Confirmation. Sealed by the Spirit.
Mission and Overview:
The goal of our parish Confirmation preparation is to help teenagers understand the effects of the Holy Spirit in their lives, bring them into a deeper relationship with Christ, and unite them more deeply into the Body of Christ, especially at the parish level (CCC 1309).
We are rolling out two different preparation tracks for Confirmation based on both teens' and parents' relationship with Christ and their current engagement in their faith, recognizing that all the teens who desire the Sacrament of Confirmation are in different places in the discipleship journey. Confirmation sessions will begin in summer and conclude in fall.. Registration for Confirmation can be found on the Forms and Resources page. Teens desiring the be confirmed in Fall of 2018 should complete the registration form and submit it to the parish office by February 16th. Teens and their parents are expected to attend a meeting to go over the Confirmation process on Sunday, April 15th at 10:30 at the Waldo Site. Confirmation interviews will be held the two weeks before this meeting.
Dates and times for the Confirmation preparation sessions will be set by April. One track of Confirmation preparation will be meeting weekly on Mondays through summer. The other track will be meeting biweekly from summer through early fall. All students, along with a parent or grandparent, must attend the Confirmation preparation sessions. A parent or grandparent is expected to attend alongside their teen because we recognize that we can no longer form disciples in isolation. Parents (and to an extent, grandparents) provide the first proclamation of the gospel to their child and through whom children first learn what it means to be a disciple of Christ. During sessions, teens and parents will be placed into small groups which meet during the night to discuss the topic of the evening after hearing a teaching on that topic. The focus of these sessions are less about catechesis/reviewing topics of faith and more about engaging in our relationship with Christ, building community, and seeing how we can tangibly and practically live as disciples of Christ. These sessions are required unless extenuating circumstances prevent it. Please talk to Elizabeth if there is a serious conflict (family emergency, family vacation, etc.) that prevents you from attending a confirmation session.
Students who are not attending Roncalli need to take pre-Confirmation preparation courses during their freshmen, sophomore, and junior years to solidify their understanding of Catholic Church Teaching in the following topics: Jesus Christ and the Paschal Mystery, Sacraments, The Catholic Church, Morality, Scripture, and Catholic Social Teaching. The United States Council of Catholic Bishops have outlined what students are expected to know in relation to these topics and all material covered in these courses flows from the USCCB's standards for high school religious education. The Diocese also requires that students have thirty hours of formation/catechesis during each their Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years, before receiving Confirmation. In addition to making sure all students have a basis of knowledge in their faith, these classes also help ensure that students are engaging in their faith prior to Confirmation. Student attendance at LifeTeen during their freshmen, sophomore, and junior years is also encouraged and helps bridge knowledge of faith with the practice of faith and development of a personal relationship with Christ.
As a third component of our preparation, teenagers attend a retreat experience. If a teenager cannot attend one of our retreats, they are responsible for scheduling a non-academic retreat for themselves sometime before they receive the sacrament. If the student has already attended one of the parish's retreats they do not need to attend a retreat the year that they are confirmed but are still encouraged to do so.
Who Can Recieve the Sacrament:
Any high school teenager who going into their junior or senior year in high school at the time of Confirmation preparation and feels that they are personally ready to recieve the sacrament is eligible. Teenagers are eligible to go through the high school confirmation preparation until they graduate from high school. Any college-aged young adults should enroll in the parish RCIA program to be confirmed into the Church.
Knowing When to Recieve the Sacrament:
Our diocese currently recommends at least two years of high school faith formation before one receives the sacrament of confirmation, so it is required that public school students take the foundational courses (listed above). All students should attend LifeTeen their freshmen, sophomore, and junior years of high school also. A teenager should choose to enter preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation after careful prayer, discussion with their parents, and an ability to fully commitment to the sessions and requirements. Parents should not force their child to be confirmed if their child does not want to be confirmed. Similarly, parents should avoid encouraging their child to be confirmed simply because it's what they are "supposed to do." Confirmation preparation occurs primarily during the summer and will be open for those going into their junior or senior year of high school.
When a teen chooses to be confirmed, there is a $135 confirmation fee which they pay which covers:
High School Faith Formation
Retreat Experience through St. Francis
Confirmation Resources and Youth Ministry Resources
Subsidizes Youth Ministry Events through High School
No student will be turned away from our preparation due to financial difficulty. Contact Elizabeth Fritsch if you have any questions or concerns.