Grade 7-10 Faith Formation & Confirmation

Grades 7-10 Faith Formation

As our Faith Formation year is coming to a close we will continue to offer Youth Ministry events for teens in grades 7-12 throughout the summer months. Please visit our Parish Wide Calendar or Youth Ministry page for upcoming events.

We are already planning for next fall's Faith Formation program.  In order for our program to be fulfilling, exciting and meaningful we need many volunteers. However, we do need to be sure that we maintain a nurturing and safe environment for everyone.

In order to keep our young parishioners safe, the Diocese of Norwich has set forth the following requirements:

1. Every new volunteer must have all Safe Environment paperwork and training completed before the start of classes in September. This will include proof of identification and a screening process. Our Faith Formation staff will guide you through the entire process. Everything takes about 1 hour or less to complete. This may be done on your own or in our office. 

2. Returning volunteers may be asked to renew or update their paperwork and or training.

3.  Mandated Reporter training is also asked of our volunteers every two years.

Guidelines and requirements are subject to change and are all mandated by the Diocese of Norwich.

Anyone interested in teaching, or volunteering in any capacity for next year's program please click Here to complete the Faith Formation Interest Form.  If you have any concerns or questions please contact Bridget Thurston at bridget.thurston@cath-comm.org or 860-872-0200 x306

Grades 7-8 Faith Formation at Blessed Sacrament Parish

In grades 7 and 8 we are using Sadlier, "We Believe, We Live our Faith, Vol. 1".  The grade 7 students will use the same text for 2 years.  We will be discovering in more depth who God is and who Jesus is by taking a closer look at the Commandments and our Sacrements. 

The teens will meet 4 times a month.  The sessions will consist of two in person classes, a monthly Saturday evening Mass and service event, and one special session each month with guest speakers sharing their faith journey either on zoom or in person.

We will be living out our faith through learning, service, prayer and practice.

Students may choose one of two class times:  Mondays at St. Matthew's from 7pm-8pm or Tuesdays at St. Bernard's from 6pm-7pm.

HOME STUDY STUDENTS:   You may drop off your completed chapter assessments at either location. Please be sure to put your name on them.

St. Matthew – please place assignments and correspondance in the "Parish Office" drop box on the left hand door on the lower entrance.

St. Bernard – Please place assignments and correspondance in the vestibule of the Parish Office betwen 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Grades 9 and 10 (Confirmation Prep years 1 & 2)

The Blessed Sacrament Parish Confirmation program follows the guidelines of the Diocese of Norwich. The program consists of 2 years of studying our Faith, Catholic Social Teaching, the Workings of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and Community Service. We will delve into a deeper prayer life through learning and participating in different devotions of the Catholic Faith, attending Mass together, and through Adoration. Our vision for our students is that they will grow in wisdom, knowledge, and love, having the confidence to go out into the world to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and live a faith-filled life, steeped in the Catholic Tradition.

We will be using "Chosen Your Journey Toward Confirmation"  by Ascension Press

The teens will meet 4 times a month.  The sessions will consist of two in person classes, a monthly Saturday evening Mass and service event, and one special session each month with guest speakers sharing their faith journey either on zoom or in person.

We will be living out our faith through learning, service, prayer and practice.

Students may choose one of two class times:  Mondays at St. Matthew's from 7pm-8pm or Tuesdays at St. Bernard's from 6pm-7pm.

On-line Registration will begin in September.

Many volunteers are needed to teach or aide in these classes.  Or, perhaps you would like to share your faith journey.  Please contact the faith formation office, or Bridget directly for more information.

ALL Confirmation students - check out this video for a nice reminder of what Confirmation is: Confirmation 101