Sacrament of Confirmation
The Diocese of Venice requires a minimum of 2 continuous years of religious instruction before receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Sacramental preparation for Confirmation can beging as early as the summer of a teen's 9th grade year. Preparation includes Confirmation classes and weekly high school youth night. Information and links are included below.
Confirmation Registration for the 2023-2024 Academic Year
Confirmation registration is currently closed for the 2023-2024 cycle B Confirmation classes (August 13th-October 8th, 2023).
A mandatory parent and teen meeting will be held on Sunday, October 8th after the 11:00am Mass (12:10pm-1:30pm) in the Teen Room of the Blessed Mother Center for any parents and teens who missed registration for Cycle A (June 2023 classes) and Cycle B classes (August-October 2023 classes). Please note: This is the only meeting offered in the fall for Confirmation preparation. If you are not able to attend this meeting with your teen, Confirmation preparation will be delayed for at least a year. During the meeting, parents and teens will receive information about Confirmation, parents will have the opportunity to register their teens, and teens will have the opportunity receive class requirements that must be complete prior to starting classes June 3-June 8, 2024. This Confirmation option allows teens to complete their two years of prep and still be Confirmed in the Spring of 2025. Parents need to anticipate teens attending classes June 3-June 8, 2024 (Year 1 classes) and August-October 2024 (Year 2) session of classes. Please RSVP to Ashley ([email protected]) if you plan on attending this meeting with your teen.
Deadline to RSVP is Friday, September 29th, 2023
Please note: In order to register your teen for Confirmation preparation at St. William, families must be registered at the parish and regularly attend Sunday Mass at St. William. You will also need copies of your teen's Baptism and 1st Communion certificates if they did not receive the sacrament at St. William. Year 1 Confirmation fees are $60.00 which will be paid at the time of registration.
Confirmation Noteworthy Upcoming Dates
Sunday, August 13th, 2023 through October 8th, 2023: Confirmation Class Cycle B: Year 1 and Year 2 Classes: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Sunday, October 1st, 2023: HS Youth Council Meeting: 12:45pm-2:00pm (Blessed Mother Center)
Sunday, October 8th, 2023: Pre-Confirmation Parent Teen Meeting: 12:10pm-1:30pm (Blessed Mother Center)
Sunday, October 29, 2023: Youth Night Kick Off: Time: TBA
Youth Ministry Calendars:
Confirmation Classes Topics: Cycle A, Slight Alteration for Cycle B
Year 1 Class
- Class 1: Chapter 1 Why Am I Here?| Chapter 2: What makes me Happy? | Chapter 3: What's your Story God?
- Class 2: Chapter 3: What's your Story God? | Chapter 4: How do I know God is Real? | Chapter 5: Who is Jesus?
- Class 3: Chapter 5: Who is Jesus? | Chapter 6: Why Be Catholic?
- Class 4: Chapter 7: Where am I going? | Adoration during class
- Class 5: Chapter 8: The Power and Purpose of the Sacraments | Chapter 9: Baptism, Your Initiation into God's Family | Father David on Discernment
- Class 6: Chapter 10: The Healing Power of Confession | Reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
Year 2 Class
- Class 1: Story from a Priest | Chapter 12: Who is the Holy Spirit? | Chapter 13: What does the Holy Spirit do for me?
- Class 2: Chapter 13: What does the Holy Spirit do for me?| Chapter 14: Why have I been Chosen? | Chapter 16: What does it mean to say "I do?"
- Class 3: Chapter 16: What does it mean to say "I do?" | Safe Environment | Chapter 17: Holy Orders and Vocational Discernment
- Class 4: Chapter 17: Holy Orders and Vocational Discernment | Chapter 18: Getting to Know God through Prayer | Chapter 19: Who is Mary?
- Class 5: Vocation Panel with Priest and Sisters | Chapter 19: Who is Mary?
- Class 6: Chapter 20: The Beatitudes as a Path to True Happiness | Chapter 21: Building Virtue- Your Spiritual Workout
Retreats, Rallies, and Youth Conference
Retreats, Rallies, and Youth Conferences offer teens the unique opportunity to "retreat" from their normal, busy, everyday life and take time to encounter the Living God through the Sacraments, community, activities, nature, and silence. This encounter with God is necessary for teens to develop their relationship with God and continue to grow in their faith. Teens are encourage to attend at least 1 retreat/rally/conference a year. Below is a list of retreats for the 2023-2024 school year. Also, links to summer camps that teens can attend with their youth group or solo are included. Camp registration opens up in September/October of the prior year. Please note, many of these camps fill up quickly. Watch the bulletin/email communication for information about camps that St. William Youth Group will be attending in the summer of 2024. Feel free to contact Ashley Reilly with any questions you may have.
Saturday, December 9, 2023
Saint William High School Encounter Retreat
The Encounter Retreat is a time for teens to draw closer to God through the Sacraments, Community, and Reflection. This day retreat will be offered at the parish for all Saint William Teens in grade 9-12. Information regarding registration, cost, and times will be released in September 2023
Saturday/Sunday, Febuary 3/4, 10/11, 2024
High School Deanery NET Day Retreats
The Diocese of Venice is welcoming NET ministries into the diocese to host day retreats focused on the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. These retreats are geared towards teens in grades 9-12. Stay tuned for more information regarding when NET will be coming to our deanery in February 2024
Summer 2024- Camps with Youth Group
Ave Maria Youth Conference: July 2024
LIFETEEN Camp CoveCrest: Summer 2024
Camp Veritas Summer Camp: Summer 2024
Summer 2024- Camps for Solo Campers
Camp Wojtyla: Summer 2024--lottery registration opens October 2023: for grades 6-12
ND Vision--A Summer Camp for teens on the Campus of Notre Dame: for grades 9-12
Our Lady of Good Counsel Camp, Floral City, FL- for campers age 7-15
The Pine Catholic Camp, Big Sandy, TX- for campers in grades 2-12
Camp St. Charles, Maryland- for campers age 6-13
Conquest Camps (Various Locations in US)- for boys in grades 5-12
Camp Gray, Reedsburg, WI- for campers in grades 2-12
Year 1 and Year 2 Confirmation Documents Page
Other Related Documents
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Ashley Reilly | Director of Youth Ministry | email: [email protected] | Office Phone: 239-963-4705
Page Last Updated: 9/18/2023