Breakaway is a small group-based ministry for all 8th Graders and serves as the first step towards exploring your faith and the sacrament of Confirmation. The groups, called Discipleship Groups (or "D-Groups") will become your good friends, and even a second family as you journey through middle school and high school! Get ready for an awesome adventure!
Important dates for 2017-2018!
Wednesday, September 20th, 7pm-9pm: Mandatory parent meeting
Please join us for this meeting where you will learn about the program, how a Discipleship Group works, receive important information about preparing for Confirmation and ask your questions!
October 25th, 2017: First Wednesday Breakaway night!
Come get to know all your fellow 8th graders, learn a bit about what the year is going to be like and get pumped up for the retreat!
October 27th-29th, 2017: Kick-Off Retreat!
This retreat is a great opportunity to kick off our discipleship small groups, reunite with your EFC friends, meet new friends, have tons of fun, and experience the power of Christ's love in a life-changing way! This retreat is the foundation for the entire year, so please save the dates now! Registration for the retreat, as well as all the specific information is available here.
Wednesday night dates for 2017-2018 School year:
Ladies will always meet at St. Albert Parish Center and Guys will always meet at St. Michael Church 6:30-8:30pm unless otherwise stated.
November 1st: D-Groups (note the special time of 5:30pm-6:45pm. Holy Day of Obligation Mass is 7pm @ St. Michael) Is God Really Real? 1
November 29th: Large Group Is God Really Real? 2
December 13th: D-Groups Who am I?
January 10th: Large Group Image and Likeness.
January 24th: D-Groups What is a Sacrament?
January 31st: D-Groups Eucharist.
February 28th: Large Group The Mass.
March 14th: D-Groups Power of the Holy Spirit.
March 21st: Large Group The Holy Spirit in Scripture.
April 11th: D-Groups Moved to Mission.
April 25th: Large Group Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit.
May 9th: D-Groups The Rite of Confirmation.
December 13th, 2017 Deadline to submit Letter of intention to become a confirmed catholic
All students 8th grade and older who are practicing the Catholic Faith, actively involved in a d-group, and are personally seeking a relationship with God will receive an invitation to pursue the Sacrament of Confirmation. They will receive instructions in November regarding the first step: submitting a letter of intention to Father and the staff. Teens who choose to not be confirmed in 2017-2018 will be invited to consider Confirmation in following years.
Dates and deadlines specific to the sacrament of confirmation: tba
Once a teen is enrolled as a candidate for the Sacrament of Confirmation, their family will receive more information about how to prepare.
Parents' Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Breakaway the new confirmation program?
A: Yes and no. Breakaway is a ministry that helps 8th graders explore their Catholic faith and build relationships in a Discipleship Group.
In order to be confirmed with St. Albert or with St. Michael, teens must be actively practicing the Catholic faith, be attending Family Formation (LIFT/TLC) with their family, be developing a personal relationship with God and be actively participating in a Discipleship Group. Once all of these are in place, they may request to pursue the sacrament of confirmation when they choose.
Breakaway is specifically designed for 8th graders to grow in their faith and develop a relationship with God centered around the Discipleship Group model, allowing participants to request the sacrament of confirmation in 8th grade if they choose.
Q: How long do Discipleship Groups last?
A: D-Groups are designed to provide faith support, life support and mentor-ship for teens throughout high school until graduation. Joining a d-group is a long-term commitment where amazing friendships grow. Many young adults now in college still keep in touch with their d-group friends and continue to support one another, even from across the country.
Q: What if my child is not in 8th grade and wants to be a part of a Discipleship Group?
A: High school students who would like to join a Discipleship group can do so by clicking on the D-Group page under the High School tab on this website!
Q: Once my child chooses to be confirmed, what happens then?
A: Teens who choose to be confirmed (whether they are 8th grade or in high school) will prepare for confirmation by attending two meetings during the second half of the school year and will be instructed in what they will need to do (choosing a Confirmation Saint name, etc) to move forward.
Feel free to contact us with any additional questions!