As a Sacrament of Initiation, Confirmation is intimately related to Baptism and the Eucharist. Christians are reborn in Baptism, strengthened by Confirmation, and sustained by the food of the Eucharist. In Confirmation young people are signed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and become more perfect images of their Lord. This sacrament renews and strengthens their baptismal call to bear witness to Christ before the world and work eagerly for the building of his body.
In accordance with Archdiocesan guidelines, students are prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation during the Eighth Grade. ONLY those students who successfully complete the Seventh Grade course of study are prepared to receive the Sacrament. Spread over a two-year period, the Confirmation preparation program encompasses several different dimensions, including doctrine, worship, and service.
In weekly instruction, emphasis is placed on making students more aware of their responsibility to live the Christian life as maturing young adults. Special emphasis is placed on the role of the sacraments in the life of the Christian.
In addition to regular attendance at the Eucharist, special Masses provide opportunities for the students to engage more actively in the celebration. An Initiation Mass is the formal beginning of the candidate’s program. Other liturgical or Para-liturgical events include prayer and penance services, opportunities for private reconciliation and two retreat experiences.
Eighth Grade Students will be responsible for completing 25 hours of service to be decided upon and started by each student in the spring of the 7th grade. Service projects will be due the following January.
As the primary educators of your children, you along with your child’s sponsor are intimately involved in the preparation for Confirmation. We ask that you serve as models for your children by being committed Christians, and by nurturing your child in faith. Every family should:
Hand in the following items by January: