Eighth Grade Sacramental Prep

2021-22 Important Dates

  • Confirmation Parent Meeting: Tuesday, September 14 or Wednesday, September 15 at 7:30 PM.
  • Retreat: Students will attend a retreat at Damascus Catholic Mission Campus the weekend of
    November 19-21, 2021 OR a day retreat on Saturday, November 13, 2021 *Students must attend one*
  • Service Hours: Confirmation is the final Sacrament of Initiation into the Church and so we ask students preparing for this Sacrament to begin thinking on how they can best give of their time, talents, & treasure to support the Church and their community. We ask students to complete at least 12 hours prior to Confirmation. Students can begin counting hours after their 7th grade year is over. We will send opportunities for service at St. Brendan as they arise. Service hours can be logged using the button at the top of this page at any time.
  • Sponsor: Students should prayerfully select their sponsor so they can accompany them throughout their year of preparation! We will ask for Sponsor Information along with registration for this Sacrament in the Fall. Sponsors, if not a member of St. Brendan, will need a letter of good standing from the pastor at their parish they belong to no later than March 1, 2022. Also, we invite sponsors to write the teen they are sponsoring a letter of congrats, support and encouragement for taking this big step in their Catholic journey of faith. Please see the form below for more information. Please e-mail these letters to Bonnie or drop them off to the parish office. For more guidance, see this form Sponsor Letter of Good Standing & Letter to Teen
  • Confirmation Name: research what Saint you will honor for your Confirmation name. We will ask for this information along with registrations for this Sacrament in the Fall.
  • Confirmation Practice & Reconciliation Service: TBD based on Confirmation Liturgy date
  • Liturgy Dates: TBD – Typically late April. The Diocese will notify us in August/September

Dress Code

The most important thing to remember is that we ask everyone (including sponsors) to dress appropriately for this Sacred Liturgy! Also, please dispose of any gum prior to entering Church.

      • Ladies:  please wear modest dresses or dress pants/shirt (of any color) along with dress shoes (please no sandals or flip flops).  Cap sleeves or tank top width straps are acceptable, but please NO spaghetti straps or strapless dresses unless a covering of some sort is used.
      • Men:  please wear a suit jacket & pants along with a dress shirt, tie & dress shoes.  The suit jacket is optional, but please wear a tie.  The apparel can be any color (within reason).

We are so excited for our Confirmandi to have the opportunity to step away from regular life to grow closer to God through faith experiences, high-adventure activities,  etc…with Damascus Catholic Mission Campus!

Schedule:

  • Friday, November 19Students should arrive on site between 6:00 and 6:30 PM. Damascus is 45 minutes north of Columbus in Centerburg, OH at 7550 Ramey Road.
  • Sunday, November 21: Parents are invited to come to Damascus for the closing Mass beginning at 11:30 AM. If you choose not to attend Mass at Damascus, please pick up your teen at 12:30 PM.

Before Retreat To-Do’s:

  • Check the Damascus Packing List and help your 8th grader pack for the weekend!
  • Fill out these forms & e-mail to bcreeger@stbrendans.net
        • Diocesan Parental Permission Form 2021 (St. Brendan)
        • Damascus Diocesan Waiver
        • Damascus COVID-19 Waiver
  • Fill out the Damascus Pre-Retreat Health Screen and bring it with you on retreat
  • If you haven’t already done so, please make your payment HERE. Scroll towards the bottom of the page under “Sacrament Fees” & click on “Confirmation Retreat Fee”.