Confirmation

Prior to His ascension into heaven, Jesus told his apostles that he would send them the Holy Spirit to be their advocate and guide, and on the Feast of Pentecost, the promised gift of the Holy Spirit fell on the apostles and the Virgin Mary as they prayed in the Upper Room, empowering them to be witnesses of Jesus in the world.  "The Sacrament of Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us to bear witness to the christian faith in words accompanied by deeds."  (CCC1316)

"Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the christian's soul; for this reason one can receive this sacrament only once in one's life."  (CCC 1317)

CONFIRMATION OF HIGH SCHOOL TEENS

(For registered parishioners of St. Patrick’s Parish, only)

In the Diocese of Corpus Christi, preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two-year program, usually beginning in the 9th grade with Confirmation taking place during the 10th grade year; however, 11th and 12th graders may also participate in the preparation. In the early church and even today, the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist - were given all at one time to adults, but for those baptized as infants, these sacraments have been spaced apart to offer more time for being instructed and growing in our Catholic faith. You have already received Baptism and Holy Eucharist, and now you are responding to the grace and invitation of God to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation and to complete your initiation into the Faith community of the Catholic church. Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, you will be more closely united with Christ, bound more firmly to the church, strengthened with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and sent forth to spread the Good News by word and example.

Each baptized Catholic has the right and the obligation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. However, the person seeking this Sacrament must make it a personal choice and opportunity to commit themselves more completely to Christ and the Church.

In order to be properly disposed to receive Confirmation, the candidate must:

1) be baptized and be willing to renew the promises of baptism;

2) exhibit an active faith life and knowledge of what the Church believes;

3) participate in the sacramental life of the Church, especially going to Sunday Mass;

4) be willing to commit to active participation in the parish Confirmation catechesis;

5) be willing to respond to the call of each Christian to active service to others;

6) be willing to continue to learn and grow in faith following Confirmation and throughout his/her lifetime.

CONFIRMATION YEAR I - (usually 9th grade or first year of preparation)

The Diocese of Corpus Christi allows students at Incarnate Word Academy and John Paul II High School to fulfill their first year of Confirmation preparation through their regular religion classes at their Catholic school. However, even during this year, they should be connected to St. Patrick Parish by their regular Mass attendance and participation in the Life Teen program on Sunday nights at least two times a month.

For those enrolled in public schools, the Confirmation preparation classes take place on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Upper Room of the Parish Hall.  Candidates must attend all classes. Three excused absences will be allowed with a parent note. They must also attend and participate in the Life Teen program on Sunday nights at least two times a month.

CONFIRMATION YEAR II - (usually 10th grade or second year of preparation)

During Year II, all candidates for Confirmation, whether in public or Catholic schools, must participate in the weekly preparation classes. Classes are on Monday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Upper Room of the Parish Hall.

During Year II, Confirmation candidates will be required to do the following:

1) be in class on time each week and be prepared for class by completing assignments. Only three excused absences will be allowed with parent note; three tardies equal one absence.

2) attend and participate in the Life Teen program on Sunday nights at least two times a month.

3) candidates will be encouraged to attend the Diocesan Youth Spectacular.

4) participate in the one-day Confirmation retreat to be offered prior to celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation.

5) complete ten approved service hours and one parish service project.

6) pick a patron saint for Confirmation and write a report on that saint.

7) each write a letter to Msgr. Roger Smith stating why he/she wants to be confirmed.

CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

1) Confirmation will take place in the spring. The date will be announced as soon as the Bishop publishes his schedule.

2) A copy of each candidate’s baptismal certificate should be turned in at registration or be on file no later than December 1, 2010; this includes students baptized at St. Patrick Church.

3) Each candidate must choose the name of a patron saint for Confirmation; this needs to be finalized by the beginning of the second semester prior to Confirmation.

4) Each candidate must pick a Confirmation sponsor. This person must have received all three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist), cannot be the parent of the child, must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the church, and must have their pastor's recommendation. Sponsor forms will be given out to parents at the parent meeting and should be on file one month prior to Confirmation.

5) A parent or guardian will attend an information meeting prior to Confirmation.

6) Candidates and sponsors must attend a rehearsal prior to Confirmation.

Click here to view the Youth Ministry page and download the registration form.


CONFIRMATION FOR ADULTS

Confirmation for adults is done through the RCIA program. Click here to visit the RCIA page.

 

“For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” John 6:27

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