High School Religious Education/Confirmation

All students (Public, St. Joseph's Catholic Academy & Homeschool) in grades 9-11 MUST register for CCD each year regardless of where they receive their weekly religious instruction.  Please note that ONLY public school students attend regular weekly morning Sunday CCD classes at OLVCS or the church.  9th & 10th grade students report to Sunday morning classes. Deacon Dave will come to St. Joseph's Catholic Academy for your special sessions.   Please see below in the 11th grade dropdown box.  All groups registering helps our program coordinators keep track of ongoing yearly  mandatory diocesan requirements for students preparing to receive the sacrament of ConfirmationPlease see the dropdown boxes below for grade level Confirmation preparation requirements for all student in grades 9-11 (Public, St. Joseph's Catholic Academy & Homeschool)  that are in addition to the religious education received at  St. Joseph's Catholic Academy, homeschool  or CCD.

Various programs from Ascension Press are used in 9th grade CCD Classes every Sunday from 10:30am-11:20am.  They deal with Searching for God in Daily Living.  One of them is VENTURE The Bible Timeline for High School Teen Bible study by Mark Hart ("This is not your Grandma's bible study.").  9th grade students will also review basic prior knowledge about Catholic teaching and practice as well as the lives of the saints.

Through a unique learning experience, including powerful cinematography and workbook resources, teens will come to see the Mass and the priesthood in a dramatically new way. Altaration is designed to stir thought, create conversation, dispel myths, and inspire young souls to a deep and lasting love for the Mass. The goal of Altaration is not to fill teens’ heads with information but to pierce their hearts with transformation. - Ascension Press

The Search

What is this journey in between the event we call “birth” and the one we call “death”? Is the journey taking you somewhere, or are you leading yourself to some kind of destination – a destination that could extend beyond your last breath? What do you want from your life during the in between? The questions are there. And, the answers are too.

Another program our 9th graders will use is CONNECTED: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation (God's creation, Dignity of Human Life, Environmental Stewardship, Poverty & Dignity of Work & Family Issues.  Pure Faith by Jason Evert, is given to the students at the end of the year as a gift.  It is a prayer guide written just for teens, to help deepen their interior life so that they can encounter God on a daily basis. It contains prayers for every occasion, prayers before and after Mass and Confession, prayers to various saints, and a wealth of advice on how young people can develop a rich prayer life. 

Ascension Press also publishes our 10th grade CCD textbook: YOU. Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body by Brian Butler, Jason Evert, and Crystalina Evert.  Theology of the Body curriculum for teens helps them discover God's plan for love and their life.  John Paul II's landmark teaching engages teens minds and hearts.  The curriculum is both catechetical and evangelistic.  This program is presented to our 10th grade CCD Students each Sunday from 10:30am-11:20am


Curriculum for our 11th grade students includes Ascension Press's CHOSEN, Your Journey to Confirmation.  "It has been used by thousands of parishes to present the Catholic Faith to teens in a way that keeps their attention as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Filmed in over fifty locations in the United States and around the world, Chosen features fourteen of the top youth experts in the Church today."

Why should I get Confirmed?  What is the point?

9th & 10th Grade Confirmation Preparation

Ninth & tenth grade students CCD (public) students will meet with their teachers each Sunday at OLVCS from 10:30am-11:20am.  St. Joe's Students are not required to attend Sunday classes as they receive catechesis on a daily basis during the school week.  However, they are welcome to come on Sundays if they wish.  Please see requirements below for ALL public, private, and home educated Confirmation Track Students.

 9th & 10th Grade Required Components for ALL Students

*Requirements as per the Code of Canon Law: 

A. Only one male sponsor or one female sponsor for a Confirmation candidate is to be used. 

B. Must have completed the sixteenth (16) year. 

C. Must be a Catholic who has received the sacraments of Baptism, Most Holy Eucharist & Confirmation. 

D. If married, must be a Catholic who has received the sacrament of Holy Matrimony in the Church.

E. Must be a Catholic who leads a life in harmony with the Catholic Church (registered and active [going to Sunday Mass] in a Catholic Church). 

