IGNITE Workshop I – June 24-25

Hello 10th Grade Candidates and Welcome Back!

Our June IGNITE Workshop for 10th Grade candidates takes place this weekend! The IGNITE Workshop is designed to prepare candidates for life beyond Confirmation. You will explore your faith as you make it your own. You will discover how the Holy Spirit is part of your life. You will discern your gifts and talents and learn how to use them to build God’s Kingdom. Here are a few tips for getting the most out of your session:

  • Please arrive  a few minutes early for check-in starting at 11:45 am in McNamee Hall.
  • Please dress modestly. On Sunday, we will be attending the 5:00 pm Mass following our session.
  • Bring a sweater or sweatshirt—McNamee Hall can be chilly.
  • Come with an open attitude and a willingness to be guided by the Holy Spirit.
  • Bring your Bible if you like (optional).

All other materials, including snacks, will be provided. We are looking forward to a fun and meaningful weekend with you. See you this afternoon!

The Confirmation Team

P.S. If you have not yet registered for an IGNITE Workshop, please complete the 10th Grade Confirmation Registration Form to sign up for the next session in July.

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Reminder: Session 4-Discipleshi

Hello 2017 Confirmation Families,

Reminder: This Sunday, Feb. 12 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. is our 4th and final Catholic Foundation Session for Confirmation – Dare to be a Disciple! We will gather in McNamee Hall and check-in begins at 1:45 p.m. We can use cupcake donations for this Sunday. If you are able to send in a dozen cupcakes please let me know by completing this cupcakes sign-up genius. Thank you in advance for your donations!

I hope you have a wonderful Holy Spirit-filled week and we’ll see you on Sunday!


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9th: Candidate Question- What do the 4 weeks of Advent mean?

We asked the Candidates to share with us a question they have about our faith. We have received a great number of them too! We will include some of them in the coming sessions  in 2017, but there are so many and I want to address some of them on the Blog.

So, our first question that I want to address on the blog fit the liturgical season we are in: What do the 4 weeks of Advent mean?

Here is a quick list of the themes with one way to explain the weeks of Advent, but you might be able to come up with a different meaning of that word and meaning in your life.

  • The 1st Sunday of Advent symbolizes Hope with the “Prophet’s Candle” reminding us that Jesus is coming.
  • The 2nd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Faith with the “Bethlehem Candle” reminding us of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.
  • The 3rd Sunday of Advent symbolizes Joy with the “Shepherd’s Candle” reminding us of the Joy the world experienced at the coming birth of Jesus.
  • The 4th Sunday of Advent symbolizes Peace with the “Angel’s Candle” reminding us of the message of the angels: “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.”

I also want to share with you a video that helped explain to me the spirituality of this season for me by Bishop Robert Barron from Word on Fire.


Blessings to you in this season of waiting and preparation! May Christ’s presence be experienced anew in the coming Christmas season!

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9th summary: Foundation Session 2 – Worship and Sacraments

Dear parents,

Sunday’s session focused on the  7 Sacraments of the Cathoic Church. We briefly talked about these Sacraments being “so big” in the Catholic Church becasue we see them as building blocks of our experiences of Christ’s love and the Salvation he has for us. From there we didn’t just “review” them but challenged the teens to go deeper with why do we use the items we use in the ritual of these Sacraments.

Some questions to continue to the conversation at home:

  • What is your favorite Sacrament and why?
  • Why is Baptism the central Sacrament to the Christian/Catholic Faith?
  • What is your response to someone when they ask you if you are saved?

Here are some of the videos used during the session and our closing reflection:


Why Observe the Sacraments?


Sacraments 101: Baptism

Pope Francis: The Sacraments will make you strong!

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9th Summary: Foundation Session 1 – Prayer

Hello parents and 2017 Candidates,

We had a wonderful first session as we discussed prayer and exprienced a few stations of prayer during the day. Your teens were very respectful and open to the activities and discussions of the day – Thank you!

During the session we briefly explored how we use prayer… do we communicated with Jesus to be our “magician” or are we in a relationship, seeking God’s will?

