Parents are the primary educators of the faith, and we are extremely pleased to partner with you on your child's faith journey! We offer an active Faith Formation Program that allows for children and youth to gather together and to foster a deeper relationship with Christ and one another as part of the lifelong faith formation journey.
St. Stephen Catholic Church Family Mass
is held in the church on Sunday at 9:30 am.
The Family Mass at St. Stephen is a wonderful way for families young and old to participate in prayer and worship together. The Family Mass support the Faith Formation Program families who can attend classes prior to Mass or attend classes following Mass. It also provides opportunities for parents and children to actively celebrate Mass. Participating in special roles in the liturgy help children and adults alike to develop an understanding and appreciation of the Mass and Catholic traditions. If you feel you or your children would enjoy helping during the Family Mass, there are lots of ways listed below. We would love to have you help!
Features of the Family Mass include:
Music appealing to the children (we welcome children to participate in the children's choir)
Homilies meaningful to both children and adults
Children with families serving as gift bearers
K-5 Faith Formation classes are held at St. Stephen Catholic School:
- Sunday: 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
- Sunday: 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
- Wednesday: 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM
- Wednesday: 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM
Children attending Catholic School: Children attending a Catholic school who would like to prepare for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation & Penance and First Eucharist must register with the Faith Formation Office and participate in our parish-based program Sacramental Preparation Program.
Faith Formation Volunteer Opportunities: If you love children, there are many opportunities to use your gifts and talents through volunteering in our Faith Formation Programs. There is always a need for dedicated volunteers, and there is always a need for you!
Safe Environment: All adults volunteering with programs that involve youth, parents of children attending St. Stephen please review our Diocesan Safe Environment Policy. Please click here for more on Diocesan Safe Environment Policy, training and screening.
[Please register anew at the diocesan site for registration for their new Safe Environment System by Dec. 31 (link here). It is the same site where training is completed and you can obtain your certificate.]
First Eucharist 2017-2018
First Eucharist Parent Orientation
Place: SSCS Building
· Date & Time: Sunday, January 21 at 8:15 am or 11:15 am and
· Wednesday, January 24 at 4:30 pm or 6:15 pm.
Parents must attend one of these orientation sessions
Rite of Enrollment
Place & Time: February 10 or 11, 2018 at the church during Mass
Details: The child and at least one parent attends Mass of your choice. Don't forget to bring your scrolls to place in offering basket!
Sacrament of First Eucharist Preparation Class
Place and Time: During Class Time
Sacrament of First Eucharist Workshop
Place: Family Life Center
Date & Time: April 14, 2018
· 9:30 am – 11:30 – For children attending Wednesday classes, Home Study & Middle School
· 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm – for children attending Sunday Classes and SSCS
Sacrament of First Eucharist Rehearsals
Parents, please be sure at least one parent attends with their child
· Thursday, May 3 at 6:15 pm if your child’s Mass is May 5
· Thursday, May 10 at 6:15 pm if your child’s Mass is May 12
Sacrament of First Holy Eucharist Masses:
· Saturday, May 5 for children attending Wednesday class session and St. Stephen Catholic School children.
· Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 am for children attending Sunday classes, Home Study and Middle School.
Please contact Kim Davis, our Coordinator of Faith Formation K-5 for more information: Kim@ststephencatholic.org
Meredith Gosda, Assistant Coordinator of Faith Formation K-5: Meredith@ststephencatholic.org
10428 Saint Stephen Circle
Riverview, Florida 33569
Located at St. Stephen Catholic School