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1 FAMILY NAME: ADDRESS: San Rafael Catholic Church YOUTH MINISTRY & MIDDLE SCHOOL MINISTRY REGISTRATION YEAR: FAMILY INFORMATION CITY: STATE: ZIP: HOME #: FATHER (or male guardian) FULL NAME: CELL PHONE: RELIGION: MARITAL STATUS: CURRENT PARISH INVOVLEMENT: PARENT INFORMATION MOTHER (or female guardian) FULL NAME: MAIDEN NAME: CELL PHONE: RELIGION: MARITAL STATUS: CURRENT PARISH INVOVLEMENT: STUDENT INFORMATION STUDENT S FULL LEGAL NAME: BIRTHDATE: SEX: SCHOOL: GRADE: STUDENT STUDENT CELL: T-SHIRT SIZE: Other information would like us to know about your child: BAPTISMAL DATE: SACRAMENTAL INFORMATION NAME & COMPLETE ADDRESS OF CHURCH OF BAPTISM: 1 ST RECONCILIATION DATE: NAME OF CHURCH: 1 ST COMMUNION DATE: NAME OF CHURCH: CONFIRMATION DATE: NAME OF CHURCH: CHECK ANY SACRAMENTS STILL NEEDED: BAPTISM: RECONCILIATION: COMMUNION: CONFIRMATION: If the student is not living with their birth mother/father (due to separation or divorce) please enter the following: Birth Parent s Legal Name: Address: Religion: If mother, provide maiden name: Contact Number: Marital Status: 1

2 Welcome to Youth Ministry! Dear Parish Families, Welcome to San Rafael s Youth Ministry & Confirmation Program. I am excited to journey with your family and your teen towards the Sacrament of Confirmation. In this welcome packet you will read about a several highlight events and important dates for Youth Ministry. This is truly a special time of spiritual formation for your teen, one that I hope will strengthen your entire family. Our Parent and Student Orientation will be held on September 20 at 6-7PM in the Parish Hall. At this time we will review all requirements and expectations for Confirmation. We will also have very important forms for you to review and sign, so please be sure to be there. In addition to worshipping at San Rafael Parish, your family has the opportunity to give your time, talent and treasure to the many ministries this faith community has to offer. Opportunities to participate are not restricted to Youth Ministry or Confirmation, but include all parish ministries such as Adult Faith Formation, Religious Education, Knights of Columbus, and Mothers Spirituality Group, to name a few. It is your example that will have the greatest impact on the faith formation of your child. In His Service, Lailani Gachalian Coordinator for Middle School & High School Youth Ministries Website: Office: Text Reminders: To sign up, please refer to last page of this packet Facebook: San Rafael Youth Ministry

3 CONFIRMATION GENERAL INFORMATION Confirmation preparation is a two-year process within the high school years. Teens typically begin in their freshman year of high school (although it is not unusual for teens to begin this process later as a sophomore or junior). This two-year formation process is based on the principles set forth in the National Conference of Catholic Bishops document Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry. Our Confirmation process is not only preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, but also focuses on the importance of teens becoming active members of their Catholic Church Community. Expectations & Requirements: (details will be reviewed at Parent & Student Orientation): Mass Attendance Class Attendance Community Service Entrance Ritual with Confirmation Sponsor Sunday, January 3, 2016 at the 12PM mass. Class with sponsor 1-2pm. Youth Days (attend at least one) Thursday, February 25, 2016 (Anaheim Convention Center) Saturday, April 2, 2016 (San Diego, Cathedral High School) Retreats 1 st Year Retreat: November 13-15, 2015 (Whispering Winds, Julian CA) PARENT NIGHTS: Important nights just for parents! Wednesday, October 21, PM-8:30PM, San Rafael Church GUEST SPEAKER: Roy Petitfils, M.S., has worked with teens and parents for over twenty years in schools, parishes and now as a counselor in private practice. In addition to counseling he consults with parishes, schools, dioceses and national organizations who seek to improve their outreach to younger generations. He presents parish missions, workshops and retreats in dioceses throughout the US. Roy has written several books and for nearly ten years he wrote an internationally syndicated column for adults about today s young people. He and his wife Mindi live with their two sons Max and Ben in South Louisiana. For more information about Roy Petitfils: Sunday, March 13, :30-8PM, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish (Parish Hall) A Night of Story and Song with band Emmaus Blvd. Parents take a stroll down musical memory lane. Hear from Youth Ministers as they share their own experiences of ministering to teens and families. Be affirmed, encouraged, and spiritually strengthened as we close night with praise & worship. While parents are in the hall with Emmaus Blvd., teens will participate in their own Lenten Prayer Service at the same time in OLMC s Church. For more information about Emmaus Blvd:

