Sacrament of Confirmation
Sessions begin mid-September.
Please R.S.V.P. to attend one parent orientation and, for youth, one youth orientation. The options are:
For Parents: AUG19 at 3:00PM or AUG22 at 6:30PM
For Teens: AUG 26 at 3:00PM or AUG 29 at 6:30PM
Please RSVP below to reserve your spot:
R.S.V.P for Youths’ Orientation here …
R.S.V.P. for Parents’ Orientation here…
Thank you for RSVP’ing!Once you submit the above forms, you will receive an email confirming reception of your RSVP. You will also receive a link to a questionnaire (one for Parents, a different one for teens) to help us plan for our first meeting together. In the meantime, here are some basic CONFIRMATION FAQs
What is Confirmation?
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1285:
1285 Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by 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.”
How do I know if I am ready to be confirmed?
As you come to learn more about our faith, and in prayer, grow in relationship with the Most Holy Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit), you will grow in a desire to be confirmed so that you can be a disciple – a follower – of Jesus. Listen to your heart through your prayer, and ask God to give you the grace of desire for the Sacrament. Then, when we meet with you to examine your faith journey, we can help you come to the conclusion to choose Christ and His Holy Church.
What about the Confirmation name?
You do not actually have to have a new “Confirmation name” but many people do. Some choose to take their baptismal name. The idea of choosing a name lets one build bonds with a saint who inspires you to live your faith fully for Christ. The saints are spiritual powerhouses that will have your back when you ask them to pray for you. You must therefore know something about the saint and why you are inspired by him or her. We will give some guidance in finding a good saint during the course of the teens’ preparation.
What Commitment is There?
As with anything worth striving toward, there is no progress without a commitment to reach a goal. The same with Confirmation. We should desire to be confirmed so that we can better serve God and our neighbor. Growing in our spiritual life helps us to grow in this desire. Therefore we encourage all of our families to:
- Pray every day, and ask Holy Spirit to give you the desire for holiness and the things of heaven (Sacraments, Spirit of Prayer, Communion with God, etc.)
- Attend Sunday Mass every week.
- Go to Confession once a month.
- Find ways as a family to serve in the community in a spiritual and corporal work of mercy.
- Find friends who will encourage you toward holiness.
How often do we meet?
Like with anything we want to excel in, it takes practice. We ask that you commit to this ‘spiritual training’ with everything said above under ‘What Commitment is There?’, as well as:
- Come to Lessons once a week, beginning the week of September 9th. We will post an online calendar that you can subscribe to so you can have reminders on your phone.
- Youth Conference. You have a choice of the one in Albuquerque sponsored by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, or the one in Farmington. More information will be posted soon.
- Attend either the High School Advent Retreat or the High School Lenten Retreat.
- Confirmation Retreat. Dates will be posted on the online Calendar.
When do the Youth meet?
Sundays from 3pm to 5pm.
A second day/time will be offered this year if there is enough interest:
Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm.