What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
1285 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."
Who may receive the Sacrament of Confirmation?
This year, at St. Francis of Assisi, 8th grade, freshman, and sophmore students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Note: Students who attend Bishop Carroll High School (or plan to attend) and do not get confirmed are choosing not to return to Bishop Carroll next year; because they are showing a lack of commitment to their Catholic education.
When to enroll?
Registration has already begun and will end June 14th. To enroll, please fill out the appropriate registration and waiver forms using the links provided below (based on grade). Return the forms along with a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate and a $10 retreat free to the church office by June 14, 2019.
What is involved in the preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Preparation for Confirmation will begin in August with a retreat at the Spiritual Life Center. After the retreat, freshmen and sophomores will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Throughout the school year, 8th graders will meet on Saturday evenings beginning with the 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass followed by JCYM in Cana Hall, ending the evening at 7:30 p.m.
8th Grade Schedule
The retreat date for 8th graders is Friday, August 9th. Confirmation preparation will run in conjunction with our Junior Catholic Youth Ministry (JCYM). JCYM schedule: September 14th, October 19th, November 2nd, January 11th, February 8th and March 28th. Confirmation for 8th Grade will be at the 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass on Saturday, November 16th with a practice on Sunday, November 10th, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The retreat date for freshmen is Tuesday, August 6th. Class schedule: August 14th, September 4th, September 25th, October 16th, and November 6th, meeting in Clare Hall Basement. Confirmation for freshmen will be at the 10:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, November 17th with a practice on Sunday, November 10th, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
The retreat date for sophomores is Thursday, August 8th. Class schedule: August 21st, September 11th, October 2nd, October 30th, November 6th, and November 13th, meeting in Clare Hall Basement. Confirmation for sophomores will be at the 1:00 p.m. Mass on Sunday, November 17th with a practice on Wednesday, November 13th, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
For more information or if you have any questions, please contact our confirmation director, Emily Savage, below.
Adults seeking to be confirmed in the Catholic Faith who have been baptized and received First Communion are encouraged to contact the church office and schedule an appointment with a parish priest. The process of formation will vary according to various circumstances. The specific steps will be arrived at with the priest and Confirmation itself will be scheduled accordingly.
Adults who have not been baptized or have not received First Communion, receive Confirmation by attending the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Contact the church office for more details.
Don’t wait to learn more about your faith. Go to FORMED and begin watching the Symbolon program. This will begin your formation for confirmation.
Forms & Documents
(316) 722-4404 ext 109