Are you ready to receive
THE MARK of the Holy Spirit?

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ALREADY ENROLLED AT A PARISH? 

Your parish would have sent us an email address to setup an account for you. Check your junk box! Then setup your password. Once you have setup your password, you can login below for future logins.

 virtual.hopestone.ca 

"This program was MADE for 2020 and was a huge life saver for our community!

The Mark is an engaging program that chunks the big ideas of confirmation into engaging bite Size pieces! I love seeing the familiar faces of Catholic youth ministers and priests in our diocese...it really gives it the cozy Catholic community feel.

The program functions themselves are very easy and allow the candidates

to "flow" through the proclaims, testimonies and journal questions.

One of the BEST parts of working through The Mark is the incredible support from HopeStone! Personally communicating with parents, sending progress reports,  providing weekly check-ins,  HopeStone is not just "providing a service",

they are  journeying WITH us and we are so blessed!"

- Stephanie Paglia (Youth Minister), Holy Family Parish, Whitby, ON

PARISH TESTIMONY

VIRTUAL CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

Over the years, we have met thousands of young people preparing for Confirmation and when we asked them if they feel they are ready to receive the Sacrament, many hesitated. We came to realize that their hesitation was based on some larger questions that they had on their hearts.
 
These were good and important questions. And often times, asked by multiple students. Questions like "Who created God" and "What is the Holy Spirit and why should I pray?". Questions that matter and lead to important and honest conversations.
 
Armed with these questions, and the teachings of the church our team is excited to share our very own Online Confirmation Preparation Program!

We have received an Imprimatur and a Nihil Obstat from His Eminence Cardinal Collins of the Archdiocese of Toronto.

PROGRAM OPTIONS

CONDENSED

PROGRAM

(2 sessions)

OR

FULL
PROGRAM

(6 sessions)

PROGRAM DETAILS

THE MARK

Candidates will get an email with a prompt to click a link and set up their password.

When they login, they will see their Confirmation Course!

They will click on the Program Icon and have the  program available and easily accessible!

The program is designed that Candidates CANNOT move through to the next session, until they have completed the first program. Videos cannot be skipped, or fast-forwarded.

Email us if you would like to see a sample of how the program works, with your very own login. We can walk you through the program sample as if you were in the real thing!

 

This is a video-based program. This can be done individually at home or in-person!

WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM LOOK LIKE FOR CANDIDATES?

WHAT DOES THE MARK PROGRAM LOOK LIKE FOR LEADERS?

HopeStone desires to help you with many aspects of the Confirmation Preparation Progress.

As a parish you have two options you can choose from to use this program Virtually.

1. You complete your parish registration for Confirmation.

  • Then send HopeStone the First name, Last name and an account email address per Candidate. We will then send your Candidates an email to set their password. They can begin immediately.

2. HopeStone can create you a parish landing page for Confirmation! 

  • We will work with you to customize this page with your parish picture, video from the pastor, and any other text details you would like to share with your families.

  • On this landing page, families will be invited to register for YOUR Confirmation Program. 

  • YES! This is an online format to help families register virtually!

  • We can embed (place) your registration form right into the website page if you'd like.

  • This works with programs like GoogleForms.

  • As a parish you set a deadline for registration. After that date, we send your Candidates their login email address. 

  • Ask us to see a sample!

CONDENSED PROGRAM

(2 sessions)

This is a condensed Confirmation Preparation Program. We understand parishes have different needs. We also understand the restrictions that Covid has put upon all of us.

In this program, we focus on the absolute necessary Catechetical points in our faith and the Confirmandi should know. We speak to Candidates at their level and answer the questions they have while systematically going through those pivotal points. Going deeper, we share personal testimonies from very real, authentic and relatable people. (See below for more details about specifics in the program).

This program will be available October 20th for use!

SESSION 1:  God’s Timeline

Part 1: “How do they know God is real?”

Part 2: Talk and Catechesis "Discovery, Source and Mission"

Part 3: “How do I know God is real in my life?

In this first session, we will cover questions like:

  • Where did it all begin?

  • Where did God come from?

  • Who is God?

  • Who is Jesus?

  • What is Pentecost?

  • Who is the Holy Spirit?

  • How will the Holy Spirit help us?

SESSION 2:  Our Timeline

Part 1: “Why is Faith important in my life?”

Part 2: Talk and Catechesis "My Life, my Mission, My Holiness"

Part 3: “How does the Holy Spirit work in my life?”

In this second session, we will cover questions like:

  • Your beginning

  • Your Baptism

  • Your First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion

  • Now into Confirmation – why do I need to be Confirmed? 

  • Grace – what does this mean?

  • The gifts of the Holy Spirit

  • Are you ready to receive your Mark?

FULL PROGRAM

(6 sessions)

This program will be available in December for Parishes to use.

