For students interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation:
For the past several years Paul Fahey and I have been tweaking Confirmation preparation to try and shift how we see this sacrament. For a long time Confirmation has been seen as a rite of passage for when a student reaches a particular grade. However, Confirmation is not a sign of now being an adult in the faith, rather, it’s the completion of a person’s baptism. Confirmation is something that is personally discerned depending on the desire and disposition of the individual wanting to receive it.
With that in mind, there is a new process for Confirmation preparation. Anytime after a student finishes 8th grade, if they desire to be Confirmed, they will meet with myself or a trained volunteer. At that initial meeting we, the student and the interviewer, will discern that student's desire and disposition for this sacrament based on the Church’s guidelines that include a person’s prayer life, sacramental life, parish life, moral life, and their ongoing catechesis.
Based on that meeting each student will have a preparation program tailored to them that will include recommendations for daily prayer, retreats, catechesis, Mass, Confession, etc. We will follow up with each student throughout the year and when they are ready for Confirmation they will attend a day long Confirmation retreat and will be able to be Confirmed at the next Confirmation Mass with the bishop.
If you want to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, the first step is to sign up for the initial meeting. In the link below, please put your name in one of the open half hour time slots. You will meet with either myself, Adam Halfman, or Jessica Campbell:
At that meeting we will talk for about the process as well as set some goals to help the student grow in their faith life.
As always, please contact me with any questions.
Coordinator of Youth Ministry