When the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, about my death and resurrection. -Acts 1:8
At about age 14-15, children should begin to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation. In this Diocese, starting with Baptism and then Eucharist; confirmation completes and “confirms” the grace received in the sacrament of baptism. Through the anointing with the sacred chrism the baptized person is “enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit,” and more than ever “obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285). Confirmation is typically a two-year program, some cases differ but formation typically includes preparation of the first year being focused on Church doctrine (C1) and the second year is geared towards the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation where the focus is to learn some of the RCIA-Journey of Faith-adaptated for youth though (C2). Both years include a retreat. More to be announced as time nears.
YOUTH CONFIRMATION (2-year program and/or varies upon each participant)
*More than one child in formation, please wait to pay until the coordinator tells you the cost.
Start Date: To Be Announced
End Date: Aim for August
Method: Video Conferencing via Zoom and 'Chosen' Video Series (25 sessions)
*Cost 'includes' retreat and registration!
We are looking forward to sharing with you this journey of faith as you prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. As you will see, Confirmation preparation involves learning, sharing, serving, fellowship, spiritual growth and fun! You will be given the opportunity to learn more about your Catholic faith and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
CONFIRMATION is the Sacrament in which one is enriched by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and bound more perfectly to the Church. It strengthens us and obliges us to be witnesses to Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith. It is the Sacrament in which one enters into full membership in the Catholic Church.
CONFIRMATION perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives us the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply as children of God, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us to bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.
CONFIRMATION, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the Christian soul; for this reason one can receive this sacrament only once.
A Christian does not live as a child of God through his or her own efforts alone, but through the grace of God. We see this in a practical way when we look back on our own lives and the lives of others, even the lives of saints. Therefore, it is our duty to seek the grace that God offers us in order to live our lives as Christians in the way that God intends.
The candidate must be open to receiving the grace of the sacrament. The candidate is asked to prayerfully consider this undertaking, and prepare properly for the reception of Confirmation.
❖ Must be a registered member of Holy Family Catholic Church
❖ Must have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist
❖ Individuals seeking Confirmation must present proof of Baptism in the Catholic Church.
(Canon Law 842 – A person who has not received Baptism cannot validly be admitted to the other sacraments.)
❖ Candidate must be currently enrolled in at least 10th grade, and be at least 15 years old. Fourteen year olds can be accepted into the formation program so long as their is a proper maturity level and understanding of the sacrament.
❖ All candidates for Confirmation must fully participate in any/all meetings that are virtual. One may not miss more than 2 class sessions.
❖ Per Diocesan guidelines, all candidates must participate in a retreat experience as part of their sacramental preparation.
❖ Candidates and parents must attend/be present for all sessions to help candidates discern their readiness and disposition for sacramental preparation. This is to upkeep online video conferencing safety regulation for our youth.
❖ The Parish conducts separate interviews of both the candidate and his/her parents, which determines whether the candidate should begin the preparation process. It also assesses the candidate’s participation in the sacramental life of the Church, especially regular attendance at Sunday Mass/reception of Holy Communion, and basic formation in the Gospel as evidenced through knowledge of the Catholic faith and desire for ongoing conversion.
❖ Once confirmed, students are required to attend Mystagogy classes/sessions after in order to recieve their certificates. Here they will reflect on their journey to Confirmation and look to the future to continue growth in their faith. This is where they will receive their Confirmation Certificate.
**A student must attend at least 80% of the scheduled classes—excluding excused absences.
ROLE OF PARENT
Recognizing that “parents are the first and most important educators/catechists of their own children” (Pope John Paul II in Letter to Families), parents play a central role in that they reinforce the teachings of the Catholic Church at home. The decision to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation rests with the candidate, but should be made in consultation with the parents.
Be at your best
If you have been chosen to be a Confirmation sponsor, congratulations! This person sees in you a profound faith commitment, finds trust and knows you are someone who will care about them and their faith. Sounds impressive, doesn't it? It's not all that complicated, but it does take time, a caring heart and a listening ear. If you're a practicing, mature Catholic, don't get too worried. Here are a few suggestions on how to be the best possible sponsor for your candidate:
Adult Confirmation for Adults
Also, there are adults who have not received the sacrament of confirmation. I.e. There is opportunity for them to do so in order to complete the "full" initiation into the Catholic Church. For more information please see the RCIA page.
Adult Confirmation-A Special Note
We do not provide classes but rather we offer "sacrament preparation!" Sessions held in a group setting that are intended to deepen the faith. Preparation sessions include, prayer, personal reflection, active group discussion, Q & A, and other activities, as well as a review of the basic elements of Catholic dogma, doctrin, and tradition and much more. During the preparation process and faith formation participants are given the opportunity to discern their readiness to receive the sacrament of Confirmation with their group leader as well as with their chosen sponsor (please read the above requirements). For some reason or another, you did not receive the sacrament of Confirmation when you were younger. We are here to help you but please know this is a process and journey about your encounter with Christ not a fast track to receive a sacrament, expedite.
John 20:19-22 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. (Jesus) said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:1-13 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were. Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
Acts 8:14-17 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. The two went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit (For as yet the Spirit had not come upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus). Then Peter and John laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - REFERENCES (CCC 1285-1321):
1285 Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”
1306 Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Since Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist form a unity, it follows that “the faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time,”for without Confirmation and Eucharist, Baptism is certainly valid and efficacious, but Christian initiation remains incomplete.
1309 Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit—his actions, his gifts, and his biddings—in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life. To this end catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community. The latter bears special responsibility for the preparation of confirmands.
1319 A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs.
Early Church years – the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) were celebrated together, with the Bishop as celebrant.
5th-6th century – Bishops were no longer able to be present at all baptisms, which led to a separation of Baptism and Confirmation. As time went on, the delay was longer. Confirmation was celebrated around age 7, and First Holy Communion was celebrated around age 12-14.
1910 – Pope Pius X believed that children receiving Eucharist at age 12-14 was contrary to the vision of Jesus, and decreed that children should receive around age 7. Confirmation then came to be received after Eucharist.
2002 – The US Conference of Catholic Bishops rule that the age of Confirmation should be between the age of discretion (age 7) and age 16. Each Diocese was to determine the age of reception.