It is that time of year; you can now register for the 2018-19 Confirmation program year for all students who will be going into grades 9 and 10 in fall, 2018.
As we continue to consolidate all of our parish records into one database, this form also gives us an update to the parish information system. You will note several items that are not directly related to the Confirmation program, but I assure you that these are valuable pieces of information for the parish to know. I appreciate your assistance in keeping the parish records current.
Welcome to St. Agatha Parish’s Confirmation page. My name is Brian Pellicano and I am the Confirmation Coordinator and Youth Minister here at St. Agatha. I am so proud of all the teens who have decided to go forward in faith through the sacrament of Confirmation. Although there is much to do, I am extremely excited for the road ahead of us as I begin my time in the parish and open up many more opportunities for the youth. This parish holds an incredible faith community full of talented, zealous, and remarkable people. Moreover, this parish is a place where you can come to feel at home amongst a family. Here at St. Agatha’s we value authenticity, truth, and joy. With that I want to emphasize that this Confirmation program is founded in faith, messages of hope and the pursuit of Christ through authenticity.
This world is focused to such a degree on the glorification of individuals and justification of any shortcomings that we miss the value of humility, honesty, integrity, and most of all the realization of the need for a savior (JESUS!). This is what we aim to awaken in the hearts of the teens we serve. We believe that no glory in the world can satisfy us like the love of Jesus Christ.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Agatha Parish: A two-year process with the sacrament being celebrated in the fall of grade eleven. Please click the link for the Confirmation Process below for a breakdown of our program.
We, the Catholic Church always welcome new members through the sacraments of initiation: Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. Through these sacraments the Church celebrates the presence and action of the risen Christ in our lives. The Sacrament of Confirmation reaffirms our baptismal promises and our commitment to the growing and living in the Catholic faith.
Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic community. As Eucharist is also a celebration of our communion with each other and with the risen Christ, we encourage the Confirmandi and families to come gather as a faith community at the 5pm Mass on Sunday evenings during the year. It is important for families who have children engaged in the Confirmation process to make every effort to accompany them on this journey. If you are a teenager who is interested in joining a youth band currently in the formative process, please contact Brian via the contact info listed below.
Faith formation, service outreach and socialization are all components in this Confirmation preparation process. Each year many young people engage in Christian service outreach and we are proud of their commitment to make a difference in the lives of the people they encounter. Living with a spirit of generosity and service to each other is a lifetime identity that we aim to cultivate in our rising faith community. The ninth grade classes and their Faith Formation Catechists are encouraged to do Christian service as a group and the tenth grade Confirmandi engage in an individual Christian service opportunity. Please also stay tuned to this website for the announcement of summer service trips and other opportunities.
Lastly, I fully intend with the help of this parish community to build the foundation for a high school youth group as well as a high school service team. Please stay tuned on how you can help out!
For more information concerning Confirmation at St. Agatha Parish:
Call: 617-696-8978 or email: email@example.com
Here are some important documents
St. Agatha Confirmation Process....
In the 11th grade, there is no more Catechetical instruction. There will be an outgoing meeting to discuss the process by which final preparations are completed, a 1-2 hour family retreat, a penance service for teens to make a good Confession leading up to their Confirmation, a Confirmation rehearsal, and finally the Confirmation Mass. Please stay tuned for dates of the class of 2016.
IMPORTANT – START THINKING ABOUT YOUR CONFIRMATION SPONSOR AND SAINT NAME
Pick someone who exemplifies the life of a Catholic in their love, charity, joy, prayer, and humility. Pick someone who will continue to be a part of your life beyond high school. Maybe a family friend? An aunt or uncle? A consecrated/ordained person you know?
Pick a Patron Saint that you find relatable in some way – If an athlete, look at saints like St. Sebastian; If a musician, look at saints like St. Cecilia; take the time – this saint will have special care for you so it’s definitely worth your time!
Christian service outreach is a very important
part of all we do as Church. St.
Agatha Parish together with the Archdiocesan Office for Youth
Ministry offers many opportunities for engagement in this
process. Last summer
forty young people and several adults in collaboration with
the Milton Council on Aging participated in "Service Plunge" right
here in the parish. We sorted clothing at Cradles to Crayons
in Quincy, assisted at programs at the Milton Council on
Aging, helped with lawns and served lunch at Fr. Bill's place,
helped at the Interfaith Food Bank in Quincy, visited the
sisters at Bethany House in Framingham, and washed windows
and planted flowers at the Elderly Housing in Milton. Another
group of young people went to "Young Neighbors in Action" in
a week of service.
Listed below is a description of opportunities
for Christian service outreach.
"Service Plunge" - This is a week where we will have concentrated opportunities to serve the greater Boston community in different ways such as visiting nursing homes, serving the poor, donating clothes.
Passion Play: The Passion Play, taking place on Good Friday each year allows us to lead the journey of Christ’s Passion as we walk through the surrounding Milton area. Teens use this as a great opportunity for service hours as well! For more info, contact Brian using the info at the top of this page.
ASP: The Appalachia Service Project is our week-long, high school mission trip to West Virginia in the Appalachian region where we will help to build homes and establish welcoming environments for the poor. If you would like to help us in this effort financially or in time & talent – Contact Brian at the contact info at the top of this page.
For more info see Young Church Ministry Page
BIBLE BOOK OF THE MONTH –
The Gospel of Mark
“He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’ People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat.” ~ Mark 6: 31
Ever had a near death experience? Did it change the way you thought about life for a while? Many people find this to be an effective way to reevaluate their lives. I don’t know about you, but I don’t necessarily want to seek such an experience every time I want to reflect on my life and its purpose. As we read this short verse above, it reminds us of the need to take a step back and see what really matters in our life. This can mean anything from the value of each friendship to the deep question of root meaning of life.
For teens, this question turns can turn into mistakes of many kinds as they desperately seek out their identity. Many teens feel pressured, inferior, self-conscious, isolated, lonely and the list goes on… I want to offer the opportunity below – Steubenville East Youth Conference – as a way to answer the call in the heart of your teen. Surely they will have some of their questions answered. I urge you to view the video below. Thank you and God bless.
“MESSAGE FROM POPE FRANCIS FOR TEENS AROUND THE WORLD – Definitely worth the read!”