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Sacrament 
of Confirmation
 

 
 
WHAT IS A SACRAMENT? 
"The sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each sacrament."
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1131).
In other words, sacraments are visible signs that make present an invisible reality; this invisible reality is the gift of grace. Whenever a sacrament is celebrated the visible part we see brings about the invisible reality that is taking place.
Confirmation is one a sacrament of initiation.
 
PREPARATION FOR THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
During preparation for Confirmation in the junior high years, BOTH 7th and 8th grade youth receive two years of religious instruction AND additional sacramental preparation.  This sacramental preparation takes the form of retreats, special assignments and content specific workshops.  The content specific workshops are intended for youth and their parents and also count toward the "Explore Four" requirement when a parent attends.  
 
  
7th GRADE (YEAR 1)
(Any 8th grade teens who missed these sessions in 7th grade are asked to attend them in their 8th grade year.)
 
  • Catholic Skills: Scripture,  Sunday October 2, 2016 5:00-6:30PM or Monday October 3, 2016 6:30-8:00PM  (parents are invited to an engaging parent session) 
  • Catholic Skills: Mass, Sunday December 11, 2016 5:00-6:30PM or Monday December 12, 2016 6:30-8:00PM   (parents are asked to attend with teen)  
  •  Catholic Skills: Prayer, Sunday March 26, 2017, 5:00-6:30PM or Monday March 27, 2017 6:30-8:00PM (parents are invited to an engaging parent session)
 
8th GRADE (YEAR 2) 
 
Teens are asked to attend three Confirmation Preparation Sessions with a parent or sponsor:
  • Confirmation Prep #1: Sunday September 18, 2016, 5:00-6:30PM or Monday September 19, 2016, 6:30-8:00PM (Parents attend this first session)
  • Confirmation Prep #2: Sunday, January 22, 2017 5:00-6:30pm or
                                        Monday, January 23, 2017 6:30-8:00pm
    (Teens are asked to bring a sponsor or parent; meet in the church.)
  • Confirmation Prep #3: Sunday, Mar 5th, 2017, 5:00-6:30pm or
                                        Monday, Mar 6th, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm
    (Teens are asked to bring a sponsor or parent; meet in the church.)
8th Grade Teens are asked to choose and register for one of the 2016-17 Confirmation retreat.
Click here to sign up. 

 
Teens are asked to complete the following:
 
  • Choose a Saint & Write a Saint ReportDUE FEB 12 or 13 session Click here for helpful hints on finding your Saint name and Saint Report Guidelines    
    Your "Confirmation Saint" is someone who will most likely embody the kind of person you'd like to become. Think of the things you are passionate about and/or interested in. Find which saint represents those ideas or ideals. Included in the guidelines are links on the web that can help you in your search for the... 
    PERFECT SAINT NAME for you!
    Saint Reports include the following:
    • A summary of the life/lives of the saint(s) whose name you have chosen to take as your Confirmation name.
    • Follow all the instructions included in the attached PDF under "When writing your Saint Report..."
    Consider the activities "In What Ways do you Relate to Saints?" and "What Saints can you Relate to?" as aides to help you construct and complete a robust report. The SIX saints included in the document are EXAMPLES of POSSIBLE saints. Your choice of saint name is not reserved to just those examples. 

    If you are still struggling to find a saint after following the activities: 
    IOS users might try using: Confirmation Names on the App Store on iTunes
  • Confirmation Retreat: You must have attended a confirmation retreat.