All students from public schools are offered religious education to provide catechetical and formational experiences, enabling growth in personal faith, religious knowledge and parish involvement. Beginning in September through April, each grade level meets according to the specific format that will accomplish its curriculum. (See calendars for CF program here.) Youth who wish to participate in parish-sponsored extra-curricular activities (including sports) must maintain regular attendance and a passing grade in Christian Formation classes throughout the year.
Youth Confirmation (Grade 11-12)
Students preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation experience a special emphasis on the commitment to faith required for their final sacrament of Initiation. They focus heavily on the Catholic Christian lifestyle, which includes personal prayer, regular participation in the Eucharist, service as a way of following Jesus, and living a life morally consistent with the Gospel and church teachings. A weekend retreat or its equivalent is required. Students must participate in Christian Formation sessions in their freshman and sophomore years. Those who go to Catholic high school do not need to attend until junior year. The students meet two to three times per month beginning in September. The Confirmation program also relies heavily on the involvement of Confirmation sponsors. (See CF handbook for calendar of events/activities.)