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St. Thomas the Apostle Church

Program Details

Confirmation & Youth Ministry Program

The following is an explanation of the High School Confirmation & Youth Ministry structure at St. Thomas, which went into effect in the Fall of 2010 for incoming Freshmen, and has since been slightly revised and enhanced to add additional offerings.

Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation preparation is a two-year process.  Following accordingly, teens must complete all necessary components of the program for two years to be eligible to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Thus, the earliest a teen would be eligible for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation would be in the spring of their sophomore year.  

Still, this is not a one-size-fits-all program.  As always, we are open to working with everyone on a case by case basis to address the time-frame and format of these requirements that make the most sense for each teen and family.

Click here for a traditional progression and brief explanation of the Confirmation program requirements.

Options for Involvement Outside of Confirmation Program

Retreat Team – Any teen, sophomore and above, who has attended a LIFE Retreat (the 3-day retreat required for 2nd year of Confirmation prep) is eligible to join our Retreat Team that plans and organizes the upcoming retreats.  Generally LIFE Team meets weekly on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) – We will be taking a group of young people and adults to NCYC in the fall of 2017 (November 16-18, 2017).  This is an amazing experience connecting teens from our parish with over 25,000 Catholic teens from around the country.  NCYC will be held in Indianapolis, IN at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Mission Trips – Each summer we try to offer a local (non-overnight), national (7-day overnight) and international (7-10 days overnight) mission experiences.  This is a great opportunity for teens passionate about service and justice and living out the call in Matthew 25 to really dive deeper into what it means to truly be a servant.  Information is usually provided in the winter prior to the trip dates.

Pancake Breakfasts – Teens are allowed to volunteer for monthly pancake breakfasts.  Volunteers are typically needed from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on days that the breakfasts are held.  2017-2018 Pancake Breakfast dates are as follows: October 1, October 29, December 3, January 21, February 25, and April 8.  You can join the volunteer text reminder list by texting @ympancakes to 81010.

LIFE Community Nights – These are open youth nights for any teen in high school from St. Thomas and their friends.  Come to share real pain, real joys and experience real community, real faith, real life!  They generally run from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month unless otherwise noted.  2017-2018 LIFE Community Night dates are as follows: October 5, November 2, December 7, January 4 (All day ski trip), February 1, March 2 (1-3p.m. Praise & Worship Adoration), April 5


For more information about these, or any other program offerings, please contact:

Brett Adams

Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry

630-355-8980 x 117 (Office)

630-731-7721 (Cell) (E-mail)


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