Confirmation Preparation

                                                                       Darren Longboat dlongboat@nativityschool.net

 

FALL CONFIRMATION 2022-2023

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation will continue to be a two year program of formation and discernment for youth enrolled in the 10th and 11th grades.

The parish will continue to utilize the award winning (Association of Catholic Publishers) “Chosen, Your Journey Toward Confirmation” program from Ascension press . The Chosen program was created by Chris Stefanick, an Eternal Word Television Network show host, author and national  speaker. Chosen consists of fourteen presenters (via dvd/online video) that cover the “A-Z” of confirmation and encountering Jesus Christ and the teachings of His Church. Preparation will include an opening parent night with their son or daughter (year one only) , a sponsor and candidate night, retreat experience and classes with a workbook throughout the standard academic year.

Year #1 classes will be offered on Sunday and Tuesday and Thursday starting at 6:30pm, Candidates attend ONE of the classes per week that classes are held that best fit their schedule. The 1st class for year #1 candidates will be with parent(s) on 9/20 or 9/22 or 9/25).
  Year #2 classes will be offered Tuesday OR Thursday starting at 7:45pm. The 1st class for year #2 wil 9/20 OR 9/22. Candidates attended ONE of the classes per week that are held that best fit their schedule.
  Classes will be held the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month (except January and April due to holidays) for both Year #1 and year #2 candidates. PLEASE SEE FAITH FORMATION CALENDAR FOR CLASS DATES (special note on some Sunday yr 1 classes)AND ANY POSSIBLE CHANGES. A printed list of class dates will be handed out at 1st class.

“The way Jesus shows you is not easy. Rather, it is like a path winding up a mountain. Do not lose heart! The steeper the road, the faster it rises towards ever wider horizons.”

Pope Saint John Paul II

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”  

CCC  1285

The duty of Christians to take part in the life of the Church impels them to act as witnesses of the Gospel and of the obligations that flow from it. This witness is a transmission of the faith in words and deeds. Witness is an act of justice that establishes the truth or makes it known.

All Christians by the example of their lives and the witness of their word, wherever they live, have an obligation to manifest the new man which they have put on in Baptism and to reveal the power of the Holy Spirit by whom they were strengthened at Confirmation.

Catechism of the Catholic Church Section 2472

Confirmation – Year 1

Year 1 enrollments are open to anyone interested in starting a journey towards receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation and are at a minimum entering 10th grade in the fall of 2022.

Candidates will usually meet twice a month  (please see Faith Formation Calendar) to grow in their understanding and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and his Catholic Church utilizing the publication, Chosen :Your Journey Toward Confirmation program.

All sessions are mandatory and make up sessions will be provided for those candidates who miss a session.

 

 

Confirmation – Year 2

Candidates who have completed year1 will continue to meet twice a month utilizing the Chosen program and strive to further expand their understanding of the Mass and living out the Catholic Faith. Final preparation for actual reception of the the Sacrament will also be completed. 

Any questions regarding Confirmation can be directed to our Confirmation Coordinator Darren Longboat at dlongboat@nativityschool.net