Per Diocesan rule, Confirmation preparation cannot begin until a young person is in high school (9th grade) and must be a two-year program so that Confirmation is received no earlier than 10th grade. At St. Andrew, our two-part program begins in November of one school year and continues until the end of October the next (thus, the program lasts about one calendar year). The gatherings take place on Sundays, 3pm, usually twice a month.
We have a Fall Confirmation here at St. Andrew Church. For a few years we've requested and received the last Monday in October as our Confirmation date. Each year we request dates from the bishop in the fall and receive our official date for the following year in either late December or early January. Thus, around new year's time we will know our official Confirmation date for the next fall.
Registration for Confirmation takes place separately from Family Faith Formation (the program for families with elementary and middle school aged children).
Registration for new candidates (those who have not already been in Confirmation preparation) will take place in October for the new group that begins preparation in November.
We have an online registration process that will be made available in October when registration opens.
If you have younger children and register for Family Faith Formation, there is a place in that registration to tell us that you have a new Confirmation candidate. If you check that box, we will put you on a list to be notified when Confirmation registration opens. If you aren't in Family Faith Formation but would like to be on that notification list, simply contact the Faith Formation Office at 239.574.2411 or email [email protected].
We use a "flipped classroom" model for Confirmation preparation. While in the traditional classroom, a teacher would present materials and then send the students off on their own to work on the material (exercises, homework, essay writing, etc.), a flipped classroom allows technology to present the material to students on their own time and then uses the gathered time in the classroom to work with the material already consumed. Thus, our Confirmation gatherings presume that the candidates have already received the material for the lesson and will use the time together to discuss, apply, and play with the ideas already presented to them.
Part One (Nov - June): Decision Point
Dynamic Catholic, the company of author Matthew Kelly, provides our Part One curriculum, Decision Point, which is video-based. Thus, per our flipped classroom (see Introduction above), the candidates watch the videos for a lesson before the gathering for that lesson so that we need not present material but can rather discuss ways the content applies to their life, might influence their choices, and shape their future.
All the videos are available through the Decision Point app (available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets) or by visiting the Decision Point website at www.dynamiccatholic.com/confirmation/program-view.
Part Two (July - Oct): Called to Mercy
St. Mary's Press provides the curriculum for Part Two: Called To Mercy, which is an interactive online curriculum. After successful completion of Part One, all candidates and their parents are invited to a July orientation/registration at which they receive the access code to the online curriculum. Click here for a preview of this innovative program.
For more information email Jerry Harrington ([email protected]) or call the Faith Formation Office at 239.574.2411.