Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation are sacraments of initiation in the Roman Catholic Church. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is strengthened by the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are needed for us to live as a mature Christian.
Marrying the latest pedagogical methods that incorporate technology, cultural programming, service opportunities and liturgical worship, it is our hope that we have created a new way forward in religious education for young Catholics in their mid-teens. The following is a brief glimpse into the structure of the program:
- Students entering the program are assigned to small groups led by trained young people in their 20s and 30s. These cohort leaders are their immediate catechists and serve as both educational instructors and group leaders and also as spiritual directors getting to know each student on a personal basis.
- The students meet on 15 Sunday evenings for instruction (click here to see our Confirmation Calendar Page). This instruction utilizes tablets, laptops, and other interactive instructional methods such as skit writing, learning stations, small group work and other activities seen in the latest STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Technology) education.
- These Sundays conclude with Mass in the evening led by our pastor Fr. Dan, and utilizes teen involvement in all aspects of the Mass such as playing music, lectoring and altar serving. Parents, of course, are encouraged to attend.
- A manageable but mandatory commitment of 15 community service hours is required and a variety of service opportunities are available throughout the year at local soup kitchens, community food banks and walk in dinner programs. A registration to log hours can be found here!
- Cultural and secular materials that discuss conversions or self-discovery are used, such as movies, selections from novels and other media, to enrich the students’ own journey of transformation—to show them that a real life of faith is living in the real world with both its dangers and great excitements.
- Enriched by our deep Carmelite tradition, two retreats — one at Advent and one at Lent — offer students the opportunity to reach a deeper understanding of their spiritual growth as young Christians and learn the language of meditation and prayer.