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2022-2023 OLPH Confirmation Preparation
Unique Weekly Program
Below are the 4 session types that will rotate each week (not necessarily in the same order each month).
We will have weekly communication with the candidate to make sure they know what is due. Details will be discussed with the candidates during their first gathered sessions.
Each week, the candidates will focus on one of 4 areas of their faith journey and sacramental preparation.
The "Gathered Sessions" will happen at a set date and time each month (based on the option you choose upon registration). The other 3 sessions (Mass Participation, Family Prayer, Solo Prayer) will have a weekly deadline, but can be completed at anytime during the assigned week.
A time to learn, question, dive into & discuss our Catholic faith & the significance of this amazing sacrament.
The Eucharist is the heart of who we are as Catholics. A Mass Reflection form will be given to help the teens participate with the mass & not just spectate.
Having support in your faith journey is so important. Praying as a family at home can play a vital role in the life of the candidate. Instructions and a reflection form will be provided.
Prayer is the foundation of our relationship with God. The candidates will explore methods, struggles, tips, & resources for their individual lives. Assignment/reflection from will be sent via text.
Answering the questions:
What is Confirmation? & Why do I want to get confirmed?
typed, 12pt font, double spaced
email to firstname.lastname@example.org
before the pre-program interview
RECONCILIATION SERVICE: DATE TBD
Canon Law requires that the candidate receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation right before Confirmation. A Penance Service specifically for the Confirmation Candidates is usually held on a date closer to the end of the program. We will give you more information on this requirement after the New Year.
In cases of emergency conflicts of the TBD date, other arrangements may be made.
Each candidate will be required to participate in one retreat experience put on by OLPH. There are three options for this retreat experience.
1) The Fall Lock-in (Dec. 2-3, 2022)
2) Confirmation Weekend Retreat (Jan. 20-22, 2023)
3) Spring Lock-in (March 24-25, 2023)
FINAL REFLECTION PROJECT
This will be in video or audio format, more details will be given closer to the end of the year.
1 - An IN-PERSON Pre-Program Interview is required to register.
Since we have such limited time with the candidates in person, this is a VITAL part of our program.
It is about 15-20min with the teen. Make sure you complete the registration form in advance, pre-submit your baptismal certificate and essay, and bring your medical release form with you to the interview. Date selection for interview will be done in Step 3!
2 - Gathered Session will occur IN PERSON.
At this time, we do not require masks to be worn, but teens are welcome to wear a mask if they choose. If the candidate is in need of extra sacramental preparation (for 1st Communion and 1st Reconciliation), then they must register for Option C for Gather sessions. They will stay an extra hour after class to receive their extra preparation.
3 - Only ONE absence is permitted.
SINCE THERE ARE ONLY 8 GATHERED SESSIONS IN THIS PREPARATION PROGRAM,
ONLY ONE ABSENCE IS PERMITTED. Please pay attention to the dates of the session options. Candidates cannot make up absences in other sessions. Any assignments not submitted on time will be considered tardy.
3 tardies will be equivalent to one absence.
4 - Mass participation must be in person at OLPH.
The Mass reflection form will be found in the Church foyer for candidates to pick-up before mass and complete. The completed mass form can then be dropped off in the basket at the end of mass.
It must be an OLPH Mass.
5 - Family Prayers can be done with any member of the family
The Family Prayer will be through a digital link sent to the candidate. The prayer can be completed with any family member, but the form that has to be submitted after the prayer must be completed by the candidate, not the parent.
6 - Flocknote will be the communication platform used weekly.
Technology can be a useful tool as well as a source of distraction and temptation. Either way, it is integrated into our daily functioning as a society, and learning to use this resource for faith development will be a great resource beyond their year of preparation.
Texts will be the primary way we stay connected to your teen, and through the Flocknote platform, they are able to stay connected to their Confirmation class on the weeks we do not meet in person. This allows for effective communication that protects their private contact information and stays within the Safe Environment guidelines of the archdiocese.
This will be done through their cell phone numbers (Youth Staff are the only people with access to this information), so special arrangements will be made for any teens who do not have a cell phone.
Since the links sent to the teens will give them communication access to the other teens in their classes, parent cell numbers or emails CANNOT be used in place of the teen's.
COVID-19 Stay Safe Adjustments
The health and safety of the candidates and families are a top priority. We encourage anyone who is concerned to wear a mask.
Acts of Service & Parish Involvement have been SIGNIFICANT components of our program. Due to the uncertainty of this year, we will not be requiring information on involvement in these areas. However, we will keep you informed of the opportunities for participation in each of these areas, and STRONGLY ENCOURAGE the candidates to incorporate them into their year of preparation and beyond.
THANKS FOR CAREFULLY READING THROUGH ALL OF THE ABOVE INFO!
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