Faith Formation FAQ

Do you have to be a member of the parish to participate in Sacred Heart’s Faith Formation program? 

Yes. Our Faith Formation programs have been created to provide the best formation opportunities for our parishioners. We work together to help one another grow in faith and into an ever-closer relationship with God. We ask all participants to register as parishioners here at Sacred Heart and become actively engaged in our ongoing Faith Formation programs and our parish community.

Please note: If extenuating circumstances exist where a child or youth belonging to another parish desires to participate in Sacred Heart’s programs, consultation with the pastor of the parish of membership must occur before contacting Sacred Heart’s Faith Formation Office. 

When do Faith Formation Sunday sessions begin and are they every weekend? 

Sacred Heart’s Faith Formation sessions are every Sunday, from September through April, unless otherwise noted due to holidays or special occasions.

What time is your Faith Formation Program? 

Sunday sessions begin promptly at 10:30 am and are conveniently scheduled after the parish’s 9:00 am Sunday Mass and typically end before the 12:00 pm Sunday Mass. All children are dropped off at and picked up from their classrooms at the Sacred Heart North Campus, located at 3515 N. Florida Avenue. Sessions end at 11:30 am.

Where are the Sunday Faith Formation classes held?

The sessions are held at the Sacred Heart North Campus located just north of the parish church at 3515 N. Florida Ave. 

When is Faith Formation registration? 

Registration for Faith Formation sessions begins in May/June each year and lasts through September. To register, please print and complete registration forms and return them to the Parish Office along with a valid baptismal record*. If mailing your completed registration forms, please mail to our PO Box address:

Sacred Heart Church
PO Box 1524
Tampa, FL
33601-1524

Please note: NO mail is ever delivered to the 509 N. Florida address. As stated above, a copy of the Baptismal Certificate must accompany all NEW registrations. 

*If you have previously registered, please call the Faith Formation Office to verify that a valid Baptismal Record is on file.

Do I need to submit a copy of my child’s Baptismal record? 

Yes, unless you have submitted one previously. Otherwise a copy of the Baptismal Certificate must accompany registration forms. Even if a child was baptized at Sacred Heart, a copy of the certificate must be on file in the Faith Formation Office and must be included for all children who are registering for the very first time. If a child was baptized at another parish, a record can be obtained by calling the church of Baptism and requesting a copy.

My child was in a Faith Formation program at another parish. Can they join your program? 

Yes! We welcome all new parishioners! If children are joining mid-year, our Director of Faith Formation is happy to consult with the parents to discuss their best placement. 

Are there costs for the program? 

Yes. In order to cover the costs of curriculum and supplies for sessions and special events, the parish has established the following program fees:

  • Program Fee: $60.00 / child

*Please note, there are typically early registration discounts, which will be announced accordingly as registration begins for the new catechetical year.

Does my child need to attend Faith Formation even if they are not preparing to receive Sacraments this year?

Yes. Faith Formation is a lifelong process. It doesn’t begin or end with the Sacraments. Throughout our ongoing journey, we never finish learning about our faith. Sacred Heart offers Faith Formation sessions from Pre-K through High School, with even more opportunities for Adult Faith Formation later in life.