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!
Wednesday, September 19th, 7pm-9pm: Mandatory parent meeting @ St. Albert parish center
All parents of 8th grade teens: 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!
Wednesday, September 26th: deadline for 8th graders to complete the breakaway d-group survey
Survey is available on this page.
Wednesday, October 10th: 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! Parents are invited for the first ten minutes to meet your child's d-group leader(s)! Remember that each participant should fill out the online survey prior to September 26th.
October 12-14th, 2018: 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 will be available at the bottom of this page soon.
Wednesday night dates for 2018-2019 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.
October 24th, 2018: Small Group
November 14th, 2018: Large Group
November 28th, 2018: Large Group
December 12th, 2018: Small Group
December 19th, 2018: Large Group
January 2nd, 2019: Small Group
January 23rd, 2019: Small Group
January 30th, 2019: Large Group
February 13th, 2019: Small Group
February 20th, 2019: Small Group
February 27th, 2019: Large Group
March 20th, 2019: Small Group
March 27th, 2019: Large Group
April 10th, 2019: Small Group
April 17th, 2019: Small Group
April 24th, 2019: Large Group
May 8th, 2019: Small Groups transition into host homes
Parents' Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Breakaway the new confirmation program?
A: Not necessarily. Breakaway is a ministry that helps 8th graders explore their Catholic faith and build relationships in a Discipleship Group.
There isn't a formal "confirmation program." Confirmation is open to any teen in grades 8-12.
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!