We at Sacred Heart Parish confirm our young people the spring of their 11th grade. Most students begin the immediate preparation in their 9th grade year, but it is not limited to the grade.
Faith Formation in Preparation for confirmation includes these 6 components:
- Knowledge of the Faith
- Liturgical Formation, Mass-youth involved
- Moral/Personal Formation
- Teaching to Pray
- Community Building
- Missionary Initiation (Service)
During the year we accomplish this by providing numerous programs, events and opportunities for our students. This preparation shows that they are not only willing to be confirmed and become full members of the church but that they are able to be active members of the church because they have proven they can learn and practice what they learn by truly being disciples of Jesus Christ.
Confirmation Preparation Includes:
Attending Sponsor/Candidate Sessions
The majority of preparation for Confirmation will take place during 6 monthly sessions for the Sponsors and Candidates to attend together. At these sessions they will be digging deeper into the theology of Confirmation and their roll as adults in the church.
Choosing a Sponsor
Each candidate should choose a person to guide them through their confirmation preparation. This person will be a role model for them of a life of faith. They should pick someone who they are comfortable sharing and spending time with and who they can model their faith after. A sponsor must be at least 18 years of age, a Confirmed, practicing Catholic and cannot be the candidate's parent.
Attending Sunday Mass
All Confirmation Candidates should attend Mass every Sunday for liturgical formation, community and teaching to pray.
Attending Weekly Faith Formation Classes-Sunday night from 6-8pm in Emmaus Room in the Parish Center.
All candidates are required to attend all confirmation sessions.
Choosing a Saint Name
Candidates will choose a saint to model after and this will be the name that they will take for Confirmation.
Choosing a Ministry (Service)
A large part of the Catholic faith is our dedication to service of God's people. To fully understand this each Candidate will be asked to choose 2 ministries to participate in. At least one of these ministries should be done with your sponsor. One should be something to serve the church and one should be to serve in the community.
Attending a Retreat
Each candidate will participate in a Catholic retreat. "A retreat allows the candidate to reflect on faith in an age- appropriate environment and removes the candidate form daily routine to consider a more purposeful and profound relationship with God and God's family of believers."
To determine readiness to be confirmed and build leadership skills the candidate will do an exit interview with the Pastor at the end of their preparation.
Writing a Letter to the Bishop
A letter to the Bishop stating the candidate's intent to be confirmed is required of all candidates.
Final Blessing to Confirmation Candidates
We look forward to accompanying you on this important journey of Faith. Our prayers are with you that your heart be open to the working of the Spirit and trusting of the path He is leading you on. Our deepest prayer is that this time of preparation leads you closer to Christ and to understanding the extraordinary gift we receive in the Holy Spirit.