“When the day of Pentecost came it found them gathered in one place. Suddenly from up in the sky there came a noise like a strong, driving wind which was heard all through the house where they were seated. Tongues as of fire appeared, which parted and came to rest on each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ instruction and the communal life, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Those who believed shared all things in common; they would sell their property and goods, dividing everything on the basis of each one’s need. They went to the temple area together every day, while in their homes they broke bread. With exultant and sincere hearts they took their meals in common, praising God and winning the approval of all the people. Day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. [Acts 2:1-4, 42, 44-47]
The Confirmation Program usually begins in the 9th grade and must extend over a two year period (with the Sacrament of Confirmation in 10th grade). Our young people are reaching a point in life where it becomes necessary to commit to the faith.
These two years will be spend exploring self – Who am I? Who can I become? Where is God in my teenage life and how do I grow toward Him as we journey together in life and love? What options do I have in choosing a Christian life-style – one that enables me to live my faith, not just talk about it? How can I use my gift of sexuality in my journey to God i.e. what are my responsibilities to self, others and God?
We will also examine the Church’s understanding of Sacraments, Scripture, Liturgy, and Tradition. Other dimensions to the program include: group retreats, personal interview, parent and sponsor classes. Since the Diocese requires thorough preparation, consistent attendance at class is very important.
Candidates for Confirmation are to select their sponsors at the beginning of the first year’s preparation if possible. The sponsor should have an intimate and important role in the Confirmation preparation. Parents should also participate in and encourage the preparation of the children. Parents may not be sponsors.