Pre-K 4 through 5th Grade Youth Faith Formation


About Fire

Fire is our parish’s youth faith formation for children in Pre-K 4 through 5th grade.  The name “Fire” reminds us that our goal is not just to educate the minds of our young people but to truly set their hearts ablaze through the Holy Spirit.  Together, we seek to educate the mind, the heart, and the spirit in developmentally-appropriate ways that facilitate an encounter with God and plant seeds for lifelong discipleship.  This foundation is then built upon in our Edge middle school ministry, Life Teen in high school, and in our various adult faith formation programs.

Fire classes meet on Sundays after the 9:30 Mass in the St. John Paul II Building of the Cathedral School. Classes run from approximately 10:45 to 11:45 for the Pre-K, Kindergarteners and 1st grade, and from 10:45 to noon for second through fifth grades.

Registration Information

Fire registration for 2018-19 is underway!  Classes will begin on Sunday, September 9.

Registration costs $50 for one children and $25 for any additional children.  Please note that there will be additional paperwork required for students making their First Holy Communion.

FIRE Registration Packet 

2018-19 FIRE Calendar


Maintaining a Safe Environment

The Cathedral Parish is committed to the safety of our young people, in cooperation with the Diocese of St. Petersburg's Safe Environment Program.  Learn more about our policies and procedures here.  To report any actual or suspected abuse, click here.

The Fire program provides an overview of these policies and procedures at our annual parent meeting.  This meeting will take place on Sunday, September 9 in the Seton Room of the Parish Center following 9:30 AM Mass.


Office of Faith Formation

Louanne Gerdes, Director
Gigi Riva, Parish Administrative Assistant
(727) 347-9702 ext. 304 



Classroom Assignments

All FIRE Classes meet on the first floor of St. John Paul II Hall at the Cathedral School of St. Jude the Apostle.

Pre-K & K- room 105
1st grade- room 109
2nd grade- room 110
3rd grade- room 111
4th grade- room 117
5th grade- room 119


Catechists Needed!

Do you love your faith?
Do you love young people?
If so, God might be calling you to be involved in our Faith Formation program!  Contact Louanne Gerdes for more information.

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