Confirmation with THE CREW

Confirmation and Crew Program Information

Confirmation Year 1 participants will choose between two tracks when registering. 

Track A (Regular): 

Consists of attending the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the Month; plus their choice of retreats to help acheive their 2-retreat requirement by Spring of 2024.

Formation Sundays: Featuring Catholic youth speakers, transformational prayer, scripture, adoration, and small groups, the First and Third Sundays of (almost) every month will inspire our teens to enter into a deeper relationship with Christ. They are allowed to miss two of these Sundays per year without an emergency excuse. These dates are Oct. 2 and 16, Nov. 6 and 20, Dec.4 , Jan. 8 and 22, Feb. 5, Mar. 5 and 19, April 16, May 7

Introduction to Confirmation Parent Meeting (Required):

September 11, from 3:30 - 5:15p.m. . This meeting is required for all First Year Confirmation students and their parents.

Retreat Options:

  • Fall Retreat: Nov 11 - 13, 2023 
  • Spring Retreat: April 21 - 23, 2023
  • Winter Faith Camp: Feb. 17 - 20, 2023
  • Passion Play: March 17, 2023
  • NPH Mission Trip: Aug. 1 - 7, 2022
  • Steubenville: July 15-17, 2022

Track B (Core Team):

The HNOJ Crew Teen Core Team is a community of high school teens who commit each year to serve as leaders in HNOJ Crew Youth ministry here at Holy Name of Jesus. While Core Team is open to all high schoolers, 9th graders who participate will learn the same things (and more) as those who are on the regular track for Confirmation prep. 

As a core team member, First Year Confirmation Candidates will:

  • Attend Formation Sundays Oct. 2 and 16, Nov. 6 and 20, Dec.4 , Jan. 8 and 22, Feb. 5, Mar. 5 and 19, April 16, May 7. 
  • Core Team Sundays: Oct. 9, Dec. 11,  Jan. 29, Feb. 26, Mar. 12, Mar. 26, Apr. 30, May 21
  • Attend the annual Fall Retreat Nov. 11-13
  • At least three planned middle school events
  • Grow in discipleship through regular prayer and study
  • Lead in planning and dreaming of events, especially for middle schoolers

Retreat Options:

  • Fall Retreat: Nov 11 - 13, 2022
  • Spring Retreat: April 21 - 23, 2023
  • Winter Faith Camp: Feb. 17 - 20, 2023
  • Passion Play: March 17, 2023
  • NPH Mission Trip: Aug. 1 - 7, 2022
  • Steubenville: July 15-17, 2022

Middle School Event Options:

  • Friday Night Alive 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Oct. 14, Nov. 18,  Jan. 13,  Feb. 3,  Apr. 14, May 19
  • Psalm 78 Retreat | Oct. 28-29, 2022
  • Luke 18 Retreat | Mar. 3-4, 2022
  • Winterblast | Dec. 9-10, 2022

Confirmation Year 1 Pricing
May 5-Aug. 1 > Early Bird Pricing $125

Aug. 1 – Sept. 10 > Normal Pricing $175

Questions? Contact Chris Kostelc or Elliut Fonseca.

Confirmation Year 2 participants will choose between two tracks when registering. 

Track A (Regular): 

Consists of attending the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the Month and another retreat experience!

Formation Sundays: Featuring Catholic youth speakers, transformational prayer, scripture, adoration, and small groups, the First and Third Sundays of (almost) every month will inspire our teens to enter into a deeper relationship with Christ. They are allowed to miss two of these Sundays per year without an emergency excuse. These dates are Oct. 2 and 16, Nov. 6 and 20, Dec.4 , Jan. 8 and 22, Feb. 5, Mar. 5 and 19, April 16, May 7

Parent/Sponsor/Candidate Meeting: September 11, from 7:00-8:30 p.m.. This meeting is required for all Second Year Confirmation students and their parents; sponsors if available and chosen by the date of the meeting. 

Track B (Core Team):

The HNOJ Crew Teen Core Team is a community of high school teens who commit each year to serve as leaders in HNOJ Crew Youth ministry here at Holy Name of Jesus. While Core Team is open to all high schoolers, 9th graders who participate will learn the same things (and more) as those who are on the regular track for Confirmation prep. 

As a core team member, Second Year Confirmation candidates will:

  • Attend Formation Sundays Oct. 2 and 16, Nov. 6 and 20, Dec.4 , Jan. 8 and 22, Feb. 5, Mar. 5 and 19, April 16, May 7. 
  • Core Team Sundays: Oct. 9, Dec. 11,  Jan. 29, Feb. 26, Mar. 12, Mar. 26, Apr. 30, May 21
  • Attend the annual Fall Retreat Nov. 11-13
  • At least three planned middle school events
  • Grow in discipleship through regular prayer and study
  • Lead in planning and dreaming of events, especially for middle schoolers

Retreat Options:

  • Fall Retreat: Nov 11 - 13, 2022 
  • Spring Retreat: April 21 - 23, 2023
  • Winter Faith Camp: Feb. 17 - 20, 2023
  • Passion Play: March 17, 2023 (If you haven't done Passion Play in 9th grade)
  • NPH Mission Trip: Aug. 1 - 7, 2022
  • Steubenville: July 15-17, 2022

Middle School Event Options:

