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Hi and thank you for your interest in the St. Philip's Confirmation program! 

 

Here are a few things you need to know about the program, along with our links to register your son/daughter!

 

First, we have a new theme for this year, "Relentless Father". We want someone to seek us out when we are lost, broken, afraid, and alone, and God the Father is not simply waiting, but is actively pursuing all of us. What is required is not a change in a God who is unchanging, but a change in our perspective. We are going to dive into who God is, not simply as Father, but as a Relentless Father – a Father that never gives up, never lets us down, never grows weary of finding us, saving us, protecting us, and healing us. 

 

This relentless love is displayed perfectly in Him giving us His own Son that He might be sacrificed on the cross – even though we didn’t deserve that kind of love (Romans 5:8). It is evident in the Father’s refusal to abandon us, even when we feel the most alone. This love, pursuit, and protection is a mystery – it flies in the face of our lived experience but we need to remember our lived experience is human experience. God is beyond our human limitations and failings.


Next, is our curriculum. This year we will be following the Life Teen Confirmation model. Our program lessons will be split into two parts: 


Period of Evangelization: This period of time will be to reintroduce and deepen our teen’s understanding of the basic Tenants of the Catholic Faith. For some it will be a review, and for others it may be the first time many Catholic beliefs are explained and introduced.


Period of Mission: This period focuses on a growing relationship with Jesus, a lively interaction with the Holy Spirit, and a deeper understanding of the missionary call each teen received during their baptism. 


Third, here are a few requirements for the program. 


Retreat: We will be holding our retreat off campus, and it will be a two day, one night retreat. We know that because it is so close to home and activities, it feels easier to pull them away and bring them back. We please ask that you commit to the whole retreat. They miss valuable time and it is hard to bring them back into certain sessions without participating in the activities beforehand. 


The retreats are required for the confirmation program, so if you are unable to make the retreat, we will need your teen to attend a retreat with another parish. We strongly suggest that you make every effort to make our retreat. We feel it is very beneficial to the teens to attend with other candidates and leaders that they are already comfortable with, as it helps them to feel comfortable to open up.


Service Hours: 10hrs. We prefer that they fulfill the hours here at the church, but we do accept hours from other volunteering around the community.


Fourth, We are in the midst of confirming the calendar. The meeting times for the lessons will be from 6:30-8pm. Luke will be sending out a calendar, but the first day of classes start on Sunday September 23rd.


If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us! 


Luke: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

David: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 Confirmation Yr 1 Registration  (If your son/daughter has not completed their first year of confirmation classes)

 Confirmation Yr 2 Registration 

 

 

 

SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY

THE BLESSING MASS – ALL ARE WELCOME

The annual Blessing Mass, hosted by the Special Needs Ministry, will be held at St. Philip the Apostle

Catholic Church at 9:30AM on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Please note the change in Mass time from
9:15AM to 9:30AM solely for this weekend.

The Blessing Mass focuses on our family and our community, celebrating the uniqueness and talents
that each member brings into our lives ‐ recognizing the diversity that is so prevalent not only within our
families but also our parishioners.

So regardless of how society views an individual, the Blessing Mass welcomes all and embraces each one
as a child of God – without whom our family would be incomplete.

Every one of us knows of someone who is:
‐ Elderly (individuals who once cared for us and now we need to return the favor)
‐ Physically challenged (individuals who make our families and communities stronger)
‐ Spiritually in need of our Lord’s grace and peace (individuals who suffer in silence)
‐ A care‐giver (individuals who truly sacrifice themselves for the sake of another)

The ‘Blessing Mass – All are Welcome’ is open to all regardless of whether you are a parishioner or even
a non‐Catholic – all are welcome! Following the Blessing mass will be a Community Fair with resources,
games and food. We encourage you to attend and to bring your family and friends to join in this
celebration of gratitude and thanksgiving for those who our Lord has placed in our lives.

You will hear more about this Blessing Mass in the coming weeks. Please keep this Mass in your prayers.

May our Lord bless you and your families.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christian Formation for Adults (RCIA)

Interested in joining the church? Inquiry classes will be

starting soon. If you are interested in

Baptism, or have been baptized in

another denomination and would like to join the church or if you are baptized Catholic and would like to make you confirmation and

communion give the parish a call.

We welcome acquaintances or friends who would just like to find out more about the Catholic Church. Spread the word and give your voice of

encouragement. Give Sr. Teresita a call

(626) 793-0693 X.109 (no commitment necessary).

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