Confirmation with THE CREW

Registration for Confirmation Preparation:

Click Here to Register for Confirmation Year 1 Program 2019-2020

Click Here to Register for Confirmation Year 2 Program 2019-2020

Already Confirmed?  Or looking for the 11th and 12th Grade SH CREW form? Register here.

Confirmation and Crew Program Information

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

Track A (Regular):  Small group that meets six times in the fall and must attend at least five First Sundays Oct. - May.

Track B (Core Team): Meets every Sunday (except holidays or break weekends) and helps with middle school retreats and other events. 

**NOTE: In addition to these gatherings, all teens must complete two retreats before Confirmation. Go to www.hnoj.org/retreats to view the options.

To gain a full understanding of Confirmation Year 1 preparation, please plan to attend the Parent and Teen Information Meeting on Sun., Sept. 29, at 4 p.m.

Cost is $125 before Aug. 15 or $175 after.

Track A:  Regular

Track B: Core Team

Six-Week Small Group:

All 9th graders are required to be in a small group that meets for six weeks in the fall. They will meet with this same small group at the First Sunday evenings throughout the rest of the year. Small Groups are led by an adult mentor and is a critical component of 9th Grade CREW. Through small group, these 9th graders have the opportunity to experience rich community in the Church, dive more deeply in their faith, and begin preparing their “yes” for to the Sacrament of Confirmation. *Note: 9th graders are only allowed to miss one of these six meetings.


Because we know life is crazy, we are offering three options for small groups. Please choose the one that best fits your 9th grader’s schedule:
 Sundays from 3:30-5 p.m. on these dates: Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Nov. 24
 Mondays from 5-6:30 p.m. on these dates: Oct. 14, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18
 Wednesdays from 7:30-9 p.m. on these dates: Oct. 9, Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13, Nov. 20
 

First Sundays:

Featuring some of the best Catholic youth speakers, music by our Lifeteen Band and transformational prayer, the First Sunday of (almost) every month will inspire our teens to enter into a deeper relationship with Christ. For part of First Sundays, 9th graders will meet in the same small groups as the fall.
• We offer seven first Sundays for 9th graders, and they must attend at least five First Sundays:
Oct. 6, Dec. 8, Jan. 5, Feb. 9, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, May 3

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, 9th graders will:

  • Attend weekly Sunday meetings, including First Sundays and the “Encounter” nights which are open to all high school students
  • Attend the annual core team retreat and 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

 

We have two tracks for 10th graders preparing for Confirmation. 10th graders choose one (see explanations of each in subsequent sections):

 Track A (Regular): Must attend at least six First Sundays Oct.-May. (November session required for all 10th graders) and attend five preparation meetings in the Spring

 Track B (Core Team): Meets every Sunday (except holidays or break weekends) and helps with middle school retreats and other events *Note: In addition to these gatherings, all teens must complete two retreats before Confirmation. Go to hnoj.org/retreats to see all the options we offer.

To gain a full understanding of Confirmation Year 2 preparation, please plan to attend the Parent and Teen Information Meeting on Sun., Sept. 29, at 7 p.m.

Cost is $125 before Aug. 15 or $175 after.

Track A (Regular) Track B (Core Team)

First Sundays: Featuring some of the best Catholic youth speakers, music by our Lifeteen Band and transformational prayer, the First Sunday of (almost) every month will inspire our teens to enter into a deeper relationship with Christ. For part of First Sundays, 10th graders will meet in the same small groups each month.
• We offer eight first Sundays for 10th graders, and they must attend at least six 1st Sundays: Oct. 6, Nov. 3* Dec. 8, Jan. 5, Feb. 9, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, May 3 *All 10th graders must attend the Nov. 3 session.

Five Confirmation Meetings: 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 their sponsors. These sessions take place throughout late winter and early spring as the Confirmation date approaches. The dates of these meetings will be available by June 1. (Note: all meetings will occur on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30).

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, 10th 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, 10th graders will:
  • Attend weekly Sunday meetings, including First Sundays and the “Encounter” nights which are open to all high school students
  • Attend the annual core team retreat and at least three planned middle school events.
  • Grow in discipleship through regular prayer and study
  • Lead in planning and

 

We have two tracks for juniors and seniors who have already been confirmed. Choose one (see explanations of each in subsequent sections):

 Track A (Regular): Commit to attending all First Sundays and “Encounter Sundays” when your schedule allows

 Track B (Core Team): Meets every Sunday (except holidays or break weekends) and helps with middle school retreats and other events

*Note: In addition to these gatherings, all teens must complete two retreats before Confirmation. Go to hnoj.org/retreats to see all the options we offer.

Cost is $50 before Aug. 15 or $75 after.

Track A (Regular) Track B (Core Team)

First Sundays: Featuring some of the best Catholic youth speakers, music by our Lifeteen Band and transformational prayer, the First Sunday of (almost) every month will inspire our teens to enter into a deeper relationship with Christ. For part of First Sundays, juniors and seniors will meet in the same small groups each month.
• We offer seven first Sundays for 11th and 12th graders: Oct. 6, Dec. 8, Jan. 5, Feb. 9, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, May 3


Encounter Sundays: Encounter Sundays are opportunities for all high schoolers to gather for a talk that dives a little deeper into our faith than the content in First Sunday talks, allows for more small group discussion, and a chance to just hang out with other high schoolers.
• We offer seven Encounter Sundays for all high schoolers:
Oct. 20, Nov. 24, Dec. 22, Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 22, May 17

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.


As a core team member, 11th-12th graders will:

  • Attend weekly Sunday meetings, including First Sundays and the “Encounter” nights which are open to all high school students
  • Attend the annual core team retreat and 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

 

For Incoming 9th Graders/Year 1 Confirmation Candidates:  

  • Step 1. View this handout and decide whether your 9th grader will complete "Track A" or "Track B"
  • Step 2. Click here to register for Year One Confirmation OR visit the Parish Office to complete forms (Early Bird Registration fee is $125.  Registration fees rise to $150 after August 15, 2019)
  • Step 3. It is recommended that you plan which retreats your 9th grader will attend between now and the end of 10th grade. Click here to view all retreat options. Look for "*This qualifies as a retreat for Confirmation candidates" to see which ones qualify as Confirmation prep retreats.
  • Step 4. Attend parent-student meeting (Sunday, September 29, 2019, at 4 p.m.) 

For Incoming 10th graders/Year 2 Confirmation Candidates:

  • Step 1. View this handout and decide whether your 10th grader will complete "Track A" or "Track B"
  • Step 2. Click here to register for Year Two Confirmation OR visit the Parish Office to complete forms (Early Bird Registration fee is $125.  Registration fees rise to $150 after August 15, 2019)
  • Step 3. It is recommended that you plan which retreats your 9th grader will attend between now and the end of 10th grade. Click here to view all retreat options. Look for "*This qualifies as a retreat for Confirmation candidates" to see which ones qualify as Confirmation prep retreats.
  • Step 4. Attend parent-student meeting (Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 7 p.m.)

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.