A Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee
Praising God through Faith
School of Religion
Catholic Catechism classes are offered to children from Pre-K through high school. The class schedule coincides with the Wakulla County School District schedule. Registration is required. Class times are coordinated with Mass times for the convenience of parishioners.
First Communion preparation curriculum, including First Penance, takes place in the second grade class. One year of prior Catholic religious education is necessary. Confirmation is a one-year course of study usually taken in ninth grade. These students participate with confirmed tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students in the TeamSEAS group to continue their fellowship and grow as church members.
Adult volunteers are needed to teach, substitute and to coordinate special activities for the children. Volunteers meet with the Director of Religious Education (DRE). After passing a background check and being certified through Shield the Vulnerable training, they can serve in various capacities, such as catechism teachers, substitutes, aides, or drivers or chaperones on outings.
Students in high school continue their religious education through service and fellowship. Father Eddie plans the activities and organizes events.
Upper Room Gift Shop
For the convenience of parishioners, there is a gift shop open after mass on the first and third Sundays of each month operated by Nicole Lepp. Nicole orders special items on request and orders CDs for the Adult Education series.
One form of adult religious education is the Renewal Bible study group lead by Shirley Costoldi. The topics studied vary depending on the interests of the group. Father Eddie also conducts ongoing seminars after mass while children are in catechism on timely topics such as the upcoming change in the liturgy. He also schedules classes for those who wish to join the faith on an individual basis.
A project of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW), the Burse Club raises money through contributions by parishioners. The interest from these funds goes toward the education of seminarians. The Ladies' Circle, an affiliate of the DCCW, sponsors this effort at the local level. A check from the DCCW is presented to the Bishop at its Spring Convention.
Renew Adult Bible Study Group
The group is an offshoot of the Renew Adult Program initiated by the Pensacola-Tallahassee Diocese several years ago. The participants felt the need to continue the classes in order to mature in their faith. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Since the Catechism of the Catholic Church stresses the importance of the study of Holy Scripture (The Profession of Faith, Article 3 *), the class's content is always based on the study of a specific book from Scripture. The current study is on the book of Romans. During Lent, chapters one through seven were covered. During Advent, the study will continue with chapter eight. After completing a few books in the Old and New Testaments, participants become more familiar with the bible.
The Rosary Garden was dedicated August 7, 2011. See pages 12 and 13 of September's Catholic Compass for more information and pictures.
*#133 The Church "forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful...to learn 'the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ,' by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. 'Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.'" (Dei Verbum, Phil 3:8 and St. Jerome) C.C.