Calling all incoming high school freshmen and outgoing 2018 seniors!

NOW REGISTERING for Catholic Youth Day!

When: Tuesday, August 7, 2018  from 11 am – 7 pm*

Where: St. Augustine Church, Vineyard Haven

Bishop da Cunha has planned a Catholic Youth Day on Martha’s Vineyard for High School Age Youth (incoming freshmen—outgoing seniors) on August 7, 2018. The event is FREE of charge! There will be room for only 300 (including chaperones), so be sure to register early. We can sign-up 10 from our parish, and if space is available, then others after July 31st. See Sue Pagliccia after Mass or contact her at the parish office 508-693-0342 or email Participants will be given a t-shirt that day. A parent MUST fill out a consent/release form for each child.

Since most of our young people are not able to take part in the World Youth Day events held internationally, Bishop da Cunha would like to give them a similar experience of being pilgrims on a journey to a beautiful part of the diocese. To give them a pilgrimage experience, they will begin with a bus ride to Woods Hole from various locations around the Diocese which will be announced. They will take the 9:30 am ferry to Oak Bluffs, and then walk as pilgrims along a 3-mile route to St. Augustine Church in Vineyard Haven where Youth Day events will take place.

Bishop da Cunha would like the youth of the Diocese of Fall River to join in spirit with Pope Francis and his call to recognize the plight of migrants around the world. To raise awareness of this international disaster, Pope Francis has launched Share the Journey, a year-long program that includes education, action and solidarity walks. The miles that are walked by the hundreds of young people who travel to Martha’s Vineyard on August 7 will be added to the miles walked by groups around the country. The goal is to reach 24,900 miles, the distance needed to walk around the globe!

Once in Vineyard Haven, the Catholic Youth Day participants will eat lunch, play games, enjoy great Christian music with Chris Muglia, hear witness talks and hold a dialogue with Bishop da Cunha. There will be Adoration and Reconciliation throughout the day. The youth will be sent forth with a closing Mass presided by Bishop da Cunha. As they leave, they will be given a sandwich for the return trip home on the 7:15pm ferry from Vineyard Haven. It will arrive in Woods Hole at 8 pm where buses will bring them back to their point of departure. It’s less travel for us because we live here!

*Island students will meet at the OB SSA Terminal to walk to St. A’s with the others arriving at 10:15 am. Parents can pick up their child when the event ends at St. A’s at 7 pm. Youth or chaperones that are not physically able to walk the 3 miles can gather at St. A’s prior to the 11 am start.

Chris Muglia is a singer, songwriter and musician with a deep faith and a clear, straight-forward style of communicating the Christian message within the reality of everyday life.  Chris will keynote the day on the Vineyard, and will provide entertainment and a strong message of faith for our youth. (This is Thomas’ and MaryAnne’s dad!)


SHARE THE JOURNEY  Everyone is on a journey, and no one journey is the same. But we all share one thing: we are humans on this earth together. We can learn from each other by sharing our stories. These stories help us learn about our neighbors and encourage us to grow in solidarity and compassion. Simply put—this is what it means to be human. When we walk, we show love for our neighbors. Walking together signals the movement of a community respecting life. It lifts dignity and declares we are one human family. We walk to share the journey.   More info found at


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Offered to students in 9th grade or older

“Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.  For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” -Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285

The students ready for the Confirmation Mass held at St. Elizabeth Seton Church, N. Falmouth on Sat., April 28th.

We enjoyed our Confirmation Retreat, Saturday, March 24, 2018. Welcome to the Church, Miss Eleanor!


Sessions ended Monday, April 23. See you in the 2018-19 school year!


click link for schedule: SECOND SEMESTER

                                  FIRST SEMESTER


  Comprehensive. Relevant. Effective.

  • Calls teens to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
  • Fully equips and prepares teens to receive the grace of Confirmation
  • Visually stunning, fast-paced videos, filmed in more than fifty locations throughout the U.S. and internationally.
  • Features twelve top youth experts presenting The Faith in new and unexpected ways.
  • Effective methodology based on the RCIA model (i.e., pre-evangelization, evangelization, catechesis, and discipleship) and grounded in the Catechism and Scripture.
  • Connects with teens and inspires them on multiple levels—intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.

Worship: Weekly participation in Sunday Mass is absolutely necessary along with personal prayer time.

Community Service: Student can participate in island community service projects along with events where they are given the opportunity to live out their faith such as assisting at Mass, helping with the 7/8 grader faith formation, with younger kids in the atrium, or by giving their time and energy to a local cause such as The Christmas Tea & The Crop Walk to End Hunger.

Confirmation Names: The candidate may choose a Confirmation name. The baptismal name is always an appropriate name for Confirmation in order to show the relationship between Baptism and Confirmation. If a special name is chosen it should be the name of a recognized saint. If the baptismal name is not that of a saint then a name of a saint may be considered for the Confirmation name.

Newly confirmed Class of 2017 at St. Anthony’s Church, E. Falmouth with Bishop Edgar da Cunha and Fr. Tom Lopes (That’s Veronica ..hidden in back row!) 

Parents and Guardians: Parents or guardians are the primary educators of and witnesses of the faith. They support and encourage their children by regularly participating at Sunday Mass as a family and by loving and nourishing one another in faith, especially through example. Parents and guardians should take an active interest in the parish preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation.

Sponsors: To emphasize the unity of Baptism and Confirmation it is appropriate, where possible, to choose one of the baptismal godparents to again serve as sponsor. Both parents and sponsor will be instructed about their roles  in this preparation for the sacrament.  The role and qualifications for the sponsor and the godparents are defined in Canon Law 32.

The sponsor should be:

  • A fully initiated Catholic who is living a life in harmony with Church teaching.
  • Not under canonical penalty.
  • At least 16 years of age.
  • Click here  Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Confirmation.  This 10 minute video from August 2016 gives some great insight into this important Sacrament. 

Please feel free to contact Sue Pagliccia if you have any questions at 508-693-0342 x6 or by email