Your child wants to be Confirmed?
"Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. . . Those who accepted [Peter's] message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day." Acts 2:3-4, 41
3,000 people were baptized that day! That must have been some homily from St. Peter!
This quote from Acts of the apostles is exactly what Confirmation is about – going out into the world to make disciples. At Pentecost, the apostles were sent forth to tell everyone about the incredible story of Christ. They met and knew the resurrected Christ, but it wasn't until Pentecost that the Holy Spirit gave them the strength, power, and fortitude to be the person they were created to be.
In Confirmation, we are sent to do the same. There is something life changing when we encounter a living, true and personal God. When we have an experience like the apostles, our lives are changed. We can no longer be the same as we were before. That same experience can happen for all of us as we prepare for Confirmation.
So that’s the vision – to have an encounter with our loving and personal God, preparing all of us to go and show others who Christ is through our entire being, so that others may know God through you and I.
There's plenty more we could talk about Confirmation, but that's why we have some called Confirmation preparation. In these sessions, parents their children will explore the various realities of children, what it does, and what it means for the parents (and sponsors)!
Great! So, what is my first step in getting my child Confirmed?
Great question! Your first step to getting your child confirmed is typically enrolling your child in a Catholic school, Youth Faith Formation, or Catholic based home schooling faith Formation formal process. You can find out more information about St. Lawrence Catholic school here and you can find out more information about our Youth Faith Formation Program here. Families are the primary educators of their children and we humbly offer our school and Youth Faith Formation as opportunities to assist parents in the formation of their children.
Normally, children should be in a formal Catholic faith formation program (either Catholic school, parish based faith formation classes, or approved Catholic home schooling faith formation) for at least two years prior to receiving the sacrament of Confirmation, which here at St. Lawrence, is usually in 8th grade.. This is because following Christ is more than just receiving some oil on your forehead to get our "sacramental" ticket punched. It about following a person, namely, Jesus Christ, as part of a community, the Catholic Church. And that requires three things: to know about Christ, to encounter the person of Christ, and to become part of the community that you are being initiated into!
There is a whole lot more we could talk about in regards to Confirmation, but that is why we have Confirmation Preparation sessions for you and your children.
For more information about Youth Confirmation, contact: