We believe the youth of St. Bartholomew, as baptized members of the people of God, are called to full participation in our parish community and its contribution to the world. Our high school faith formation program focus is directed specifically toward youth in grades 9-12 and their families, as well as extending to other individuals who affect their lives.
Therefore we will:
- Provide opportunities to discover truth and knowledge through the teachings of Jesus Christ.
- Strive to inspire, through shared leadership, a courageous commitment to act with faith, love and compassion.
- Work to integrate the youth, their gifts, talents and energy, into all aspects of
St. Bartholomew's parish life.
9 - 10th Grade Confirmation Program Components
Sunday Evening Session 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Our Sunday evening program for those preparing for Confirmation follows a 2-year rotating curriculum. Building upon the encounter with Christ that has been established through the middle school program, we are now looking at what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Through an engaging teaching and small group discussion, the teens will be given an opportunity on Sunday evenings to go deeper in their relationship with Jesus and their understanding of the power of the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation Retreat: (For 2015 Candidates only)
This retreat will be a two-day/one night retreat focused on living a life in union with the Holy Spirit. We will be addressing topics such as “What does it mean to have a relationship with the Holy Spirit?” “How can one call upon the power of the Holy Spirit?” and many more. Through Mass, the Sacraments, awesome games, empowering talks and worship music the teens will be given the opportunity to really build community among each other and come to have a new and powerful encounter with Christ. It’s going to be an awesome weekend!
Confirmation Class: (For 2015 Candidates only)
This class is provided in order to give the candidate and his/her sponsor an opportunity to truly journey together spiritually as they approach the Sacrament of Confirmation. This class consist of 4 sessions held on Sunday evenings in March. We will talk about what it means to be confirmed and what you are called to do after the Sacrament of Confirmation. Each evening will consist of a talk, a time of worship and prayer and time for the candidate and sponsor to dive into/discuss the material together. The goal of this class is to not only learn more about confirmation, but to strengthen the spiritual relationship between the candidate and his/her sponsor.
Confirmation Reconciliation Service: (For 2015 Candidates only)
To finish off our Confirmation Class, we will end with an evening of “Reconciliation & Reflection”. A prayer service consisting of worship music, Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held on Sunday evening, April 12th. This is the last event the candidates will participate in before they are confirmed.
Weekly “Parent Prep”
“Through the grace of the sacrament of marriage, parents receive the responsibility and privilege of evangelizing their children. Parents should initiate their children at an early age into the mysteries of the faith of which they are the ‘first heralds’ for their children”. – Catechism of the Catholic Church #2225
Each week, you, the parent will get an email from me (Connor) which will include a basic outline of the presentation for that week and two or three discussion questions. You as the parent serve as the primary Catechist for your child/children. My hope is that by providing you with the subject matter, brief outline and discussion questions, you will be able to engage your son/daughter in discussion on the car ride home or shortly after each session, asking them about what they learned and how they can apply it to their lives.
Confirmation Service Component
As has been done in the past here at St. Bartholomew, students preparing for confirmation are asked to log 25 hours of service over the course of their 2nd year in the confirmation prep program. This service should be done in the home, in your local community and in the church community.