A student's final year of preparation towards confirmation is a very special, but difficult journey. Students need to have been properly catechized in order to fully enter into the sacrament of Confirmation; thus, we believe in developing a more personal relationship that will allow us to personally evangelize your child and fully prepare them for the sacrament which they are to receive.
This year is designed as a more rigorous year of study in order to discern a student's readiness for the sacrament and their readiness to join the universal Catholic Church.
In order to receive the sacrament of Confirmation, the Archdiocese of Atlanta states: "Youth ordinarily should have attended a Catholic school, a parish religious education program, or a home school religious education program for at least two years before enrollment in the free-standing parish Confirmation formation program....the free-standing, parish-conducted Confirmation formation program must be distinguished from the ordinarily required two year prerequisite foundational religious education program."
Copies of the candidate’s baptismal certificate also reflecting reception of First Eucharist must be presented to the Pastor before reception of this Sacrament.
More intense prayer and reception of the Sacrament of Penance should be part of preparation for celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation, Catechism no. 1310
A Powerful Approach to Confirmation
Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation is a twenty-four-lesson program that provides everything you need to prepare your students both intellectually and spiritually to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and to become lifelong disciples of Christ. All too often we see teens drift away from the Church after Confirmation. Chosen seeks to reverse this trend by winning over the hearts of teens at a critical time in their lives and keeping them firmly planted within the faith community of the Church.
The youth group is open to all students between 9th and 12th grade currently registered in the parish. We encourage all high school teens to be active members of our youth group, and to show, by their actions, their love of Jesus Christ. We are to always crave God’s presence in our life; for through that presence we may receive His gifts and blessings. However, coming into God’s presence, at times, may be more difficult due to life circumstances, lack of religious knowledge, or even as a result of the people that we associate with. Our purpose in youth group is to learn to be a light of Christ to the world through prayer, service, and fellowship activities. In the process, we will learn to be living examples of God’s love, ever-present forgiveness, and devotion; our hearts will ignite with a fire and passion for Christ.
Within LifeTeen, our youth are required to participate in monthly service events called Good Samaritan projects. Each project is a 3 hour commitment on a Saturday morning to helping our elder or disabled parishioners who request our aid. In the 2017-2018 school year, we contributed over 24 hours of community service. Our work ranged from dusting and cleaning the inside of parishioner's homes to helping to strip flooring, to planting flowers and yard clean up.
We also do a number of other service oriented activities, including but not limited to Fall Spaghetti Supper (whose proceeds funds our Thanksgiving Baskets), organizing and packing Thanksgiving Baskets, Organizing and wrapping Angel Tree gifts, helping with the Easter Egg Hunt. Over the summer, we usually tackle a large project in the community (or go on a Mission Trip like the one pictured below).
We have a couple of social opportunities for teens throughout the year. Last year, we went bowling after LifeTeen a couple of times a year. We also host a Fall retreat for all high school seniors that is predominantly social. Last year, we did high ropes elements together and were able to support each other through the different obstacles and personal and communal fears. We also host a couple of game nights throughout the year as part of our LifeTeen program (and have done Lock-ins). What we offer greatly depends on students willingness to participate actively throughout the year!
Mission trip 2017
Mark your calendar for next years XTL Atlanta dates. we're hoping our XLTs next year will be packed with all ages! We're inviting the entire family, grandparents included. The music and messages will reflect the fact that people of all ages are in attendance - all with the hope of helping our younger crowds and older alike worship in freedom and truth!
XLT (pronounced Exalt) is an event that LifeTeen hosts with the Archdiocese of Atlanta. XLTs are nights of praise and worship that are hosted at All Saints Catholic Church. Hundreds of teens are invited from the archdiocese to socialize, and spend a night in fellowship. National speakers are brought in to help teach the Catholic faith in a relevant and engaging way.
XLTs begin at 7pm and end at 9pm. We usually leave from St. George by 5:30PM, and return by 9:45pm. XLTs have special dates for students in middle school, and for young adults.
Cost: FREE; Registration: REQUIRED (for transportation purposes)
Parents are invited to attend and help drive and chaperone the event.
Archdiocesan VIRTUS Materials
Annual Medical Release &
Permission to Contact Youth Form