Confirmation Journey – High School Ministry

The journey toward Confirmation is meant to be experienced through regular religious formation attendance during each of the first three years of high school for teens receiving a public school education.  Each year builds on the previous as together teens experience Jesus’ presence by observing or doing corporal works of mercy, providing service to others in the parish and community, prayer, and learning about their Catholic faith.

9th Grade

“Backyard Bible Study” focuses on Catholic Social Teaching, primarily the Corporal Works of Mercy: feed the hungry; give drink to the thirsty; clothe the naked; shelter the homeless; visit the sick; visit the imprisoned; and bury the dead.

Teens will visit various sites to learn how people in the surrounding communities serve others and through their work are actively following Catholic Social Teaching or one of the Corporal Works of Mercy.  In route to their destination or in the classroom, students will reflect on Scripture supporting evangelization through these works.

At the conclusion of class they will often be asked to perform some type of service or be given recommendations on how to carry through that particular work of mercy.

The 9th graders will meet mostly on Wednesdays evenings about twice a month from 7:00-8:30 p.m. departing from or meeting in the Parish Center unless otherwise noted.  Parents play a vital role in the success of this program and are asked to volunteer to facilitate and to drive the teens to their destination.

10th Grade 2019-2020

Confirmation discernment is structured as a 2-year program at St. Teresa of Calcutta culminating in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in 11th Grade. A three phase model is used to prepare teens to enter the Catholic Church:  to remove obstacles to belief; present the basic gospel message; form their hearts to discover and follow Jesus; and develop a more intense formation within their hearts. Teens meet in a small group setting that will encourage stimulating discussions as they answer the questions in their hearts about the Catholic faith.  Sophomores will meet either Sunday (6:30-8 pm) or Wednesday (7-8:30 pm) at the Parish Center.

As part of preparation for Confirmation, we ask students intently practice their faith through attending Mass each Sunday and holy days of obligation, participate at all classes and perform several service projects as a class.

Character and Faith: Growing Up Catholic 4 hour retreat grades 9 and 10

Retreats are designed to help teens develop the understandings, attitudes, values, and strength of character they will need in their teen years. We want to prepare them to make positive, moral, faith-filled decisions now and in the future. The series of retreats are specifically designed for our Christian Formation program and will satisfy the “Safe Environment Education” mandated by the Bishops of the United States.

Each retreat will be held on a designated Saturday over the afternoon and will end with reconciliation and celebration of Sunday Mass at 4:30 pm that day.  This will be their Special Class Mass prayed as a group.