Confirmation

Confirmation Preparation For Adults

 

The Diocese of Corpus Christi, twice a year, invites Catholics who are at least 18 years old, have received Baptism, First Holy Communion, but have not been confirmed, to receive this sacrament at the Diocesan Confirmation Mass.  The candidate is to be prepared at the parish and attend the one day retreat offered through the diocese.The sponsor of the candidate is to have received the sacraments of initiation, that is: baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.  They are to be Catholics in good standing with the church and practicing their faith.

  • Candidates who are under 18 years old should be confirmed with their parish unless there are extenuating reasons for them to be included (final decision is made by the Bishop)
  • Candidates will need to pick a saint name.  The name of a saint that they would like to emulate.
  • Candidates who are in a cohabitating relationship need pastoral counseling and their confirmation must be delayed.
  • Individuals who are in irregular marriages, in a cohabitating relationship, or are not practicing Catholics cannot be sponsors.
  • Parents cannot be a sponsor.

Baptized Catholics who have not received their First Holy Communion are considered un-catechized Catholics and will need to go through RCIA to receive First Holy Communion and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil.  RCIA is for those baptized Catholics who never received religious education, for those baptized in another faith or have never been baptized and would like to become Catholic.

 

2020-2021 Confirmation Preparation for High School Teens

 

In the Diocese of Corpus Christi, preparation for Confirmation is a two-year process.  Reception of the sacrament usually takes place at the end of the tenth grade year, but is also open to 11th and 12th graders.  Preparation normally begins for students entering the ninth grade.

Confirmation I (first year of preparation)

Students from public schools preparing for Confirmation are to attend Youth Ministry on Sunday nights by attending the 6 PM mass and class will follow immideatly after in the parish hall.  Confirmation candidates must attend all classes, with only three excused absences permissible with a note from the parents. 

Students who are enrolled in a Catholic High School may fulfill their first year of Confirmation preparation through their school’s theology classes.  However, they should be participating in our parish through attendance at the 6:00 PM Sunday mass with their Confirmation II class which is on Sundays beginning at 4:45 PM and ending with attending the six o'clock mass with the class.

Confirmation II (second year of preparation)

All candidates in their second year of preparation for Confirmation, including both Catholic and public school students, must attend preparation classes every week. 

Requirements for Confirmation II Candidates:

  1. Be prompt for all classes. Students are only allowed 3 (Three) excused or unexcused absences. By the 3rd time of absence, he or she is required to set an appointment with DRE or Youth Minister, for a conference..
  2. Participate in the Youth Ministry program for High School Students.
  3. Participate in a Confirmation retreat sponsored by the parish or approved by the Director of Religious Education prior to receiving Confirmation.
  4. Complete 40 approved service hours, 20 community and 20 parish related.
  5. Confirmation candidates are required to study and select a saint after whom they would like to pattern their lives. This will be their patron saint and the name by which the Bishop will call them at the Confirmation Mass. The Candidate will be required to present a saint report to the class and possibly to the Bishop. Candidate must have enough knowledge to answer any questions asked about their saint. 
  6. A copy of the candidate’s baptismal certificate should be submitted to the Director of Religious Education or Youth Minister prior to receiving the sacrament.
  7. Candidate will need only 1 (one) sponsor. The sponsor will be involved in the student formation and attend some classes during first and second year of formation.The sponsor should be: • Appointed by the candidate for Confirmation.• Not be less than 16 years of age. Be a practicing Catholic, who has been confirmed and lives a life of Faith.• Not bound by any canonical penalty, legitimately imposed or declared.• Not to be parent of the student being confirmed. (Based on Canon Law 892, 893, and 874)

Please visit the Youth Ministry page for registration documents for Confirmation Classes.

 

Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation will take place in the spring.  The date is designated by the Bishop.

What is Confirmation?

The Sacrament of Confirmation, like Baptism and Eucharist, is a sacrament of initiation.  By the sacrament of Confirmation, the one who is confirmed is bound more perfectly to the Church and enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.  It also offers the grace to give greater personal witness to Jesus.

At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

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 bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).

 

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)

CONFIRMATION RETREAT       April 4, 2020 in the Parish HallRegistration Deadline: March 27, 2020

The total cost of the day retreat is $75 combined for both the candidate and sponsor together. This is to cover the retreat expenses including a hot lunch.

St. Paul will have a maximum capacity of 70 candidates and 70 sponsors. Your spot will be reserved once we have received a paid completed registration.

There will not be refunds for anyone that misses their retreat date. The confirmation candidate’s adult sponsor, or a proxy, is required to attend the retreat with their candidate.

A consent and liability form from both the candidate and sponsor/proxy is required to participate in the Confirmation Retreat.

For more information email Cathy Fichtel at cathyfichtel@ymail.com

 

 

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