The Sacrament of Confirmation
Confirmation marks an important time when someone becomes fully initiated into the Catholic Church. The confirmand receives the Holy Spirit in a special way and becomes strengthened for ongoing service to the Body of Christ and to live fully in the life of the Church. Confirmation helps to “lay the foundations of Christian life” (CCC 1212), so it really marks a new beginning in the spiritual journey.
At St. Joseph Church, Confirmation is celebrated in the 11th grade. Preparation for Confirmation begins in 10th grade and is a 2-year process involving the parents and the sponsor. Therefore, registration for Faith Formation classes in 10th grade is essential for candidates to prepare spiritually and mentally.
Some Program Requirements:
- Bi-monthly class attendance
- Attending the class retreat
- Completion of spiritual and service hours
- Interview with the Pastor, in which to share responses to key questions, and to ask any questions about personal spiritual development and the Sacrament of Confirmation
Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation are expected to embrace Catholic Church teaching in mind and in practice, including attending weekly Mass. They should seek for themselves some answers to the following questions:
1. What will happen to me spiritually when I am confirmed?
2. What difference is Confirmation supposed to make in my life?
3. After Confirmation, what is my part for the Sacrament to continue making a difference in my life?
To register your child for Faith Formation classes, please click here.