#2 Parent and Sponsor Meeting

  1. Confirmation Ceremony dates and information
    • 6/3/16 at 5:30 PM & 6/10/16 at 5:30 PM
    • Sponsors and Candidates will need to arrive one hour early for preparation
    • There will be a reception that follows.
    • Confirmation certificates can be picked up at the reception
    • Each candidate should be dressed nicely and appropriately for this special ceremony.
  2. Rehearsal—5/31 (for June 3rd ceremony) and 6/7 (for June 10th ceremony) from 7 to 8:30 PM
    • this is a tentative ending time, we do not end until all are prepared for ceremony.
      • If the Sponsor cannot attend then a parent or another adult should stand-in.
        • We need a body for every participant in the ceremony in order to get the procession and all other aspects of the ceremony well coordinated.
  3. Confirmation Conversation dates:
    •  5/3 -Wednesday
      1. 7:00-9:00 PM
    • 5/6 – Saturday
      1. noon-5:00 PM
    • 5/7 – Sunday
      1. noon-5:00 PM
    • 5/10 – Wednesday
      1. 7:00-9:00 PM
    • Each candidate needs to sign up for a slot by April 19th.
    • the conversation will last between 15-20 minutes.
  1. Palancas**** this is parents/sponsors responsibilty and very important. 
  • ***Read Palanca Information*** 
    • the directions are different than past years.
  • These are letters of support from parents, sponsors, mentors, older siblings, aunts, uncles, etc.
  • These are a secret and will be given out during their retreat on April 30th.
  • They are due April 3rd.
  • Collect your candidate’s palanca letters in their envelope and return it to me by April 3rd
  • If no one picked up a Palanca envelope at the meeting it will arrive in the mail in the next week. You can use that envelope to collect the Palancas from friends and family and return to me by April 3rd.
  1. Retreat
  • April 30th
  • Bishop Claggett center
  • Candidates must arrive to McKenna Hall by 7:30 am.
    • If they are late they run the risk of being left.
  • I will be at the retreat center already that morning. Judith Bruseau will be coordinating things at Holy Trinity the day of. (loading the buses, etc.)
  • In need of volunteers to sort and organize retreat materials leading up to the retreat (during office hours M-Th 8:30-4:30 am)
    • let me know if you’re available to help out. 
  • May need additional chaperones at the retreat.
  • Fill out and return a new Emergency and Health form if your candidate’s health status/information (including insurance) has changed since the fall.
  • Fill out and return a Confirmation Retreat Permission slip for you candidate.
    • can email in a PDF format, mail it, or drop in the Palanca return box, but do not put it in your candidates Palanca envelope as it may not be found.
  • Potluck
    • There is a tradition of surprising the candidates with a potluck dinner when they return to HT after the retreat. To make this possible we need a team of parents to organize it and organize parents for set-up and clean-up crew etc. and all to help out and bring dishes the day of.
    • Let me know if you can be one of the organizers.
  1. Service hours

Their 20 hours and reflections are due at their Confirmation Conversation in May.

  1. Reconciliation
  • Video with our own Fr. Paul Campbell
    • Great discussion to have with candidates:
      • what is new to you in the way he talked about reconciliation
      • share with your child/candidate how you were raised with this sacrament
      • share with them how this practice has and hasn’t helped you and your life in the community thus far
      • share your hopes for this practice/Sacrament for the future
      • What’s the most important thing you learned from this video?
        • What do you most want to pass on to your candidate?

*Each candidate should go to reconciliation at least once before their Confirmation. Lent is a great time for that.

Sacrament of Reconciliation schedule at Holy Trinity

4:30 – 5:15 pm
Wednesdays during Lent:
6:30 – 8:00 pm
By appointment: Please call 202-903-2817
  1. Youth Involvement

Confirmation is a start line, not a finish line.

Help your candidate think about how they want to be involved with their parish community and active in their faith.


  • Koinonia
    • Register today if your candidate would like to be involved. 
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      “The community and friends were the best.” -Fall Koinonia participant
    • Koinonia means community in Greek and was used by the early Christians to talk about their community. Koinonia is a space and time for youth to come together, eat, have fun, think and share about life, and get to know others.We’re meeting 5 Wednesday evenings during Lent (March 1, 8, 22, 29, and April 5) open at 6:15 pm in the Lower School Big Room from 6:15-6:35 students can have dinner and snacks and can hang out and get to know each other. Then we will open up with an activity and short video. Around 7:00 pm we’ll break into our small groups to get to know each other deeper and have discussions to explore our own faith and its effects in our everyday life. Koinonia is not Religious Education, Koinonia is a youth group designed to foster community & deep relationships.
    • Lent Schedule:
    • March 1 6:30-8:15 pm – Lower School Big Room
    • March 8 6:30-8:15 pm – Lower School Big RoomNo Koinonia on March 15th

      March 22 Youth Mass at 6:00 pm followed by Koinonia from 7:00-8:30 pm – Lower School Big Room

      March 29 6:30-8:15 pm – Lower School Big Room

      April 5 6:30-8:15 pm – Lower School Big Room

    • Please register here. **

      **if you don’t have time or technology to register right now just call or email me and let me know you want to come.

  • Youth Mass
    • Today, February 22nd
    • The Youth Mass is at 6:00 pm in the Lower School Big Room. We will have mass together around a table like early Christians and then we will share a meal. Join us for this wonderful spiritual and communal experience. Mass is presided over by Fr. Paul Campbell.
  • Peace Club
    • April 1
    • peace-camp-1Join the Little Friends for Peace at Peace Club. This is a day to learn about peace and others’ lives and serve our wider community. 7th through 12th graders are invited to this morning of service and presence with children and teens at the Perry Center. Our peace club during Lent will be Saturday April 1st. We will leave from Holy Trinity at 9:00 am and return by 12:30 pm.
    • All participants must sign up before hand and fill out this Permission Form.
    • Drivers and chaperones are always needed.
  • Peer Ministry next school year.
    • Applications will go out later this spring
    • Peer Ministers are the high schoolers that help lead the Confirmation program.


Schedule from this point on:

Feb-June Schedule 16-17