be sealed with the holy spirit.
Through Confirmation, Catholics receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit, completing the graces begun at Baptism. Confirmation is a sacrament of mission: giving us the grace, perseverance, and boldness to live a life with Christ and to proclaim the Gospel daily.
In order to be eligible for Confirmation in May 2020, students must:
Be at least 16 years old by April 28, 2020.
Have completed Alpha in the fall 2019.
This is not a rite of passage, this is an encounter, Confirmation candidates must desire to receive this gift.
Following completion of Alpha, juniors wishing to receive Confirmation will do the following:
Fill out an "Intent to Receive Confirmation" form by December 31 (form available Nov. 1).
Meet with an adult for your discernment interview in January.
Attend 5 weeks of immediate preparation classes beginning , in mid-February and ending before Easter. View schedule below. Sponsor (or a parent) will attend all 5 sessions with candidate.
Why? We realize that this is a big commitment for a sponsor or parent, but this will help us bridge the gap between Church and home, between "real life" and sacramental prep. Talking with a trusted adult apart from peers will also challenge our students to have better discussion and answer honestly.
Attend the Confirmation mini-retreat with practice on Friday, April 24, 6:30-9:30pm.
Receive Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday, April 28 at 7pm.
Session #1: Feb. 9, 2020 - 11:45am-1:15pm
Session #2: Feb. 16, 2020 - 11:45am-1:15pm
Session #3: Mar. 1, 2020 1- 1:45am-1:15pm
Session #4: Mar. 8, 2020 - 11:45am-1:15pm
Session #5: Apr. 5, 2020 - 11:45am-1:15pm
Practice & Vigil: Apr. 24, 2020 - 6:30pm-9:00pm
Confirmation Mass: April 28, 2020 - 7:00pm
Overview of a Typical Session
10-11/10:30-11:30 - Sunday Mass at your parish
11:45-12:05 - Lunch
12:10-12:20 - Welcome and Table Discussion
12:20-12:35 – Main Teaching
12:35-12:50 - Discussion with Sponsors/Parents
12:55-1:10 - Prayer in Church
1:10-1:15 - Closing
Before you register, you need to do three things:
1. Choose a Sponsor
2. Choose a Confirmation Saint
3. Answer a short essay question: "what kind of disciple do you want to be?"
1. CHOOSING A SPONSOR
Each confirmation candidate must select a sponsor. This person is a representative of the Catholic community who agrees to mentor the candidate throughout the year 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.
2. CHOOSING A SAINT
There is a rich tradition in the Catholic Church of choosing a new name to begin a new mission. Abram became Abraham, people who become nuns or monks, have historically taken new names, as does a bishop who becomes pope. You are asked to take the name of a saint you admire. This saint will also be someone who can intercede for you in heaven.
3. SHORT ESSAY: What kind of disciple do you want to be?
This is a tough question and it will probably be difficult to answer. It may be helpful to first ponder this:
A disciple is someone who joyfully chooses to live their life centered around Christ.
The saint you chose is the perfect example of a disciple. What aspects of their life do you think God might be calling you to imitate?
If you were to become a saint, what would you want to be known for?
If you took a leap of faith and totally let the Holy Spirit guide your life without fear, and you could do anything, what would you want to do?
Before you register, you will need the following items/information:
Baptism date and parish
Chosen Confirmation Sponsor (details above)
Chosen Confirmation Saint (details above)
2 paragraph answer to the question, "what kind of disciple do you want to be?"(details above)
Payment ($65 cost). If cost is an issue for you, please contact Sarah. Financial aid is available.
After you register, sign up for a time to meet in January for your Confirmation interview.
Attend the 5 preparation sessions with your sponsor (or a parent).
Write a letter to the bishop, requesting the sacrament. Due March 15. Details coming in Feb.
Attend the Confirmation practice/vigil.
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."