High School Religious Education Program
Our Life Teen and Confirmation Preparation Program’s mission is to provide a faith-based foundation for our teens to help them to grow in their faith, be part of strong community believers, and establish a closer relationship with Christ.
We want our teens to “Expand their Knowledge”, through teaching, study, Scripture, and class discussions; “Increase their Faith”, through prayer, faith sharing, and the sacraments; and “Grow in Love”, by service to others in their families, church, and community.
We invite you to join us for another year of spiritual growth, fun, learning, praise, worship, and community.
Sunday Teachings: Classes generally begin the third Sunday in September and finish the third Sunday in April.
- Break Out Sessions: for Grades 9 and 10 and Confirmation Preparation Class, the first Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted
- Large Group Session: for Grades 9, 10, and 11/12, the third Sunday of the month, unless otherwise noted
- District Speaker Nights: Attendance is optional unless a speaker night is needed to make-up a missed Life Teen Session. See Schedule for specific dates/times of those events.
First and Third Sunday of the Month: NEW THIS YEAR…All teens will meet in the Science Lab/Gym at 9am for a Catechesis teaching and then attend the 10:30am Mass together.
Attendance: All teens will be allowed ONE excused absence per semester. If a teen has more than one absence per semester, s/he should attend a district speaker night or add five (5) hours to their ministry of service requirement. If you are unable to attend a Life Teen Session, please contact Mrs. Diane Winkowski at firstname.lastname@example.org before the day of absence. If you have any special circumstances that warrant an extended absence from the Life Teen-Confirmation Preparation Program, please contact the Parish Office and talk with Dn. Charles Schneider.
Mass: All teens are expected to attend Sunday Mass with their families, including the 10:30am Mass with the Life Teen Community on both the first and third Sundays of the month from September 18, 2016 to April 23, 2017.
Reconciliation Service: Attendance is strongly encouraged to our Parish Cluster Reconciliation Services during Advent and Lent.
Ministry of Service Hours Commitment: Since service comes from your own individual talents, challenge yourself to identify your talents and use them to serve others as best you can. See the Service Log for more information.
- Grades 9 & 10: 20 hours of documented ministry of service with at least 10 hours committed to the parish.
- Grade 11/12: 30 hours of documented ministry of service with at least 15 hours committed to the parish.
Life Teen and Confirmation Preparation Program will include the following Catechesis teachings: Knowledge of Our Faith; Understanding of the Meaning of the Liturgy; Knowledge of the Sacraments; Deep Appreciation of Prayer and Scripture; Development of our Moral Foundation; Learning how to live and participate in Community; and Presence of Discipleship in our Society.
In addition, those high school juniors (or seniors) who are looking forward to the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Spring of 2017 will have these additional commitments:
Participation in Sunday Evening Confirmation Preparation Program: All Confirmation Candidates are expected to attend all MANDATORY Confirmation Preparation Classes, which will further develop key Catechesis teachings. We know the parents of our teens are actively doing their part in their teens’ faith formation by encouraging them to regularly attend Mass, be involved in service to the community, and participate in the Life Teen and Confirmation Preparation Program. Ultimately, though, the decision to be confirmed rests with each teen, presuming that he or she has faithfully completed the Confirmation Preparation Program.
Baptismal Certificate: All Candidates for Confirmation need to submit a certified copy of their Baptismal Certificate to the Parish Office by October 31, 2016.
Confirmation Name: Each candidate for confirmation should carefully consider the choice of a Confirmation name, which is often taken from the name of a Catholic saint. It is important for candidates to take time to learn about the life of the saint whose name he or she has chosen and find in the saint’s life examples of Christian virtues. NOTE: The Bishop will spend several minutes speaking to each student about his or her choice of a Confirmation name and about the eponymous saint’s life.
Confirmation Sponsor: The Church requires the sponsor be chosen by the candidate and be at least 16 years old. The sponsor needs to be a confirmed Catholic, having received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist). The sponsor should lead a life in harmony with the faith-that is to say, the sponsor should be faithful to Sunday Mass, and, if married, be married in the church. The sponsor can be neither the father nor mother of the candidate who is to be confirmed. Other considerations that, while not part of Church law, should be taken in account: is the sponsor someone that the candidate looks up to and is the sponsor open to sharing his or her own faith life and willing to challenge the candidate to grow in faith?
Confirmation Retreat: The Archdiocese REQUIRES all candidates for Confirmation to attend a weekend Confirmation Retreat. Our retreat weekend is scheduled for January 20-22, 2017 at the INSPIRIO Center in Nashotah, Wisconsin. It is best if our Candidates attend this retreat together, but if an individual candidate cannot attend the retreat as scheduled, it is REQUIRED that the parish office be contacted as soon as possible, so arrangements can be made for another retreat.
Letter to the Bishop: Once a teen has decided that he or she will accept Confirmation, the Archdiocese asks that the candidate write a letter to the Bishop, reflecting on what the candidate has learned during the preparation period and expressing a positive desire to receive the Sacrament. Information regarding these letters will be provided at Confirmation Preparation classes.
Attendance at Confirmation Mass and Rehearsal: Once we have been notified by the Bishop’s Office of the date of our Confirmation at our Parish, we will set a specific date and time for our required Confirmation Rehearsal. If a candidate is unable to make the scheduled Confirmation date, the candidate’s parents should contact the parish office immediately.