In the great city of Fairfax, CLC at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church has seen a promising start to the beginning of the year. For the first time within the past month, St. Leo’s has coordinated two weekend Confirmation retreats for both boys and girls. The girls retreat saw 18 eighth graders attend, and the boys saw similar numbers with 17. The retreats were a resounding success, with lots of positive feedback from parents and teens. A week after the boys retreat, the Boys and Girls CLC’s held a joint Pizza Info Night. There was a solid turnout from both retreats. Pizza and beverages were provided, and over half a dozen teens and their parents attended. The boys moderators, Mike Paquette, Erik Teter, and Jon Perez and the girls moderators, Laura Schafer Bennett and Katie van Lieshout, were there to field questions that parents and teens had. Furthermore, many other parents emailed, saying they could not attend the info meeting, but that their son or daughter was interested in CLC.
Since the CLC meeting itself, the Boys CLC have had eight guys coming consistently in addition to their six committed members. They are on track to have a joint commitment liturgy with St Mary’s CLC in two weeks on November 13th. The moderators are excited for their guys to take further steps in their commitments, and for the new 8th graders to start coming to meetings.