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.
What’s new for 2019-2020?
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 who have 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. Last year, we piloted a parent-led, in home program and have determined that we do want parent involvement, in addition to opportunities to build community. Therefore, we have decided to offer a hybrid program that offers some on-campus workshops (parents are welcome to attend with their candidate(s)) in tandem with some parent-led lessons for those youth 4th grade and above who have received their First Communion, but have not yet been confirmed.
Throughout this 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”.
Confirmation Preparation at MPB
The Confirmation program at MPB is multi-faceted. As part of the program, parents will attend a mandatory parent meeting on September 18, 2019 where they will receive the necessary information to help guide and support their children on this sacramental journey. Candidates need to be registered in the Confirmation program and plan to attend all of the on-campus workshops, complete the in-home lessons and the assignments throughout the course of the year. Since the sacraments are meant to happen within community, for those candidates 6th grade and above, we invite you to participate in the youth ministry program in some way (at least monthly) throughout the year. This could be, attending youth group or other consistent group offered or helping a catechist lead a small group in the FAITH program. For those candidates who are in 4th or 5th grade to be registered in FAITH, (for more information about FAITH, click here) – as is consistent with our sacramental preparation programming for younger children. Additionally, we ask all confirmandi and their families to participate in Family Service Sunday and/or other service opportunities as a way to put their faith into action by serving those in need in our community. With the help of parents, sponsors, and the Faith Formation Team, the Confirmation candidates will be prepared to receive the sacrament.
Why are we forming kids as young as 4th grade?
MPB has transitioned into the Archdiocesan mandate to restore the order of the Sacraments of Initiation and celebrate these sacraments in the 3rd Grade. This means that the sacraments will be celebrated in the original order of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion, restoring the practice of administering the Sacraments of Initiation to young children as early as possible. Realizing that there may be children in grades 4th and above who have received their First Communion, but have not yet been confirmed, we will continue to offer preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the traditional practice.
Participation Guidelines for Confirmation
- Registration is open to all baptized MPB parish youth 4th grade or above (by August 2019) who have celebrated their First Reconciliation and received their First Communion AND
- Whose families are registered members of Most Precious Blood Parish (if your family is not registered in MPB Parish, please click here to register) AND
- Whose parents attend the scheduled parent meeting AND
- Who provide a recently issued, certified record of their baptismal certificate from the child’s church of baptism AND
- Who register and pay the fee for Confirmation AND
- Who attend the on-campus Confirmation workshops AND
- Who consistently participate in youth ministry or FAITH programming throughout the year AND
- Who participate in Family Service Sundays and/or other service opportunities AND
- Who complete all assignments!
Confirmation for those over 18
Confirmation for adults is offered as a part of the RCIA program. Visit the RCIA page for more information.
Required Items for Confirmation
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. This can be obtained by calling or emailing the church of Baptism and requesting that the record be sent to MPB. Photo copies 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 child was baptized. This is a paper form to be completed by parents. The form will be distributed at the parent meeting. It is also available below. Please complete and return the form by March 1, 2020.
Candidates will need to choose a sponsor for Confirmation as a part of the preparation process. 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 does not have to be a godparent. The sponsor should display maturity for this role and a willingness to witness their 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, face 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 and Saint Report
A Confirmation candidate may be confirmed under his or her baptismal name, or in accordance with 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 guided report on the person is a required part of the course work for Confirmation.
Required Dates for Confirmation
- September 18, 2019 – Parent Meeting from 6:15-7:00 PM in the Church
- October 20, 2019 – Confirmation family potluck from 12:00-1:30 PM
- Receive at-home lesson to begin journey with God’s call as a family
- November 3, 2019 – Family Service Sunday in the gym from 10:00-noon
- Mid-November 2019 – At-home lesson emailed (Family Advent Preparation)
- Sunday, January 5, 2020 – On Campus Workshop (The Saints) from 3:30-5:15 PM
- Wednesday, January 8, 2020– On Campus Workshop (Creed and Trinity) from 6:00-7:30 PM
- Tuesday, January 14, 2020 – On Campus Workshop (Sacraments 1) from 6:00-7:30 PM
- Sunday, January 26, 2020 – On Campus Retreat: Service and Justice from 1:00-4:00 PM
- Receive at-home lesson: Spirit of the Law vs. Letter of the Law
- Saturday, February 1, 2020– Official Baptismal Record should be received by MPB
- Tuesday, February 4, 2020 – On Campus Workshop (Sacraments 2) from 6:00-7:30 PM
- Receive at-home lesson: Family Lenten Preparation
- Sunday, March 1, 2020 – On Campus Workshop (Gifts of the Spirit & Prayer Service) from 3:30-5:15 PM
- Saint Report Due
- Sponsor Interview Syntheses page Due
- Sacramental Recording Form Due
- Sunday, April 5, 2020 – Family Service Sunday in the gym from 10:00-noon
- May/June 2020 – Confirmation Ceremony (will be confirmed with our Restored Order candidates)
- These dates are decided by the Archdiocese and we have not yet received the dates of our ceremonies
How to Register
The cost to register for the 2019-2020 Confirmation Program is $50 per child. To register, click the link below! We do not want the cost of the program to inhibit participation. Scholarship funds are available. If you are unable to pay the fees for this program, please contact Kristen Kraus by email at email@example.com.
For more information or with questions regarding the registration process, please contact Kristen Kraus of the Faith Formation Team at 303-756-3083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.