he sacrament of Confirmation builds on the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. It completes the process of initiation into the Catholic community and strengthens our ability to be witnesses of Jesus Christ.
Through Confirmation the Holy Spirit gives us the gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and awe of the Lord.
These gifts help us to become better human beings and Christians. They manifest themselves in the virtues of charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity.
Formed by these gifts, we can better make our distinctive contribution to build up the Church in loving service.
The following information involves Confirmation for Teenagers
Candidates should be 14 – 18 years old to start the Confirmation program. Baptism and First Communion should have already been received. If any of those sacraments are missing:
Pre-Baptismal classes will be offered to the candidates, parents, and godparents. Candidates will be baptized in the Easter Vigil Mass during their 2nd year of the program.
If First Communion is needed, six preparation classes will be offered to the candidates, parents, and godparents. Candidates will receive First Communion in the Easter Vigil Mass along with baptism during their 2nd year.
The Confirmation Program is a two year process. Classes are offered once a week. The confirmation candidate is expected to attend all the sessions, complete assignments on time, follow the Catechist’s instructions, and learn all the required basic prayers before his/her Confirmation. An Annual Calendar will be given at the beginning of the year.
The 2nd Year Candidates will choose a saint and write an essay explaining how he/she identifies with the Saint as a guide for the spiritual life. They will also submit a letter explaining how their spirituality has grown in the course of their formation with three reasons why they wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Candidates will attend one R.E. (Religious Education) Weekend Retreat per year, complete 30 volunteer hours per year, and participate in R.E. Program events.
The program fee is $305.00, payable on the day of registration.
Expectation of Parents and Godparents
Parents and Godparents must participate in all the sessions, attend Sunday Mass every week, and take part in R.E. Program events. At least one parent must attend the Parent/Godparent Retreat each year.
Parents should take responsibility for their child’s spiritual growth and remain in contact with the Catechist to follow
Criteria for Godparents
• Must be at least 18 years old.
• Is a baptized Catholic who has received the Eucharist and has been confirmed.
• Must be an actively practicing Catholic.
• Can be single or married. If married, must be married in the Church.
• If two godparents are chosen, must be male and female.
• Can give testimony of the maturity of the candidate’s faith.
• Serves as a guide and confidant.
• A companion who will continue to walk with the candidate in his/her faith journey, inviting him/her to complete participation and service in parish life.
St. Catherine of Siena
Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.”