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.
2020-2021 Confirmation Preparation at MPB
Due to Covid-19 and the expanded nature of our parish community, 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 families enrolled in sacramental preparation will receive MPB’s monthly Faith Formation newsletter via Flocknote (more information about this newsletter can be found below or by visiting our FAITH page). With the help of parents, sponsors, and the Faith Formation Team, the Confirmation candidates will be prepared to celebrate the sacrament the spring/summer 2021.
Why are we forming kids as young as 3rd 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 3 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 3rd grade or above (by August 2020) who have celebrated their First Reconciliation and received their First Communion AND
- Whose families are registered members of Most Precious Blood Parish (if you need to register in the parish, please click here) AND
- Who attend the welcome/information meeting with a parent AND
- Who provide a recently issued, certified record of their baptismal certificate from the church of baptism AND
- Who register and pay the fee for Confirmation by October 20, 2020 AND
- Who participate in service with their family throughout the year (suggestions available monthly in the Faith Formation newsletter) AND
- Who complete their at-home study program and attend scheduled rituals (in-person or virtually) AND
- Who complete and submit all assignments!
Required Items for Confirmation
Certified Baptismal Record
If the candidate was not baptized at Most Precious Blood, a certified baptismal record must be requested by the parent and sent to MPB from the candidate’s church of Baptism. This can be obtained by calling or emailing the church of Baptism and requesting a certified baptismal record be sent to MPB (3959 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO 80210) or emailed to Kristen Kraus (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 with the Confirmation materials at the beginning of the program and is accessible below. This form must be completed and submitted by the ritual on February 27, 2021.
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. The Confirmation sponsor should be a faithful Catholic who accompanies the candidate as witness and guide. This may be the candidate’s godparent 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 service opportunities, face time/video chat and share information about each Confirmation lesson and each month’s Faith Formation newsletter topic. Candidates are also asked to interview their 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 basic guided report on the person is a required part of the Confirmation course work.
Required Dates for Confirmation
- Tuesday, November 10, 2020 6:30PM: Parent/Candidate information and welcome meeting*
- Introduction to the Confirmation sacramental preparation program and distribution of parent/candidate materials
- Sunday, January 10, 2021 (time TBD): Confirmation Workshop (in-person)*
- The Sacraments of Initiation
- Monday, February 1, 2021: The certified baptismal record must be received in the parish office.
- Monday, March 1, 2021: Submit assignments to parish office
- Sacramental Recording Form must be completed
- Saint Name Report DUE
- Sponsor Interview Synthesis DUE
- Sunday, April 11, 2021 (time TBD): Concluding Ritual (in-person)*
- Gifts of the Spirit Workshop & Pentecost Prayer Service
- Spring/Summer 2021: Sacramental Ceremony and Rehearsal (these dates are not yet confirmed by the Archdiocese)
*virtual option will be available for all in-person events
FAITH and Family Service Update
Due to the fluid and uncertain nature of COVID-19, we have not included FAITH or Family Service Sunday as part of the requirements of sacramental preparation. Since both of these programs typically involve gatherings of 400-600 people, we are unable to safely gather in our traditional way this year.
In place of our traditional FAITH (Faith Alive in the Home) Program, the Faith Formation Team will send out a monthly Faith Formation newsletter via Flocknote. This newsletter will offer ideas for monthly prayer, discussion starters on topics of faith, information on the liturgical year and important feast days for the month, and ideas for serving the community as a family. All families enrolled in sacramental preparation and past FAITH families will receive this Faith Formation newsletter. Please look for the newsletter in your email starting October 1.
Additionally, in the past, we have encouraged our Middle and High School aged confirmandi to participate in MPB’s youth ministry. Due to parish staff changes, our youth program is in transition this year; we encourage to visit the MPB Youth page to see what’s offered this fall. We apologize for the inconvenience this brings to new families and hope to hire a new youth minister in the coming year.
Registration Link and Fee Information
Sacramental preparation is a parish sponsored process. Those families who are registered members of MPB Parish with baptized children over the age of 3rd grade who have celebrated their First Reconciliation and received their First Communion, may register to prepare for and celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation during the 2020-21 academic year. The registration fee for Confirmation is $50.00. This fee covers the cost of the materials used for at-home study and all rituals during the preparation process.
We do not want the cost of the Confirmation program to inhibit participation; if you are unable to pay the fee, would like access to scholarship funds, or you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Kate Rice of the Faith Formation Team (email@example.com).
2020-21 Confirmation Registration Fees
Standard Registration: September 24-October 14 – $50 per child
Late Registration: October 14-21 – $55 per child
**Please note that FaithDirect is currently experiencing a glitch in their programming that occurs when parishioners log in to their existing account to register for sacramental preparation. To avoid delay and error messages during registration, please do not sign into your account to complete the form and process payment. We apologize for the inconvenience and will update our information as soon as we know the issue has been repaired.**
Contact the Faith Formation Team
The Faith Formation Team at Most Precious Blood is comprised of Kristen Kraus and Kate Rice. We are excited to journey with your family this year as your child prepares for and celebrates his/her sacraments!
If you have questions regarding sacramental preparation, please contact Kristen Kraus: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions regarding registration, please contact Kate Rice: email@example.com.