2018 - 2019 Confirmation Program Changes
January 2, 2018
To introduce myself, my name is Bridget Bicek and I am the Youth Coordinator at St. Patrick’s Church. In addition to our youth ministry program, I have responsibility for our Confirmation Program, and am enjoying working with our young people and catechists. I hope this letter is finding you well and enjoying the New Year! I am writing this to you in collaboration with our Religious Education Director, Toni Pepping.
The purpose of this communication is to ensure that you are aware of changes in Confirmation policy that the Archdiocese of Chicago recently mandated.
Every parish within the Archdiocese is now required to have a 2-year preparation process. This does not affect our current freshmen preparing for Confirmation in April 2018, nor does it affect our current 8th grade students. Our parish intends to continue to hold Confirmation in the spring of Freshman year. Beginning in the Fall of 2018, our Confirmation preparation program will include the 8th grade and Freshman students.
For parents who have young students, our current Religious Education IMPACT program will not change for students who are in 6th and 7th grade next year, and our PREP grades 1-5 remains the same as well. Construction in the O’Gara Center will prevent us from offering any summer intensives, but the fall program will remain the same for 2018-2019 school year.
In order to explain the changes more adequately and fully, Religious Education and Youth Ministry will hold a required information meeting for parents of current 7th grade students on, Wednesday February 7, 2018 at 7:00 PM in O’Gara Center.
We hope in the spirit of the good of our youth, that we can partner with you to make this new policy a richer experience for our young people.
Coordinator of Youth Ministry
Director of Religious Education
2017 - 2018 Confirmation Program Information
The Dynamic Catholic Approach
This is different. One look at the materials for our Decision Point Confirmation program and it's clear. It looks different because it is different. But it is not just different in how it looks and feels. The way it was developed it's very different from how Catholic programs have been created in the past. It’s not just different for the sake of being different. It’s different for a reason. Let’s be honest—we need a better way.
Our program not only prepares our young Catholics for the Sacrament of Confirmation in a dynamic way, but also teaches and inspires them to respond and cooperate with God’s grace in all the circumstance of their daily lives, long after their Confirmation has passed.
Dynamic Catholic was founded on the idea of “meeting people where they are . . . and leading them to where God is calling them to be!” With this in mind, Decision Point covers everything we would traditionally teach in preparing young people for Confirmation, but the program also covers a series of life issues, helping to make a powerful connection between preparing for Confirmation and the candidates’ everyday lives.
It's time to start thinking about life's big questions. The Decision Point experience is an invitation to explore some of the most important questions in life. Throughout the process you will discover the incredible dream that God has for you.
Personal growth and giving to those in need are important aspects of the confirmation process. Teens who are to be confirmed need to complete at least two hours of service. Service hours can be completed at school, soup kitchen, or any place else where they are serving those in need.
To access information about our 2018-2018 Confirmation program please click on the "2017-2018 Confirmation Program Information" button below.