Mandatory Confirmation retreat on Saturday, January 11
Confirmation Information Form due by January 15
Sponsor Eligibility Form due by January 20

St. Emily and St. Thomas Becket Parishes
January 2, 2020
Retreat next Saturday
January 11 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

We're expecting you to join us at noon next Saturday!

Things to know:
  • It will be in Hajdu Hall at St. Emily.
  • It is a mandatory event. If a candidate cannot attend the entire event, it is the responsibility of the family to find an alternative retreat.  (Since many retreats in other parishes have already occurred, this might be difficult.  Our advice is to make this a priority event in your family scheduling.)
  • The retreat will include snacks, but please eat lunch before arriving.
  • The retreat will feature witness talks by high school leaders, discussions, activities, confession, Eucharistic adoration, and mass.
  • Before the retreat,  each candidate should be ready to design symbols that make a coat of arms for them and their patron saint . These might include symbols for events in the life of the saint, symbols for qualities or virtues of the saint, as well as ways that this saint connects with the candidate. This is a time to be creative.  

    We'll supply materials the day of the retreat. We ask that the candidate do the research and some of the imagining beforehand. 
  • Please also bring the blue prayer book that candidates received ( The Catholic Youth Prayer Book)   to the retreat.
  • The retreat will conclude with the 5:00 PM mass, which will fulfill the Sunday mass obligation. Families are warmly encouraged to attend with their candidate. 
If you have any questions about the retreat, please  contact Cathy Crino.

Information we will need about your sponsor and patron saint

We hope that you have given these important decisions some consideration since the orientation meeting last fall.  Now, finally, is the time to share your decisions with us!

form Fill out this form with all the information we will need for your certificate and entry into the sacramental records.  If you are not a St. Emily school student, write an essay about your patron saint and include it on this form. (If you are in the school, Mrs. Kinasz will collect your essays.)  This form is due by January 15.

sponsorPlease give this  eligibility form to your sponsor and have him/her have it signed and sealed by their own pastor.  Then, it should be returned to Cathy Crino in the Religious Education office by January 20.
More Works of Mercy Opportunities
  • Jillian Altosino, the Life Enrichment Director at Citadel Healthcare is eager to have students help with baking, decorating cookies, making goodie bags to give to shelters, making crafts, coloring, painting. playing games such as Bingo, Trivia, Sing-a-longs/Christmas Carols.

    "We are also looking for any hidden talents such as singing, playing a musical instrument, etc. We are open to any suggestions you might have as well."

    If you would like to volunteer with the elderly, contact her at or 847-795-9700.
  • An elderly neighbor who lives close to the St. Emily parish grounds, on Marcella, needs help shoveling their driveway.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact David Mika.
  • The Liturgy Committee needs your help to put away the decorations for Christmas.  The sign up is here. 

You can find ideas on these lists for things to do in your everyday life.

Confirmation will be March 15

Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 PM.  

You'll receive more information at a later date, but for now, get the date on the family calendar!
datesConfirmation prep dates for your family calendar

Put these dates on your family calendar now!  You'll receive more information in the weeks and months to come, but you will have the time set aside.
  • Retreat - Saturday, January 11 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This retreat is mandatory.
  • Rehearsal - Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 PM.

Quick Links
St. Emily Parish
Catherine Crino, DRE
St. Thomas Becket Parish
Renata Sosin, CRE