"The most effective catechetical program for adolescents are integrated into a comprehensive program of pastoral ministry for youth that includes catechesis, community life, evangelization, justice and service, leadership development, pastoral care, and prayer and worship. Such programs aim to empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today; to draw young people to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic faith community; and to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person."
(National Directory for Catechesis, p. 201)
First Penance and First Communion
These Sacraments are received after 2 years of formal Faith Formation, usually in the second grade. This preparation program runs parallel to our Faith Formation program. Families will attend 2 retreats during the preparation year.
Confirmation preparation is required for all 8th graders who wish to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. There are 12-13, 2-hour sessions held between September and April. Candidates are also required to attend a Confirmation Retreat and complete personal Stewardship Service and Spiritual Enrichment Activities throughout the year.