Plan for Confirmation in Light of Covid-19
In light of Covid-19, St. Luke the Evangelist is taking precautions to minimize the spread of disease and keep all of our students safe, while still providing quality religious education. Our goal is to provide each student with meaningful religious education experiences that will help them encounter Jesus Christ and to develop a relationship with Him. That being said, there will be some modifications to the Confirmation program.
Here is how the program will look:
- Sacramental preparation for Confirmation will primarily take place with 1:1 formation meetings with catechists and with tasks to complete at home. These meetings will take place once a semester and will be scheduled via Calendly. Scheduling information will be provided via email in the coming weeks.
- Parents will be given a monthly newsletter, which will be shared via email, to help enrich their own faith formation as well as provide you with ideas to make your home a more faith filled environment.
- Students will be given a faith based reflection, each semester, in which they will directly encounter the spiritual depth of the Church; and after reflecting students will be asked to write a short response to turn into the St. Luke Catechetical Office.
- Students will participate in a “choosing your saint name” project, which will provide each student with an opportunity to encounter the great heroes of the Church
- Students will be asked to participate in meaningful faith based discussions with their family and friends.
- Sponsors will play a greater role and will be asked to participate in a multiple activities that will take place at home.
- Students will be asked to complete 24 hours of service over the course of 7th and 8th grade. A coordinated service project, that adheres to current guidelines will be made available once a semester.
- 7th and 8th grade students will participate in a dynamic retreat each year. (This is tentative)
- Catechists will be available to assist you through out the year if you have any questions or concerns.
- Information regarding the date for Confirmation can be found on the right hand side of this page by clicking on the calendar button. Please note that all events, and the procedures associated with them, are tentative and subject to change.
St. Luke is committed to assist you in any way that we can. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Max Hall, Parish Catechetical Leader.
Confirmation is a spiritual, sacred and permanent sign or seal that marks the Christian as a witness of Christ through the action of the Holy Spirit.
It is conferred by the bishop or his designated person. In the Diocese of Cleveland students will traditionally begin this period of formation in the 7th grade and continue it through the 8th grade while receiving the sacrament in the 8th grade year. Through this sacrament, the faithful share more fully in the gifts of the Holy Spirit which bring renewed vibrancy to the spiritual life of the person.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit are knowledge, understanding, wisdom, fortitude, right judgment, piety and fear of the Lord.
The gift of knowledge helps to instruct us about God and to appreciate God’s work in the world; the gift of understanding helps one penetrate into the truths of faith; the gift of wisdom helps one make judgments that will help to attain the goal of holiness; the gift of courage or fortitude helps each person boldly to proclaim the gospel; the gift of right judgment or counsel helps the confirmand make right decisions; the gift of reverence or piety inspires gratitude to God for all that was given; and the gift of wonder and awe or fear of the Lord inspires appreciation for the presence of the Lord. The gifts enhance the spiritual life of the confirmand and prepare him or her to be a witness to the world.
To be a “witness” means to behave and speak like Christ.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit the Christian now attends to both the physical and spiritual needs of others. Just as all who are confirmed, so too, the person with mental limitations is called to be a witness to the Lord. People with intellectual/developmental disabilities can be invited to fully give of their own unique virtues. These may be demonstrated through specific acts such as caring for elderly or disabled people in a very loving way. Or, this virtue may be shown in their special style of presence and prayer. The person with intellectual/developmental disabilities is often capable of giving a special uninhibited welcome to the stranger. Or, their gift may be that of prayer offered in a simple, heartfelt manner. People with disabilities are most often seen as objects of service rather than as people who have their own gifts to share. It is through the sacrament of confirmation that the Holy Spirit is let loose in the hearts of people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Through this giver of holiness they witness both within the church and to secular society.
Please review the Program Handbook for more information.
- One Child – $80 (ONLY $60 THROUGH THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASS)
- Two Children – $95 (ONLY $75 THROUGH THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASS)
- Three or more Children – $110 (ONLY $90 THROUGH THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASS)
***THERE IS A $20 DISCOUNT ON TUITION UNTIL THE FIRST WEEK OF CLASS.
- Cash – If paying with cash please put payment in an envelope indicating the students name and program.
- Check – Please make checks payable to St. Luke Church and write the student’s name and program in the memo box.
**Payment for Confirmation is made during the first year of preparation and covers the entirety of the two year program.
***Financial Aid is available to families in need. Please contact the Parish Catechetical Leader, Max Hall, to arrange for this.
**** If your child is in the Parish School of Religion (Public School Students in grades 1-8) then there is a separate additional cost. Please refer to the respective program page for tuition costs.
Class Cancellation Policy
If the Lakewood City School cancels school for the day then PSR classes/Sacramental Preparation classes will also be canceled. Should a storm arrive late, or inclement weather is forthcoming a notification will be sent to families via email, Remind text notification, and parish social media accounts. Please check the parish website for updates as well.