In a few roations we also explored:

  1. Forms of Prayer – Adoration, Confessions, Thanksgiving, Supplication (the needs of others and ourselves) and practiced a little free form prayer where we prayed outloud with a partner using the forms of prayer to guide us. Yes, it is a little uncomfortable to pray with someone else, but still something to good to include in the ways we pray.
  2. Praying with Scripture – Using the ancienct form of Lectio Divina (Read, Reflect, Respond and Rest) the teens prayed with the gospel that fell on thier 2016 birthday.
    1. You can look up your birthday Gospel too using the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops webiste, usccb.org. The calendar in the right corner links to the readings for each day of the year – YES, the church has that and wants us to read scripture!
  3. Models of prayer – Scripture gives us many models of communicating wtih God, from Abram (Abraham), Moses, David, Jesus, and the disciples. We looked at a few models of prayer and at God’s invitation, how he invites these people to greatness and how they grew in receptivity of God’s will for their lives. We can look for these same things in our communication with God.

Family Questions Discussion Starters: (these are for both the candidate, parent and other family members to discuss)

  • What is your favorite prayer or type of prayer?
  • On a scale of 1-10, where is your relationship with Jesus? Why do you think that?
  • How often do you communicate with your savior? Is that enough or do you want to include more time in prayer with Jesus?

Here were a few videos from the session that might also be fun to help you engage your teen/family in a faith converstaion.

Who do you say that I am?

We can often communicate with God like he is our magician, but is that really how we schould communicate with him? Are we seeking our will or God’s will?

Mark Wahlber on Faith, Family, Hard Work and What We Prays for. – We only showed a short part of this clip (about the last 40 seconds), but I am sharing with you to provide positive examples of the importance of our Catholic faith.


We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! See everyone on Sunday, Dec. 4 for the next Catholic Foundation Session!

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9th – Reminder: Foundation Session Sunday

f1-how-we-prayHello Teen Candidates and Parent(s),

The Confirmation Foundation Sessions that begin this Sunday, November 13 from 2:00-4:30! Check-in will open in McNamee Hall at 1:45. Teens will tell their name to the Hospitality team at check-in, find their nametag (listed alphabetically by last name), and they will be given their small group number and color. They will then be asked to have a seat with their small group for the afternoon as there are a few things we will have the candidates do to get us started and will help facilitate future sessions, too.  Attendance is required as the Candidate prepares for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the fall of 2017.  This is a candidate only event, but adult help is still needed! The Confirmation Team has been preparing for you for a couple of weeks; and we are looking forward to spending time with you in a faith discussion, activities and prayer.

What does the teen candidate need?

  • Open attitude
  • Dress modestly
  • Jacket/sweatshirt – McNamee Hall will most likely be chilly
  • Bible (optional)

Parent help is needed in a couple of ways.

  1. We do still need about 5 Adult Confirmation Team members to help facilitate this and future sessions. So if you love your teen and your Catholic faith, we could use your help!
  2. We will be serving a light snack during the afternoon, and I could use some help from a few parents to provide some cookies to compliment the snack. If you are able to contribute cookies (store bought or homemade), please sign up here.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me, Kendra Lockhart, contact info is below.

I am looking forward to growing with your family in this season of Sacrament preparation!

Kendra Lockhart
SPC Confirmation Coordinator

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10th: Confirmation Final Preparations

holy-spirit-window-squareWe are in the final count down to the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for 190 candidates! I wanted to post a few things that you might use to make your final preparations for the day.

  • Readings for the Mass
  • Bishop’s Symbols  – last year I had a parent ask me about all the movement of the Bishop’s symbols putting the meiter on, taking if off, removing the zucchettos (beanie) briefly during the Eucharistic prayer. Here is some information about the bishop’s symbols.
  • Review the meaning of the Rite of Confirmation and prepare for the Sacrament wtih a video from Dynamic Catholic.
  • DynamicCatholicRiteofConfirmationMatthewKelly
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10th+: Rehearsal Reminder

confirmation-rehearsalsDear Candidates and Parents,

Reminder: Confirmation rehearsals are coming! Please plan to attend one, regardless of the Confirmation Mass you are attending. RSVP is not needed.

Rehearsal Options (attend one):

  • Sunday, October 23 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Check-in opens at 1:45 p.m. in the Narthex (THIS SUNDAY!)
  • Friday, October 28 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. – Check-in opens at 6:45 p.m. in the Narthex

Sponsors should attend. If the sponsor cannot attend then a parent should attend with the intention of walking the sponsor through the liturgy and Confirmation Rite before next Saturday. Parents are welcome to attend even if the sponsor is attending if they wish.

I am also including the Material Review for Confirmation, so the candidates can continue to prepare for these questions for the Bishop.

Also attached are Common Questions as the candidate prepares, including what to wear for Confirmation, as there have been a few questions.

Contact Kendra Lockhart if you have any additional questions.

