Confirmation Preparation (Grades 9-12) – Genevieve Sedensky
The Confirmation program is a 2 year commitment. Confirmation I start in the 9th grade and the Sacrament of Confirmation, which is Confirmation II, is celebrated in the 10th year.
Confirmation I - 9th grade students are exempt from the Confirmation program if they are attending a Catholic High School. They need to register for classes in the 10th grade for the Sacrament of Confirmation. This year Confirmation I will have a fall or spring session to choose from; time is 3:30 to 5pm on Sundays. See registration for more details.
Confirmation II - Each student entering the 10th grade Confirmation II program must sign up for an interview with the Youth Minister BEFORE entering a class. A parent and student must attend this interview. This interview takes place of a parent meeting. Call Genevieve 329-5886 ext. 104 to find out the dates and time. Interviews will start in August. Each Confirmation student will sign up and participate in 2 ministries before celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation. Ideas and sign-up will take place during the interview. Class preparation will meet on Sundays 3:30 to 5pm (or other designated time or space available) from September to February. Confirmation Celebration is Sunday, March 30th at 3:00 pm (each year will vary). See registration for more details.
The theological understanding of Confirmation that is presented in the actual rite includes the following elements:
1. Confirmation is a Sacrament of initiation, which bestows the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
2. This gift confirms believers more perfectly to Christ and strengthens them for the task of witness, which builds up the Church.
3. The Sacrament seals the candidate in such a way that it cannot be repeated.
In addition to monthly sessions, students are expected to fully participate in the life of the parish through involvement in the three key components of worship, service and fellowship.
“We are called to not only know our faith, but to live our faith as well.”