Attention Parents: If you have a rising eighth grader (for the 2021-2022 academic year) who desires to be confirmed in May 2022 and who does not attend St. Gertrude School, your child must commit to the L'alto: Confirmation formation program. Additionally, if you have a rising seventh grader (for the 2021-2022 academic year) who desires to be confirmed in May 2023, your child must commit to the L'alto: Confirmation formation program. We will be transitioning to a two-year formation process with the rising seventh graders.
What is L'alto: Confirmation?
Inspired by the life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, L'alto: Confirmation aims to help participants grow in knowledge of the faith and deepen their relationship with Christ and to give them the confidence they need to be light in their homes, schools, and social settings. The L'alto: Confirmation program consists of two elements. The first is a two-year formation process for all seventh and eighth graders in the parish who wish to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church by receiving the sacrament of Confirmation at the end of their eighth grade year.* Those who intend to receive the sacrament will commit to participate in monthly formation meetings consisting of activities, talks, small group discussions, and prayer experiences, along with several other events. The second element of L'alto: Confirmation consists of the classic junior high outings and excursions your children look forward to.
*St. Gertrude School students are welcome and encouraged to participate in L'alto: Confirmation, either by committing to the formation program or by engaging in the optional events. St. Gertrude School students are not required to attend L'alto: Confirmation.
Required Formation Events
Required Formation Sessions – First Friday Cohort (all sessions begin at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
Required Formation Sessions – Second Sunday Cohort (all sessions begin at 7:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
- Formation Session 1: September 12, 2021
- Formation Session 2: October 10, 2021
- Formation Session 3: November 14, 2021
- Formation Session 4: December 12, 2021
- Formation Session 5: January 9, 2022
- Formation Session 6: February 13, 2022 (Note: This will be a 4:00 p.m. start time.)
- Formation Session 7: March 13, 2022
- Formation Session 8: April 10, 2022
Optional Outings and Excursions
Saturday, October 30
The Findley Family Farm, Loveland, OH
All current seventh and eighth grader are invited to L’alto: Junior High’s Fall Fest on Saturday, October 30 from 6-8pm at the Findley family’s farm in Loveland! Come for fall games, a bonfire, roasted hot dogs and marshmallows, and a chance to get together with other great junior high students.
Register on the Events page of MyStGertrude!
Sunday, December 19
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Northland Skating Rink
Cost and registration details coming soon