This year, our SEALED Confirmation program at American Martyrs Church is utilizing CHOSEN by Ascension Press - What is Chosen? Chosen is our new Confirmation resource that includes a student workbook, leader guides and video resources for our Catechists, and parents and sponsors receive guides, too! To learn more, watch the video below.
Year 2 Confirmation Candidates! Our next and LAST Confirmation class is April 5, 2020. Watch this video to get a glimpse of what the lesson will cover. Be sure to bring your sponsor with you to class. If your sponsor cannot make it, bring one of your parents. Below you will find the links to your reading with an additional resource. Please complete the form below before class on April 5th. Also remember to arrive in O'Donnell Hall at 3:20pm for check in! We look forward to seeing you then!
If your Sponsor is not registered at American Martyrs Parish and they still need to complete their verification form through their parish, have them download it here by using the button on the right side of this page under the Parish Service Form. Their parish will mail it to American Martyrs once it is completed and sealed by the parish. Please have your sponsor hand these forms to their parish so that we receive them no later than April 15th. They can also bring these forms (after their parish has filled out the necessary information) with them to class if that is more convenient for them.
This month, Candidates will explore morality as it pertains to our Catholic faith and teaching. We will read about prudence, virtue, and moral decision-making. We will recognize that we each have a conscience and must actively form it as we use it to guide our decisions. It is through the love and Grace of God, coupled with our own pursuit of knowledge of right and wrong and good and evil, that we can achieve this. Candidates are encouraged to commit themselves to learning why the guidelines and moral teachings of our Church exist.
Please read the assigned sections in the YouCat, read the additional article, and answer the Parent and Teen reflection prompts. Remember to bring a hard copy of the reflection responses to our Sealed. 2 Session 6 on Sunday, March 1, 2020 in O'Donnell Hall at 3:30pm. Teens are invited to come 10 minutes early to socialize prior to class.
In the months of January, Candidates will explore the two Sacraments of Service. Teens will discover that a vocation is different from a job or a career; it is a specific and unique call from God that is to be lived out. Together, we will look at two very distinct vocations that are Sacraments of the Church. Through these vocations, we are called to live our lives, united in Christ, for others. We are called to service through love in the Sacraments of Matrimony and Holy Orders.
Please read the assigned sections in the YouCat, read the additional article, and complete the parent and teen reflection. Remember to bring a hard copy of the reflections with you to the next Sealed. Session, Sunday January 26, 2020 in O'Donnell Hall at 3:30pm. Show up 15 minutes early to enjoy snacks, time to socialize, and to check in!
This month, Candidates will explore the two Sacraments of Healing. We are called to reconcile ourselves to Christ. We are called to be healed and made whole. It is through the mercy and Grace of God that we can achieve this.
Please read the assigned sections in the YouCat, read the additional article, and complete the teen and parent reflection. We ask you to type out and bring a hard copy of the refection and hand that to your Core leader at our next meeting. Prep work should be completed before Sealed. 2 Session 3 on Sunday November 17, 2019 in O'Donnell Hall at 3:30pm. Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to catch up with friends, grab a snack, and check in!
This is a video made by a teen for teens about the Sacraments of initiation. Enjoy :)
This month, Candidates will explore the three Sacraments of Initiation. We remember that through Baptism and Confirmation we belong to Christ, are identified with him and are gifted constantly by his Spirit in community and in our church. We receive the Eucharist to deepen our lifelong initiation into Christ’s life, death, and Resurrection. When we meet this month, we will focus specifically on how receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation will initiate you as full members of the Church.
Please read the assigned sections in the YouCat, respond to the parent and teen reflection, and bring a printed version of the response to your Core member to next session. Remember to have this all completed by the next Sealed. 2 Session 2 on Sunday, October 6, 2019 in O'Donnell Hall at 3:30pm. Come 10 minutes early to socialize, get snacks, check in!
Teens of Year 2 Confirmation will join us for our first SEALED. class on September 15 at 3:30pm in St. Kateri Room. Class ends at 6:00pm. Online prep work and parent and teen reflections are not required for this first class. Online work will begin with our second class. Please take special note that the 5pm Mass is also included in all other SEALED. classes. Teens are encouraged to actively participate in those Masses. If you are interested in becoming a teen lector, please email to let us know and we will provide info for upcoming trainings! I am looking forward to seeing you all on September 15! :)
On February 10, 2019, International speaker, author, and musician Emily Wilson and national speaker and musician Andrew Laubacher (ALOB) will join us to speak to Year 1 and Year 2 SEALED. candidates about the Theology of the Body, with a specific focus on message about the universal desire for authentic love and relationships.
We will gather all SEALED. 1 & 2 girls to listen to Emily Wilson speak in O'Donnell Hall. Emily is a full-time traveling speaker, singer/songwriter, author, and worship leader from Southern California. She has spoken and played music at dozens of national and international youth and young adult events in two dozen states and numerous countries, including diocesan, parish, and school events, as well as Life Teen conferences, Steubenville conferences, the National Catholic Youth Conference, and the Australian and Swiss Catholic Youth Festivals.
Andrew Laubacher (ALOB) is a full-time speaker and musician from Ventura, California and has traveled around the country speaking and sharing his faith through music. He powerfully shares his story of encountering authentic love in God in such a powerful way that he was moved to change so much about how he lived his life. He will address what it takes for young men to form healthy relationships rooted in love. All SEALED. 1 & 2 boys will listen to ALOB speak in St. Kateri room.
This event will be fun, informative, and inspiring for all of our teens. Find out more about Emily Wilson and ALOB, you can check out their websites. Emily Wilson's Website & ALOB's Website
Teens! We will have lots of people in class that day, so come to class at 3:20pm for check in! Girls will meet n O'Donnell Hall and boys will meet in St. Kateri Room. Please note that there is no assigned reading or prep work for this month!
This month we will have three guest speakers from three various service organizations who will join us to speak about social justice, our call to live our faith in love and service, and different ways that you can get involved through amazing service opportunities!
Please note that as you prepare for class this month, we ask you to think about and pray about how you are asked to prepare and what you are asked to contribute at the next class. Please do the following before and bring the following to class on February 11:
On February 11, we hope to connect our teens to the neighbor that lives on other continents, in other cities, and the neighbor that sits next to them in church! These three ways of preparing and giving help us to engage in service in very real and practical ways before we hear about other relational ways to get involved in living out our faith! See you in O'Donnell Hall on February 11 at 3:15pm for check in!