Teen Confirmation

(For our Adult Confirmation Program (or RCIA) click here)
(See our Youth Ministry Page for other upcoming high school activities: 4C Nights, Teen Bible Study, Field Trips, etc.)

Announcements 

 

  • Interested in Volunteering with Youth?

    • Join the Confirmation or Youth Ministry Teams!  All adults who enjoy talking with and working with teens are invited to explore options for helping with Confirmation or Youth Ministry next year.  To find out more information, email or call: Diane Cwik diane@bede.org 818-949-4324 or Jessica Gerhardt jessica@bede.org 818-949-4325.

 


Confirmation Registration - 2017/2018
 

If you are interested in registering your teen for Year 1 or Year 2 of Confirmation for the 2017/2018 year, please see our online registration form below, then scroll down to download the forms packet, and you can submit payment online or submit a check. To learn more about our Confirmation program, see the next section below.

To register for Teen Confirmation, you must have already received the Sacraments of Baptism and First Communion. If you have not received both of those Sacraments, or you are going to be a high school senior and you are interested in completing Confirmation in one year, please contact our RCIA Coordinators: Michelle Chandler at michelle_chandler@me.com or Fr. Peter Devereux at pdevereux@legionaries.org.


About Our Confirmation Program

At St. Bede's we offer a 2-year program for high school teens who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Our program is designed to help teens grow in their own Catholic faith identity, deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, connect with their peers in spiritual community, develop a sense of connectedness with their brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ and ready their hearts to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

  • Calendar for 2017-2018

    • Coming soon!

  • Program Components

    • Classes 

      • Classes meet about once a month on Sundays from 3:45pm-6:30pm (that includes the 5:30pm Teen Mass) and are facilitated by adult catechists and peer leaders.​​​​​​
      • For more on our class schedules for Year 1 and Year 2, check back soon for the 2017/2018 calendar.
    • Youth Ministry

      • Teens in Confirmation are asked to attend at least 3 Youth Ministry events per year
      • For more on Youth Ministry, go to our Youth Ministry page
    • Retreats

      • Year 1 - one-day retreat
      • Year 2 - weekend retreat 
    • Service

      • We ask teens to do 2 service projects per year (each about 2-6 hours, total amounting to about 10 hours.)
        • 1 project in Social Action/Charitable Works (eg: OneLifeLA Walk, serving at a soup kitchen)
        • 1 project in Parish Involvement (eg: helping with the Parish Birthday, decorating for Christmas)
    • Liturgy Ministry

      • Teens in Confirmation are asked to be lectors, ushers/greeters, or altar servers for the 5:30pm Sunday Teen Mass.
    • Parish Speaker Event

      • Attend one Parish Speaker event throughout the year.
    • Saint Project (Year 1 only)

      • Each candidate for Confirmation will select a Saint to journey with them through their lives and will submit a creative Saint Project reflecting what they learned about the Saint, and why they chose them. 
         
  • Parent Track Sessions

    • All High School Parents and Sponsors are welcome to join us for any session!
    • Fr. Peter Devereux, LC, and Michelle Chandler lead 6 Parent Track Sessions each year.  Since parents are the primary catechists of their teens, we invite you to these sessions to strengthen your faith, polish your parenting tools, and connect with other parents at the same stage of parenting.  Parent Track Sessions happen concurrently with Confirmation classes on Sunday afternoons. 
    • Check back here soon for next year's calendar of Parent Track Sessions.
    • Last year's sessions covered the following topics:
      • The Hard Questions
      • Parenting Teens
      • Scripture (Tools for parenting)
      • Introduction and Prayer (Tools for parenting)

Teen Leads
 

  • Applications

  • Training Opporutnities

    • Teen Lead Retreat - Fri-Sun, August 25-27, 2017
    • SAW - Signed Anointed to Witness - SAW is a 5-day/4-night Leadership Retreat for Confirmed Youth Leaders.  There are two Locations:
      • Santa Barbara - July 17-21 
      • Rosemead - July 30-August 3
      • Contact Diane now to get an application.  Applications are being processed now.
    • CLI - Christian Leadership Institute - (Only five teens per parish are invited to attend this dynamic week long Leadership program).  Christian Leadership Institute (CLI) is a 5-day/4-night training program that empowers young people to become leaders by preparing them to serve on their parish or campus ministry leadership teams.
      • Montebello - July 24 - July 29
      • Contact Diane if you plan to be a Teen Lead next year and would like to be invited to CLI - the retreat fills up quickly, so get an application now.

About the Sacrament of Confirmation


What is Confirmation?

Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic faith, along with Baptism and the Eucharist. The Sacrament of Confirmation seals a Christian with the Holy Spirit that they may be strengthened to live out their faith fruitfully and boldy!

Our need for Confirmation as a sacrament to seal our Baptism is rooted in the traditions of the early Church and is also rooted in Scripture. In the Book of Acts we read:

14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Many teens are at a significant point in their faith journey as they enter high school and are establishing their personal Christian identity.  The Catholic Church invites these young people to enter into a two-year preparation process (usually beginning in 9th grade), where they can grow as faithful Catholics and discover their unique place and role in the Body of Christ.


Interested in Volunteering with Youth?

Join the Confirmation or Youth Ministry Teams!  All adults who enjoy talking with and working with teens are invited to explore options for helping with Confirmation or Youth Ministry next year.  To find out more information, email or call: Diane Cwik diane@bede.org 818-949-4324 or Jessica Gerhardt jessica@bede.org 818-949-4325.

 


If you have questions regarding St. Bede Confirmation, 
please contact Diane Cwik diane@bede.org or (818) 949-4324.  

 

 
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