Confirmation is an important step in our journey as Catholics. Confirmation is the final step in Christian initiation completing in us what the sacrament of Baptism begins. It makes us full members of the church and at our confirmation, we receive the same outpouring of the Holy Spirit as the Apostles at Pentecost!
Now is the perfect time to get involved in youth ministry at Good Shepherd Parish. Registration opens Monday, August 12th for all our religious education classes. Whether your student has come every year, or it has been a while since they have participated, truly, there is no better time than now to get involved.
Confirmation Preparation is offered to students who are in 9th grade or above. New this year, we start with the Sunday 5 pm Mass at St. Augustine Church, then sessions are in the hall from 6-8 pm starting Sunday, September 8th. Dinner will be provided each week.
If you are in High School and have not been Confirmed, please join Purpose, our new Confirmation prep program offered through Life Teen. Purpose tackles the big questions that many of us wrestle with. What is my purpose? Does God exist? Why should I believe in Jesus? Why should I trust the church?
As we look into the answers to these deep questions, we will grow in faith and journey towards Confirmation in the spring. We especially invite all students in 10th -12th grade who have not been Confirmed to participate this year.
Confirmation is an important and sacred step in our Catholic journey. For that reason, we require students to attend a year of preparation meetings so they may understand what Confirmation is and why it is important for them to receive it.
Along with attending meetings, we will have a full day Confirmation retreat in the spring taking place on a Saturday to be determined. This retreat day gives us the opportunity to go deeper into prayer and truly ready ourselves as our day of Confirmation grows near.
The best way to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation is to receive Jesus in the Eucharist and hear the word of God at mass each Sunday with family and community. We ask that all students attend weekly mass with their families.
Service teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves as Jesus told us to do. Confirmation students will be offered opportunities to serve at mass as a lector, as ushers and greeters, or in other roles. We will also find ways to serve our community and offer service hours students may participate in.
There is a fee of $35 to register for this class. The maximum fee for a family is $75. There is also a $45 sacrament fee when it comes time for Confirmation in the spring. An additional fee for dinner will be announced. Please don’t let money be a hindrance to receiving the sacrament. Let us know and we will work with you should finances be an issue.
Please feel free to contact Nate Schaff if you have any questions.