II. Documents Required from the Sponsor of a Person to be Confirmed: 

A. A copy of sponsor’s Baptism Certificate, First Communion Certificate, Confirmation Certificate and if married, a copy of the Marriage Certificate. 

B. A letter from the pastor where the sponsor is registered and active, stating he or she is registered and active and qualifies to be a sponsor.

25 Hrs. Total of Community Service Each Year of Formation 

Community Service ALL three years; 9-11, 25 hr/year, will get you involved in your parish and in our local communityHours documented for HS may overlap.  Any questions can go to the DRE: directorccd@ourlady of victory.com

Get involved with parish life to continue your journey after you are Confirmed as an adult in our church!

15 hours of individual community service
 

             a. Serve mass. Older altar servers are great models to help train the younger students.

             b. Be a lector, commentator or usher at mass.  Please contact the Parish office at 814-237-7832 if interested.


             

            c.  Serve as a volunteer for the Jared Box Project: Mrs. Cindy Kolarik needs volunteers for data entry work        

               regarding contacts across the country for the Jared Box Project: https://thejaredbox.org/This is great for those

               who need flexible volunteer hours.  Please contact her if you are interested: cindy@thejaredbox.org.


            d. Volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop: https://www.stvincentstatecollege.org/

          10 hours of group service projects 

Community Service Hours Form This includes a description of what you did and a brief reflection regarding how you felt about serving others. This form must be signed by a parent.  Hours do not have to be in addition to required hours for school.

    a. Participate in the Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by OLV CCD Confirmation Track Students; 03/29/25.

    b. Serve as a volunteer for Vacation Bible School & Earn 15-20 service hours for the year by volunteering for that week.

    c. Volunteer at the Parish Bazaar the first Saturday every November.

               d.  Serve as a volunteer for parish parties, such as the All Saints & St. Nicholas Parties. 

               e.  Sing with the church choir Are you in choir or band at school?  You can earn your community service hours using your  talents as a volunteer for our parish music ministry.  Be a cantor, sing with the choir, play your instrument at one of our masses with or without the choir.  Contact our music director, Joe Malafarina: joem@ourladyofvictory.com if  you are willing to volunteer.


               f.  Participate in Living Stations during the months before Easter.  Earn ALL your service hours for the year! Contact the coordinator, Mrs. Sue Clement, for more information: sueseitzclement@hotmail.com 

                *Non-Speaking Actor

                *State Crew

                *Narrator  


        g.  Volunteer with the Knights of Columbus at Penn State Home Football Game Concession Stands.  Monies earned fund K of C projects which benefit our parish.   If you are interested and available please email: koc.volunteers@gmail.com Here are some things to consider when thinking about volunteering:

9th & 10th grade contact; Anne Bord: directorccd@ourladyofvictory.com


Q: Why are there all these requirements for my child to be Confirmed?


A: The idea is to get your child involved in parish ministry and life of the church.  If they do this when they are young, and it becomes part of their life, they are more likely to continue to serve their parish and our church, wherever they live in the future.  Our kids are the future of our church.  They need to serve the church as the church will need to minister to them.  A relationship takes work from both groups; the church and its people.  Our goal is to prepare Confirmation Track students to be an active parishioners the rest of their lives.  We want them to feel welcome and see the spiritual and social benefits of being involved in parish ministry.  Self-giving is an important lesson that needs to be taught early.  Confirmation is not graduation from the Catholic Church.  It should be the beginning of life as an adult within our church!

11th Grade Confirmation Preparation

 09/08/24 (Mandatory meeting for ALL parents & Confirmandi)

*All 11th graders preparing for Confirmation*

  (SCAHS, St. Joseph Catholic Academy & Homeschooled Students) 

are required to attend an opening class on Sept. 8th, 2024 from 1:15pm-2:30pm in the church.

