Dear Parents: May the grace and peace of Our Lord be with you as you contemplate placing your child in our Confirmation program.
Our philosophy is that these young adults have been coming to Mass with you, watching and listening to you practice your faith, and have been attending Catholic schools/Faith Formation and should know the basic tenets of the faith. My role is to assist them in developing a relationship with Jesus Christ, to be a disciple of Christ; teaching doctrine comes in the back door. Building/deepening a relationship with the Lord will keep them engaged in the faith and navigate their high school years (and beyond).
In the sacrament of Confirmation, which is the third and final Sacrament of Initiation, the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit that the child received at Baptism will be activated in a spiritual way. We also focus on the role of the Holy Spirit... and encourage our children to be open to the graces which flow from the sacramental life!
Our requirements for Confirmation: the student must be in the 8th grade or older, be a member of the parish, be open to the message of God, and respectful to the adults who lead.
We have Confirmation class each Wednesday at 4:15pm in Kohler Hall, whenever faith formation K-7 classes meet. There is an overnight retreat November 17-19, and students must attend Sunday Mass and two additional sacramental rites.
We use a small group ministry model. We have parents and college students who lead a small group of 6-8 students. We teach an opening topic/video, then break into small groups and talk about the content. If kids miss class for whatever reason - sport practice, illness, school function, family emergency - then we send the work to the parents, they teach the lesson, and the child returns a homework sheet the following Wednesday.
You (parents) will attend two events tailored to growing in their own faith. Since we only see your children 22 hours/year, you get most of the deep questions of the faith. You are also on a faith journey.... these nights will build community (they are FUN!) and you'll learn a little something about your faith. WIN-WIN!
Sponsors are playing a huge role under Archbishop Hebda's leadership in the Archdiocese, so we follow his lead. The Friday night portion of the Confirmation Retreat will be geared toward the sponsor-candidate relationship. Sponsors are required for the Cathedral anointing and super-encouraged for the St. Jude Rite of Acceptance.
Registrations are available at the parent meetings. Download the 2017-18 Calendar.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be bestowed on:
Thursday, May 10th (@ Cathedral) AND
Sunday, May 13th (@ St. Jude)
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to working with your family this year!
With His warmth and grace,
Laura Stierman, M.A. Theology
Director of Formation | St. Jude of the Lake
700 Mahtomedi Avenue | Mahtomedi, MN 55115 | 651-426-3245
"Be Disciples. Make Disciples." #transformation
Mandatory Parent Meetings. Choose the one that fits your schedule.