Ninth & tenth grade students CCD (public) students will meet with their teachers each Sunday at OLVCS from 10:30am-11:20am. St. Joe's Students are not required to attend Sunday classes as they receive catechesis on a daily basis during the school week. However, they are welcome to come on Sundays if they wish. Please see requirements below for ALL public, private, and home educated Confirmation Track Students.
9th & 10th Grade Required Components for ALL Students
Choose your Confirmation Sponsor to pray with you and walk with you on your journey towards Confirmation. (See form below):
*Requirements as per the Code of Canon Law:
A. Only one male sponsor or one female sponsor for a Confirmation candidate is to be used.
B. Must have completed the sixteenth (16) year.
C. Must be a Catholic who has received the sacraments of Baptism, Most Holy Eucharist & Confirmation.
D. If married, must be a Catholic who has received the sacrament of Holy Matrimony in the Church.
E. Must be a Catholic who leads a life in harmony with the Catholic Church (registered and active [going to Sunday Mass] in a Catholic Church).
II. Documents Required from the Sponsor of a Person to be Confirmed:
A. A copy of sponsor’s Baptism Certificate, First Communion Certificate, Confirmation Certificate and if married, a copy of the Marriage Certificate.
B. A letter from the pastor where the sponsor is registered and active, stating he or she is registered and active and qualifies to be a sponsor.
SHYCON (Senior High Youth Conference) This event will be held this year on Sunday, October 22, 2003 from 11:00am-4:00pm at the Stokes Athletic Center in St. Francis University, Loretto, PA. The theme this year is: Do ALL things out of LOVE. Our parish students will be taken to this event by bus, meeting at OLVCS parking lot no later than 9:30am. Chaperones are needed. This event needs to be completed one time over the course of grades 9-11. A form of completion must be filled out: Form of Completion signed by a parent and returned to the DRE; Anne Bord. Registrations forms will be at the church office for pickup. They will also be handed out during all CCD classes. Registration forms are due back to Ms. Bord NO LATER than Monday, Oct. 3rd for those wishing to participate. This year's Keynote Speaker is TBD.
Adoration with our Diocesan Bishop: Most Reverend Mark L. Bartchak: This requirement needs to be completed one time over the course of grades 9-11. It will occur several times throughout this year; 2023. One of the times will be at Our Lady of Victory this year on Nov. 11th from 10:00am-11:30am. A form of completion must be filled out: Form of Completion signed by a parent and returned to the DRE; Anne Bord.
Grade Level Retreats: There will be in-person grade level retreats in the Winter of 2024 here at OLV. Dates TBA soon!
Commitment Sunday: 9th & 10th Graders (SCAHS, St. Joseph's Catholic Academy & Homeschool Students) will host the 11:30 mass on Sunday; Feb 4th, 2023. Mark your calendars please!
Individual Community Service ALL three years; 9-11 will get you involved in your parish and local community:
25 Hrs. Total of Community Service
Get involved with parish life to continue your journey after you are Confirmed as an adult in our church!
15 hours of individual community service
a. Serve mass. Older altar servers are great models to help train the younger students.
b. Be a lector, commentator or usher at mass. Please contact the Parish office at 814-237-7832 if interested.
c. Serve as a volunteer for the Jared Box Project: Mrs. Cindy Kolarik needs volunteers for data entry work
regarding contacts across the country for the Jared Box Project: https://thejaredbox.org/. This is great for those
who need flexible volunteer hours. Please contact her if you are interested: email@example.com.
d. Volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop: https://www.stvincentstatecollege.org/
10 hours of group service projects
Community Service Hours Form This includes a description of what you did and a brief reflection regarding how you felt about serving others. This form must be signed by a parent. Hours do not have to be in addition to required hours for school.
a. Participate in the Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by OLV CCD Confirmation Track Students; 01/20/24.
b. Serve as a volunteer for Vacation Bible School & Earn 15-20 service hours for the year by volunteering for that week.
c. Volunteer at the Parish Bazaar the first Saturday every November.
d. Serve as a volunteer for parish parties, such as the All Saints & St. Nicholas Parties.
e. Sing with the church choir. Are you in choir or band at school? You can earn your community service hours using your talents as a volunteer for our parish music ministry. Be a cantor, sing with the choir, play your instrument at one of our masses with or without the choir. Contact our music director, Joe Malafarina: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to volunteer.
f. Participate in Living Stations during the months before Easter. Earn ALL your service hours for the year! Contact the coordinator, Mrs. Sue Clement, for more information: email@example.com
g. Volunteer with the Knights of Columbus at Penn State Home Football Game Concession Stands. Monies earned fund K of C projects which benefit our parish. If you are interested and available please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Here are some things to consider when thinking about volunteering:
Students must be at least 16 years of age.
Parents are welcome to volunteer.
Transportation costs (such as the Game Day Shuttle) will be reimbursed.
Students will receive no less than six (6) Service Hours! Yeah!
2 Sep 7:30pm
9 Sep 12:00pm
23 Sep 7:30pm
14 Oct 3:30pm
28 Oct TBD
11 Nov 12:00pm
18 Nov TBD
9th & 10th grade contact; Anne Bord: email@example.com
Q: Why are there all these requirements for my child to be Confirmed?
A: The idea is to get your child involved in parish ministry and life of the church. If they do this when they are young, and it becomes part of their life, they are more likely to continue to serve their parish and our church, wherever they live in the future. Our kids are the future of our church. They need to serve the church as the church will need to minister to them. A relationship takes work from both groups; the church and its people. Our goal is to prepare Confirmation Track students to be an active parishioners the rest of their lives. We want them to feel welcome and see the spiritual and social benefits of being involved in parish ministry. Self-giving is an important lesson that needs to be taught early. Confirmation is not graduation from the Catholic Church. It should be the beginning of life as an adult within our church!