Eleventh grade students CCD students will meet with Deacon David Lapinski, according to his schedule for two Sundays each month: The Dates for 2024/2025 are: 09/08, 9/22, 10/06, 10/20, 11/03, 11/17, 12/08, 01/12, 01/26, 02/02 -Paul J. Kim Retreat, 02/16, 03/02, 03/16, 04/06. All dates are subject to change.  This is not likely.  However, if that happens, Deacon Dave will be in touch with parents and students.  ALL Eleventh grade students are who are in the OLV religious education program are required to attend these classes.  St. Joseph's Catholic Academy & Homeschool students are welcome to join.

11th  Grade (SCAHS, St. Joseph Catholic Academy & Homeschooled Students) Grade Confirmation program required components:

25 Hrs. Total of Community Service Each Year of Formation 

Community Service ALL three years; 9-11, 25 hr/year, will get you involved in your parish and in our local communityHours documented for HS may overlap.  Any questions can go to the DRE: directorccd@ourlady of victory.com

Get involved with parish life to continue your journey after you are Confirmed as an adult in our church!

15 hours of individual community service
 

             a. Serve mass. Older altar servers are great models to help train the younger students.

             b. Be a lector, commentator or usher at mass.  Please contact the Parish office at 814-237-7832 if interested.


             

            c.  Serve as a volunteer for the Jared Box Project: Mrs. Cindy Kolarik needs volunteers for data entry work        

               regarding contacts across the country for the Jared Box Project: https://thejaredbox.org/This is great for those

               who need flexible volunteer hours.  Please contact her if you are interested: cindy@thejaredbox.org.


            d. Volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop: https://www.stvincentstatecollege.org/

          10 hours of group service projects 

Community Service Hours Form This includes a description of what you did and a brief reflection regarding how you felt about serving others. This form must be signed by a parent.  Hours do not have to be in addition to required hours for school.

    a. Participate in the Red Cross Blood Drive sponsored by OLV CCD Confirmation Track Students; 03/29/25.

    b. Serve as a volunteer for Vacation Bible School & Earn 15-20 service hours for the year by volunteering for that week.

    c. Volunteer at the Parish Bazaar the first Saturday every November.

               d.  Serve as a volunteer for parish parties, such as the All Saints & St. Nicholas Parties. 

               e.  Sing with the church choir Are you in choir or band at school?  You can earn your community service hours using your  talents as a volunteer for our parish music ministry.  Be a cantor, sing with the choir, play your instrument at one of our masses with or without the choir.  Contact our music director, Joe Malafarina: joem@ourladyofvictory.com if  you are willing to volunteer.


               f.  Participate in Living Stations during the months before Easter.  Earn ALL your service hours for the year! Contact the coordinator, Mrs. Sue Clement, for more information: sueseitzclement@hotmail.com 

                *Non-Speaking Actor

                *State Crew

                *Narrator  


        g.  Volunteer with the Knights of Columbus at Penn State Home Football Game Concession Stands.  Monies earned fund K of C projects which benefit our parish.   If you are interested and available please email: koc.volunteers@gmail.com Here are some things to consider when thinking about volunteering:

          9. Rite of Sending Forth

11th grade contact; Deacon David Lapinski: deaconl@ourladyofvictory.com

Confirmation Rehearsal: TBD Our Lady of Victory Church

Confirmation Date: TBD Our Lady of Victory Church


Q: Why are there all these requirements for my child to be Confirmed?


A: The idea is to get your child involved in parish ministry and life of the church.  If they do this when they are young, and it becomes part of their life, they are more likely to continue to serve their parish and our church, wherever they live in the future.  Our kids are the future of our church.  They need to serve the church as the church will need to minister to them.  A relationship takes work from both groups; the church and its people.  Our goal is to prepare Confirmation Track students to be an active parishioners the rest of their lives.  We want them to feel welcome and see the spiritual and social benefits of being involved in parish ministry.  Self-giving is an important lesson that needs to be taught early.  Confirmation is not graduation from the Catholic Church.  It should be the beginning of life as an adult within our church!

Confirmation Service Hours Form

15 individual hrs./yr. are required & 10 group hrs./yr. are required

Confirmation-Service-Hours.docx - Google Docs.pdf

Confirmation Sponsor Form

CONFIRMATION SPONSOR INFORMATION

Confirmation Sponsor Certificate Form

sponsor Confirmation form.pdf