Our mission is to proclaim the life-changing love of God in a way which is accessible and helps lead young people to a deep, lasting relationship with the Person of Jesus Christ and His Church. The Confirmation preparation year is a year of formation and a time which can and should be a time of authentic encounter with Jesus Christ.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the Sacrament in the Catholic Church by which “the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (CCC 1285).
Here at St. Mary’s, this Sacrament ordinarily takes place in 9th Grade, a time when the young people are prepared to take this call to live out their faith seriously and are prepared for what the Sacrament asks of them. We are so grateful to everyone who was confirmed this past March and for the joy of journeying with you in this process. Please know of our prayers for each one of you.
You can see below the dates for the Confirmation program in the 2019-2020 school year! Confirmation prep is for those who are in 9th grade or older, and there is one year of focused preparation for the Sacrament with the students. For a detailed explanation of each of the things listed below, you can visit the Youth Ministry Information Page – stmaryhuntley.org/ym-about – and find all of the information there! Also if you scroll down you can see the date and time for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
For more information on how to register for Confirmation Prep, please visit the Youth Ministry Registration page at stmaryhuntley.org/ymregistration
Please be aware that we are utilizing a new registration platform this year called Planning Center Online. Therefore, please be sure to follow the instructions closely on the YM Registration page.
Before the start of our year, we will be hosting informational meetings for parents. We ask that at least one parent from each family attend one of the two meeting options. The first option will be Thursday, September 12th from 9:30-10:30am, and the second option will be Thursday, September 12th from 7-8pm. Please note you only need to attend one of these two meetings, as the same information will be covered at both. At this meeting, we will give you an important overview of our program as well as our calendar for the year, and we look forward to meeting you!
Confirmation Kick-Off & Retreat Day
During the year of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, the student attends a retreat as a time of encounter with the Lord and growth in their faith.
This year, we are combining our Confirmation Kick-Off and Retreat Day! When registering, there is a question to select which Kick-Off and Retreat Day you wish to register for. Teens must attend one of these two days in order to begin Confirmation Prep this year.
The two Confirmation Kick-Off and Retreat Day options are:
Saturday, October 12th from 9:30am-4:00pm
Saturday, October 26th from 9:30am-4:00pm
Please note that teens only need to attend one of these two days, as the same things will be covered at both. Registration for each day is limited to 125 teens. Keep in mind, we typically have about 225 teens in Confirmation Prep each year, so first choice of retreat will be given in order of online registration for Confirmation Prep. Click here to be redirected to the registration page.
Lunch will be provided at both days.
The theme for these Kick-Off and Retreat Days is FULLY ALIVE. Only God is big enough to fill you. The pursuit of happiness motivates every decision we make. Why is it, then, that we find ourselves unhappy so often? This theme explores our search for true happiness, highlighting the one thing that is big enough to fill our deepest desires – God himself.
Both of these retreat days will be hosted by retreat teams from NET Ministries. For more information on Net Ministries, you can visit their website at netusa.org.
Due to the limited capacity of these retreat days, a sponsor (or parent) does not need to attend with the teen. However, we are in need of adult volunteers. If you are interested and able to volunteer, please contact Maggie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Confirmation Prep Sessions
(2019-2020 School Year)
Please note that the sponsor must attend every Confirmation Prep session, with the exception of the kick-off/retreat day, along with the teen preparing to receive the Sacrament. In the event that the sponsor cannot attend the prep session, a parent may attend in their place.
