Welcome to Parents and Confirmandi!
Here you will find information about the sacrament of Confirmation for those interested and those enrolled.
Confirmation at St Luke’s is a two year program beginning in 7th grade (Year 1) and ending with Confirmation at the conclusion of 8th grade (Year 2). Classes begin in the fall and run through the school calendar with a break during the summer months. We are currently using the Chosen program from Ascension Press to form teens in the faith and prepare them for celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation. Teens who have missed the 7/8th grade years of faith formation and return with the desire to be confirmed (or move to the parish without having celebrated the Sacrament) are prepared in a similar way. Students enrolled in Catholic Schools (MACS) are part of the program and celebrate the sacrament with the parish but receive regular formation through their schools.
Currently there are two sessions happening:
Confirmation Year 1 (Confirmed in 2024)
Confirmation Year 2 (Confirmed in 2023)
Both Sacramental preparation years are returning to receiving formation in-person, with meetings taking place on Sunday and Wednesday evenings 6:00-8:00pm about every other week. We are excited to have everyone back this fall, as well as some new faces!
Registration for faith formation classes usually takes place in late spring/early summer and notice given to the parish through the bulletin, announcements, and email blasts. If you have any questions, please direct them to Katy De'Ath at firstname.lastname@example.org or the office.
Forms for enrolled families:
Take the "What I Want out of Life" list you wrote in class to the next level. Take one action to bring you a tiny step closer to one of your dreams. Check out a related book, contact someone in your chosen field with a question, or do an extra workout or study session. Write about it here
Pray a Hail Mary each night before bed this week, for yourself and your fellow students, asking God to help you be open to what he has in store for you in the time of preparation that lies ahead. Put a note on your bedside table to help you remember
Did you know that God speaks to us through the kindness of other people? Think about all those people who help you figure out your life (parents, teachers, coaches, friends, and others), and thank one of them for something specific before our next class. Do it in person or by mail or email. Write about it in the space below.
Inspired music: Come to class next week with a song or image that highlights a musician or other artist's quest for God. Write about it in the space below
Start a powerful new habit! Turn off all media for 5 minutes a day and relax in a quiet place. Ask God to help you to be open to his voice in your life. Write a little about what happened in the space below
Speak or write a sincere message of encouragement to someone you know who is sick or who is sad, worried, or upset about something. Say a prayer for his or her intentions. Is there something practical you can do to help this person this week?
Do an online search for "Catholic teen saints," and read up on some of our youngest heroes. Write about one of them in the space below, and come prepared to talk about this saint at the next class.
Memorize this Holy Spirit prayer: "Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth" (CCC 2671).4 Copy it in the space below, and read it aloud every day this week.
Prepare a meal for someone you love, while meditating on the Holy Spirit's power to sustain each human life. Write about it in the space below.
Make a cheerful sacrifice. Volunteer to do a sibling's chores for a day, help a neighbor with yard work, make a meal for your family, or babysit for free. Write about what you did.
Create or find symbols of the Holy TRINITY. Explain the symbolism to someone in your family and write about it in the space below
Choose a saint to research, and jot down three interesting facts in the space below about his or her life to share with your small group at the next class
Give a gift. This week, do a favor, buy a present, create something artistic for someone, or help someone do some work. Watch for signs that your gift has strengthened, encouraged, or inspired the other person. Write what you did in the space below, and be ready to talk about it next week.
Do some weight lifting. First, measure your biceps with a measuring tape. Write the measurement below. Then select light weights and curl them until your muscles burn. Rest for a count of fifteen and repeat. Now measure again. Did the number change? Reflect on how using your gifts makes them expand and grow stronger.
Read Isaiah 11:1-9.The Holy Spirit frequently predicted the coming of the Messiah through the prophets of the Old Testament. Read this passage slowly and carefully, and think about how it applies to Christ. As followers of Jesus, how can we put these gifts of the Spirit to better use in our own lives?