Offered to students in 9th grade or older
“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.” -Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285
This year, we are using Chosen the Confirmation preparation program from Ascension Press. Sessions are held on most Mondays at St. A’s hall, beginning 10/2/17, from 7:30-8:45 pm.
click link for schedule: FIRST SEMESTER
Comprehensive. Relevant. Effective.
- Calls teens to a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.
- Fully equips and prepares teens to receive the grace of Confirmation
- Visually stunning, fast-paced videos, filmed in more than fifty locations throughout the U.S. and internationally.
- Features twelve top youth experts presenting The Faith in new and unexpected ways.
- Effective methodology based on the RCIA model (i.e., pre-evangelization, evangelization, catechesis, and discipleship) and grounded in the Catechism and Scripture.
- Connects with teens and inspires them on multiple levels—intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.
Worship: Weekly participation in Sunday Mass is absolutely necessary along with personal prayer time.
Community Service: Student can participate in island community service projects along with events where they are given the opportunity to live out their faith such as assisting at Mass, helping with the 7/8 grader faith formation, with younger kids in the atrium, or by giving their time and energy to a local cause such as The Christmas Tea & The Crop Walk to End Hunger.
Confirmation Names: The candidate may choose a Confirmation name. The baptismal name is always an appropriate name for Confirmation in order to show the relationship between Baptism and Confirmation. If a special name is chosen it should be the name of a recognized saint. If the baptismal name is not that of a saint then a name of a saint may be considered for the Confirmation name.
Parents and Guardians: Parents or guardians are the primary educators of and witnesses of the faith. They support and encourage their children by regularly participating at Sunday Mass as a family and by loving and nourishing one another in faith, especially through example. Parents and guardians should take an active interest in the parish preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation.
Sponsors: To emphasize the unity of Baptism and Confirmation it is appropriate, where possible, to choose one of the baptismal godparents to again serve as sponsor. Both parents and sponsor will be instructed about their roles in this preparation for the sacrament. The role and qualifications for the sponsor and the godparents are defined in Canon Law 32.
The sponsor should be:
- A fully initiated Catholic who is living a life in harmony with Church teaching.
- Not under canonical penalty.
- At least 16 years of age.
- Click here Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Confirmation. This 10 minute video from August 2016 gives some great insight into this important Sacrament.
Please feel free to contact Sue Pagliccia if you have any questions at 508-693-0342 x6 or by email email@example.com