PATHS, People After the Holy Spirit, is a two-year Catholic Confirmation Program for high school students designed to deepen faith, challenge growth, and foster friendships within the parish community.
This Ministry consists of:
At the beginning of the first year, all registered PATHS participants will be provided with information on small group leaders, meeting locations and times. They will then be given the choice of groups that they would like to join. Our expectation is that these groups carry forward to the second year of the program. In order to provide the best possible experience for the participants, individual small group size is limited.
Attendance: In order to get the full benefit of this community and program, participants are expected to participate in all scheduled gatherings. If attendance is an expected problem, please consider contacting us about a self-guided home-based faith option as numerous absences could result in delaying Confirmation or repeating a year.
Adult Leaders/Catechists are always needed! Please consider answering God’s call to step into a leadership role and walk with the teens on their journey towards receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Training and easy to digest lesson plans/outlines are provided. Please reach out to the YYAM department for more information or to sign up as a volunteer.
Adult volunteers who are working with children are required to fulfill all Protecting God’s Children components, including attending a safe environment program (VIRTUS), prior to beginning their work.
Your Baptismal name is the name that you were given at birth. That is, your first name. Some people choose to reaffirm their Baptismal name. In the Christian tradition, taking a new name signifies spiritual conversion or a significant spiritual change in your life. This is why, if you choose to take on a different Confirmation name, it should be one of a Christian Saint or Christian person whom you admire.
2nd Year Confirmation Candidates are to submit a letter to the Pastor, Fr. Bernie Pietrzak, stating their intent to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this Spring and become fully initiated into the Catholic Church. Your letter should be at least one page, typed, double spaced, and include the following points:
This letter should be thoughtful and personal. This means the candidate can also speak to any doubts that might be present about their faith or struggles they may have had in the program. Honesty is always welcomed.