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Welcome to the St. Augustine Confirmation Program! Our Confirmation preparation program runs for two years, grades 9 & 10, with the celebration of the Sacrament taking place in the early fall of junior year. All students, even those attending Catholic high school, who wish to receive the Sacrament must register and attend the program for both years.
Class, Prayer Experiences, Teen Masses and Service are the main components of the program and participation in all are expected. Additionally a retreat and student interview in the second year will complete the Confirmation preparation process. Confirmation is a sacrament of Christian initiation and is necessary for the completion and strengthening of baptismal grace.
Catechesis for the sacrament is centered on the meaning of the sacrament as is expressed in the Rite of Confirmation and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The curriculum will include:
- Following Christ in the community of the Church
- God present and active in our lives
- The gifts of the Holy Spirit
- The challenge of Confirmation
- Elements of liturgical catechesis
- The role of a sponsor
Faith and Spiritual Development
To aid the spiritual development of the students, prayer experiences are offered. These will help them to develop their personal spirituality and to deepen their relationship with God. Monthly Teen Masses allow our young people the ability to participate in the liturgical life of the parish.
Service allows the students to follow Jesus’ life “I have come to serve not to be served” and, as such, these experiences should be centered on the Corporal Works of Mercy.
Candidates are expected to complete 20 hours of service by August of each Confirmation year (15 hours for 2020-21). There will be opportunities within the parish for service and these will be emailed to you but finding appropriate service in the wider community is encouraged.
Often service opportunities are available through school but if you are planning to complete your own service hours, outside of the one’s offered through the church, please check that they will “count” as service first.
We provide service hours opportunity in the form of “assistant catechist” and "hall monitor" in the Religious Education program. This allows students who are in the Confirmation program to help in the classroom with an experienced catechist and to monitor compliance with our safety program.
We are also encouraging students to volunteer in the Hospitality Ministry, especially for Sunday Masses as church guides Please contact Bridget Rao for more information.
Please keep a record of all your service hours and once you have completed 15 submit this information in an email to Bridget Rao.
Confirmation Service Projects
This year it has been a challenge to find service projects for our Confirmation students but we have found them, and our students have responded most generously and enthusiastically!
Hike for Hope- Lazarus House
Food Drive sorting and loading- Lazarus House
We "whisk" you a Merry Christmas- Lazarus House & Homebound Parishioners of St. Augustine Parish
Christmas Scarves-Lazarus House
Valentine Gift Bags- Communities Together
Ongoing & Current Projects:
Water Bottle Drive: Lazarus House has expressed the dire need for cases of water.
Service Hours to do this: 2 hours of service for every 12 pack of bottled water you bring to Lazarus House.
Drop Off Locations: St. Martha's Food Pantry, 242 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA - Weekdays: 9am-2pm.
or The Good Shepherd Center, 412 Hampshire Street, Lawrence, MA - Mon-Sat: 10am-3pm
Prayer Shawls/Blankets: Katie LeBlanc and Tracie Krueger (a Confirmation parent who works at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Ctr.-Worcester). Katie needs prayer shawls and Tracie needs blankets for the children's surgery ward.
Service Hours to do this: 4 hours for every blanket/shawl you make.
Directions on how to make and drop off- click this link.
Lenten Diaper and Underwear Drive: During Lent, Communities Together has been collecting diapers, pull-ups and underwear in small sizes for children in Lawrence since 1998. The organization divides the annual collection between local social agencies that can distribute the items to families in need. Diapers are a major expense for families because they cannot purchase with food stamps.
Service Hours to do this: 3 hours of service for every 1 (32 count) pack of diapers and 1 pack of underwear.
Drop Off Location: St. Augustine Parish Center- February 17th-March 26th: Monday-Friday : 9am-2pm.
PLEASE KEEP A RECORD OF YOUR OWN SERVICE HOURS AND SUBMIT VIA EMAIL WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED 15 HOURS.