Like the Disciples at Pentecost, Confirmation is a Sacrament in which we receive a new deeper outpouring of the Holy Spirit into our hearts in an extraordinary way. This process is an opportunity for teens to be "strengthened by power from heaven, made true witnesses of Christ in word and deed, and be bound more closely to the Church" (Apostolic Constitution). As such, our confirmation process is NOT a requirement to be Catholic, an entitlement, or a graduation from religious education.
"Behold, I am doing something new..." Isaiah 43:19
Confirmation process provides interested teens with a semester-long experience in which students are prepared to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and full initiation into the Catholic Church. Preparation includes regular mass attendance, small group meetings, service experiences, regular meetings with ones sponsor, a letter to the bishop, and a full weekend confirmation retreat. Our program focuses on the Sacrament of Confirmation, as well as various elements of what it means to be Catholic.
Whether you are ready for the confirmation process or still discerning, the application process signifies the first step of our process. The application process entails three steps:
Online Application: Signifies to the parish that you are ready to explore the Sacrament of Confirm
Pre-Process Statements: Pre-Process statements are to be separately completed by both the candidate and the parents via the online platform. These statements provide a glimpse of where a candidate is in their relationship with Christ entering into the process. These statements also lay the foundation for the pre-process interview, and must be submitted before being able to schedule the interview.
Pre-Process Interview: Pre-Process interviews are for the candidate and at least one parent to discuss expectations for the confirmation process and ask questions about the process to a member of our team. Interviews are scheduled online. The link appears in the platform once you submit both pre-process statements.
Throughout the process, candidates are expected to be attending Mass on Sunday (or vigil Mass) and on Holy Days of Obligation.
During the application process, candidates select to participate in either the Fall or Spring Intensive Semester that serves as their immediate confirmation preparation. During this semester you will meet weekly, either in your small group (3x a month) or in a 1:1 with your core team member (once a month). It is highly recommended for teens not currently in their intensive semester to participate in our Life Teen ministries and complete their ministry service (see below).
At the end of the intensive semester, candidates meet 1:1 with your core team member to process the experience and determine the next steps. If you are ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, you will write a letter of intent to the bishop to receive the Sacrament. This is explained on the online platform, where you will submit a draft of your letter.
If a candidate is not ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, the core team member helps them develop a plan to continue preparation on an individual basis.
The Confirmation Retreat Experience is the cornerstone of our confirmation process. It is intentionally placed at the beginning of the intensive semester to maximize the overall confirmation preparation experience. Candidates must be able to attend the entire retreat of their selected intensive. Candidates are not allowed to arrive late or leave early. Candidates who are unable to make the retreat experience will be moved to the intensive that corresponds with the retreat they can attend.
The confirmation retreat provides an environment for the candidates to get away from the many distractions in their lives and focus on their faith and relationship with God.
Fall Intensive: September 13-15, 2019
Spring Intensive: January 31-February 2, 2020
Service is an integral part of living our Christian faith. Candidates are asked to participate in both one ministry and one mission experience.
Ministry is service to the Church. Candidates are asked to participate in one on-going (semester-long) ministry experience. This includes serving as a liturgical minister, peer leader for Edge or Life Teen, or catechist with Children's Ministry. Other opportunities can be presented to Andrew for approval. You sign-up for your ministry experience via the online platform, it does not need to be completed the same semester as your intensive.
Mission opportunities are service to the community, both locally and internationally. Confirmation small groups participate in a local mission opportunity and process the importance of service together. This is built into their schedule. If you are unable to attend your small group's experience, you may join another group (with permission) or participate in an approved opportunity and reflect on the experience via the online platform.