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 Confirmation Preparation 2019-20

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 2019-20 St. Barbara Parish eighth grade class will be Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at 7:00 PM in the church. Rehearsal will be the day prior, Monday, May 11 at 7:00 PM in the church.

How do we begin the preparation process for the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Glad you asked. Our year begins with our introduction night.

There's a God Who Loves Me
A parent/candidate introduction night to the Sacrament of Confirmation
Monday, September 16 | 7:00 PM | Social Hall 

 Confirmation Preparation Opportunities

Confirmation Preparation Opportunities
All candidates are asked to select one of three opportunities to participate in this coming Fall. 
Holy Fire
Sunday, October 13
Bowling Green, Ohio

Young people in six to eighth grade are invited to attend this one-day experience of dynamic speakers, music, and the sacrament of the Eucharist. At Holy Fire, young people will be challenged to embrace their baptismal call and encouraged to see themselves as active witnesses of Christ and engaged members of the Catholic Church.  Register Now.
NET
Friday, September 27 | 4:30 to 9:30 PM
Mother of Sorrows, Murrysville

NET experiences are designed to
present youth with the truth of who they are as God's children and how true joy and meaning in life are found by accepting Christ's gift of salvation and living as his disciple. Every NET experience includes an extended time for the youth to pray and be prayed with to make a personal response to God's invitation. 
NET
Sunday, September 29 | 1:00 to 7:00 PM
Queen of Angels Catholic School, Irwin

NET experiences are designed to
present youth with the truth of who they are as God's children and how true joy and meaning in life are found by accepting Christ's gift of salvation and living as his disciple. Every NET experience includes an extended time for the youth to pray and be prayed with to make a personal response to God's invitation. 

 Retreat Days

​The retreat days will be school released days. The day will begin at 9:15 AM and conclude at 2:30 PM. Lunch will be provided. A letter will be sent to the students' school indicating that is a religious instruction program and falls under Act 175 of the Public School Code. This is an excused absence day and the district must allow the student to attend this function without retribution.

​Friday, February 7
​9:15 AM to 2:30 PM
​Candidates A to M
​Friday, February 14
​9:15 AM to 2:30 PM
​Candidates N to Z

 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 5, 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 Parish Office at 724-744-7474 or email jduncan@dioceseofgreensburg.org.