Confirmation unites us more firmly to Christ. It strengthens our relationship with the Church, and it gives us a special strength from the Holy Spirit to defend the faith and confess the name of Christ. Together with baptism and the Eucharist, Confirmation is one of the sacraments of Christian initiation and is part of the unique process of Christian initiation through which we are gradually inserted in Christ, dead and risen, and we receive a new life, making us members of the Church.
"The word 'Confirmation' indicates that this sacrament ratifies baptismal grace. During confirmation, through the sacramental sign of anointing with sacred chrism, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in order to be more closely conformed to Christ, God’s ‘anointed one.’ We are also strengthened — ‘confirmed’ — in the grace of our baptism and in our mission of bearing daily witness to Christ and his love. Confirmation is God’s work, as is every sacrament."
~Pope Francis, speaking to confirmandi, January 29, 2014
The sacrament of Confirmation is offered to students at the end of their 8th grade year, following a year of formation. Our Confirmation program is a fast-paced, small-group-focused, Catholic-driven, service-oriented, year-long adventure. It is the last sacrament of initiation (following baptism and Eucharist) and the first step of a long faith-filled life In Christ.
Our mission is to form intentional disciples, using a variety of interactive tools including Chosen (Augustine Institute), Decision Point (Matthew Kelly), Catholicism (Bishop Robert Barron), and materials from FORMED.org.
Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 4:15-5:30pm in Kohler Hall.
November 11-13, 2016: Our Life In the Spirit Confirmation Retreat will be held this weekend.If you cannot attend this retreat in its entirety, you are welcome to attend a Confirmation NET Retreat, offered monthly at the NET Center in West St. Paul.
March 25-26, 2017: We will be hosting our own Lenten 12-hour fasting and service retreat, called The HUNGER.
Forming Disciples (9th grade+):
YDisiciple is not a program. It is an apprenticeship in the Christian life.
Post-Confirmation students are offered the opportunity to participate in high school ministry through small-group formation (Discipleship Groups) and/or one large group event/month. Discipleship groups (D-Groups) of 5-8 friends with an adult mentor meet in parents homes throughout the year, and use the YDisciple materials.
For further information on Confirmation or YDisciple, please contact Laura Stierman.