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CONFIRMATION

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Fall 2022 overview
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CONFIRMATION FALL 2022

PREPARATION PROCESS

Step 1: DISCERN

Are you ready to be Confirmed - to live as a disciple of Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit? Confirmation is a commitment and an empowerment, it is not a rite of passage or graduation from religious ed. It a sacrament of mission and power, giving Christians the strength and grace to live out the mission of Jesus Christ and His Church.

 

Before pursuing this sacrament, here are a few questions you should consider:

  1.  Do you desire to receive this sacrament? Perhaps you’re unsure right now, and that’s okay. But you need to make that decision before being Confirmed.

  2. Can you confidently renew your baptismal promises? 

  3. How are you already living out your call as priest, prophet, and king? Do you attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation? Do you seek God in prayer and strive to live as a disciple? And if you’re not, are you willing to make that commitment?

Step 2: COMMIT BY APRIL 24

  • Select a Sponsor or Mentor: Each confirmation candidate must select a sponsor. This person is a representative of the Catholic community who agrees to mentor the candidate throughout this process and presents the candidate to the bishop at the Confirmation Mass. A sponsor should be someone who not only models the Christian life but can also challenge you to grow in it. To be eligible, the person must be a baptized, confirmed, and practicing Catholic who is in good standing. A student may not choose a parent. 
    • This is a big commitment. Click here for more information on choosing a sponsor and what this commitment involves.

  • Register by April 24: Before you register, you will need to know your sponsor's name and contact information, baptismal date, church, and city. If you were baptized at a parish other than St. Bernard, Christ King, or St. Pius X, you will need to scan and submit a copy of your baptism certificate. There is a $90 fee, financial aid available. https://www.triparishfaithformation.org/event-details/confirmation-registration-2

STEP 3: PREPARE FOR THE JOURNEY

  • Sign Up For Your Kickoff Session: This 90 minute session is the necessary first step and both you and your sponsor must be in attendance. At this meeting you will receive your materials, we’ll go through the first session together, and set you up for success this summer. If your sponsor is not local, we can meet over zoom.

  • Make sure you have the supplies you needIf you do not have a Catechism or Bible, and cannot find or afford one, please contact Sarah.

 

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STEP 4: MEET WITH YOUR SPONSOR​​

  • Attend your schedule kickoff session. Then meet with your sponsor/mentor 5 additional times between May and October. These meetings are scheduled on your own time/location. They may be done at the parish, in a coffee shop/public place, or over Zoom (if necessary). Each sponsor and each student will receive a booklet that provides teaching, discussion questions, and prayer prompts. Meetings are designed to be 60-75 minutes in length.

  • Other Experiences: Each duo will also receive resources to help them complete a service and a prayer experience.

STEP 5: DEEPEN YOUR COMMITMENT

  • Wrap Up Meeting: In September-October, schedule a one-on-one meeting with a member of our Confirmation team. This 15 minute meeting will serve as a “wrap-up” of the preparation process and will solidify your request and commitment to receive this sacrament. At this point, students should have completed all (or most) of their preparation with their sponsor and be able to make a commitment to live a Christian life of discipleship.

  • November 6 – Confirmation Day Away: Two days before Confirmation, candidates and sponsors will gather for final preparation. The location and exact time for this retreat has not been decided yet. Ideally, we will attend Mass in the morning, then take a bus to a retreat center for the day. We will return in the evening to end the day with our Confirmation practice. Tentatively, the day will begin with 8am Mass and end at 7pm. This may be shortened, but will not be extended.

STEP 6: RECEIVE

  • Confirmation Mass: Tuesday, Nov. 8 at Christ King with Bishop Haines

 
 
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AT-A-Glance

For Fall 2022 Confirmation

  • April 20-May 24: After you commit, sign up to attend a Kickoff session with your sponsor. Sign up here

  • May-October: Meet with your sponsor/mentor 5-7 additional times.

    • TIMES: These meetings are scheduled on your own time/location. They may be done at the parish, in a coffee shop/public place, or over Zoom (if necessary).

    • CONTENT: Each sponsor and each student will receive a booklet that provides discussion questions, prayer prompts, and video intros for each of the 5 additional meetings. Meetings are designed to be 60-75 minutes in length.

    • PRAYER & SERVICE EXPERIENCES: Each duo are also asked to complete a service and prayer experience. If your sponsor is not able to serve alongside you or join you in prayer, you may complete this with another person or on your own. 

    • ACCOUNTABILITY: Accountability: each student is responsible for recording when they met with their sponsor and having their sponsor sign off on it. This will be turned in on October 9-10.

  • Sept-Oct - Wrap Up Meeting: Schedule a one-on-one meeting with a member of our Confirmation team. This 15 minute meeting will serve as a “wrap-up” of the preparation process and will solidify your request and commitment to receive this sacrament. Candidates will turn in their final forms showing they have completed their preparation.

  • November 6 - Confirmation Day Away: with sponsors.

  • November 8, 7pm Confirmation Mass at Christ King with Bishop Haines

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Sama'ria and to the end of the earth."

Acts 1:8