Christian Formation

Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ
This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 16, 2018. The 2018 theme will be "Enlisting Witnesses for Jesus Christ." Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of their Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.

Parents are truly the primary catechists of their children. They prepare the soil and plant the first seeds of faith. On Catechetical Sunday, we not only highlight the work of catechists in parishes and schools, but we also commend parents and guardians and encourage them to take seriously their role of making their Catholic households a place where faith is passed on to the next generation. This is why the rite of blessing of catechists used on Catechetical Sunday includes an optional blessing of parents and guardians.

Adult Confirmation
Bishop Estėvez will celebrate the sacrament of confirmation with adults on two occasions this coming year: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at the 5:30 p.m. Mass at St. Patrick Parish, Gainesville, Sunday, June 9, 2019 at a 2:00 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. Both celebrations are for those people, who for whatever reason, did not complete their initiation into the Catholic Church as youth. Candidates are baptized and have received the sacraments of first reconciliation and first Eucharist. For more information, contact John J. Mathe Jr. our Coordinator of Christian Formation at 386-916-8092, EMAIL: