CONFIRMATION

"Remember, then, that you received a spiritual seal, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the spirit of holy fear. Keep safe what you received. God the Father sealed you, Christ the Lord strengthened you and sent the spirit into your hearts as the pledge of what is to come." 

- St. Ambrose

The Sacrament of Confirmation confers special graces of the Holy Spirit upon the person being confirmed, just as such graces were granted to the Apostles on Pentecost. These graces bestow upon the confirmed the strength to be true witnesses to Christ, even to the extreme of giving one’s life for love of Christ. Like Baptism, it can only be performed once; Confirmation increases and deepens all of the graces granted at baptism.  Each confirmand must have been baptized and in the state of grace.  As a successor to the apostles, upon whom the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost, the first confirmation, the bishop is the minister of Confirmation. The seal that is set upon the soul of the confirmandi is indelible, it cannot be removed or forgotten, as it re-affirms and strengthens the profession that we belong to Christ!

Effective beginning the 2021-2022 school year, Confirmation preparation will require two years of formation, starting in the 7th grade.  This change is to comply with the diocesan directive that youth receive two years of formation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, and that the sacrament should be conferred in the 8th grade. The 8th grade class of 2022 will be the last to receive only one year of formation. Both 7th and 8th graders should register for the Sacrament of Confirmation for the 2021-2022 school year.

WHAT WE ASK OF PARENTS

  • Attend weekly Sunday Mass with your child

  • Attend Family Faith Formation on our Catechesis Sundays

  • Make sure that your child faithfully attends Confirmation formation

  • Encourage your child to frequent the Sacraments of Holy Communion and Confession

  • Support your child in selecting an appropriate sponsor, selecting a Confirmation saint, completing 20 service hours, and attending the Confirmation Retreat

  • Submit an official copy of your child’s baptism certificate

  • Registration fee of $55 for 7th graders and $130 (includes The Pines retreat fee) for 8th graders

Important

dates

  • 7th grade Confirmation formation will take place on Sundays beginning after Labor Day ~ please see the attached calendar for the required Catechesis Sundays and required middle school youth group (MSYG) events.

  • 8th grade Confirmation formation will take place on Wednesday nights beginning after Labor Day ~ please see the attached calendar for the required meeting dates and required MSYG events.

  • Confirmation parent meeting on September 29th @ 6 PM in the Family Life Center.

  • 8th grade Confirmation Retreat at The Pines Catholic Camp in Big Sandy, TX on February 11-13, 2022

  • Confirmation Mass: Saturday at 6PM Mass in May, date TBD based on the bishop’s schedule. Confirmation practice will take place on the evening before.

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WHAT WE ASK OF THE

CONFIRMANDI

  • Baptism in the Catholic Faith and First Communion

  • Weekly attendance of Sunday Mass

  • Frequent the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Eucharist

  • Faithful attendance of formation for Confirmation 

  • Select a Confirmation saint and complete 20 service hours

  • Select a Confirmation sponsor who is at least 16 years old, confirmed and a Catholic in good standing

  • Attendance of the Confirmation retreat at The Pines