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St. Lawrence the Martyr – Confirmation Program

Incoming 9th Graders: Sign up for Confirmation Interviews

Click/tap here  to sign up for a 15 minute casual meeting with Brian Flanagan, Coordinator of BOLD Youth Ministry and Confirmation, to talk about your faith, your Confirmation Saint Name, your Sponsor, and the Works of Mercy you’re thinking about doing.  Contact Brian for more information 973-946-8770 or

Forms for Incoming 9th Graders

Works of Mercy Reflections

Click/tap here  to submit your Works of Mercy reflections.


Confirmation Make-Up Work 2016-2017

Please email all completed make-up work to Brian Flanagan at

Session #12: Spirit-Filled Life (March 12)

Please watch the videos below and answer the question:

Video #1:

Video #2:

Write a 5 paragraph response about the Holy Spirit, particularly his role in Confirmation. How does this Sacrament help us live out our Catholic faith? Why is it NOT “graduation from Church”? What does the video mean by saying that Confirmation is a “Personal Pentecost”? How can the Gifts of the Holy Spirit impact our daily lives?

Session #11: Chastity (February 26)


Write a 4-paragraph response to video reflecting on these questions.

  1. Now that you’ve heard the Catholic Church’s view and teaching on chastity and the gift of sexuality presented, what are some of the misconceptions you had before watching it that you now know aren’t true? (e.g. “I thought the Church believed that sex was bad, but now I know that the Church teaches that it is actually holy and beautiful in the context of marriage)
  2. What are some of the reasons the speaker gives for waiting until marriage?
  3. What does he say about what “being compatible” really means?
  4. What reason does he give for not having sex before marriage even if two people “really love” one another?

Session #10: Respect Life (January 29)


Response: Write a 4-paragraph response to the video reflecting these questions:

  1. How does the quote “A person’s a person, no matter how small.” from Dr. Seuss’s “Horton Hears a Who” relate to this video?
  2. What was your reaction to seeing the crowds of over 600,000 people who attend the March for Life every year?
  3. What did you think about the story of the priest and the Facebook post?

Session #9: Faith Survey (January 22)

Please print and complete this Faith Survey and scan/send pictures of it to

Session #8: Virtue (January 8)

Please watch the video below and write a 4-paragraph response to the question:

Video #1:

Question: How would you define virtue, and how does the basketball team illustrate growing in virtue? What is one virtue that you have?  What is one area of virtue that you need to grow in, and what is a practical way you can work on that?

Session #7: Matrimony & Holy Orders (December 18)

Please watch the videos below and write a one-paragraph response to each question:


1) Have you ever thought of married life as a calling from God (a Vocation) or do you think of it more like the “default” for most people?

2) What are some of the things that marriage has in common with a vocation to religious life?

Girls: Please watch the video below about Religious Sisters

Boys: Please watch the video below about the Priesthood

1) What are some of the gifts and talents you have and what are some of the ways you can share those gifts and talents with others/with the world? (e.g. acting, writing, speaking, music, sports, good with numbers, good listening skills, teaching, etc)

2) What do you think would be some reasons why someone would choose to become a priest or a religious sister?

Session #6: Prayer (December 4)

Video #1:

Video #2:

Response: Write a 5-paragraph response to the videos reflecting on these questions:

  1. Name some different ways to pray (both individual and group type prayers).
  2. What is your favorite way to pray and why? What’s your least favorite way to pray and why?
  3. What are some challenges that make it difficult to pray?
  4. What’s the difference between knowing about God and knowing God, and what role does personal prayer time play in that?

Session #5: The Saints (November 6)

Please watch the videos below and write a 10-15 sentence response to each question:

Video #1:

Question: What are the Immaculate Conception, the Annunciation, the Assumption, and why is Mary called the Mother of God, not just the Mother of Jesus?

Video #2:

Question: Summarize how someone becomes a canonized saint in the Catholic Church.

Session #4: Salvation History (October 23)

Please watch the videos below and write two paragraphs for each question:

Video #1:

Question: God delivered the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, and the Church has always seen a parallel between to Jesus delivering us from sin. Give an example either from your own life or a story you’ve heard of someone who has been delivered from “slavery to sin” (e.g. someone overcoming a drug addiction)

Video #2:

Question: After watching this overview of Salvation History, what are the overall themes you see throughout Salvation History? What is something you learned from this video?

Session #3: Creation & the Fall (October 16)

Please watch the videos and respond to the questions.

Video 1:

Write a 2 paragraph response on how pitting Science & Religion or Faith & Reason against each other are false dichotomies; in other words, explain how science and our faith both help us to explain and understand Creation.

Videos 2-4:

Scripture: Read Genesis 2:15-17 and Genesis 3:1-13

Now write a 3 paragraph response explaining how these scenes from The Lion King parallel the story of Adam and Eve and Original Sin. Which characters from the movie correspond to which characters in the scripture passages? What’s worse in both stories – that rules were broken or that relationships were broken? Why?

Session #2: God the Father (September 25)

Please watch the videos below, respond to each question:

Video #1:

Write a 10-15 sentence response to video explaining the parachute analogy as well as some of the ways that we can grow in faith.

Video #2:

Write a one-paragraph explanation of how Nemo’s father’s mission represents God the Father’s love for us.

Session #1: Why Catholic? (September 18)

Please watch the videos below about some of the different aspects of what it means to be Catholic and write a one-paragraph response to each video:

“Catholic” is a Church

“Catholic” is an Outreach

“Catholic” is a Creed

“Catholic” is an Epic Story

“Catholic” is an Encounter

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