Confirmation of Teens

Are you an adult looking to receive Confirmation?


Confirmation of Teens:
Confirmation of Teens is offered for those young adults, grades 8 through high school, wishing to complete their Initiation into the Catholic Church. The two-year preparation process usually begins in grade 7, and is completed at the end of the eighth grade year. The sacrament is traditionally celebrated during the Easter Season. These parishioners (from Sts. Joseph and John School, St. Joseph PSR, and other area parochial schools) take part in a 2-year, parish-based preparation process for the reception of this sacrament. Contact the Faith Formation Office for more information.

Confirmation Preparation 2018

If you have a child who would like to prepare to be confirmed in the spring of 2018, please fill out and return the Confirmation Sacramental Intent form here by August 1, 2017.

Please check your email regularly!! Email will be our primary means of communicating with our Confirmation group!!

Confirmation Update 1-18-2018

Please note that the Sacramental Forum will be on Monday, October 2, 2017 at 7:00pm in the church. New this year: this meeting is for parents, the Confirmation candidate/confirmandi, and the Confirmation sponsor.

Important dates for our Confirmation preparation program:
Monday, October 2, 2017 - Sacramental Forum, 7:00-8:00pm in the church. Parents, Confirmandi and sponsors must attend this event.
Wednesday, November 8 OR Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - Sacramental Parent Retreat, 7:00-8:15pm in the HFC. Choose one of the two dates to attend. Only parents need to attend this event.
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - Faith Night with By Teens, For Teens, 6:00-7:30pm in the HFC. Confirmandi only need to attend this event.
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - Faith Night with By Teens, For Teens, 6:00-7:30-pm in the HFC. The Exploring Confirmation Names & Saints form is due. Confirmandi only need to attend this event.
Sunday, January 7, 2018 - Faith Night with By Teens, For Teens, 6:00-7:30pm in the HFC. Letters of Hope are due. Confirmandi only need to attend this event.
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Confirmation Retreat, 11:00am-5:30pm, meet in the HFC. Lunch will be provided. The Final Confirmation Name form is due. Confirmandi only need to attend this event, but parents and sponsors are asked to meet students and attend the 4:30 Mass with them.
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - Faith Night with By Teens, For Teens, 6:00-8:00pm in the HFC. Confirmandi only need to attend this event. 
Friday, March 9-Sunday, March 11, 2018 - Plan to attend an hour of more at the continuous Eucharistic Adoration, with your parent or sponsor, in the church. Follow this link to select a time.
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Practice for Confirmation, 6:00pm in the church. Confirmandi and sponsors must attend.
Monday, May 14, 2018 - Confirmation Mass at 7:00pm in the church. Confirmandi and sponsors must be seated in the church by 6:30pm.

Confirmation Paperwork (updated 1-18-2018)
If you have misplaced the papers you were given at the Sacramental Forum, copies can be downloaded below.
     Confirmation Sponsor Form (tells me who has agreed to be your Confirmation Sponsor)
     Confirmation Name Form (tells me what you have finally decided on for your Confirmation name. This is different from the pink paper you handed in in December)
     Instructions for Letters of Hope (the information for the letters is the same for letters from parents and for letters from sponsors)
     If you are uncertain what you should be doing during Eucharistic Adoration or 40 Hours Devotion, here are a few suggestions: 48 Things to do at Adoration.

Confirmation 2018 Service Component:
Service to God and one another are essential to being Catholic christians. Information on Catholic Social Teaching is available here. Students preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Joseph Church are asked to participate in at least 3 service experiences, to reflect thoughtfully on those experiences, to put those reflections into writing and to turn them in to the Faith Formation Office. Please read the Confirmation Service Experiences Overview available here. Once you have completed your service experience, prepare answers to the questions here. If you have questions about the service component of our preparation, contact Linda Zvoncheck in the Faith Formation Office.

Service Opportunities (Updated 2-15-2018)

Lenten Preschool - Our parish will be offering a preschool program during the 10:00am Mass each Sunday during Lent. Our Advent Preschool Program went very nicely, so we anticipate the Lenten program will be a hit as well. Follow this link if you can help with Preschool from 9:45 until 11:15am any of the Sundays of Lent.

Lenten Dinners - Our parish will be hosting Lenten Dinners, once in February and once in March. Follow this link to sign up to help with set-up, busing, clean-up and possibly serving. 

Jesus Morning
- Here is the link to sign up to help at Jesus Morning. We need teens to help as Crew Leaders (take a group of about 8 children from one activity station to another) and to help at various activity stations. Jesus Morning is on Saturday, March 3rd. Helpers will need to report to McGraw Hall in the SJJ school building at 8:30am. You will be able to leave at 12:30pm. In between, you will be either acting as a Crew Leader, taking a group of second graders from one activity station to the next, or as a helper at one of the activity stations. 

Ministry of Assistance St. Joseph's Day Food Collection - Teen volunteers are needed to help collect food and money before and after all Masses the weekend of March 17th and 18th. Additionally, help is needed for sorting, lifting an loading these donations at 1:00pm on Sunday. Follow this link to sign up to help. As always, the MOA greatly appreciates teen helpers!

Kemper House - Volunteer opportunities are available at Kemper House, a residential care facility dedicated to assisting individuals with Alzheimer's Disease. Most opportunities involve playing games and visiting with the residents. Weekday and weekend times are available. Contact Valerie Hurst at 440.846.1100 or Turn on JavaScript! for more information. Kemperhouse is located at 10890 Prospect Road in Strongsville. 

There will be many opportunities to serve during the coming year - but do not procrastinate!! Read the parish bulletin and check the parish website regularly to see what upcoming events need volunteer assistance. Read the newspaper to see what is happening in the greater communities of Strongsville and Cleveland. It is your responsibility to find the opportunities to fulfill the service requirement for Confirmation. Start this summer!!

If you are interested in getting to know other Catholic teens, check out the By Teens, For Teens Youth Ministry page. 


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