Upcoming Service Opportunities for 7th and 8th Level Students:
- Saturday, August 12th: Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event (sign up sheet is posted on Bulletin Board outside of the church)
- Wednesday, August 16th: Serve lunch at Salvation Army, 9:00 am-12:00 pm (meet at SJB at 8:45)
- Ongoing: St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen, Wilkes-Barre (Contact 570-829-7796)
- Tuesday evenings: Children's Closet at Queen of Heaven Parish, 5:30-7:00 pm (contact 570-454-7574 for more information)
Click here for Service Hours Log
Click here for Confirmation questions
Prayerful Congratulations to our recently Confirmed students! We look forward to contuing to see all of the ways that you use the gifts you have been given!
We are continuing to use an exciting new program for Confirmation preparation this year, which has been developed by Dynamic Catholic. It is the hope of Dynamic Catholic that this program "will not only prepare young Catholics for the Sacrament of Confirmation in a dynamic way, but also teach and inspire them to respond and cooperate with God's grace in all the circumstances of their daily lives, long after their Confirmation has passed." For more information about this exciting program, please click on the link below.
To our Confirmation students and families,
It has been blessing to us to have been with you throughout this past year as you prepared to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. We feel that we got to know each of you and the amazing gifts that God has given you through your active participation in service projects, class, mass, and retreat. We look forward to seeing your continued growth through high school, and the many ways that you will continue to use those gifts! Thank you for the generous gifts and beautiful cards that you all took the time to sign. May God continue to bless you in all that you do!
Carla and Kayla
Parents and sponsors: you are also invited to sign up for email updates and resources as your candidate progresses through the program! Please click the link below . . . .
"And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you." John 14:16-17
Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church, and the third of three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation.
In Confirmation, we celebrate the grace-giving presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Through Confirmation, Jesus continually extends an invitation to us to join in a closer relationship with Him and with our faith community. Confirmation joins us more perfectly with Christ and sustains us with His grace so that we may bear witness to Him as His disciples.
Typically, we receive Confirmation in the eighth grade, around age twelve. The sacrament calls us to greater spiritual maturity at an age when we are beginning to enter a new, more adult stage of life. But growth toward Christian maturity is a life-long journey and the Holy Spirit travels with us, strengthening us as we go. When we are confirmed, we become more strictly obliged to make right choices in order to live out our baptismal call as disciples of Christ.
Confirmation does not make us perfect Christians nor does the completion of the candidate's preparation for this sacrament complete the formation necessary for continued growth as a maturing Christian. The faith formation we experience when we are young is simply preparation for the ongoing faith formation we need as an adult in order to answer God's call to live as effective Christian witnesses in the world.
Preparation for Confirmation is a multi-year process and is administered by our Faith Formation team. Students must satisfactorily complete Levels three through eight before receiving the sacrament. Candidates for Confirmation are expected to perform community and church service and are required to meet Spiritual Formation Requirements.
For more complete details, please contact Carla Bednar, Director of Faith Formation.