grade and up, to mentor the children and assist adult volunteers. Our parish teens should note that this is a great way to get service hours for Confirmation by being a leader, friend and helper.
Requirements: Registration is required for each child attending St. Luke’s Summer Vacation Bible School but the cost is FREE.
Adult volunteers need Diocesan Level II Screening and Safe Environment Training. All volunteers should have a willingness to serve, patience, understanding and a big heart.
Time Commitment: One week in June. The VBS planning team begins meeting in weekly in April.
Meeting Times: Weekly session is usually held the second week of June from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Contact: School of Faith Secretary 727-312-8129