Youth Formation and Spiritual Life

The Confirmation program consists of two years of preparation, generally in 7th and 8th grades. The Candidates receive the sacrament in the fall after completing this preparation. Retreats, service opportunities, and catechetical development are provided by the Confirmation staff with the help of adult Mentors. Public School students meet with their Mentors for study and service; St. Mary’s School students receive religious instruction during school and meet with their Mentors to perform service projects.

Recognizing the importance of parents in the faith development of their children, they are asked to attend sessions with their adolescent once a month in the Church.  Our goal is to support and inform parents so they are prepared to pass on the faith and answer their children's questions.  Along with the commitment to attend these monthly sessions, each family is asked to complete a prayer journal using meditations on the daily Gospel readings, perform two family service projects each year, and promise to attend weekly Mass.

Contact: Georgette Wurster, Confirmation Director, 815.436.2651 x878
              Ruth Campbell, 815.436.2651 x877


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