Confirmation for High School Teens
Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation. It is one in which we as Catholics pass on the faith and candidates receive the Holy Spirit, confirming their intent to live out a life of faith as adult Catholic Christians. The sacrament strengthens and renews the graces of our Baptism, empowers us to go forth and participate in the mission of the Church.
Preparation for this sacrament begins in high school with a 4-week “Come and See” session beginning in October, where participants will explore Catholicism and their role in the Church. At the end of this session, they will then decide whether they would like to begin the Confirmation process. Confirmation is a two-year program with various faith gatherings, activities and regular classes from January to May on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8pm. Preparation involves discussion of Catholic theology, service to the community and participation in retreats. Parents are encouraged to participate by attending several classes during this process.
Candidates are age 16 or in their sophomore year of high school when confirmed. Each selects a Saint whose life they strive to emulate and a Confirmation Sponsor (practicing Catholic, over the age of 16, other than their parents) to be their companion on their life-long faith journey. “Confirmed in a Faithful Community” published by Saint Mary’s Press is the program used to guide our lessons.
Janet Gluch, Director Faith Formation