CALLING ALL TEENS! Do you need volunteer hours for Confirmation, SMHS, SPCS or NHS? Consider volunteering in our Sunday faith formation classes as a teen aide. The only time requirement is Sunday mornings from 9-10:15. For more information contact Evelyn Cedrun at 719-219-2704 or [email protected].
8th Grade Confirmation Day Retreat on March 7th, from 10am-6pm. We’ll meet in the Julie Penrose Hall at St. Paul’s, and sponsors are required to attend with their candidate! The cost of the retreat is $15, which goes towards materials and lunch for the day. Breakfast is not served, so please come having already eaten J If your teen or their sponsor have any dietary restrictions, please be sure to mark them accordingly on the form.
The permission slip and fee is due by no later than Wednesday, February 26th!
Upper Classmen Retreat March 13-15th! It’s open to all 11th and 12th graders, and it’s at the gorgeous retreat center at Annunciation Heights in Estes Park! Transportation, food, lodging, and shirt are all covered by the $145 cost, and scholarships are available if financial help is needed. We’ll be looking at the powerful imagery of famed C.S. Lewis in this Narnia-based retreat that Tod Masters (the minister at St. Francis Castle Rock) is heading up. You won’t want to miss it!
Take a peek at the attached packet, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Please send me an email if your teen is interested in attending! God bless.
Registration due by Wednesday, March 4th!
Middle School Rally, Feb 15-16th! This is an overnight Diocesan retreat at the Marriott Hotel, open to all 7th and 8th graders. This retreat is an absolute blast, and runs from 8:30am on Saturday to 11:30am on Sunday. The cost is dependent upon how they register for rooming, but if they opt for quad rooming, it’s $125 per person, which includes meals from lunch Saturday to breakfast Sunday.
Registration is due by no later than January 13th! The registration packet below includes registration forms, and additional info on the weekend.
Please just let me know if you have any questions—and please remember that if your teen does not attend the Day Retreat for their grade (it was Saturday, Nov16 for 7th grade, and the 8th grade Day Retreat will be on Saturday, March 7th), then this is their other option to meet the Diocesan retreat requirement…So please plan accordingly!
THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR ALL YOUTH MINISTRY PROGRAMS, 7-12TH HAS ALREADY PASSED! If you have not yet registered your child for Confirmation, LifeTeen, or the Dead Theologians’ Society, please turn your paperwork in ASAP, and note that there is now a $25 late fee.
We need registration forms for ALL programs, including the Confirmation Preparation program for 7th and 8th graders, as well as LifeTeen and the Dead Theologians’ Society for our 9-12th graders! The same form (available at stpaulcos.org/youth) can be used for ALL registrations; simply mark the appropriate program(s) and fill out BOTH sides—including the activity release. It helps us so much to have forms in ASAP, so please help us to get organized for the year to come by turning them in as soon as you can! The fee for either Confirmation or both high school groups (9th-12th don’t have to pay twice if they participate in both LifeTeen and DTS) is $75; the only exception is for students enrolled at St. Paul’s, who pay $40 for their Confirmation program. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions—AND REMEMBER TO INCLUDE A COPY OF THE BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE IF YOU ARE REGISTERING THEM FOR CONFIRMATION! Thank you.
Ministry Opportunity: Calling all adult volunteers! Is God inviting you to serve with the St. Paul Youth Ministry Program? Retreats, LifeTeen, Confirmation, and special events are all completely dependent on the response of faithful disciples like YOU who are willing to answer the call to witness to our teens and journey with them as they grow in faith! If you would be interested in getting involved with any of these ministries, please contact Miriam Pritschet at [email protected] to find out more. (FREE catechist training will be offered over the summer for anyone who’s interested!)
DEAD THEOLOGIANS SOCIETY - Open to any and all teens 9th-12th grade who are interested in digging deeper into their faith and prayer lives by learning from the model set forth for us by the Saints, this group will be meeting from 6:30pm - 8:00pm Tuesdays in the youth room during the school year. If you want to challenge yourself, grow in faith, and explore what it really means to live as a disciple of Christ, this is the group for you! Mortuum Mundo – Vivum in Christo!
*In consideration of the continuity between the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, as well as the life-long nature of the support and prayer which the relationship entails, the Diocese has requested that all parishes speak not about “Sponsors” in reference to Confirmation, but rather “Godparents.” They also ask that we now use this new form for all Godparents who will be accompanying our Confirmandi on their journey towards the Sacrament—so we will not be able to accept any old versions of “Sponsor Forms” from past years, only this form!
I know that the terminology change might be confusing, so to try to clarify: Canon law states that the Godparents of a child (determined at Baptism) should be the sponsor for their Godchild at Confirmation “in so far as possible” (cf. Can. 875). If it is not possible that the Godparents accompany their Godchild in Confirmation, another Catholic adult in good standing with the Church can be designated (our classic understanding of a “Sponsor”).
So: whenever possible, it is strongly encouraged that a Godparent serve as the Confirmandi’s “Sponsor;” the forms (and language we use in the Confirmation program) will now reflect that. However, if it is NOT possible that a Godparent be there, another practicing Catholic, 16 or over, who has received all their Sacraments of Initiation and is not the parent of the child, can serve in the role. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, please just let me know!