Grade 8- Confirmation Year 1

  • Gifted with the Spirit - Junior High Edition
    • Every lesson of Gifted with the Spirit begins and ends with prayer. Each lesson includes hands-on Bible activities to help the young people develop greater familiarity and comfort with Scripture. Lessons also include a Catholic Literacy feature, definition of faith words, journaling opportunities, individual and group activities that invite the young people to consider ways to put their faith into action, and suggestions for service.
      • Class: There will be 11 classes broken up into two sessions. The classes include the 8:30AM Mass followed by class until 10:45AM. Session 1 starts off with the fall mini-retreat. Session 2 ends with the spring mini-retreat. Each mini retreat counts as 2 classes.

      If there is an occasion where the student cannot be present at the class, then they can review the material at home and turn in the filled out booklet to receive credit for the class. 

      • Community/Church Service Hours: Students are expected to complete 20 hours of community service during the two year program. 10 of those hours should be direct service to St. Bernard Parish. The other 10 hours can be done in the community. Service hours are counted beginning the summer before the student begins 8th grade until summer going into their 10th grade year. The service hour form can be found on our website which should be turned in to the Faith Formation Office upon completion. 

      • Gospel Weeklies At-home kits will be required to complete at home and returned to their next class. 


Grades 8:  Visions At-home Gospel Weeklies Program

The Visions program is designed for pre-teens and teens in that it emphasizes social justice, moral reasoning, and service through current-interest articles, life-dilemma stories, and real Christian life examples. Discussion starters help young teens explore links between today’s issues, the Sunday readings, and their own lives.

Child Development Levels:

  • Emotional and social development
  • Maturing physically
  • New thinking capacity
  • Wanting to belong to groups and make lasting relationships

Visions lead junior and senior high students to stretch their developing abstract thinking skills and to apply them to going beyond the literal level of the Scripture stories.

What the Church Believes and Teaches Student Handbook  and Gospel Weeklies Student Online Version will be available here once we have virtual access.