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Confirmation Program 2019-2020


This page is for those students in St. Francis Xavier School and our Public School of Religion who completed the eighth grade in May/June 2020 and will be confirmed in the fall of 2020. This program is led by Deacon Bob and Dawn Cavanaugh (330-764-8958).

You’ve attended classes for months to learn more about our faith, had conversations with your parents, volunteered your time to help others in need, and reflected on your relationship with the Lord. We pray that these months of preparation will make you ready to receive the sacrament this fall — when you encounter the Holy Spirit in your life in a new way as a full member of the Catholic Church.

Still need to complete a few details? See the links below. Still need help? Contact Dawn Cavanaugh at 330-764-8958 or dcavanaugh@sfxmedina.org.

Sign up NOW for Confirmation!

The sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at several outdoor Masses in the coming weeks to allow for social distancing in case we must move indoors due to weather. Given the circumstances, the bishop has granted pastors the ability to confirm, so Father Tony will confirm at the outdoor Masses. Bishop Gries will confirm at our indoor Mass on Nov. 8.

  • Oct. 24 at 5 p.m.
  • Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. with Bishop Gries
  • Nov. 8 at 5:30 p.m. with Bishop Gries

Retreat information

The final confirmation retreat opportunity for which you may register is Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at St. Francis Xavier, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. One parent will attend the day with each teen confirmandi for an inspiring day reflecting together on faith and the meaning of this holy sacrament.

Each teen preparing for confirmation must attend one retreat sponsored by our parish.

Forms You’ll Need

  • Stewardship project forms (due NOW)

Teen form     Parent form

The Confirmation Stewardship project is done with your teen. The activity should take 2 to 4 hours.  See below for some ideas. We want them to serve God’s people…the hungry, homeless and sick. If you are unsure if your idea qualifies, email Dawn at dcavanaugh@sfxmedina.org or call 330-764-8958. After the project is completed, complete two forms (the teen and the parent forms linked above).


Each teen should make a good confession prior to receiving the sacrament. Please click on the link below to choose a date and time that works best. Priests will be in different parts of the parking lot, with screens and without.

Virtual Steubenville Reflection

Did you participate in the online virtual Steubenville retreat? Although we could not attend in person and have these conversations together, we hope that you opened your heart to God to better understand our faith and who Jesus is calling you to be. Please click on the link below to complete the form.

Service Opportunities

We encounter the Lord in service to the least among us, and each teen is asked to complete service hours and reflect on that experience (see link above). Here are some ways you can do that. This list was prepared in June 2020. We recommend you contact each organization to confirm details.

Make cards/pictures for residents/clients.

  • Catholic Charities – 4210 N. Jefferson, Suite A
  • Medina Meadows – 550 Miner Drive
  • Samaritan Care – 806 E. Washington St.
  • Samaritan Villa – 809 E. Washington St.
  • Life Care Center – 2400 Columbia Road
  • The Sanctuary – 555 Spring Brook Drive
  • The Avenue – 699 E. Smith Road

Donate nonperishable food.

Diapers especially needed in larger sizes. Some people have purchased online and delivered directly to the agency.

  • Catholic Charities – 4210 N. Jefferson St., Suite A

Donate items:

Yarn, crochet needles, puzzles, scrapbooking supplies, construction paper, markers/colored pencils, poster board, bingo daubers, crafting/art supplies, games.

  • SHC/The Arc – Drop off on the front porch of 151 Heather Hedge Drive, or call Joan at 440-478-4669.

Serenade with song or instruments outside a facility.

  • Medina Meadows –- 550 Miner Drive (Call Kim 330-725-1550 to set up time)
  • Life Care Center – 2400 Columbia Road (Call Nancy 330-483-3131 to set up time)
  • The Sanctuary – 555 Spring Brook Drive (Call Janice 330-725-3393 to set up time)

Make fleece blankets

(Sizes about 30” x 40”, 36” x 36”, or 36”x 54”)

  • Birthcare – Drop off at 620 E. Smith Road, Unit E-5A, Monday/Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m., Thursday, 12 noon to 2 p.m., or Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Read a story or play an instrument on FaceTime

SHC/The Arc – (Call or email Joan: 440-478-4669 or jlong@shc-medina.org to set up time)

Outdoor work, pruning trees, moving branches, clean-up, mowing

Children’s Center of Medina County – 724 E. Smith Road (Call Melissa at 330-591-2687 to set up time)

Weed flower beds/trim bushes/plant flowers

  • Oasis of Hope – 710 N. Court St. (Call Tracy at 330-723-3600 to set up time.) Bring weeding and trimming tools.
  • SHC/The Arc – The LINK building and the main office, also some of their client’s homes. (Call or email Joan: 440-478-4669 or jlong@shc-medina.org to set up time.) Bring your tools for weeding, planting, and trimming. Plants will be supplied.
  • Samaritan Care – 806 E. Washington St. – (Call Gail 330-725-4123 to set up time) Bring tools to plant flowers. Make sure Gail will have the flowers there.
  • Feeding Medina County – 901 Lafayette Road (email rmaitland@zoominternet.net to set up time). Seeds and tools provided. Need gloves and substantial shoes (no flip flops or sandals). Park at the armory.

Buy bird seed and fill bird feeders.

  • Brookdale South – 100 High Point Drive – fill as many as you would like.

Donate plants and bird seed.

  • Elmcroft – 1046 N. Jefferson St. – (Call Eileen at 330-764-3877 to set up time)

Clean tack room/saddles and groom horses.

  • JAF’s Therapy in Motion – Call Judy at 216-409-9401 to set up time

Help someone you know who is housebound.

  • Send a card, give them a call, run an errand, provide a meal, pick up medication, let them know you care.