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 Fall 2020 Plan

Update (8/25/20): Click on the button below to view our full COVID-19 Safety Plan.

(Updated 8/11/20)

I hope you all are finding ways to enjoy your summer so far, especially as September is somehow on the horizon! After meeting with our catechists, High School Religious Education will plan to meet in-person, beginning on September 13. Classes will be every other Sunday from 1:15-3:00 PM (note the slight time change). For those who do not feel comfortable meeting in-person, our catechists will have a homeschool plan in place. This plan is updated as guidelines are adjusted. Updates that require your participation will be posted in the church bulletin, this website, and through emails.

Below are some of the current plans and measures for the fall based on current recommendations:

· We will be following the SCASD Health and Safety plan for how to safely conduct in-person meetings. This includes the wearing of masks during our meeting time and maintaining a distance of 6 feet apart while in the building.

· Hand sanitizer will be available. We also will be able to use the church’s non-toxic but very powerful Halosil hydrogen peroxide machine, which will aid in disinfecting the space we use.

· Students with a temperature of at least 100.4 should not report to religious ed that day.

· A virtual option will be made available for those who wish to homeschool. It will look slightly different for each grade, but will involve some form of online video materials, workbooks, and varying assignments or reflections to be submitted to the catechists. If there is a textbook/workbook for your grade, we will schedule a pick-up date and location before classes begin for those who will use our program at home. In the event of another lock-down, or if the schools close again, everyone will move into our homeschool option.

If you have not registered your child for religious education please follow the registration link here: https://olvccdregister.paperform.co. If you registered them last year, you still need to re-register for this year. The option for “homeschool” is on the registration form. If you have already submitted your registration but would like to change your homeschooling status, you can email me that change!

Sincerely,

Rose Ousey
High School Director of Religious Education

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.