Receive the Holy Spirit
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation
at St. Agatha Parish is a two-year process with the sacrament
being celebrated in the fall of grade eleven.
The Catholic Church welcomes new members
through the sacraments of initiation: Baptism,
Confirmation, and Eucharist. Through
these sacraments the Church celebrates the presence and action
of the risen Jesus in our lives. The Sacrament of Confirmation
reaffirms our baptismal promises and our commitment to the
Eucharist is the heart and center of our
Catholic community. As Eucharist is also a celebration of
our unity 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.
Faith formation, service outreach and socialization
are all components in this 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. The
idea of living in a spirit of justice and service to each
other is a lifetime call. The ninth grade classes and their
Faith Formation Catechists are encouraged to do Christian
service as a group and the tenth grade Confirmandi are free
to engage in an individual Christian service opportunity.
This year we will also be doing the "Service Plunge" and
we will be applying to "Young Neighbors in Action" in Worcester, MA and to Nazareth Farm in West Virginia.
For more information concerning Confirmation
at St. Agatha Parish, contact Mary Sheedy at 617-696-8978
or email: YoungChurchMinistry@StAgathaParish.org
Here are some important documents
CONTACT: Mary Sheedy at 617-696-8978.
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 Worcester, MA for
a week of service.
Listed below is a description of opportunities
for Christian service outreach.
I Am Special -- is a faith formation program for 3, 4 and 5 year
old children taught by high school volunteers. See the "I
Am Special" section for details.
Young Neighbors in Action - is about helping participants both
deepen their commitment to the call of the Gospel and work
for justice in our world today. This
weeklong experience provides young people with the opportunity
to serve those in need. This Christian outreach opportunity
is located in Worcester, MA.
Nazareth Farm - This
is an engaging opportunity in West Virginia to
work with the mountain people - the very poor in Appalachia.
A week away will help make life a little better for those
who are unable to help themselves.
"Service Plunge" - An
opportunity to gather together as a small Christian community
centered on outreaching locally to folks in our community
and the surrounding area. This is a weeklong experience based out of
the Youth Center at St. Agatha. It is a day program beginning at 8:00am in
the morning and ending with a communal evening meal. This experience is open to young people from
the seventh to twelfth grade. The
first day of this experience is spent on the ropes course
in Braintree, MA.
Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) - This program is offered
by the Archdiocesan Office for Youth Ministry usually twice
over the summer. It's
held in Merrimack College, Andover, MA. It is a wonderful opportunity to build leadership