Faith Formation

Adult Faith Formation

Becoming Catholic for Adults: For a general overview of the (R.C.I.A. – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process through which this is facilitated, click here. Returning Catholics can also access this link for information relevant to them.

This wonderful “Journey of the Heart” process is for adults age 18 and up who have never been baptized in any Faith, for those who were baptized in another Christian Faith, and for baptized adult Catholics who have not received First Eucharist and Confirmation.

Check out the recommended links on our website for your personal study on the Catholic Faith including a Catholic Faith Bible study App available through social media tools.

PREP / Faith Formation for Youth

Little Lambs, Pre-K & Kindergarten

Sunday mornings 9:00-10:00 am for children ages 3, 4, and 5. The pre-school and kindergarten program allows children to explore God’s love through creative arts and crafts, story telling, play and prayer, and the teachings of Jesus.
Schedules for 2019-20 Class Dates  

Grades 1-4

Meet Bi-weekly Tuesday or Wednesday classes from either 4:45-6:00 pm or 6:45-8:00 pm The primary grades curriculum utilizes a program rooted in scripture and is faithful to the teachings of the Catholic church.
Schedules for 2019-20 Class Dates   

Intermediate Grades 5-8

Classes are held Bi-weekly on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from either 4:45-6:00 pm or 6:45-8:00 pm This program encourages our young people to actively live out their faith. Click here to see a list of Middle School Activities available.
Schedules for 2019-20 Class Dates   

High School Grades 9-10 (Levels 1 & 2)

Classes meet weekly on Sunday afternoon after the 11 am Mass from 12:15 – 1:30 pm. Weekly Mass Attendance is a Requirement.

Preparation for Confirmation is a 2-year course of study that begins when the student enters the 9th grade (Level I). Classes continue through the 10th grade (Level II) with the sacrament of Confirmation being celebrated in the spring, after Easter. Students have to be re-registered for Level 2 upon completion of Level 1.

Preparation involves regular attendance at classes, mandatory parent meetings, student-performed community service, and an overnight retreat during Level II year. Students can prepare for Confirmation in this high school program up to 18 years of age. Click here to see a list of High School Activities to get involved with.
Schedules for 2019-20 Class Dates for Level 1  

Schedules for 2019-20 Class Dates for Level 2  

Special Sacraments

Religious instruction and sacramental preparation for students in grades 3 through 8 who have not yet received Reconciliation or First Eucharist. Students are placed in age appropriate classes that meet during Intermediate week.
Schedules for 2019-20 Class Dates   

Sacrament Preparation for Youth

Baptism is the sacrament through which we become members of the Catholic church. Parents must be registered, active members of St. Stephen for 3 months before they can begin the baptismal process. Please call the Baptism Coordinator at the church office to make arrangements.

When a child is able to understand God’s presence among us and His Son’s presence in the Eucharist, the community welcomes the child to the Lord’s table of communion. The sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist (First Holy Communion) are celebrated in the 2nd grade after having completed 1st grade religious education. These 2 consecutive years are considered First Year Eucharist and Second Year Eucharist.

Sacramental preparation for receiving First Eucharist involves regular attendance at class, mandatory parent meetings, a sacramental retreat day for the students, and several large-group class meetings. The sacrament of First Eucharist is celebrated in the spring, after Easter.

PREP/Faith Formation Information

PREP fees are due at the time of registration. Fees for our registered/supporting parishioners will be:

  • $75.00 for 1 student
  • $85.00 for 2 students per family
  • $100.00 for 3 or more students per family
  • $20.00 Supply fee for sacrament classes: 1st Eucharist, Special Sacraments, Level II Confirmation

Click here to see the (P.R.E.P.) / Faith Formation Policies and Procedures

Adult Faith Formation

Adult L.I.T.E.S. – A parish based ministry of Eucharistic Evangelization, designed to empower adults with a deeper understanding and awareness of the Eucharist from the perspective of 5 main themes: Eucharist as Nourishment, Reconciliation, Transformation, Abiding Presence, and Mission.

Compass Catholic Ministries offers:

  • “Navigating Your Finances God’s Way”, a fully Catholic 9 – week Bible study which teaches God’s perspective about all areas of stewardship.
  • “Set Your House in Order”, a 5-week small group Bible Study to help you create, update, and organize all your important information.

For details on either of these offers, call Beth Ann at 407-353-5269 for more information. Click here for website. These programs are offered at St.Stephen at various times during the year. Check the Calendar of Events for upcoming classes.

Bible / Faith Study: Ongoing. Check calendar of events for next study.