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 Handbook is intended to be used as a 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. Orientation for students and parents is held in early September.
We have made the difficult decision to postpone Confirmation until next year (2021-22). Due to the dynamic nature of our Confirmation program, we did not feel that it was safe for students or catechists to meet in person. During a normal year, we teach in a large group, we split into small groups for projects, discussion, and prayer, we have two overnight retreats, students meet face-to-face with their sponsors, and we do service projects in the community.
We feel that the students’ experience would suffer greatly if we were to attempt a virtual Confirmation program or to do something in person, but distanced. We strongly believe that Confirmation is not just a hoop to jump through. This experience should bring you closer with God and as a community. It is not an end, but a choice to continue your faith journey.
With that in mind, we want to be intentional about fostering the faith of our youth at Corpus Christi this year. The 9th – 12th graders will continue with distancing and safety measures in place to continue building relationships and to grow deeper in faith.
We love fun adults who have a desire to share their faith with our youth. If you are interested in volunteering with Corpus Christi youth, please contact Liz Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All volunteers must be background checked and have completed VIRTUS training as required by the Archdiocese. A Code of Conduct form must be completed each year. Adult volunteers that are driving must also fill out a driver form.
Coordinator of Faith Formation
Liz Russell has been a Corpus Christi parishioner since 2005. She volunteered as a catechist for 5 years before landing in youth ministry in 2011. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota. Liz enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children, cooking, camping, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.