Confirmation

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:


Our preparation program for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two year cycle with two main components. One component is small group -- each level meets for 1.5 hours following the Sunday 5 pm Mass (6:00PM-7:30PM) in one semester (Confirmation II in the Fall and Confirmation I in the Spring). The second component is formation. Students should plan to complete the expectations for the formation component in the alternate semester from their small group meetings; however, formation events are available to all students throughout the entire year.

The gatherings are centered around small group discussions where candidates (those preparing for Confirmation) discuss dynamic videos and speakers and share their joys and concerns, along with their doubts. The overall goal is to help candidates prepare to be recognized as full adult participants in the life of the Church.

Beyond our regular meetings, all candidates are expected to attend a Confirmation retreat. Retreats take place in the second year of the program and are an entire weekend in length. These retreats are incredibly powerful experiences, and for many teens, it is their favorite part of the program. In recent years, we have also included a one-day “mini-retreat” during the first year of preparation. Finally, part of preparation also includes building a relationship with a Confirmation Sponsor and occasional homework.

Confirmation Fee:

Because Confirmation preparation includes a number of additional components that are not included in other years of Religious Education (retreats, Confirmation Mass, etc.), an additional fee is required. In previous years, this fee was collected before individual events, but to make things easier, we are now collecting these fees at one time at the beginning of each year. On top of the regular fee for Religious Education, Confirmation registration includes a $125 fee per child. 

Confirmation Preparation 2018-2019

Build the Kingdom

 

The purpose of Confirmation Preparation is to give teenagers the opportunity to explore the Catholic faith at a new level as they journey towards the Sacrament. The Sacrament of Confirmation is a special time to say “YES” to Jesus’ mission – to recommit our relationship with God, to choose love and joy, to live generously, and to grow into the best version of our selves – and to receive God’s grace to live out Jesus’ mission in response to our “YES.” At Confirmation, students receive the Holy Spirit in a new way to empower them to live out their faith in actions and in the way they lives their lives. This new vision for Confirmation Preparation offers teenagers a more dynamic exploration of our faith through faith sharing discussions in Small Group and active Formation opportunities to engage in the life of the Church through a variety of activities with Youth Group. Attendance at all Small Group meetings is expected. The Formation component of the curriculum is designed to give teens options so that their formation can be customized to their individual interests. The purpose of the new Formation component of the program is to empower students to learn more actively about our faith, to create a dynamic approach to preparing for the Sacrament, and to engage the students in a more impactful experience of Confirmation prep on their faith journey.

The following calendar lays out the dates for the Small Group nights. Remember, attendance at all Small Group nights is expected to fully participate in the Confirmation Preparation program. A full calendar of Formation events will be released soon when we launch the Build the Kingdom app.

If you have not done so already, you are invited to learn more about the new Confirmation Prep program and the smart phone app Build the Kingdom at our final parent meeting for 2018-2019:

Monday, August 27 from 6:00-7:00pm at St. Zepherin Center

If you are unable to attend this meeting, please email Laura to set up an individual meeting time.

Laura Tringali: ltringali@goodshepherdwayland.org

Confirmation I Small Group schedule

Confirmation II Small Group schedule

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

Being a leader for the Confirmation Retreats is an incredibly rewarding and fun opportunity for outstanding student leaders who have already been confirmed.

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