Confirmation

Most Precious Blood has transitioned our sacramental preparation programming to the Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation. This means that at the age of 3rd grade, our students celebrate the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion in the same Mass. Given this change, each year we have continued to lower the age of those who prepare for and celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation. As long as we have older youth (between the ages of 8 and 18) who have already received their First Communion and are in need of the Sacrament of Confirmation in our parish, we will continue to provide a preparation program.

For the past several years, we have offered a couple of different options for Confirmation preparation, including on-campus, at-home, and hybrid preparation programs. Throughout the year, we encourage parents to participate in various aspects of the program with their child(ren). Sacramental preparation is a time of obvious growth in faith for children, but also an opportunity for parents to renew and deepen their personal faith as they engage in this process alongside their children. During the mandatory parent meeting, we will offer some basic sacramental understanding as well as resources to guide your child through the sacramental preparation. We also believe that our daily family life experiences are the basis for sacramental formation — we experience the graces of the Sacraments as part of the “domestic church”.

If you are an adult, 18 years or older, wanting to receive Confirmation, please visit our RCIA page.

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Confirmation Information

Confirmation is a Sacrament of Initiation (along with Baptism and Eucharist) in which a baptized Catholic, through prayers, imposition of hands, and the anointing with chrism oil, receives a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit that completes baptismal grace. The Sacrament of Confirmation impresses a character, and by it the baptized, continuing on the path of Christian initiation, are enriched by the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and bound more perfectly to the Church. It strengthens them and obliges them more firmly to be witnesses to Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith (CCC 1285). Through this Sacrament of Initiation, the bishop (or his delegate) confirms the sacramental journey of faith begun at baptism and initiates candidates into the Greater Church community.

2021-2022 Program Information

The Confirmation program at MPB will be parent-led, in the home this year.  This is a time of obvious growth in faith for children, but also an opportunity for parents to renew and deepen their personal faith as they engage in this process with their children. We believe that our daily family life experiences are the basis for sacramental formation – we experience the graces of the Sacraments as part of the “domestic church”.

As part of the program, one parent will attend a mandatory welcome meeting with his/her candidate where the program will be explained and the materials will be distributed.  Candidates need to be registered in the Confirmation program, plan to complete the at-home lessons with the guidance of a parent, attend the on-campus workshops/rituals, and complete and submit both assignments throughout the course of the year. Additionally, all youth enrolled in sacramental preparation are encouraged to participate in FAITH (MPB’s family-based religious education program) and/or MPB’s Youth Ministry program.   FAITH is a program for the entire family to journey together, and this year, there will be a small group for older students (5th-8th grade).  With the help of parents, sponsors, and the Faith Formation Team, the Confirmation candidates will be prepared to celebrate the sacrament the spring/summer 2022.

If you would like for your child(ren) to celebrate the sacrament this year, please contact Kristen Kraus (kkraus@mpbdenver.org).

These are the 2021-2022 program dates of the Sacramental Preparation Program for Confirmation

PARENT/CANDIDATE INFORMATION MEETING: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26TH FROM 6:30-7:30 PM

  • November 14, 2021: In-Person Family Service Sunday
    • Time: 9:00 AM (mass) – 12:00 PM
  • January 23, 2022: In-Person Workshop on the Sacraments and a Church Search Experience
    • Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
  • February 1, 2022: Certified baptismal records should be received by MPB
  • March 1, 2022: Assignments completed and turned in (mailed, dropped off, emailed)
    • Sacramental Recording Form
    • Saint Report
    • Sponsor Interview
  • April 3, 2022: Family Service Sunday and Catholic Social Teaching Workshop/Retreat
    • Time: 9:00-3:00
    • Parents and siblings are invited attend with their confirmandi
    • Lunch will be provided
  • Sacramental Ceremony and Rehearsal (Sign up will be sent out in late Fall)
    • Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 2:00 PM (rehearsal Friday, April 29 at 6:00 PM) OR
    • Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 10:00 AM (rehearsal Friday, May 20 at 6:00 PM)

Certified Baptismal Record

If the candidate was not baptized at Most Precious Blood, a certified baptismal record must be sent to MPB from the candidate’s church of Baptism by February 1st. This can be obtained by calling or emailing the church of Baptism and requesting the record be sent to MPB. Photocopies of the child’s baptismal certificate do not suffice.

Sacramental Recording Form

In order to record the necessary information for each candidate following the celebration of a sacrament, ALL families must submit a completed Sacramental Recording Form, regardless of where the candidate was baptized. This is a paper form to be completed by parents. The form is distributed at the parent meeting and is accessible here and must be completed by March 1, 2022.

Confirmation Sponsors

Candidates will need to choose a sponsor for Confirmation when preparing for Confirmation & First Communion. A candidate’s parent may not serve as a sponsor. Sponsors must be practicing, confirmed Catholics over the age of 16 and currently registered in a parish. The Confirmation sponsor should be a faithful Catholic who accompanies the candidate as witness and guide. This may be the candidate’s godparents, which supports the connection between Baptism and Confirmation, but the sponsor does not have to be a godparent. The sponsor should display maturity for this role and a willingness to witness his/her faith to the candidate. The primary role of the sponsor is to listen, support, pray for and assist the candidate on his/her spiritual journey. The sponsor must be at least 16 years of age and confirmed.

We encourage sponsors to spend time with their candidates during this formation process. Here are some ideas to share with sponsors: attend Mass together, go to the Stations of the Cross during Lent, participate in Family Service Sundays and outside service opportunities, spend time and share information about each month’s formation topic. Candidates will also have the opportunity to interview his/her sponsor as part of their Confirmation coursework.

Selection of Confirmation Name & Saint Report

A Confirmation & First Communion candidate may be confirmed under his or her baptismal name, or in accordance to the past custom of the Church, select the name of a biblical, beatified, or canonized person. If candidates decide to select a name, they should be familiar with the life of the patron of their choice and the ways in which this person was a witness to Christ and demonstrated discipleship. A basic brief guided report on the person is a required part of the course work.

Below you’ll find the links to register for both the Confirmation Program and FAITH (family-based religious education).

Confirmation Sacramental Preparation Program Registration Fee

Standard Registration: September 1 – October 1: $50 per child

Confirmation Registration

FAITH Registration Fee (2021-22):

Standard Registration: July 1-September 15: $95 for the first child; $140 family rate (2 or more children)
Late Registration: After September 15:  $105 for the first child; $150 family rate (2 or more children)

FAITH Registration

We do not want the cost of the programs to inhibit participation; if you are unable to pay the fees for these programs, please contact Kristen Kraus (kkraus@mpbdenver.org), a member of the Faith Formation Team.

All questions regarding children’s sacrament preparation may be directed to Kristen Kraus (kkraus@mpbdenver.org), a member of the Faith Formation Team.

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Kristen Kraus

Faith Formation Team

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