  • Friday Night Alive 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Oct. 14, Nov. 18,  Jan. 13,  Feb. 3,  Apr. 14, May 19
  • Psalm 78 Retreat | Oct. 28-29, 2022
  • Luke 18 Retreat | Mar. 3-4, 2022
  • Winterblast | Dec. 9-10, 2022

Confirmation Year 2 Pricing
May 5-Aug. 1 > Early Bird Pricing $125

Aug. 1 – Sept. 10 > Normal Pricing $175

Questions? Contact Chris Kostelc or Elliut Fonseca

Track A (Regular): 

Consists of attending and serving during Formation Sundays (1st and 3rd Sundays of the month). Now that you have received the sacrament of Confirmation, it’s time to put those Confirmation graces into action! Not only will you continue your formation on Sunday nights, but you will help support, welcome, and encourage those who are preparing for Confirmation! Featuring Catholic youth speakers, transformational prayer, scripture, adoration, and small groups, Formation Sundays will inspire our teens to continue entering into a deeper relationship with Christ and living out the graces of Confirmation. These dates are Oct. 2 and 16, Nov. 6 and 20, Dec.4 , Jan. 8 and 22, Feb. 5, Mar. 5 and 19, April 16, May 7

Track B (Core Team):

The HNOJ Crew Teen Core Team is a community of high school teens who commit each year to serve as leaders in HNOJ Crew Youth ministry here at Holy Name of Jesus. While Core Team is open to all high schoolers, 11th and 12th graders who participate bring a leadership and maturity that is so important!!!

As a core team member, those who have received their Confirmation already will:

  • Attend weekly Sunday meetings, including Formation Sundays and Core Team Meetings.
    • Formation Sundays are Oct. 2 and 16, Nov. 6 and 20, Dec.4 , Jan. 8 and 22, Feb. 5, Mar. 5 and 19, April 16, May 7.  
    • Core Team Sundays are Oct. 9, Dec. 11,  Jan. 29, Feb. 26, Mar. 12, Mar. 26, Apr. 30, May 21
  • Attend the annual Fall Retreat, Nov. 11-13
  •  At least three planned middle school events. 
  • Grow in discipleship through regular prayer and study.
  • Lead in planning and dreaming of events, especially for middle schoolers. This will require some extra Tuesday meetings to plan.
  • Intentionally reach out to the under classmen and set a good example!

Retreat Options:

  • Fall Retreat: Nov 11 - 13, 2022 
  • Spring Retreat: April 21 - 23, 2023
  • Winter Faith Camp: Feb. 17 - 20, 2023
  • Passion Play: March 17, 2023 (If you haven't done Passion Play in 9th grade)
  • NPH Mission Trip: Aug. 1 - 7, 2022
  • Steubenville: July 15-17, 2022

Middle School Event Options:

  • Friday Night Alive 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Oct. 14, Nov. 18,  Jan. 13,  Feb. 3,  Apr. 14, May 19
  • Psalm 78 Retreat | Oct. 28-29, 2022
  • Luke 18 Retreat | Mar. 3-4, 2022
  • Winterblast | Dec. 9-10, 2022

After Confirmation Pricing
May 5-Aug. 1 > Early Bird Pricing $50

Aug. 1 – Sept. 10 > Normal Pricing $75

Questions? Contact Chris Kostelc or Elliut Fonseca

Key Components of HNOJ Confirmation Preparation:

FAQs about the Confirmation at HNOJ

What is Confirmation?  Confirmation is a Sacrament that strengthens us and obliges us to witness to, spread and defend the faith (CCC 1303). Confirmation is not graduation from a life of Christian learning, a mere cultural passage into maturity or an opportunity to choose whether or not to remain Catholic. Confirmation completes our full initiation as Catholic Christians (CCC 1306) and strengthens our ability to be missionary disciples through the reception of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

What do the specific Confirmation preparation sessions look like? There will be five Confirmation sessions that explore topics specifically related to preparing for the night of Confirmation, when the Holy Spirit will seal the candidate with the gift of the presence of God. These sessions are an important opportunity for the candidate to continue to develop their relationship with God in the presence of their parents and sponsor. These sessions take place throughout late winter and early spring as the Confirmation date approaches. The dates of these sessions are included to the right. 

When does Confirmation preparation begin? When does it end? How long does it take? Most teens will begin completing the pre-requisites for Confirmation preparation immediately following their 8th-grade year. Many will choose to complete the process over a two-year period, be Confirmed in their 10th-grade year and continue to be involved in youth ministry in their 11th and 12th-grade years. Some students may choose to complete their preparation over their four years of high school.

Is this preparation process for Confirmation enough? Many teens will find that they desire to grow in their faith in more ways that what is asked in HNOJ's Confirmation preparation process. These requirements are a minimum. We are called to be life-long disciples of Christ who continue to grow in love of God and neighbor through prayer, worship, study and service. 

Why is there such a strong emphasis on retreats? Retreats are one of the most critical components of Confirmation preparation through HNOJ. Life can be a little crazy. Rarely do we take the time we need to get away from it all. Retreat experiences with HNOJ CREW are exactly that, opportunities to take a break, relax, think, talk and pray about who we are, why we are here and what our faith in Jesus has to do with it all. Retreats with the HNOJ community provide the environment for young people to have a personal and transformational encounter with Jesus Christ. 

What is the Confirmation preparation interview? It is a lot less scary than it sounds. Think of it more as a conversation than a test. The youth ministry team at HNOJ wants to hear about your experience of Confirmation preparation, your relationship with God, and how you plan to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ following Confirmation.