4 OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS FOR PARENTS & FAMILIES: ALTARATION SERIES Room J, 6-8PM on December 6, December 13, January 10, January 24, and January 31 This year we are inviting our parents to join us for a special 5-week series called Altaration. Altaration is designed for teens, but proves to be as engaging for adults! How can we better appreciate the awesome beauty and mystery of the Mass... and to actually look forward to attending and participating? Through a unique learning experience, including powerful cinematography and workbook resources, you will come to see the Mass and the priesthood in a dramatically new way. Altaration is designed to stir thought, create conversation, dispel myths, and inspire souls to a deep and lasting love for the Mass. The goal of Altaration is not to fill heads with information but to pierce hearts with transformation. Preview the Altaration trailer: FAMILY POTLUCK April 24, PM, Parish Hall There is no better way to end the year than with a meal with our church family. We will eat, greet, and play exciting family games! Families must RSVP for this event. More details to come!

5 1 st Year Confirmation Calendar PM, Room H San Rafael Youth Ministry September 20 Parent & Student Orientation 6-7PM, Parish Hall September 27 Session 1 Night of Reflection October 4 Session 2 Why am I here? October 11 Session 3 What makes me happy? October 21 PARENT Rafael Church 7PM-8:30PM October 18 Session 4 - What s your story God? October 25 Session 5 How do I know God is real? November 1 NO CLASS Have a blessed All Saints Day! November 8 Session 6 Who is Jesus? November st Year Confirmation Retreat November 15 Optional: Shepherd Parish Guest: Emmaus Blvd. November 22 NO CLASS Happy Thanksgiving! November 29 Session 7 Why be Catholic? December 6 Session 8 More Than Meets The Eye December 13 Session 9 Our Father s Plan December 20 NO CLASS Merry Christmas! December 27 NO CLASS Happy New Year! January 3 Session 10 Entrance Ritual 1-2pm Class with Sponsor January 10 Session 11 The Mystery Revealed January 17 NO CLASS MLK Holiday January 24 Session 12 What Is Our Response? January 31 Session 13 The Whys Behind the Whats February 7 NO CLASS (Chargers Win The Super Bowl!) February 14 NO CLASS Presidents Day Break February 21 Session 14 Where am I going? February 25 L.A. Youth Day (option 1) February 28 Session 15 How do I get there? March 6 Session 16 Tenebrae March 13 Session 17 Lady of Mt.Carmel - Class & Youth Prayer Service PARENT 6:30-8PM March 20 NO CLASS Holy Week March 27 NO CLASS Happy Easter! April 2 Synergy Youth Day (option 2) April 3 Session 18 Alleluia: The Resurrection April 10 NO CLASS PUSD Spring Break April 17 Session 19 Inspired! April 24 End of Year Family Potluck (must RSVP to attend) 6-8PM in Parish Hall

6 SanRafael YouthMin would like you to join Confirmation Yr1! To receive messages via text, to You can optout of messages at anytime by replying, Trouble using 81010? Try to (760) instead. To: Enter this number Text this message *Standard text message rates apply. Or to receive messages via , send an to To unsubscribe, reply with 'unsubscribe' in the subject line. New message Recipients Subject (You can leave the subject blank) WHAT IS REMIND AND WHY IS IT SAFE? Remind is a free, safe, and simple messaging tool that helps teachers share important updates and reminders with students & parents. Subscribe by text, or using the Remind app. All personal information is kept private. Teachers will never see your phone number, nor will you see theirs. Visit remind.com to learn more.

