High School Confirmation
High School Confirmation:
Our High School confirmation class is for students who are searching for their purpose in life and looking to do that with a community of peers. Sessions will be offered on Sundays from 6:00-7:30 pm and also on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:30 pm. Students will be asked to choose on a first come first serve basis either Sundays or Wednesdays, and commit to that day for the duration of the year.
Purpose is Life Teen's transformative plan for confirmation preparation. More than a resource, Purpose is designed to help proclaim the Gospel message to young people while providing an atmosphere where they are accompanied by adult leaders toward discipleship. The Purpose curriculum is focused on three big questions - "Why believe in God?" "Why trust Jesus?" and "Why belong to the Church?" This curriculum is designed to be kerygmatic with an emphasis on walking a teenager from an unfounded belief (or disbelief) in God toward a commitment to Jesus lived out through the Catholic Church. Each session is supplemented with video that engages the hearts, mind, and humor of teenagers.
Each Candidate for Confirmation must have someone who sponsors their final stage of initiation into the Church. This should be a person who is willing to present the candidate to the Church and affirm that they are ready for Confirmation. A sponsor should be someone who is a model and exemplifies the Catholic faith to the candidate. The function of a Sponsor is not a social role of honor given to a relative or family friend simply because they are relatives or friends. It is about the child or adult who is going to receive this once-in-a-lifetime sacrament of the Church. Sacramental Sponsorship implies a knowledgeable understanding of the Catholic Faith, and willingness and intention to help the one being sponsored with their religious training by word, deed and example.
A Sponsor has three primary roles:
- To assist the candidate in preparing for Confirmation.
- To present the candidate for Confirmation.
- To help the Confirmed person to live out his or her Christian Faith, fully.
A Sponsor must have the following qualifications:
Canon Law: 873 and 874 summarized, concerning Baptismal and/or Confirmation Sponsors:
- He/She must be knowledgeable of the fundamental truths of the Faith and be a Practicing Catholic** who regularly attends Mass on Sundays and Holy days of Obligation and is free to receive the sacraments according to the Church’s tenants.
- The Sponsor must themselves have received the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
- He/She may not be the child’s mother or father; or in the case of an adult, the wife or husband of the one to be Baptized or Confirmed.
- He/She must be at least 16 years old and have the use of reason.
- If he/she has children of their own, they have fulfilled their Catholic parental obligation toward raising them in the Catholic Faith.
- He/She must not be bound by any Canonical impediment or penalty legitimately imposed or declared.
** what does it actually mean to be a Practicing Catholic? Fr. Mike breaks it down for us :)
During the Catholic sacrament of Confirmation, God the Holy Spirit comes upon the candidate to bestow numerous spiritual gifts and "confirm" the faith given you in Baptism when Original Sin was wiped away. Before Confirmation, the candidate chooses a saint whose name they want to take. This new name, imposed by the bishop during Confirmation, becomes a part of the candidate’s full name. It comes after their first and middle names and before the last name. Here is a step-by-step process you may find helpful in choosing a Saint Name.
- Find a list of canonized saints in the Roman Catholic Church by reading a book or doing online research. Saints are people who have lived holy lives and are now in heaven as members of the Church Triumphant. Their life stories provide examples for others on how to overcome spiritual obstacles on Earth.
- Pray to the Holy Spirit, and ask Him for help in finding a saint whose life you'd like to imitate. This saint will be bonded with you spiritually, and in essence becomes your heavenly patron who intercedes for you before God. Think about the specific virtues those saints exhibited, such as patience, perfection, diligence, humility, mortification, meekness, obedience, prayer, charity or simplicity. Find a virtue that connects with you.
- Before you are Confirmed, pray to the saint whose name you will be using as your Confirmation name. Ask this saint to intercede for you, to help you make the right moral choices, and overall to be a powerful spiritual guide the rest of your life.
Confirmation Mass Dress Code:
Please remember that this is NOT a graduation ceremony and that it is the final sacrament of initiation into the Catholic faith. As such, please dress appropriately and modestly out of respect for the sacrament and those around you. The dress code that is outlined online is as follows:
- Dress Pants
- Dress Shoes – No Flip Flops
- Button Down Long Sleeve Shirt with Collar
- Jacket and Tie are optional
- Dress/Skirt/Dress Pants – NO dress should be shorter than their knees.
- Dress Shoes or Sandals – NO Flip Flops
*The students will be required to wear the provided robe over their clothing for the entire Mass and pictures with the Bishop in the Church.