Frequently Asked Questions
"What if my teen cannot make the 75% attendance?"
If your teen needs to make up classes for attendance, XLT Atlanta events count as a make up for the EDGE Nights or Life Nights missed. If XLT doesn't fit in your schedule, events such as Summer Camp or Search Retreat can count as 2 days.
"My teen attends Catholic School. Does he/she need to attend the Sunday night Youth Group for Confirmation?"
Since your teen attends Catholic School, he/she does not need to attend the Sunday EDGE or Life Nights because they fulfill their Confirmation Catechesis requirement from the School, but we would still highly encourage your teen to come. It is a wonderful way to grow in faith and meet a lot of really good friends.
"My teen attends Catholic School. Does he/she need to attend the LifeTeen Retreat?"
Yes. All Teens need to attend one of the Confirmation Retreats because this is the formation aspect of their prep which most teens do not get in the classroom setting.
"My teen cannot make a Retreat due to a school sport or event. Can he/she still be confirmed or make up the retreat?"
There are two retreats each year, a Spring and a Fall retreat. This gives teens options for the retreat so that sports, school events, and the LifeTeen retreat do not conflict with each other.
"My teen is 8th (or 9th) grade. Does he/she need to find a sponsor now?"
While your teen does not need to find a sponsor until the fall of their 10th grade year, he or she is certainly welcome to begin the process of deciding who will be his/her Confirmation sponsor. The idea of the sponsor is that he/she will guide his/her teen throughout their faith journey to Confirmation and continue to be a guide throughout life, so the earlier the better.
"My teen attends Catholic School and has Service Requirements from school. Does he/she need to fulfill the Service Requirements for the Confirmation Program as well?"
Yes. Your teen needs to fulfill the service requirements for the Confirmation Program. We do not work in "hours" but in "number of service projects." The requirement is only two a year. This means that each student will do a total of six project by the time he/she is ready to be Confirmed. The service project could last anywhere from 20 minutes to a couple of days. Hours do not matter. The idea behind this is that the projects are sponsored by a All Saints Church Ministry and that the teens get immersed in Church/Parish life. This also supports Monsignor Marren's goal for family and Church Community.