Confirmation Prep – Gr 8 & 9

Coordinator:  Andy Cipolla

CHOSEN Confirmation Program Year 1 & Year 2

Confirmation Prep (Gr 8 – 9). Typically, Year 1 is completed in 8th Grade – and Year 2 is completed in 9th Grade. If your 9th Grader has not been in Religious Education consistently, and did not complete the 8th Grade (Year 1), he/she will be registered in Year 1 this year (as a 9th Grader), and Year 2 next year (in 10th Grade). Possibly, these classes will meet twice a month on Sunday, 11:30AM – 1PM (when it is safe to do so). A decision has been made to move forward with at home lessons ONLY for this school year, 2020-21, in the lower grades through 8th grade. It is possible that 9th grade will have some in-person sessions after the New Year.

We use the Chosen series (by Ascension Press) for our Confirmation Program.  This dynamic 24 lesson program will start in the 8th grade and will finish in the spring of 9th grade with the Sacrament of Confirmation. Having said that, if your child has not completed the 8th grade curriculum at St. Anastasia, he/she will simply be registered in Year 1 this year – and then Year 2 next year.

The goal of the Chosen program is to prepare your students both intellectually and spiritually to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and to become lifelong disciples of Christ.

8th & 9th Grade Attendance Policy:  These are pivotal years for your teen as he or she prepares for Confirmation. Their calendar is mostly on a bi-weekly basis, which means that the attendance policy is different than the other grades. Attendance is required at 100% of both Year 1 and Year 2 classes.  As the classroom peer-to-peer setting is a critical aspect to the Chosen Program, at home makeup sessions will be offered on an as needed basis for excused absences only. A student may not have more than 2 outstanding excused or unexcused absences. It is important to contact the coordinator as soon as you are aware of any conflicts with your child’s schedule. Please review your family and sports schedules beforehand and understand that attendance at ALL classes is mandatory. Makeup sessions are offered as a courtesy – and NOT as a substitute to the classroom. There is a service requirement that must be completed prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation; we also strenuously encourage all Confirmation Candidates to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) before being Confirmed.