St. Matthew

Catholic Church

"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Mt 19: 14)

Evangelization & Lifelong Faith Formation

Family Faith Formation


For information on these ministries, please contact Phil Coit – 727-393-1288, ext. 204 or email faithformation

Growing in the faith is a life-long journey. St. Matthew Catholic Church offers a variety of opportunities to help all parishioners find their way to a closer relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

YOUTH MINISTRY - Grades 6-12: Sundays 12:15pm - 2:00pm

Teens and preteens taking ownership of their faith through activities and fellowship. Meets Sundays after the 11 a.m. Mass. Modest fee helps support this ministry.

Our Wonderful Team:
       Coordinator of Youth Ministries: Lisa Limberger
       Middle School:  Cyndie Moore
       High School:    Andy Hoang
       Contact Lisa Limberger, c/o Faith Formation Office, 727-393-1288, ext. 204 
                             or email youthministry

CHILDREN’S FAITH FORMATION - Grades K-5: Sundays 9:30am – 10:45am

Lessons include learning activities such as videos, music, crafts, etc.  Special events are offered such as Christmas Pageant, etc. Modest fee helps support this ministry.

Our Wonderful Team:
       Kindergarten: Maryann Kay
       Grade 1: Lesley Norris
       Grade 2: Mary Ellen Sharp
       Grade 3: Susan Rossiter
       Grade 4: Diane Urtnowski and Cindy McCarthy
       Grade 5: Marissa Miranda
       Contact “Mr. Phil” Coit, Director of Evangelization and Lifelong Faith Formation
                    727-393-1288, ext. 204
                    or email faithformation 

Sacraments Preparation programs are available for First Reconciliation, First Communion, and Confirmation.  Students are required to be attending at least their second year of a catechetical program (e.g., faith formation or youth ministry).  A modest fee is required.  Students 7 or older and baptized Catholics are eligible for First Reconciliation and First Communion.  Confirmation preparation occurs during Grade 10. Baptism of infants and children under age 7, contact the Pastor.

Note: The availability of all programs for children, teens, and families depends on the support of adult volunteers.  Please consider joining our Faith Formation team   Just contact the Faith Formation office.


CATHOLIC PATHFINDERS is a friendly and welcoming gathering to explore our Catholic faith, its beliefs, celebrations, living the faith's teachings, and prayer.  Pathfinders is open to both Catholics and non-Catholics, especially those who may be considering joining the Catholic Church.  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is included in this program which meets Thursday evenings 7:00 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.

SEASONS (Sisters Encouraging and Sharing on Scriptures) – Participate in an ecumenical groups for sharing, prayer and community building. The group meets on Monday evening at 6:50 p.m. on a quarterly basis.  For more information about SEASONS, see SEASONS under the Organizations navigation tab.

Wednesday Morning Faith Sharing – Meets in the Library after the daily morning Mass to discuss upcoming Sunday readings and share personal joys and struggles in one spiritual journey.

Faith Sharing & Small Church Community Groups can form at St. Matthew's among interested parishioners. Members share how selected scripture passages touch their personal lives Resources such as Quest can be provided.