 

We will expand on all of the beautiful Church teachings and share essential Catechesis throughout the program, with the use of games, activities for submission, testimonies and prayer.

Each session will include:

  • An opening prayer by a Priest from the Archdiocese of Toronto.

  • A Catechesis Talk by a HopeStone team member with personal or saint story.

  • A Personal testimony by a range of incredible individuals.

  • EITHER - A journal entry to submit (for Candidates at home, completing individually) or A set of discussion questions to be answered as a group virtually or in-person.

The outline for this program as follows:

  • Session 1: The One

  • Session 2: The Holy

  • Session 3: The Catholic

  • Session 4: The Apostolic

  • Session 5: The Church

  • Session 6: The Mark

  • OPTIONAL CONFIRMATION RETREAT: In-person or Virtual. 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM ELEMENTS

  • Discussion questions after each session. To be done as a group via in-person, virtually in a group or at home with a parent

  • Letter of Intent optional addition
     

  • Candidates can print of a Certificate when they have completed the Program!

  • Teacher Guide available - assisting the parish and school working together as their candidates prepare for Confirmation! Includes teacher login, guide with  activities, questions and Curriculum connections to the program!

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

  • HopeStone will export then email the leader - Candidate progress reports.

  • You can arrange small groups Virtually to discuss questions or sessions. 

  • HopeStone will export then email the leader - files of all Candidate submitted information.

CONFIRMATION RETREAT

WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CANDIDATES TO EXPERIENCE A CONFIRMATION RETREAT?

We have THREE options!

Without any additional work, parishes can add our 2-3 hour Pre-recorded Virtual Confirmation Retreat to their Confirmandi Sessions. we recommend allocating about 3 hours to comfortably facilitate the retreat with candidates.

  1. In-Person Confirmation Retreat. Contact us for more details or to schedule.
     

  2. Virtual Confirmation Retreat. 2-3 hour, engaging and interactive pre-recorded video retreat.

  3. At home independent Retreat. Candidates can have the retreat added to their accounts,        or new accounts made and they can go through an independent version of the retreat at        home. We recommend giving candidates between 1 -2 weeks to complete the program          on their schedules.

Retreat will include:

  • Retreat Workbook for Candidates

  • Games

  • Activities

  • Journal questions

  • Discussion Questions

  • Guided Prayer and music

  • Talks

    • SESSION 1: "What do you want?"​

    • SESSION 2: "Where are you going?"

    • SESSION 3: "Hearing God's voice"

LET'S GET STARTED 

When you register your Parish, choose if you will send HopeStone a file with Candidate details. OR if you would like a parish landing page. 

Your Parish Leader sends this online registration link to families and we provide a copy of all registrants for easy import into Parish Tools.

Each Candidate receives access to THE MARK program via email and creates their own password.

PLUS: PARISH LEADERS CAN MONITOR CANDIDATES PROGRESS

PRICING OPTIONS

  • Parish Leader Guide

  • Teacher Guide
     

  • Personalized Parish Online Registration Page
     

  • Engaging and Professional Video-Based Program
     

  • Access to Monitor Individual Candidate's Progress

PARISH ACCOUNTS INCLUDE:

ONLY
$150

+ $9 per student

(For 6 months access,
option to extend)

ONLY
$200

+ $13 per student

(For 6 months access,
option to extend)

CONDENSED PROGRAM +
VIRTUAL RETREAT

THE MARK
CONDENSED PROGRAM

ONLY
$100

+ $7 per student

(For 6 months access,

option to extend)

2-HOUR VIRTUAL
CONFIRMATION RETREAT

ONLY
$375

+ $11 per student

(For 6 months access,
option to extend)

THE MARK
FULL PROGRAM

ONLY
$425

+ $15 per student

(For 6 months access,
option to extend)

FULL PROGRAM +
VIRTUAL RETREAT

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need to download any software for this program?

Not at all. We run on a web-based platform.

 

How do I know the Candidates are finished the sessions?

The candidates cannot skip through any of the sessions. The video must be viewed completely to proceed to the next sessions. Also, after each video, we have placed a few questions to ensure they were paying attention.

 

What is the difference between you and other programs?

Great question! We are all on the same team, trying to bring Glory to God! If there is a program that works for you. That's amazing! We have committed ourselves to developing a program geared towards the essentials of Confirmation. We dig deep into the meaning, into the linear line of of our faith. Answering questions we've heard thousands of young people ask us during Confirmation retreats!

Do you offer refunds?

Unfortunately, because this is web-based program, refunds are not possible.

 

Do you offer discounts for parishes?

Contact us directly to inquire for larger groups.

 

How long does this program take?

This program length is completely up to you. You let us know and we can set the program up to release videos on a times release, or all together so families can go at their own pace with a completion date. 

Can we run a small group?

Yes, absolutely! Leaders can set a specific time and candidates can meet online through a platform of their choice!