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).
Confirmation sessions for 2019 have wrapped up. Registration for Confirmation sessions for 2020 will be available in early spring of 2020.
The Confirmation preparation session dates/times can be found here (Summer 2019) and here (Fall 2019). A parent, grandparent, or sponsor is strongly encouraged and expected to attend some of the sessions 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. 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 high school mini courses during their freshmen, sophomore, and junior years and must be participating in Life Teen or Dead Theologians Society. The high school mini courses are meant 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 Theology of the Body. 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. Life Teen is meant to help teens engage in prayer, have faith-based conversations, learn about their faith in a causal setting, and form community. The Diocese also requires that students have thirty hours of formation/catechesis during each their Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior years, before receiving Confirmation. Both the mini courses and Life Teen together work towards accomplishing this requirement. Teens may be asked to wait to begin Confirmation if they aren't yet meeting this requirement.
As a third component of our preparation, teenagers attend a retreat experience. If a teenager cannot attend one of our retreat options, 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 strongly encouraged to do so.
Who Can Receive 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 receive 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 Receive 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 high school mini courses and participate in Life Teen. 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 $140 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 Gruenke if you have any questions.