The confirmation program at St. Mary’s Catholic Church is a three year program. During the first two years, the teachers use Call to Faith Thematic Program published by Our Sunday Visitor. In the third year of the program, the Moving in the Spirit program is used to guide discussions as the students continue in their journey of faith. In all three years of the program, the students meet once a month for fellowship which is led by our Youth I’nC parent volunteers; seventy-five minute class and the teaching Mass with Fr. John Rosson.
In addition to the fellowship time, class activities and the teaching Masses, our program includes some special events. In April, all three classes attend a panel discussion with a small group of parishioners who volunteer to share their spiritual journey. In May, following Mass, the Confirmation students and their families gather together for a parish family picnic.
In accordance with the Diocese of Albany requirements for Confirmation, in July, the Confirmandi meet with Fr. John and the Confirmation committee for a discussion about their faith journey and their preparation for Confirmation.
In September, we celebrate the Confirmandi’s commitment to Confirmation with a pinning ceremony at the St Mary’s Mass and picnic at Glimmerglass State Park. Also, the Confirmandi participate in a retreat where they have an opportunity to spend a day in prayerful reflection. In the past the Confirmandi have visited the National Shrine of North American Martyrs in Auriesville, NY and the National Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine in Fonda, New York.
In October, the Confirmandi have a rehearsal which is followed by a family dinner. Depending upon his schedule (sometime in November or December), Bishop Scharfenberger celebrates Mass at St Mary’s and during this Mass, the students are confirmed in their Catholic faith. Immediately following the Confirmation Mass, the Confirmandi and their families join Father Rosson and Bishop Scharfenberger for a reception in the parish hall.
Classes are held one Sunday each month from 3:30 – 6:15:
Youth I’nC activities from 3:30 – 4:00
Class from 4:00 – 5:15
Teaching Mass from 5:15 – 6:15
We meet on the following Sundays:
- Oct 4
- Nov 1
- Dec 6
- Jan 10
- Jan 31
- March 6
- April 3
- May 15 (Family Pot Luck Picnic: May 15 following 5:15pm mass in the Parish Hall)