IMPORTANT 2020-2021 CONFIRMATION INFORMATION:
Due to the pandemic, we are postponing the start to our Confirmation program this year. Our curriculum is centered around small group relationship building, and unfortunately this isn't possible over zoom. Our sincere hope, depending on health and social distancing guidelines, is to have a condensed version of our program in the spring.
If you would like to be added to our contact list for teens and families who are interested, please email Rose and we will keep you up to date with our plans. raspholm [at] stjoan.com
Please know that we are praying for you during this difficult time, and miss you very much. We hope we can safely be together again soon. Please let us know if we can be supportive of you or your family in any way.
WHEN WE START AGAIN
We hold monthly sessions in the evening of the first Sunday of the month. In addition to monthly sessions, the 12 month preparation process includes two retreats, A Journey Home, service projects and sponsor/candidate gatherings which culminates with Confirmation at the Basilica of St. Mary or the St. Paul Cathedral. There is a $100 program fee, payable upon registration in mid-September. Scholarships are available.
A Journey Home: The Confirmation Class will be sleeping outside in boxes to raise awareness and funds for those experiencing struggles associated with homelessness. All funds raised will support the Care Committee, a program of the St. Joan of Arc Outreach Fund.
You have chosen the community of St. Joan of Arc to discern what it means to become confirmed. As part of your journey, we are asking you to engage in the community in a specific way. Choose 3 events/meetings/celebrations outside of Sunday mass or the youth ministry program to learn more about our church community. This could be attending speaker, a concert, a prayer group, a reconciliation service, a baptism, a rally for justice, a meeting on how to respond to the homeless, etc. The possibilities are almost endless! Please complete three engagement activities by the end of the Confirmation process.
Service is faith in action! During this year of Confirmation preparation, each candidate has the opportunity to reflect on their faith and discern their place within the church. What better way to think about faith than by putting it into actions that benefit the community?! Choose 3 different service opportunities throughout the year and reflect on them in light of what we talk about in our meetings. Why is a life of service important for people of faith? What type of community is God calling us to be a part of creating?
Examples of service include: Micah service, Feed My Starving Children, serving a meal at a shelter, helping a neighbor with their yard work, picking up trash in your neighborhood, making face masks and donating them to folks who need them, helping sort donations at a food shelf, summer service trip, going grocery shopping for an elderly neighbor, and many others. If you have questions about what may count as service, ask Rose or Brennan.