Registration for the 2023-2024 Youth Faith Formation classes is now open!
Thank you for your patience as our Youth Faith Formation office transitions. Please know that if your child is not attending St. Lawrence Catholic school and is preparing to receive sacraments, it is required that they attend YFF. Payment is due upon submission and is non-refundable once classes start in September. If you need financial assistance, please contact the parish office at (813) 875-4040.
Parents are the Primary Catechists of their Children
“Parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children. They bear witness to this responsibility first by creating a home where tenderness, forgiveness, respect, fidelity, and disinterested service are the rule. The home is well suited for education in the virtues…Parents have a grave responsibility to give good example to their children. By knowing how to acknowledge their own failings to their children, parents will be better able to guide and correct them.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 2223)
Our Faith is Alive
All youth from four years of age through eighth grade are welcome to participate. Here we believe that it is important to learn about God and our Catholic faith and to also develop a relationship with our Lord and our brothers and sisters in Christ. We seek to be a community that prays, learns, and grows together.
YFF uses the We Believe by Sadlier as our base for elementary school youth and a variety of cutting edge resources like Chosen, Altaration, Encounter, and Decision Point for middle school. Classes are not simply reading out of a textbook, however—we believe that our God is not boring, neither should learning about the Lord and our Catholic Christian faith! It is our goal from Pre-K through Confirmation that youth encounter Christ through methods that are engaging, interactive, and build community in all of our classes. Our faith is alive!!
YFF is also the primary mode of catechesis for children attending public school who want to pursue receiving the sacraments of Communion, Penance, and Confirmation. Two years of formation is the typical requirement prior to the reception of these sacraments. We also have a special program available for families with older youth who still need to receive these sacraments.
Adult and Teen Volunteers are needed! All volunteers must go through a Level II FBI fingerprinting & background screening and safe environment training.
New to the Parish?
Please also complete a Parish Census (Registration) Form