|ConfirmationConfirmation is one of the seven sacraments with which we celebrate important moments in our lives as Catholic Christians. It is one of the three sacraments that we know as the sacraments of initiation. Through these three sacraments, Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist, we celebrate a person's entrance into the community.
As we experience these sacraments in our current Catholic practice, Baptism is generally celebrated in infancy and marks the birth of a child in the community. Eucharist is often celebrated during early childhood, around seven years of age, and marks a young person's growth in understanding of what it means to be a part of the community. It is a celebration of the child's emerging role as a more active member of the community.
Of the three, Confirmation is generally celebrated last, most frequently in the mid to late teens. As an initiatory sacrament, Confirmation marks a beginning. It is not merely a graduation, or an end to formal education in the faith, but involves a decision on the part of the young person to join with us fully in the work of salvation. The individual is recognized as one freely accepting engagement in a process of ongoing conversion within a supportive community of faith that is also experiencing that process.
The confirmation process here at Corpus Christi does not aim to repeat doctrinal or catechetical material that was presented in our parish elementary and junior high religious education programs. It assumes that each student will have participated in our Sunday School and Junior High Faith Formation classes, a Catholic school, or an equivalent program. Inspired by the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), the process is grounded in the life of the entire faith community. Involvement of prayer partners and sponsors assure that each candidate will have ongoing mentors within the faith community. The process is liturgical, spiritual, and social in nature. It addresses the student's spiritual needs in an attempt to aid the student in growing closer to God. The program also attempts to aid and prepare the student for a decision regarding readiness for the reception of the sacrament. At several points during the process students will be asked if they wish to continue preparation for Confirmation. During their time of discernment, the students will be supported by the community through its prayer and liturgy.
The Confirmation Handbook is is intended to be used as guide for youth grades 9 and older and their parents as they prepare for the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation. It outlines the process and the expectations involved in each element. It also provides needed forms and includes a schedule. Please complete the registration form and return to the parish. Orientation for students and parents will be held on Sept. 13 at 7 pm.