Sacrament of Confirmation:
Preparing for the
Sacrament of Confirmation is a big step in the life of a young person. In this sacrament, the gift of faith that a
young person received in Baptism is further strengthened through a greater
outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
regarded as the perfection of Baptism, because, as the introduction to the Rite
of Confirmation states:
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.
The time of preparation is an opportunity for young
people to deepen their faith relationship with Christ and open themselves to
the action and strength that the Holy Spirit will bestow on them.
Beginning in ninth grade, students are asked to
more deeply consider their relationship with Jesus Christ and their
understanding of what it means to be a Catholic Christian. In 10th grade they
continue this process and may asked to be confirmed. Students should to be enrolled in the Faith
Formation program. Preparation begins in the fall with the Sacrament of
Confirmation celebrated in the Spring. Classes are held at Wednesday evenings
bi-monthly from 6:30 - 8:00 PM. See
Calendar for dates.
By asking to enroll in the Confirmation program,
students are agreeing to -
- Live the precepts of the Catholic Church
Attend weekly Mass
Attend the required classes
Complete 3 Retreats (one in 9th grade, two in 10th
Complete projects that are part of the course work.
in all student/sponsor events
are expected to interact within the community through involvement in the parish
– participating in the prayer and liturgy of the community, attending and
participating in parish activities, being of service in the community and are
encouraged to attend St. Gen's Youth activities as a way to grow in faith
together with other young people of the parish.
and families need to be involved, witnessing and living the faith they profess
to their child.
Each student must choose a sponsor.
The sponsor must
be a baptized catholic, at least 16 years of age, in good standing in the
church, who is confirmed and regularly practices the faith and is willing to
share their faith with the confirmation candidate. Sponsors
may be relatives or friends (not
parents). Baptismal sponsors are
ideal because of the close connection between Baptism and Confirmation, but it
is understood that this is not always a possibility.
Confirmation should inquire about RCIA in the Parish Office.
For registration contact Valerie Noll the Faith Formation Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.426.1818.