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 April 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 2018-2019 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 13th from 9:30-10:30am, and the second option will be Thursday, September 13th 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 Prep Sessions
(2018-2019 School Year)
Sunday September 23 (6-8PM) // Confirmation Kick-Off @ Life Night
Sunday October 14 (3-4:30PM) /OR/ Monday October 15 (6:30-8PM)
A Parent Must attend the opening session with student
(sponsor can also attend, but the parent must be present with the student for this first session)
Sunday November 11 (3-4:30PM) /OR/ Monday November 12 (6:30-8PM)
Sunday December 9 (3-4:30PM) /OR/ Monday December 10 (6:30-8PM)
Sunday January 13 (3-4:30PM) /OR/ Monday January 14 (6:30-8PM)
Sunday February 10 (3-4:30PM) /OR/ Monday February 11 (6:30-8PM)
Sunday March 10 (3-4:30PM) /OR/ Monday March 11 (6:30-8PM)
Sunday April 7 (3-4:30PM) /OR/ Monday April 8 (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. 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. 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.
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, there are two types of retreats that the teen can attend:
1. We offer two Confirmation Day Retreats which will take place from about 9am to 7pm. This year, the two day retreats will take place:
Saturday, December 1st
Saturday, March 2nd
2. If the teen cannot attend either one of the day retreats OR would prefer to attend an overnight retreat, the teen may attend either the Freshman Retreat or the Winter Retreat:
Freshman Retreat – October 6-7, 2018
Winter Retreat – February 1-3, 2019
For more information or to register, click on the following links:
Lifenights 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 lifenight 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.
On Sunday, September 23rd, all students in Confirmation Prep will attend our Life Night Kick-Off. This is a great opportunity for all the teens to enter into and get a feel for the community at the beginning of the year and this new phase in their life! After this first night, teens will be put into small groups with their friends and peers for the rest of the Life Nights throughout the year. If they cannot attend on September 23rd, contact the Youth Ministry Office for make-up information.
Logistics and More
Registration for the 2018-2019 school year will begin online July 16, 2018.
Click here to head to the Youth Ministry Registration page for more information on how to register.
Saint and Sponsor Information
Confirmation Sponsor (due October 15, 2018)
- 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, 2018)
- 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, 2019)
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 Patti Kuffner, the Youth Ministry Secretary, 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 Sunday, March 24th.
There will be two Confirmation Masses at 2:00pm and 4:30pm. Students will be randomly assigned to one Confirmation Mass or another; these assignments will take place when registrations have been finalized and Confirmation Prep has begun. Confirmation Rehearsal is mandatory and will take place on a date and time TBD, depending on which Confirmation Mass you will be attending. You can see the details for the Confirmation Mass and rehearsal at stmaryhuntley.org/confirmationdetails.
Director of Youth Ministry
Assistant Director of Youth Ministry
Youth Ministry Secretary