VISION: The Cathedral’s Confirmation program seeks to form disciples who are grounded in their faith and are capable of talking about it with their peers.
GOAL: Our Confirmation process is one that focuses on and considers the formation of our youth so that they can integrate their faith and the practice of it in the world today. We aim to help the candidates feel comfortable living that faith in a world that often challenges it.
PROCESS: The elements of our process are listed below. More information is listed further down the web page.
We encourage you to sign up for Youth Ministry emails to learn more about service opportunities, youth group offerings, and more. If you have questions about any of the below, please contact Clare Logue at email@example.com.
You are invited to register your child the summer before or at the beginning of their 8th grade year. The Confirmation program begins with the start of 8th grade and continues until the Easter Season of 9th grade. While most families will be ready to begin Confirmation preparation in 8th grade, some young people may choose to wait. Any youth who are high school aged are welcome to join in the Confirmation preparation when they feel ready for this two year formation process.
These gatherings will involve a focus theme for each meeting which will be explored through music, ice breakers, witness talks, reflections questions, small group discussions, and closing prayer. Candidates may only miss ONE Connect Night.
Each confirmation candidate will be given a journal which will be used all throughout the confirmation process. The journal will be used during each connect night as well as on retreats. They will be a place for them to process the questions that we will be using for discussion.
Starting Fall 2020, there will be a high school retreat offered every fall (October/November) and every spring (March/April) and dates will be given as soon as we have them. All retreats are held at Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat House, located at 15523 York Road, Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152 and run from 7 PM Friday to 12 PM Sunday.
All Confirmation students must attend one retreat before they receive their Confirmation. As this is a retreat offered to all high school students, regardless of their involvement in the Confirmation program, all 8th grade students must wait until they are in high school to attend.
Each candidate is required to choose a sponsor. This person should be a confirmed Catholic in good standing who, like a godparent, can be a guide for the candidate’s life and a place of counsel. Access the 2020 Sponsor Card here (for second-year Confirmation students).
All second-year students and their sponsors are required to attend one of two Sponsor/Candidate Nights, one in the fall and one in the spring. If the sponsor lives out of town and cannot attend these meetings, please contact us.
We encourage that all students and their sponsors attend an event or a service opportunity together. Opportunities for the 2019-2020 year include:
- Spaghetti Dinner on February 1, 2020
- Meal Packing on March 20, 2020
- Loaves and Fishes (every fourth Sunday)
- Candidates for Confirmation will be required to perform the following service:
- One service event with youth ministry
- One service event with or for the parish community. Opportunities include:
- Haiti Carnavale, Halloween Bingo, Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Lenten Fridays, Loaves & Fishes, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Live Stations of the Cross, Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School
- One service event with a parent
- One service event for the global community (or an outside community)
- One liturgical event (this includes serving at Mass as an alter server, lector, or usher)
- Larger service events, such as Vacation Bible School, may count towards two of the requirements
This class is for any adult baptized Catholic who has received his/her first communion and been catechized in the faith, but has not been fully initiated through the sacrament of Confirmation. The Sacrament is celebrated twice during the year; once on Pentecost Sunday and the second in the fall, normally during October.
Candidates will need to get a copy of their baptismal certificate and find a person to sponsor them. Preparatory classes are offered in the Cathedral’s Parish Center meeting rooms five weeks prior to the celebration of the sacrament. One does not need to be a Cathedral parishioner to participate in the preparatory classes. If you have questions or need more information, contact Chris McCullough at firstname.lastname@example.org.