7 Confirmed Adults & Young Adults Needed Make a difference in a young person s life by being a part of our Catechist Team Our goal is to give our youth an experience of faith that is as fun, spirit filled, and as fruitful as possible. The difference between achieving this goal and not is based on your participation. I cannot achieve this without your help. At this time we do not have enough catechists for Middle School and High School Programs and I ask you to greatly consider volunteering. We are looking for Confirmed adult and young adult leaders to team-teach our classes. We will provide training, materials, and all lesson plans for you. You don t have to do this alone. Faith formation for our youth will not be a reality without enough volunteers, so please consider and pray about volunteering in this rewarding ministry. Our youth are very capable and ready to fall in love with God and his Church. They are ready to run the race, to fight the good fight. But they will not know how, unless someone is there to show them and guide them on that journey. I ask that you answer that call to be that someone for our youth. Middle School Catechist Training will be held on Thursday, September 10, from 6:30-8PM High School Catechist Training will be held on Sunday, September 13, from 6-8PM If you are interested in volunteering please contact Lailani at: or Thank you and God bless, Lailani Gachalian Youth Ministry Coordinator Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?" "Here I am," I said; "send me!" Isaiah 6:8

8 Welcome to Youth Ministry! Dear Parish Families, Welcome to San Rafael s Youth Ministry & Confirmation Program. I am excited to journey with your family and your teen towards the Sacrament of Confirmation. In this welcome packet you will read about a several highlight events and important dates for Youth Ministry. This is truly a special time of spiritual formation for your teen, one that I hope will strengthen your entire family. Our Parent and Student Orientation will be held on September 20 at 6-7PM in the Parish Hall. At this time we will review all requirements and expectations for Confirmation. We will also have very important forms for you to review and sign, so please be sure to be there. In addition to worshipping at San Rafael Parish, your family has the opportunity to give your time, talent and treasure to the many ministries this faith community has to offer. Opportunities to participate are not restricted to Youth Ministry or Confirmation, but include all parish ministries such as Adult Faith Formation, Religious Education, Knights of Columbus, and Mothers Spirituality Group, to name a few. It is your example that will have the greatest impact on the faith formation of your child. In His Service, Lailani Gachalian Coordinator for Middle School & High School Youth Ministries Website: Office: Text Reminders: To sign up, please refer to last page of this packet Facebook: San Rafael Youth Ministry

9 CONFIRMATION GENERAL INFORMATION Confirmation preparation is a two-year process within the high school years. Teens typically begin in their freshman year of high school (although it is not unusual for teens to begin this process later as a sophomore or junior). This two-year formation process is based on the principles set forth in the National Conference of Catholic Bishops document Renewing the Vision: A Framework for Catholic Youth Ministry. Our Confirmation process is not only preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, but also focuses on the importance of teens becoming active members of their Catholic Church Community. Expectations & Requirements: (details will be reviewed at Parent & Student Orientation): Mass Attendance Class Attendance Community Service Covenant Ritual with Confirmation Sponsor Sunday, September 27, 2015 at the 12PM mass. Class with sponsor from 1-2pm. Youth Days (attend at least one) Thursday, February 25, 2016 (Anaheim Convention Center) Saturday, April 2, 2016 (San Diego, Cathedral High School) Retreats 2 nd Year Retreat: February 12-14, 2016 (Whispering Winds, Julian CA) PARENT NIGHTS: Important nights just for parents! Wednesday, October 21, PM-8:30PM, San Rafael Church GUEST SPEAKER: Roy Petitfils, M.S., has worked with teens and parents for over twenty years in schools, parishes and now as a counselor in private practice. In addition to counseling he consults with parishes, schools, dioceses and national organizations who seek to improve their outreach to younger generations. He presents parish missions, workshops and retreats in dioceses throughout the US. Roy has written several books and for nearly ten years he wrote an internationally syndicated column for adults about today s young people. He and his wife Mindi live with their two sons Max and Ben in South Louisiana. For more information about Roy Petitfils: Sunday, March 13, :30-8PM, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish (Parish Hall) A Night of Story and Song with band Emmaus Blvd. Parents take a stroll down musical memory lane. Hear from Youth Ministers as they share their own experiences of ministering to teens and families. Be affirmed, encouraged, and spiritually strengthened as we close night with praise & worship. While parents are in the hall with Emmaus Blvd., teens will participate in their own Lenten Prayer Service at the same time in OLMC s Church. For more information about Emmaus Blvd:

10 OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS FOR PARENTS & FAMILIES: ALTARATION SERIES Room J, 6-8PM on December 6, December 13, January 10, January 24, and January 31 This year we are inviting our parents to join us for a special 5-week series called Altaration. Altaration is designed for teens, but proves to be as engaging for adults! How can we better appreciate the awesome beauty and mystery of the Mass... and to actually look forward to attending and participating? Through a unique learning experience, including powerful cinematography and workbook resources, you will come to see the Mass and the priesthood in a dramatically new way. Altaration is designed to stir thought, create conversation, dispel myths, and inspire souls to a deep and lasting love for the Mass. The goal of Altaration is not to fill heads with information but to pierce hearts with transformation. Preview the Altaration trailer: FAMILY POTLUCK April 24, PM, Parish Hall There is no better way to end the year than with a meal with our church family. We will eat, greet, and play exciting family games! Families must RSVP for this event. More details to come!

