Curious about Catholicism?
Interested in receiving the sacraments of Baptism and/or First Communion?
Great! Regardless of how you have arrived here, you’ve come to the right place. We will journey with you towards wherever God is leading you.
Many times people come with questions, while others may have a lingering “feeling” that God is leading them towards Catholicism. Still, others may have been practicing Catholicism at some point in their lives, but for many different reasons, their lives have gone in other directions. Other adults may have been baptized Catholic, but not received any other sacraments since then.
Regardless of where you are in your journey, you are welcome here. There is no pressure, no hard sell to “become Catholic”. Just a desire to walk with you towards Christ. Period.
Great! I want to learn more. What are my next steps?
Adults (9th grade and over)
You can call (813-875-4040 Ext. 251) or email Luisa Long. She will discuss with you your particular situation, thoughts, concerns, and questions. From there, a plan can be formulated that will be a good fit to get you to where God is inviting you to be.
R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)
At some point in this process, the prospect of RCIA may be part of the plan. RCIA is the official name for the journey towards Catholicism. In this process, people will:
- Meet others that are on the same journey
- Have a safe place to ask questions and get solid, real answers
- Practical ways to listen for the voice of God
- Opportunities to learn about what Catholicism actually teaches
Director of Adult Faith Formation and Hispanic Ministries
(813) 875-4040 x251
Children (7 years old through 8th grade)
Do you have a child who is 7 or over and is interested in receiving Baptism or First Communion?
First, Contact Sarah Williford (contact information below)
RCIC 2020 Family Access
Director of Youth Faith Formation & Youth Confirmation
(813) 875-4040 ext. 206
- St. Lawrence’s RCIA Brochure
- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – United States Council of Catholic Bishops
- Holy Week and Easter 2017 Pictures
Video from St. Edward The Confessor Church
This video describes some of the RCIA participant’s journeys and experiences through RCIA.