2020-21 End of year message from Bridget Rao, DRE
This year has almost finished - hopefully the last of our Confirmation 2 interviews will be completed in the next couple of weeks. Thank you to everyone for working with us in what has been a challenging time & thank you to all our catechists! Many of you have completed all your program requirements – well done!! However, some of you still need to catch up especially those who are planning to be confirmed in September. Since most of our work is posted online getting caught up is much easier than usual! I will be offering make up in person classes for Confirmation 2 students starting in June – watch out for the emails!! Confirmation 2 will also be having a “virtual retreat” in August prior to receiving the sacrament.
We are hoping for a return to our regular in-person classes & Masses next year. Registration emails have gone out – so remember those of you who will be moving up into Confirmation 2 - the earlier you register the more you save!!
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Stay safe and well.
Religious Ed 2021 Lenten Project
Children's Easter Baskets - Thank you to everyone who supported this project. Just a section of the 150+ Easter gift baskets!!
Confirmation Diaper Drive for Communities Together
Anthony Cerbone (in Confirmation 1) collected over 73 cases of diapers, pull-ups and underwear. Thank you to everyone - we've collected over 4178 diapers/pull-ups & 260 undies!!
Click on the "Playlist" tab at right to see video selection.
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.
Confirmation Service Project
Jared Comosa, Matthew Dlusniewski & Cole Kelosoglu with Jim Hauer from the Knights of Columbus working to tidy up our Parish Prayer Garden
Service allows the students to follow Jesus’ example who came “to serve not to be served” and 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 those offered through the Church, please check with us to make sure that they will “count” as service.
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 hours, submit this information in an email to Bridget Rao.
Confirmation Service Projects
Despite the challenges of this past year, we have been able to find service projects for our Confirmation students who 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
Distribution of palms at Palm Sunday Masses
Lenten diaper and underwear drive - Communities Together
Ongoing & Current Projects:
- Water Bottle Drive: Lazarus House has expressed the dire need for cases of water.
Service Hours credited: 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 Center in 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.
PLEASE KEEP A RECORD OF YOUR OWN SERVICE HOURS AND SUBMIT VIA EMAIL WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED 15 HOURS.