Confirmation is a great gift! It is the final Sacrament of Initiation into the Catholic Church, offered though our program to teenagers who are in high school. Confirmation is a “yes” to embracing God’s mission for your life and calling on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to live out that mission through the Church.
Because of the importance of the decision of being Confirmed as a Catholic, the Confirmation Program is a 2-year process of discernment and experiences of God’s great love for each one of us. All teens entering 9th grade can and are encouraged to begin their Confirmation journey. Content, speakers and dialogue are appropriate for the maturation of 9th and 10th graders, therefore it is most appropriate at these ages. It is also encouraged to start in 9th grade because teens will develop friendships with many of their peers in the parish community and high schools.
However, teens entering 10th and 11th grade are also able to begin the Confirmation process. If older than 11th grade, teens must wait to begin Adult Confirmation Preparation after turning 19 years old. One reason the age is set to 19 is to actually discourage people from waiting until after high school because faith formation in high school is incredibly important with what our teens are being exposed to. Bishop Kevin Vann emphasizes the importance of the need for discussion of faith and morals during these formative years. If you know someone in need of Adult Confirmation information, please follow the link here: Adult Confirmation.
Family Faith Formation Vision
Our Confirmation Program runs from September through May each year and includes in-homes classes, parent/teen classes, one weekend retreat, teen/sponsor events, parent/teen retreat, Stations of the Cross, service projects and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Although our primary focus is the spiritual development of the teens, parents are very much included in the formation to enforce the domestic church and to create dialogue outside of our events.
Registration for Confirmation begins on June 1 of each year and ends on August 31, so we can adequately prepare for incoming group of teens.