The Sacrament of Confirmation is an anointing of the Holy Spirit that seals, confirms, and strengthens the gifts received at Baptism.
To prepare to receive all of the gifts the Lord wants to confirm and pour out in their lives, students in 8th-11th grade participate in formation sessions from October to April before receiving the sacrament in May.
Candidates will meet twice monthly: one Sunday morning alongside their parent(s) or guardian(s) and another Sunday morning with their sponsor.
Sessions will include time to build relationships with candidates, catechists, parents, and sponsors, to share honestly about where they are in their spiritual journey, to learn more about the Holy Spirit, and to attend Mass together.
Candidates for Confirmation will also participate in an off-site weekend retreat in October.
A typical Confirmation session looks like this:
9:45 am - Arrival (light breakfast available)
9:50 am - Welcome, Announcements, Introduction, Opening Prayer
10:00 am - Icebreaker/Game
10:10 am - Content:
Parent and Candidate Sessions: parents and candidates separately watch a video with small group discussion
Sponsor and Candidate Sessions: sponsors and candidates complete a Bible study or other activity together
10:50 am - Mass Catechesis (brief, interactive lesson on a part of the Mass)
10:55 am - Transition to Mass
11:00 am - Mass
12:00 pm - Coffee and Doughnuts in Pates Hall