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High School Program: Confirmation Prep Program

Who: 9th and 10th grade students; Students receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring of 10th grade.
What: A program designed to build community and help young people grow in their spiritual lives. We use a variety of approaches to engage the young people including large group, small group work, service projects and guest speakers. The program is interactive and uses technology. 
When: Classes held twice a month, due to COVID classes are from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - we will reevaluate the times as needed. The first semester calendar is here on the website. Attendance at all classes is mandatory, and any missed classes need to be made up. Contact Sr. Joanne if you need to miss a class.
Where: Classes are held at the Faith Formation Center within the Parish Center, St. Leo site.
Why: To build rapport with the young people and to integrate them into the life of the Church.

Confirmation Preparation Guidelines

St. Vincent de Paul Parish Niagara Falls, NY

Mass Attendance:

  • During the COVID Pandemic, the obligation to attend Mass has been temporarily suspended.
  • Attending Mass and frequent reception of Holy Communion is highly recommended with social distancing and safety protocols in place.

Class Attendance:

  • Class attendance is required and students are asked to post short assignments on google classroom. (10th grade)
  • Missed classes will require make up through a digital class and activity.

Service Requirement:

  • Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are requiring you to do some meaningful service for others either at the parish, at home or for a neighbor. This could be helping an elderly neighbor, pitching in more at home, tutoring a friend in an academic subject or some other way to share your time and talent.
  • You will need to be accountable to the director of faith formation for what you have done either by a virtual or in-person interview.
  • It is most important for you to experience the spirit of being GENEROUS with your time and talent. This is the spirit of Jesus.

Other Requirements:

  • Select a patron saint for Confirmation - Choose a saint whom you admire as a role model and submit it with a one page write up.
  • Submit the completed sponsor-candidate form to the director of faith formation.
  • If your sponsor is not from St. Vincent de Paul Parish, obtain a letter from the parish they attend, stating that they are a suitable sponsor and practicing Catholic.
  • There will be a Confirmation Retreat that will be required for all 10th grade students. It may be virtual. Date and time will be announced after Christmas.
  • Submit a letter to Father Bob requesting the Sacrament of Confirmation.
  • Attend Confirmation Interviews with the parish priests.
  • Attend Confirmation Rehearsal with your sponsor or someone standing in
  • The Bishop’s Office determines when the Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated. As soon as we have the date, we will let you know.