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10th+: Confirmation Liturgy FAQ’s

Dear 2016 parents,

be-sealed-imageIt was great to see so many of you at the Prayer Breakfast earlier this month. It is a blessing to pray with you for your teens and families.

Here is a quick summary of the meeting for those that missed it or are no longer able to find the handouts from the morning. 😉

The Mass Request link has been sent if you are complete with the parish preparation (paperwork and formation), and your Mass will be verified today, Friday, September 23rd.

Rehearsals are Sunday,  October 23rd from 2:00-3:30 p.m. OR Friday, October 28th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Attend the rehearsal time that best suits your schedule. Participation in one rehearsal is required so that Candidate and sponsor know what to expect in the Confirmation Liturgy. If the sponsor is not able to attend, a parent should attend in their place and fill in the Sponsor with the details. The Confirmation gowns will be distributed at the close of the rehearsal.

At the conclusion of the rehearsal, the Candidates will receive the white gowns they are to wear for Confirmation. These white gowns remind us all of the close connection of the Sacrament of Confirmation to the Sacrament of Baptism.

The Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation Masses,  are on Saturday, October 29th at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Candidates and Sponsors are to arrive one hour prior to the start of Mass time, and each Mass will be approximately 2 hours in length.

  • In addition to the Confirmation Gown the candidates should wear…
    • Ladies: Sunday best, light colors look best under the white Confirmation Gown. No strapless or spaghetti straps without a shrug/jacket/sweater.
    • Gentlemen: Dress pants, shirt with a collar, a tie looks very nice with the White Confirmation Gown. No jackets under the gown.
    • No tennis shoes or flip-flops.
  • The Candidates and sponsors should be prepared for the questions of the Bishop. Check out this Material Review Sheet to prepare/review.
  • Also check out the Renewal of Baptismal Promises the candidates will answer.
  • If you have a family member that needs the handicap seating, please let me know and we will be sure to reserve a seat for you.
  • Photos of the Candidates will be taken during the Confirmation Rite. You will be able to purchase these pictures via a photo envelope that will be available at the rehearsal and on the Confirmation day. No other photographic equipment will be allowed during the Confirmation Liturgy per the Bishop’s request.
  • Following the Mass, there will be a cake and cookie reception in McNamee Hall for the Confirmandi and families. Confirmandi are to return their Confirmation gowns to the indicated tables in the reception hall, and they will receive their Confirmation certificate.
  • Here is a Frequently Asked Questions handout for some of the common questions.

Candidate Final Preparations

We enter the final preparations there are several ways the candidates and families can continue to form an enriched heart.

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation:  It is important that we all enter into new sacraments in a state of grace.  The Candidate is encouraged to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation any time between now and October 29th. Reconciliation is typically offered at St. Peter Chanel
    • Wednesday: 7:15-8 a.m.
    • Saturday: 9-10 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.
  •  Sponsor Relationship:  Living near or far, it is important to nurture this very special relationship. The Candidate/Sponsor might attend Mass together or celebrate Reconciliation together, attend Adoration, enjoy an activity, go to lunch, etc.  What is important is that time is provided to strengthen this relationship.  If the Sponsor lives out of town, phone calls, online communication or text messages will help them become closer and make the celebration of the sacrament even more meaningful.
  • An Enriched Heart:  This is a very important, yet busy time in a young person’s life.  Occasional quiet time to reflect through readings, music, adoration and prayer will enrich their faith and heart for this next step in their faith journey.
  • Review, Review, Review! Know this information from the Material Review Sheet.
  • Confirmation Blog. I will post weekly information or video to help the Candidates, sponsors and parents prepare for the celebration of the Sacrament.

Please know that the Confirmation team and I are praying for all of our candidates and their families.

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Have a Spirit-filled week!

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10th grade Ingite – Day 2

HolySpiritRosewindowWhat a weekend! Parents – Thank you for sharing your teens with us! Teens – Thank you for taking time to grow in community and understanding of the Holy Spirit. We pray you continue to seek Christ in your daily walk.

The teens explored the Rite of Confiramtion and the teens presented on the the different elements and symbols of the Rite. Costumes do help the presentation – see some of the pictures below.  Together, we explored the church so we could gain more meaning when we enter Mass. We also saw some behind the scenes spaces of the church. If you or the teens want to get a better understanding of the Mass I strongly encourage you to read The Mass: Four Encounters with Jesus. It was the basis for the Church Tour presentations, but we were not able to cover everything.

Here are a few moments form Sunday.


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