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.

9th and 10th Grade Confirmation Program

For questions or more information please contact:

Jim Hoy

jhoy@ourladyofvictory.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 and 10th Grade Confirmation Program

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The 9th grade will meet as one group with a team of four catechists weekly in addition to the Confirmation program requirements below. St. Joseph's Catholic Academy and homeschooled students must complete only the Confirmation program components below.

The 9th Grade Confirmation program includes the following components:

* 15 hours of individual service with written reflection paper and verification form linked here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/107Jx2FqfITfniYz3NHW1BNqYm3eFFHxm/view?usp=sharing))

  • Fall Catechetical Session (October 10, 2021):

    1. 5:00pm Mass (9th and 10 grade families) and Rite of Blessing

    2. Parent/youth meeting

    3. Confirmation lesson

  • Winter Retreat (January 23, 2022)

    1. 5:00pm Mass (9th and 10th grade families and sponsors, if available)

    2. Youth gathering

    3. Confirmation lesson

  • Spring Session (March 20, 2022)

    1. 5:00pm Mass (9th and 10th grade families and sponsors, if available)

    2. Youth gathering

    3. Confirmation lesson


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:


  • Winter Retreat (January 23, 2022)

    1. 5:00pm Mass (9th and 10th grade families and sponsors, if available)

    2. Youth gathering

    3. Confirmation lesson

  • Spring Session (March 20, 2022)

    1. 5:00pm Mass (9th and 10th grade families and sponsors, if available)

    2. Youth gathering

    3. Confirmation lesson


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.