The Sacrament of Confirmation is an amazing opportunity in our faith journey! Through this Sacrament we are wholly initiated into the Catholic Church and receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which better enable us to live out our faith to the fullest. With this milestone in our journey comes great responsibility and this sacrament should not be taken lightly. Our Confirmation program is open to high school students age 14 -18. There is a $135 sacramental fee for the Confirmation classes. Scholarships are available. The fee also includes registration for the November and March retreats. Listed below are the expectations required of the Confirmandi (those preparing for Confirmation) by the Archdiocese. To register, please read through the expectations carefully, sign, and return to the youth ministry office by October 7th at the latest. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.
Coordinator of Confirmation and Youth Ministry
Those planning to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are expected to be actively involved in the parish community (in addition to regular Mass attendance) the year prior to receiving the sacrament. If the teen is a freshman, a letter from a pastor, DRE, parish leader to verify that they have CONSISTANTLY and actively participated in parish life. Otherwise, he/she will be asked to wait until the following year. Active involvement includes, but is not limited to regular attendance (weekly commitment) of one of the following:
- Sunday Night High School Youth Group
- Teen catechist for Faith Formation, RCIA, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, etc.
- Liturgical Ministry (choir, hospitality, altar server, etc.)
The second-year students will be receiving the sacrament of Confirmation, after having completed one year of active involvement in the parish community, the following requirements need to be met (dates correspond to those on track to receive the sacrament Spring 2019 and are subject to change):
- Regular Mass attendance – Confirmation initiates us into full membership with the universal and local church, insisting on a personal commitment to attend Mass each Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation; a willingness to contribute to the Eucharistic celebration by praying, listening, and singing.
- Monthly meetings – following Mass, (sponsors and parents are always welcome and will be expected to attend periodically).
Confirmandi will miss no more than 1 class.
- Complete assignments – at each monthly meeting Confirmandi may receive a short reading and/or discussion questions to go over.
- Choose a Confirmation Sponsor – a sponsor is someone who will support you in living the Christian life and will pray with and for you. Due Oct 14, 2018
- Turn in copy of Baptismal certificate to Carolyn Rich at the office by Dec 9, 2018.
- Choose a Confirmation name & write a brief ‘why I’m choosing this Saint’ reflection - One of the traditional practices in the Church at the time of Confirmation is taking on a saint’s name. Due January 13, 2019
- Attend 2 retreats – see schedule below; November and March.
- Read the Gospel of Mark – presents a good basic understanding of whom Jesus is and his invitation to faith. Due Feb 10, 2019
- Letter to Archbishop Sample- indicating desire to be confirmed – goal is to help Archbishop Sample know a little about you as he prepares to celebrate this awesome sacrament. Due March 3, 2019
- Interview with Confirmation team – all confirmandi will set up time, during Lent, to meet with a member of the Confirmation team and be expected to know Apostle’s Creed, Seven Sacraments, Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit, Ten Commandments, and Our Father.
- Written reflection on liturgical service – service is part of our call as Catholic Christians, after actively participating in at least 2 Masses/liturgies (altar server, choir, hospitality, etc.) for your parish; a written reflection is expected. Due April 7, 2019
- Lastly, continued involvement in parish life through one of the above-mentioned activities under year 1 requirements is expected.