High School Religious Education and Confirmation

High School Religious Education and Confirmation

The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown requires a 3 year preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. The preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation begins in the 9th grade and continues through the 11th grade. Please find below the information about the 3 years of formation culminating in the receipt of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic faith.

COVID-19 Update and Winter/Spring 2021 Plan

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Update (1/27/21): We've made the decision that students will now directly report to their individual grade locations instead of meeting all together in the school gym to start at 1:15 PM. Catechists will be signing the students in and taking temperatures at each location. This means that for future classes: 9th grade will go straight to the Activities Center Social Hall; 10th grade will still report to the OLV School Gym; 11th grade will gather in the church. This is the same location from which students are picked up at the end of class. We made this call to aid in better social distancing procedures. Because of this change--in which we usually start with 30 minutes of youth ministry with all 3 grades--sessions will now be from 1:15-2:30 PM (ending earlier!).


Update (1/05/21): As of right now we are planning to resume in-person high school religious education classes on Sunday, January 24th, at the normal time of 1:15-3:00 PM. The class scheduled for Sunday (Jan. 10) has been cancelled. The mandatory retreat for 10th grade will be rescheduled for a different day in the months to come. 9th grade will have a regular class January 24, during the regular time.


We will be monitoring and taking into consideration the State College Area School District and Diocesan guidelines for in-person learning as we continue to move forward this year. Therefore, if SCASD continues with remote-learning past January 11th, we will stay remote as well. Please note that even if we are not back in-person on January 24th, we will still have a plan for remote engagement on that day.


Our goal is to provide the best religious education for your son or daughter at OLV, but we also want to make sure we are operating safely. We appreciate your patience as we continue to adapt and figure out logistics as well as your willingness to continue your child's religious education despite the challenges this past year has brought!

9th and 10th Grade Confirmation Program

For questions or more information please contact:

Rose Ousey

rousey@ourladyofvictoy.com

814-237-7832 ext. 421

11th Grade Confirmation Program

For questions or more information please contact:

Deacon David Lapinski

dcfl@ourladyofvictory.com

814-237-7832 ext. 259

Confirmation Forms

Also found in the Church Forms section of this website

9th Grade Confirmation Program

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The 9th grade textbook is The Catholic Faith Handbook. The Catholic Faith Handbook is a comprehensive overview of the Catholic faith, in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The 9th grade will meet as one group with a team of four catechists.

The 9th Grade Confirmation program includes the following components:

  • Fall Catechetical Session

  • Rite of Blessing

  • Retreat

  • Group Service Project

  • 15 hours of individual service with written reflection paper and verification form,

  • Spring Session

  • 2 parent/youth meetings

9th graders who attend St. Joseph's Catholic Academy, as well as Home School students are required to attend all components of the Confirmation Program.

Requirements:

During the 3 years of formation, all are required to attend a minimum of ONE diocesan youth conference (SHYCON) and ONE diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Day.

Schedule:

Catechetical Sessions and parent meetings are 1:15-3:00pm twice per month on Sundays in the Activities Center Social Hall.

10th Grade Confirmation

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The 10th grade textbook is Theology of the Body. Theology of the Body curriculum for teens helps them discover God's plan for love and their life. John Paul II's landmark teaching engages teens minds and hearts. The curriculum is both catechetical and evangelistic.

The 10th Grade Confirmation program includes the following components:

  • Fall Catechetical Session

  • Rite of Commitment

  • Retreat

  • Group Service Project

  • 15 hours of individual service with written reflection paper and verification form,

  • Spring Session

  • 2 parent/youth meetings

10th graders who attend St. Joseph's Catholic Academy, as well as Home School students are required to attend all components of the Confirmation Program.

Requirements:

During the 3 years of formation, all are required to attend a minimum of ONE diocesan youth conference (SHYCON) and ONE diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Day.

Schedule:

Catechetical Sessions and parent meetings are 1:15-3:00pm twice per month on Sundays in the Activities Center Assembly Room.

11th Grade Confirmation

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The 11th grade curriculum is based on Catholic Social Justice and is taught by Deacon David Lapinski.

The 11th Grade Confirmation program includes the following components:

  • 1 parent/youth meeting held in the Fall

  • 2 Fall Confirmation Sessions

  • Overnight Retreat

  • Group Service Project

  • 15 hours of individual service hours including a written reflection paper and verification form

  • 1 Spring Confirmation session

  • The Rite of Sending Forth

  • Interview with Pastor

  • Practice

11th graders who attend St. Joseph's Catholic Academy, as well as Home School students are required to attend all components of the Confirmation Program.

Requirements:

During the 3 years of formation, all are required to attend a minimum of ONE diocesan youth conference (SHYCON) and ONE diocesan Eucharistic Adoration Day.

Schedule:

The time for the Catechetical Sessions and parent meetings are 1:15-3:00pm twice a month on Sundays in the Church Gathering area.