April 5, 2019
Dear 9th Grade Students and Parents:
As you are near your 10th grade year, we are excited to extend you an invitation to enroll in the Confirmation Program offered through your parish in the Fall of 2019. This year the parishes of St. John Cantius, St. Anthony, Holy Spirit, St. Michael’s, St. Joseph (WP), St. Peter’s and St. Paul’s will be collaborating to form our youth in their faith through a combined Discipleship Training Program.
In an effort to allow more flexibility to the youth in discerning when they are ready to begin the process, we have removed the Confirmation Program from our standard faith formation schedules. Our hope is to set up a program that allows students to go through the preparation process when they feel ready, as opposed to declaring them as “ready” at a certain grade level. That means your child can go through the Confirmation process in 10th, 11th or 12th grade.
We will be holding Confirmation Orientation meetings this spring to allow your youth to have the whole summer to get “a jump” on the preparation requirements and enter school in the Fall with less stress. Enclosed you will find a list of dates that we will be holding Orientation meetings for you and your 9th grade student. The Orientation groups will be limited to no more than 10 youth (and their parents) per session. That means we need to get organized and get everyone on the schedule so we can be sure no one is missed, and everyone has an opportunity to speak with us.
The dates for these Orientation Meetings will be
Monday, May 20th,
Tuesday, May 21st, and
Wednesday, May 22nd.
On each of these dates we will have 3 sessions: One at 5:45 pm and one at 6:45 pm and one at 7:45 pm. They will be held in St. Anthony's Center, 2410 1st St N, St. Cloud, MN 56303. Enter door 3 in the building across from the church and go up the stairs.
Please follow the link below to idicate your availablity to attend sessions and to give us more information about your student.
Link to sign up for an orenation session: https://forms.gle/rEEKxQr5k4DuW3iQA
We will then send out a schedule of who is slated to come to which session. Spaces fill quickly, so don't delay, and complete by April 17 to enable us to fit everyone on the schedule!
Any student who intends to be part of the Confirmation process next fall needs to make it to one of these Orientation meetings. If your child decides to wait to enter the program, please let us know so we don’t worry about you.
Thank you for all the work we know you have done in preparing your child to be a Disciple of Christ. It is our hope that our program compliments the work that you have already done. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Ginny or Lisa.
Peace in Christ,
Ginny Duschner, Director of Faith Formation – Spirit and Saints
Lisa Neu, Director of Faith Formation – Churches of St. Peter and Paul
Ali Forsmark, Director of Faith Formation – Churches of St. Michael and St. Joseph, WP
Scott Frieler, Coordinator of Youth Ministry Spirit and Saints