Sunday, November 3rd (3-4:30PM) /OR/ Monday, November 4th (6:30-8PM)
Sunday, December 8th (3-4:30PM) /OR/ Monday, December 9th (6:30-8PM)
Sunday, January 12th (3-4:30PM) /OR/ Monday, January 13th (6:30-8PM)
Sunday, February 2nd (3-4:30PM) /OR/ Monday, February 3rd (6:30-8PM)
Sunday, March 1st (3-4:30PM) /OR/ Monday, March 2nd (6:30-8PM)
Sunday, April 5th (3-4:30PM) /OR/ Monday, April 6th (6:30-8PM)
All prep sessions are offered both on a Sunday afternoon and a Monday evening; Sunday from 3-4:30pm, and Monday from 6:30-8pm. Students come to one or the other of these sessions together with a sponsor (parents may attend in the sponsor’s place). Due to the limited nature of these sessions, the students must attend each month and may not miss more than one session over the course of the year. If family emergencies or other completely unavoidable events come up, we will work with you to make up a missed session, but otherwise, the student needs to be in attendance. In the event that a student misses more than one Confirmation Prep session, he or she will be asked to wait until the following year to finish Confirmation Prep. All dates are subject to change. If this happens, we will communicate this as early as we can. During the winter months, if the Huntley School District cancels school, we will cancel our events, as well. These will be made up as soon as we can afterwards.
Life Nights are the primary high school ministry outreach offered here at St. Mary Parish. Each Sunday after the 5pm Mass there is a time of gathering in the Youth Room, and then Life Night takes place from 6:30-8pm. These nights include games, food, talks, opportunities to share in small group, opportunities for prayer, and more. Students in Confirmation Prep are highly encouraged to attend these as often as they can.
For dates and more information on Life Nights, click here.
Logistics and More
Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will begin online July 16, 2019.
Click here to head to the Youth Ministry Registration page for more information on how to register.
Saint and Sponsor Information
Confirmation Sponsor (due November 1, 2019)
- Each person who will be Confirmed in the Catholic Church chooses a sponsor for Confirmation. This sponsor must be:
- He or she must be at least 16 years old
- He or she must be Confirmed in the Catholic Church
- He or she must be a practicing Catholic (practicing means he or she is a member of the parish, attend Mass on Sundays, and has an active faith) who is a good example to you of what it means to be a follower of Christ and someone who will challenge you to follow Him in your own life
- He or she cannot be a parent of the student, but may be (and is encouraged to be) the baptismal Godparent
- Check back soon for a form to let us know who your sponsor will be, but in the meantime be praying about your sponsor and talking to who you think would be good.
When you are ready, click here to fill out the Sponsor Form.
Confirmation Saint Form (due December 10, 2019)
- Each student chooses the name of a saint in the Catholic Church to have as his or her Patron saint in Confirmation.
- This is someone who you ask to pray for you, and whose example you imitate.
- Really take some time to pray about which saint’s name you would like to choose! If you need help finding a saint, feel free to contact our office!
When you are ready, click here to fill out the Saint Form.
Baptismal Certificate (due January 14, 2020)
Each candidate must provide a copy of his/her Baptismal Certificate to the Confirmation Ministry Office before January 14th. If your student was baptized at St. Mary Church, it is not necessary to provide a copy of the Baptismal Certificate, only the date of the Baptism (you will be able to provide this information with registration). If are having trouble finding the baptismal certificate, please call us and let us know.
If your student was not baptized here at St. Mary a certificate may be obtained by calling the church where your child was baptized and asking for a copy of the certificate. If you wish and the baptismal church allows it, the certificate can be mailed directly from the church of baptism to St. Mary Church.
Students who were baptized in a country other than the United States of America should start the process of obtaining a certificate now.
If you have difficulty obtaining a new certificate, please contact Maggie in the Youth Ministry Office at (847) 669-5612, and we will do our best to assist you in finding this.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on a date in the spring TBD.
There will be two Confirmation Masses at times TBD. Students will be randomly assigned to one Confirmation Mass or another; these assignments will take place when registrations and the Confirmation date have been finalized and Confirmation Prep has begun. Confirmation Rehearsal is mandatory and will take place within 1-2 weeks of the date of Confirmation. You can see the details for the Confirmation Mass and rehearsal at stmaryhuntley.org/confirmationdetails.
Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry