For students interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation:
For the past several years 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 the youth minister, Corey Luna, or I for an initial interview. At that interview 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 interview 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 two-day Confirmation retreat and will be able to be Confirmed at the next Confirmation Mass with the bishop. (These changes will impact students in 9th grade the 2019/2020 school year, the students in 10th grade will continue with the preparation process they began last year.)
If you want to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, the first step is to sign up for the initial interview. In the link below, please put your name in one of the open half hour time slots. You will meet with either myself or Corey Luna:
At that meeting we can answer any of your questions and will send you home with the paperwork we need for your baptism and sponsor information.
As always, please contact me with any questions.
Director of Religious Education
Most Holy Trinity Parish