Growth is vital to life. Just as the human body grows through childhood, adolescence and adulthood, the soul also grows to maturity in the supernatural life of grace through the sacrament of Confirmation! At St. Mary’s, we follow a 2-year preparation process that typically occurs in 9th and 10th grade, ending with Confirmation at the end of sophomore year. However, any student 9th grade or above may enroll.
Annual tuition for Confirmation is $50/student (covers curriculum, materials and retreat).
In our approach to preparation, we focus on:
- Relational Ministry. Helping teens connect to a spiritual mentor. Each teen shows up to Confirmation with a different background, different struggles, different level of education and a different perspective on God and faith. That’s why we build relationships with each teen, meeting them where they’re at and helping them become the person God created them to be. We’re not afraid to enter into the mess that comes with being a teenager in today’s world, and we’re honored to accompany them on this portion of their conversion journey.
- Individual Conversion. Helping teens encounter the love of Jesus. Although we use a thorough curriculum designed to cover all the tenets of our Catholic Faith (Purpose Confirmation through Life Teen International), our Confirmation process is not about checking off boxes. Each gathering is structured in a way that’s designed to help teens ask tough questions, wrestle with Scripture and respond to God’s relentless love for them. Each meeting consists of: 1) a Gather Activity, 2) a Large Group Teaching, 3) Small Group Breakouts or Individual Reflection and 4) Prayer and Meditation.
- Unity & Community. Helping teens connect with each other. Today’s teens need real, face-to-face, human connection more than ever before. We focus on gently building up our community, facilitating healthy peer relationships and moving us toward true Christian unity with our parish and the Body of Christ.
If you have any questions, please contact Jacqueline Van Hemert, Director of Evangelization & Faith Formation, at JacquelineEVanHemert@gmail.com or 414-698-6040.