11 2 nd Year Confirmation Calendar PM, Room D San Rafael Youth Ministry September 20 Parent & Student Orientation 6PM, Parish Hall September 27 Session 1 - Covenant Ritual 1-2pm Class with Sponsor October 4 Session 2 All Who Are Thirsty October 11 Session 3 Big Brother, Big Sister October 21 PARENT Rafael Church, 7PM-8:30PM October 18 Session 4 Grace Infused October 25 Session 5 When did my journey begin? November 1 NO CLASS Have a blessed All Saints Day! November 8 Session 6 Why tell my sins to a priest? November 15 Session 7 Shepherd Parish Guest: Emmaus Blvd. November 22 NO CLASS Happy Thanksgiving! November 29 Session 8 How does God help when it hurts? (Guest speaker) December 6 Session 9 Who is the Holy Spirit? December 13 Session 10 What does the Holy Spirit do for me? December 20 NO CLASS Merry Christmas! December 27 NO CLASS Happy New Year! January 3 Session 11 Why have I been chosen? January 10 Session 12 Why do I have to go to Mass? January 17 NO CLASS MLK Holiday January 24 Session 13 What does it mean to say I do? January 31 Session 14 Who s calling? (Guest speaker) February 7 NO CLASS (Chargers Win The Super Bowl!) February nd Year Confirmation Retreat February 14 NO CLASS Presidents Day Break February 21 Session 15 What would Jesus do? February 25 L.A. Youth Day February 28 Session 16 Do I have what it takes? March 6 Session 17 Why wait? (Guest speaker) March 13 Session 18 Lady of Mt.Carmel - Class & Youth Prayer Service PARENT 6:30-8PM March 20 Confirmation in Church March 27 NO CLASS Happy Easter! April 1 TENTATIVE DATE: (other possible dates: 4/8 or 4/15) April 2 Synergy Youth Day April 3 Session 19 How do I build the Kingdom? April 10 NO CLASS PUSD Spring Break April 17 Session 19 Where do I go from here? (Guest speaker) April 24 End of Year Family Potluck (must RSVP to attend) 6-8PM in Parish Hall

12 SanRafael YouthMin would like you to join Confirmation Yr2! To receive messages via text, to You can optout of messages at anytime by replying, Trouble using 81010? Try to (760) instead. To: Enter this number Text this message *Standard text message rates apply. Or to receive messages via , send an to To unsubscribe, reply with 'unsubscribe' in the subject line. New message Recipients Subject (You can leave the subject blank) WHAT IS REMIND AND WHY IS IT SAFE? Remind is a free, safe, and simple messaging tool that helps teachers share important updates and reminders with students & parents. Subscribe by text, or using the Remind app. All personal information is kept private. Teachers will never see your phone number, nor will you see theirs. Visit remind.com to learn more.

13 Confirmed Adults & Young Adults Needed Make a difference in a young person s life by being a part of our Catechist Team Our goal is to give our youth an experience of faith that is as fun, spirit filled, and as fruitful as possible. The difference between achieving this goal and not is based on your participation. I cannot achieve this without your help. At this time we do not have enough catechists for Middle School and High School Programs and I ask you to greatly consider volunteering. We are looking for Confirmed adult and young adult leaders to team-teach our classes. We will provide training, materials, and all lesson plans for you. You don t have to do this alone. Faith formation for our youth will not be a reality without enough volunteers, so please consider and pray about volunteering in this rewarding ministry. Our youth are very capable and ready to fall in love with God and his Church. They are ready to run the race, to fight the good fight. But they will not know how, unless someone is there to show them and guide them on that journey. I ask that you answer that call to be that someone for our youth. Middle School Catechist Training will be held on Thursday, September 10, from 6:30-8PM High School Catechist Training will be held on Sunday, September 13, from 6-8PM If you are interested in volunteering please contact Lailani at: or Thank you and God bless, Lailani Gachalian Youth Ministry Coordinator Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?" "Here I am," I said; "send me!" Isaiah 6:8

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