Confirmation Prep After the Holidays

Well, the first semester of Confirmation Preparation is over and the teens are getting ready to return from their long holiday break. What should youth ministers accomplish in the second semester to ensure all of the teens are ready to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation? Here are some guidelines to ensure that this semester is the best semester ever for the teens preparing for Confirmation.

Engage the teens through relational ministry to kick off the new semester

Remember, it has been a while, in some cases over a month, since the teens have gathered for Confirmation preparation classes. They have possibly not seen their friends in class since before the holidays. Give them time to be social at the first class and engage them concerning how their break was. Let them know how happy you are to see them. Have welcome back decorations in the room and provide a teen-friendly meal (pizza, sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc.) for them to kick off the night. Do not be afraid to solicit the assistance of your core team with food and decoration preparations. The more you dive in relationally with the teens during this welcome back night, the better the whole semester will be.

Have the second semester schedule ready before the welcome back night

It is very important that the teens receive the second semester Confirmation schedule before the welcome back night. This can be included in a welcome back letter to the teens and their parents from the youth minister and the Confirmation team. It is also a good idea to send this schedule to the sponsors or include in the letter for the parents to please forward the schedule to the teen’s sponsor. This will keep everybody aware of what is coming up during the Confirmation Preparation process.

Make sure important dates are highlighted on the schedule

Do not forget to emphasize the important dates that need to be included on the second semester schedule.

Important dates to include are

  1. All classes and the main topic for each class
  2. All parent/candidate meeting including date, time, and location
  3. All sponsor/candidate meetings including date, time, and location
  4. The dates and location of the Confirmation retreat including the time of departure and return from the retreat
  5. The available dates, times, and locations of Confirmation Interviews
  6. The Confirmation rehearsal date, time, and location
  7. The Confirmation Mass date and time including the location of the reception following the Confirmation Mass

As always, be intentional in providing consistent, timely information to the teens and their families. Also, always include your contact information on all notices and announcements in case they have any questions.

There is a lot that happens during the semester leading up to Confirmation. It is an exciting time for both the teens and their families.

Engaging the teens in relational ministry and keeping everyone informed of the schedule will go a long way.Click To Tweet This will make sure the teens will have the best semester ever as they head into the celebration of this important Sacrament of Initiation.

Melissa Hagen

Melissa Hagen holds a Master’s Degree in Theology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio. She has served in religious education and youth ministry for over ten years at both the middle school and high school levels.
A convert to Catholicism as a young adolescent from a Baptist and Methodist background, Ms. Hagen has always enjoyed passing on the riches of the Catholic faith with young people. She is currently very active preparing teens for the Sacrament of Confirmation as a member of her Church’s Confirmation Core Team. When she is not busy serving teens, she enjoys watching movies and spending time with her awesome family!

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