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 Confirmation Preparation 2020-21

Confirmation ​brings to completion the grace received through Baptism. By this sacrament the baptized are more perfectly bound to the church and are enriched by the strength of the Holy Spirit. This gift conforms believers more fully to Christ and strengthens them to bear witness to Christ for the building up of his body in faith and love.

The celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for our 2020-21 St. Barbara, Ascension and Sacred Heart Parish eighth grade class will be Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 7:00 PM in the church. Rehearsal will be the day prior, Monday, May 3 at 7:00 PM in the church. (These dates are subject to change as our diocese awaits the appointment of a new bishop).

How do we begin the preparation process for the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Glad you asked. If you have not received a letter and packet of information in the mail, please reach out to Joan Duncan in the Parish Office at 724-744-7474.

Are you a member of Youth Ministry? Are you attending Edge?
All teens in sixth through twelfth grade are highly encouraged to participate in Youth Ministry here at Ascension and Sacred Heart parishes. Edge is specifically designed for our middle school teens. Learn more by reaching out to Elisa Esasky, director of  youth and young adult ministry, with questions.

 Confirmation Preparation | Chosen

​Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation takes young people on a journey through the entire Catholic faith in all its richness and vitality. Teens will be captivated by the story, from Creation all the way through salvation history, and they will come to see how the sacraments, prayer, and discipleship are the keys to a happy life. The goal of Chosen s nothing short of winning over the hearts of teens and making them disciples of Christ.

Chosen’s carefully designed methodology features highly effective and engaging material conveyed through videos, student workbooks, and group experiences. Featuring 12 of the top youth experts in the Church today and filmed in more than 50 locations, Chosen is unlike any program your teen has experienced before.
October 25, 2020
Zoom Session

Lesson 4 | Segments 1-3
Lesson 6 | Segments 1-3

Lesson 4 has our teens and parents exploring "How do I know God is real?" Understanding Divine Revelation. Segment 1 allows us to explore Evidence for God; Segment 2 discusses Scripture and Tradition, and we close out Segment 3 with Our Response to God.

Lesson 6 can then be done at home, on your own time between now and November. Lesson 6 has teens and parents exploring "Why be Catholic?" Discovering the Church Jesus Founded. Segment 1 gives us insight into The One True Church; Segment 2 tackles Apostolic and Catholic; Segment 3 opens our eyes to The Church is Holy.

March 28, 2021 Session
Lesson 14 | Segments 1-3
Lesson 15 | Segments 1-3

Lesson 14 has our teens and parents exploring "Why have I been Chosen?" Sealed and Sent in Confirmation. Segment 1 opens our eyes to The Power of the Holy Spirit; Segment 2 talks about how The World Needs You; and finally in Segment 3 were hear What Happens at Confirmation?

Lesson 15 then helps us understand "Why do I have to go to Mass?" Encountering Jesus in the Eucharist. Segment 1 explores for us What Happens at Mass; Segment 2 reveals Walter's Story and Segment 3 gives us the opportunity to learn and grow in Preparing for Mass.

November 22, 2020 
Zoom Session
Lesson 9 | Segments 1-3
Lesson 10 | Segments 1-3

Lesson 9 will have our teens and parents exploring "When did my journey begin?" Baptism, Your Initiation into God's Family. Segment 1 explores that Actions Have Consequences; Segment 2, What is Baptism; and lastly, Segment 3 The Symbols of Baptism. 

Lesson 10 is then done at home, on your own between now and our next session in January. Lesson 10 is "Why tell my sins to a priest?" The Healing Power of Confession. Segment 1 has participants Hitting the Goal; in Segment 2 you explore What is Sin; and Segment 3 ends with The Power of Confession.

February 28, 2021 Session
Lesson 12 | Segments 1-3
Lesson 13 | Segments 1-3

Lesson 12 has our teens and parents exploring "Who is the Holy Spirit?" Meeting the Third Person of the Trinity. Segment one unveils the Symbols of the Holy Spirit; Segment 2 discusses Our Guide and Our Map; while Segment 3 concludes with The Holy Spirit is Your Life.

Lesson 13 is then done at home, on your own between now and the March session. Lesson 13 is "What does the Holy Spirit do for me?" Gifts for the Journey. Segments 1 and 2 help us uncover the Gifts of the Holy Spirit; and Segment 3 wraps up with The 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit. 

 Retreat Days

​This Confirmation Retreat Day is a requirement for our candidates who are to receive the sacrament of confirmation. This retreat is a full day and held on campus with special speakers, small group sessions, games, adoration, opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation, praise and worship and much more. Lunch will be provided. Additional details regarding the retreat will be sent as the event draws closer. 

​Saturday, January 16
​Time TBD 
​All Candidates

 Corporal Works of Mercy | Family Service Project

As part of the preparation for the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation, we are asking each family to incorporate the Works of Mercy into some service for the parish and community. Throughout the next few months, as a family, develop a way of showing how you can live out the Works of Mercy and serve our parish and community at large.

On Sunday, April 11, 2020, beginning with the 10:30 AM Mass, we will have a celebration of the work you and your family have done. At that celebration, we would like each family to bring with them a poster depicting how they fulfilled these service opportunities. Light refreshments will be served at this gathering.

The poster may be no larger than 3' x 4'. It can include photographs of your family performing the service project or hand drawn accounts of what was done. Please ensure your family name is visible on the front of the poster.

Past projects have included, but are not limited to, visits to the Ronald McDonald House, 5K runs/walks; chemo kits for hospital patients; and sponsored sports clinics.

We highly encourage you to select a service work that inspires you and revolves around your passions in life. The sky is the limit.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Joan Duncan, director of Faith Formation, in the St. Barbara Parish Office location at 724-744-7474 or email jduncan@dioceseofgreensburg.org.