|Sacrament of Confirmation"In Confirmation, the soul of the Baptized Christian is imprinted with a permanent seal that can be received only once and marks this individual forever as a Christian. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the strength from above in which this individual puts the grace of his Baptism into practice through his life and acts as a WITNESS for Christ." (YouCat #205) Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist). Through Baptism you receive the grace of holiness; Eucharist you are in union with God; and through Confirmation you are sent on mission to be a witness for Christ.Sacramental Preparation is completed within the Parish and entails 3 fundamental components:
- Weekly Sunday Mass Attendance
- Faith Formation
(Catholic School OR Youth EXPO)
- Sacramental Preparation
Youth who will be entering into the 10th Grade can begin the Sacramental preparation process. To begin the process, candidates must first attend a faith survey day (offered 3 times a year: June, September, and December). Each candidate is then assigned a parish mentor (this does not replace the sponsor) to help create a Confirmation Preparation Action Plan based on the Pillars of the Church (Creed, Sacraments, Moral Life, Prayer). A candidate's action plan will consist of presentations, prayer experiences, parish service within a ministry, and a retreat.Confirmation is celebrated two times a year (Fall and Spring). To be eligible for the Spring Confirmation, candidates must complete their faith survey day by the prior June or September (December faith survey days are eligible for the next fall's Confirmation).Through the use of the Faith Survey, the Confirmation Preparation process becomes more individualized to what they specifically need still in their faith journey. Some aspects of the preparation (i.e. retreat) are required for all candidates. Each presentation is offered multiple times throughout the year allowing candidates to pick and choose which day/time works best in their schedule (all requirements must be completed prior to Confirmation). This format allows candidates to go at their own pace and a candidate is not ready to confirm in May, they can do so at that following fall or the next year's spring as an 11th or 12th grader.