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Confirmation Prep - 8th-10th Grade

Our two-year program is designed to prepare the young people of our community to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Class of 2018

Confirmation Retreat:

The retreat will be in-house on August 11 from 9-3.  Download the Registration Form. Please note that due to construction of our Parish Life Center, we have limited space for our retreatants.  Therefore, any student of the Class of 2018 who attended Holy Fire has the option to use the Holy Fire Event as their Retreat requirement.  Contact Nancy H. with any questions regarding this "buy". 

Confirmation Info 

Rehearsal for Confirmation will be on Oct. 28 at 2 PM in the Church.  The Confirmation Mass will be on November 3, 2018 at 10:30 AM with Bishop Frances Kane.  

Class of 2019

The Archdiocese of Chicago is again presenting the HOLY FIRE event.  This year it will be on Oct. 27 at the U.I.C. Pavillion in Chicago.  The all day event will include music, prayer, witness talks, fun and a Mass.  I believe Cardinal Cupich will be presiding at the Liturgy.  All of the class of 2019 students will be invited to attend.  THIS IS CONSIDERED A CLASS DAY.  

Class dates for 2018-2019 school year.  

Dates for next season's classes have not yet been finalized.  The tentative classes are as listed below.  We are still in the midst of the construction of the Parish Life Center which is resulting in some limitations of space used for classes.  This effects our early September schedule:  There is a break between our August 26 class and the next session on Sept. 23rd because of the construction.  

Classes will be from 4 PM until 5:15 PM on Sundays.   If you miss a class, see your syllabus and do the work for that week. It will help you keep up with your class.  If a student misses more than 3 of the 14 classes a session, a conference with student, parent and catechist will be nessary.  Sessions will meet: 

TENTATIVE 2018-2019 dates: 

August 26       Parent/Student/Teacher session in lower level of the
                     Hurley Center.   (1 of 14)
                     Class of 2018 DOES NOT ATTEND.

Sept. 23 & 30  All Classes. Note: Class of 2018 meets in
                     lower  level of Hurley Center   (2 & 3 of 14)    

Oct. 14           Regular classes.  (4 of 14)            

Oct 27            Holy Fire event at the U.I.C. Pavillion for 9th grade 
                      students.   THIS IS CONSIDERED A CLASS DAY.   
                      (5 of 14 for the 2019 class)                 

Oct. 28           Rehearsal for the Class of 2018 at 2 PM in Church

Oct. 28           Regular class for Class of 2020 only,  
                      (5 of 14 for the 2020 class)   
followed by
                     Candidacy Ceremony at the 5:30 Mass. 
                     All 2020 Students, parents and sponsors (if
                     chosen already) are asked to attend.  Students
                     should sit with their families.  

Nov. 3            Confirmation at 10:30 AM.  Students and sponsors
                     should be in their assigned seats by 10:10 AM.                            

Nov. 11          Regular classes.  (6 of 14)

HOMEWORK:   Due to the September construction we had to eliminate one class session.  Therefore students, with parental help, as being asked to complete a chapter of the textbook  during this Holy/Holiday break.  See your class sylabus for instructions.  (7 of 14)

Jan 13            Regular classes.  (8 of 14)

Jan. 20           Regular classes.  (9 of 14)

Jan 27            Regular classes.  (10 of 14)

Feb. 10           Regular classes.  (11 of 14)

Feb. 24           Regular classes.  (12 of 14)

March 3          Regular classes.  (13 of 14)

March 10        Class 14 of 14 (last of the season.)  All students,
                      parents and sponsors are invited to attend
                      the 5:30 Liturgy after this class.  There will
                      be a special blessing for the students. 


Pick up procedures: I have written this before, but again I ask you....
If your teen is NOT attending the 5:30 Liturgy, you are to pick them up at the North East Parking lot.  DO NOT pick up your teen in front of the Church, under or near the Canopy or in the Handicap parking spots. With the 5:30 Liturgy starting soon after class ends, the parking lot is very busy and we have had some issues with this timing.

General Notes for Parents, Students and Catechists: 

Walking our faith journey means walking with others.  We, everyone of us, are the Church of Today, and the Church of Tomorrow.  We are the people who are going to pass on our Catholic Faith to the next generation, and the next, and the next.   Mothers, fathers, grandparents, godparents, catechists, neighbors, family, the people involved in the Church and friends, all play a role in our faith community.  Set an example.  Get involved.  

​Our part of this journey is helping the young people prepare for this third and final Sacrament of Initiantion. That is what this program is all about - helping them to say "Yes, I am ready to make the committment to be a Catholic for the rest of my life."  We do this preparation work through classes, experiences, example and prayer.  

Let's go over some of the class portions of this preparation process.  We are using a new text book, "Decision Point" from the Dynamic Catholic Publisher.  This is Matthew Kelly's group.  As you know, Matthew Kelly encourages us to be the "best version of yourself."   Every section of this Confirmation Program is available on line.  Parents and students are encouraged to look over the videos, talk about class work, re-view or re-watch segments.  TV commercials are repeated several times during an hour to make sure we actually "get" the message the advertisers want to sell us.  Go over the lessons at home to make sure we/you/your teen is actually "getting" the lesson.  The link is  

The class syllabus for each grade level is in the "Important Documents" column on this page.

Other Important information:

  • Absent?  Please send  an email to  I can glance at 10 emails in a few seconds.  Voice mails take at least 1 minute each and I just don’t have time to listen and write down, print and then delete all those voice mails before class time.  And I do print out the emails absence notes.  
  • Class time is from 4-5:15 pm.  Be on time.  The doors will be locked at 4:20 PM.  Ideally, the students will be headed into Church to join their families for Mass at the end of class. Please arrange a meeting place in church with your teen.  If you are picking you teen up after class, pick up at the north east end of the lot.  

Confirmation Preparation Overview

Begins in 8th grade. Our 2-1/4 year program concludes with our Confirmation Mass in November of the students' sophomore year. Classes are held on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 pm and conclude at 5:15 pm so that our students can attend the 5:30 pm Sunday Liturgy. 

Class texts are from the Dynamic Catholic Institute.  We will be using the series "Decision Point"  that has been developed by Matthew Kelly and his team. This series is the most comprehensive Confirmation preparation program around and will be used for both years.  

In addition to class time, our Confirmation candidates are also required to:


Confirmation attendance expectations:   If you are going to miss a class,  please email before class time. It is expected that you will be committed to attending these classes.  You have the syllabus for the class work:  Do the work for a missed class before the next class.

Students are encouraged to pick their sponsors during their first year of classes. This will allow the Sponsors to fully participate in this faith journey with the teens. Sponsors need to be a practicing, confirmed, Catholic who is over 16 years old, and is not the student's biological or adoptive parent. Students are encouraged to select their Godparents, Grandparents or other strong role models of the faith for this important position.                  

I also ask that you check this website for information on a regular basis.   I update the website often. 

Important Documents


For more information on this program or any other of our Youth Ministry events, please contact Nancy Holpuch, Youth Minister at St. Edna Parish.