Confirmation with THE CREW

Confirmation Parent/Teen Meeting

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Year 1 - Please join us on Sept. 27, at 4 p.m.

 Year 2 - Please join us on Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.

If you registered your child for Confirmation, this meeting is required! We can only have 80 people in the Good Samaritan Center for these meetings. Therefore, we plan to livestream the meeting too. Please RSVP below to indicate if you will be attending onsite or via livestream. If you choose to livestream, you may pick up your Confirmation folder in the parish office between Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 (First Sunday).

At this meeting you will share what you need to know for this year’s formation year, as well as our vision and excitement for this year’s journey of growing closer to Jesus Christ! We are in this journey together! Note: If your teen is a member of Teen Core Team, you are not required to come as we will have gone over this information at the Parent/Teen Core Team meeting already.

Year 1 RSVP for meeting at HNOJ, Sunday, Sept. 27 at 4.p.m. Limit one teen and one parent - 40 families.

Year 1 RSVP for livestream meeting - from your own home - Sunday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m.

Year 2 RSVP for meeting at HNOJ, Sunday, Sept 27 at 7 p.m. Limit one teen and one parent - 40 families,

Year 2 RSVP for livestream meeting - from your own home - Sunday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.

For those who cannot attend we plan to record the livestream and make it available at a later date.

Covid 19 Preparedness Plan

Please click HERE to view our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to help guide our return to Faith Formation. 
Please view this document to see if in-person Faith Formation classes are right for your family. 
We will also be offering an at-home/online option for all PreK-12 grades for Faith Formation 2020-2021.

 

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.
For dates, click here.

Track A (At-home/Online): Small group that meets via zoom six times in the fall and must view at least five First Sundays Oct.-May. For dates, click here.

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

**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. 27, at 4 p.m.

Cost is $125 before Aug. 31 or $175 after. Registrations for At-Home/Online Option is $125 and will not change after August 31, 2020.
*Please note all registrations for 2020-2021 are online only. 
**In-Person Registrations will be cut off after Monday, September 14. Due to planning and preparation for small group sizes and social distancing guidelines, we need to cut off in-person registrations since we will not be able to add additional in-person small groups. Only At-Home/Online Registrations will be available after Monday, September 14. Please register here!

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:
In person option Sundays from 3:30-5 p.m. on these dates: Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 22
 Online option Wednesdays from 7:30-9 p.m. on these dates: Oct. 7, Oct. 21, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18

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.

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
For dates, click here.

Track A (At-home/Online): Must view at least six First Sundays Oct.-May/ (November session required for all 10th graders) and attend five zoom preparation meetings in the Spring. For dates, click here.

 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.
For dates, click here.

To gain a full understanding of Confirmation Year 2 preparation, please plan to attend the Parent and Teen Information Meeting on Sun., Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.

Cost is $125 before Aug. 31 or $175 after. Registrations for At-Home/Online Option is $125 and will not change after August 31, 2020.
*Please note all registrations for 2020-2021 are online only. 
**In-Person Registrations will be cut off after Monday, September 14. Due to planning and preparation for small group sizes and social distancing guidelines, we need to cut off in-person registrations since we will not be able to add additional in-person small groups. Only At-Home/Online Registrations will be available after Monday, September 14. Please register here!
 

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: October 4, November 1*, December 6, January 3, January 31 (for February), March 7, April 11, May 2  *All 10th graders must attend the Nov.\ember 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. 

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 Middle School crew retreats and events

 

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. View dates here.

 Track A (Online/At-home): Commit to viewing all First 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. View dates here

Please register here!

Cost is $50 before Aug. 31 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: October 4, December 6, January 3, January 31 (for February), March 7, April 11, May 2 


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. 25, Nov. 22, Dec. 20, Jan. 24, Feb. 28, March 28, May 16

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

 

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. 

Year 1 Confirmation Handbook
Year 2 Confirmation Handbook 

Year 1 Confirmation Interviews: Sign up HERE (Note: Sign-Ups will be available soon)

We received our Confirmation date from the Archdiocese:

May 18, 2021 
Time and Location TBD