What is One - Eight?
The name is taken from Acts 1:8 ~“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
One Eight is a curriculum that prepares teenagers to receive the Sacrament for Confirmation. It includes 20 sessions and a weekend retreat. It provides a practical, doctrinally sound, and experiential catechesis for the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is designed to help lead teenagers closer to Jesus Christ through His Church, while building their relationship with the Holy Spirit. Each session draws teenagers into the teachings of the Church, prepares their hearts for the Sacrament of Confirmation, and challenges them to grow in prayer.
One Eight utilizes experiential, relational, and systematic methods that engage teenagers in their faith while presenting doctrinally sound teachings, rooted in the Catechism and Sacred Scripture. Through engaging presentations of the faith, teenagers are invited into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and challenged to become life-long disciples.
One Eight is structured to follow the format of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). This format provides opportunities for teenagers preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation to participate in several rituals modeled after those that occur during RCIA. These rituals and prayer experiences are meant to foster a deeper sense of belonging to the Catholic Church.
There is also a three-day retreat. It focuses on the seven virtues, and offers teenagers an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of reconciliation. Please see the schedule for these and other important dates.