What is Confirmation?
The Church tells us:
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.89 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.”90
Confirmation, while it completes the teen’s full initiation into the life of the Catholic Church, it is only ONE STEP of several important ones in his/her high school life. If you have high school youth already confirmed, register them for JPII CREW, designed to help them become disciples of Jesus, like the great saint, John Paul II.
Who can be my sponsor?
Anyone who is
- A practicing Roman Catholic
- Over 16 years of age
- Not your own mother or father
Your sponsor is someone who stands beside you at your Confirmation to present you to the Bishop. They undertake to take an interest in your journey of faith. They are someone who models the Catholic faith and you know they will help you find the answers to your questions about faith.
What about the Confirmation name?
You do not actually have to have a new “Confirmation name” but many people do. The idea is that you choose the name of a saint who inspires you to live your faith fully for Christ. They are a spiritual powerhouse 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 preparation program.
What do I have to wear for my Confirmation?
You are not required to wear any specific uniform for Confirmation. You should dress smartly as for a special occasion. The most important thing is how you are prepared inside. What matters is not your external appearance but the state of your soul.
How long are the lessons?
We will meet for one hour and 30 minutes most Sundays or other chosen day of your small group, with the exception of Spring and Christmas break. Once a month – usually the , all groups will meet together at the Church for HSYM Night, which includes recreation (games and fun stuff), prayer, food, and Bible lesson. See calendar for more information. If you have misplaced your calendar you can obtain another at the Parish Office or on our website. Most people find the lessons quite enjoyable and by the time Confirmation comes around, people have made friends and feel much more a part of the Church. You only receive the sacrament of Confirmation once in your life and it is important to prepare properly.
What if I haven’t had religious instruction for a while?
No time like the present to start! In the places we see youth in need of more deepening in their spiritual life, we will help them. A lot will depend on their openness toward God, and to learning about His Church.
Do I have to go to confession?
Yes. You should go to Confession regularly anyway. If it has been a long time since you went, we will help you to prepare and you are sure to find it a very rewarding experience.
What if I cannot go to the lessons?
If there is a serious reason or if you are genuinely ill, your parents can let us know. We ask all participants to not arrange outings that clash with your lessons for Confirmation and you must do your best to keep those times free. If anyone were to miss the lessons without good reason, they would not be properly prepared to receive the sacrament.
I play club sports and travel a lot.
We value the importance of sports and extra-curricular activities in your lives. They help build discipline of the minds and bodies of our young people. At the same time, we are concerned that the faith of our youth is often times given a much lower priority. Confirmation is an important process, and we ask all participants to be faithful to all calendar events.
- Confirmation Calendar: Live Calendar for Confirmation (coming Aug 4)
- Retreats: a Confirmation Retreat, and one Retreat of Teen’s Choice
- Youth Conference October 28 (possibly in Farmington)
- One-on-One with Sponsor, 1 time a month.
- Parental Involvement. Parents are the first catechists of their children. We want to partner with you to help your young person make their faith their own. Please see the Confirmation Registration Form for ways to get involved. We need you!
COURSE DESCRIPTIONIn order for teens to thrive and develop confidence in their Catholic faith, they need to be understood, to belong, to be safe, to engage their critical thinking, to be guided. Our model of small group formation is designed to help meet the needs of teens, and helping them to put their knowledge of faith into practice. Our content is Y-Disciple, produced by Augustine Institute, and is designed to help us – all of us working together – to form confident young disciples for Christ.
- Student is in High School as of September 2017
- Registered Parishioner (or permission in writing from the Pastor of your parish)
- Regularly (weekly) Participates at Mass and Holy Days of Obligation
- If not at Annunciation School or Religious Education, need certificate/letter of completion from your parish religious education coordinator.
- Student has a sincere desire to grow in faith, and shows a personal desire to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The fees for 2017-2018 is $100 which covers the following:
$40 – Materials and T-shirt
$25 – Confirmation Retreat
$35 – Youth Conference (October 28, 2017) (at least a $25 deposit must be paid at time of registration)
RESPONSIBILITIES OF CANDIDATES
- Participation in all Confirmation Sessions.
- Active participation in the life of the Church, especially Mass
- Attendance and participation at required retreats and other youth events
- Assignments (these will be explained in more detail at the Parent and Candidate Orientations on Sunday, September 10 and September 17, respectively:
- Saint Paper: 1 – 2 page report on the life of your Patron Saint for Confirmation, whom you find inspiration in living your Catholic life.
- Letter to the Archbishop of Santa Fe explaining why you want to be confirmed
- Essay on your service to the broader community, using one or more works of Mercy
- One-on-One Confirmation time with Sponsor, once a month, at a location of your choosing.