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).
The Confirmation program helps the candidate prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation by unpacking foundational aspects of the Catholic faith and building a community of peers. With the help of parents, sponsors, small group leaders and the Faith Formation Team, the Confirmation candidates are prepared to receive the sacrament.
Why are we forming kids as young as 4th grade?
Most Precious Blood is currently in the transitional phase of the Archdiocesan mandate to restore the order of the Sacraments of Initiation. This means that the sacraments will be celebrated in the original logical order of Baptism, Confirmation and First Communion, restoring the practice of administering the Sacraments of Initiation to young children as early as possible. In order to align our program with the Archdiocesan mandate, MPB has been gradually lowering the age of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation over several years. During this 2017-18 school year, MPB will be preparing our first class of Restored Order 3rd graders as well as preparing our last class of traditional Confirmation candidates (grades 4th grade and above). After this year (2017-18), families with children who have received their First Communion, but have not been confirmed will need to reach out individually in order to prepare their children to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. To learn more about the Archdiocese of Denver’s Restored Order Program, Saints Among Us, click here.
Guidelines: Who can be confirmed?
- All baptized MPB youth 4th grade or above (August 2017) who have celebrated their First Reconciliation and received their First Communion AND
- Whose parents attend the scheduled parent meeting AND
- Who provide a recently issued, certified copy of their baptismal certificate AND
- Whose families are registered members of MPB Parish AND
- Who register and pay the fee for Confirmation by August 16, 2017 AND
- Who attend all required sessions throughout the year AND
- Who complete reading and writing assignments!
Certified Baptismal Certificate
If the candidate was not baptized at Most Precious Blood, and/or did not celebrate his/her First Communion at MPB, an official certified baptismal certificate must be sent to MPB from the candidate’s church of baptism. This can be obtained by calling the parish of baptism and requesting that a certified copy of the baptismal certificate be sent to MPB. Photo copies of the 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. This form is different than the registration form. The form will be handed out at the parent meeting and can be located here.
Candidates will need to choose a sponsor for Confirmation. They should choose sponsors (not their parents) who are practicing, confirmed Catholics 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, visit virtually and share information about each month’s formation topic. Each candidate will also have the opportunity to interview his/her sponsor as part of the Confirmation coursework.
Selection of Confirmation Name and Saint Report
A Confirmation 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 guided report on the person is a required part of the course work for Confirmation.
How to Register
Sacramental preparation is a parish sponsored process. Due to the number of Most Precious Blood youth celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation as we transition into the Restored Order of the Sacraments of Initiation, we have had to develop 2 tracks of Confirmation formation. For the 2017-18 school year, one track takes place through the MPB School 4th and 5th grade Religion classes. Those candidates who are in 4th or 5th grade AND attend MPB School need to register for the MPB School 4th and 5th grade program. The other track takes place through our FAITH program and includes students who are MPB parishioners, but do not attend MPB School. Those candidates must register for both FAITH AND the MPB FAITH Confirmation Program for 4th grade and above. Please register for the program that fits your circumstances. Registration is open from July 1-August 16, 2017.
MPB School 4th and 5th Grades
As part of MPB School’s Religion Curriculum, students in 4th and 5th grade will prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Members of the Faith Formation Team will join the religion classes 1-2 times per month to further explore the curricular themes as they relate more specifically to their sacramental preparation.
Required Dates for MPB School 4th & 5th Grade Program
Parent Meeting: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 5:45-6:30 (Before Back To School Night)
- MPB 4th & 5th grade school children will have Confirmation prep as part of their school religion classes from September through January
- November 12: Family Service Sunday Gathering from 10:00 AM-Noon
- December 4: Required Items DUE
- Certified Baptismal Certificate DUE
- Completed Sacramental Recording Form DUE
- Late January/Early February 2018: Confirmation Ceremony (with the rehearsal the night before the ceremony) this date is not yet confirmed by the Archdiocese
- February 11: Family Service Sunday Gathering from 10:00 AM-Noon
Registration Link and Fee Information
If you are a registered member of Most Precious Blood Parish and have a MPB School 4th or 5th grader who has received his/her First Communion and you would like your child to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with his/her classmates, you will need to register your child for our MPB School 4th and 5th Grade Confirmation Program. The fee for MPB’s sacramental preparation program is $40 per student registered. We do not want the cost of the program to inhibit participation, if you are unable to pay the fee for this program, please contact the Faith Formation Team (email@example.com). Registration is open from July 1-August 16, 2017
MPB FAITH 4th Grade and above
As part of MPB’s FAITH Program, families will gather 7 times throughout the school year. Each session begins with 9:00 AM Mass in the church followed by a light breakfast snack and a large group theological reflection in the school gym beginning at 10:00 AM. Families will then move to small group gatherings, ending by noon. Those 4th and 5th grade students preparing for Confirmation will move to small groups to further explore the themes of the day as they relate more specifically to their sacramental preparation. If parents, sponsors or older confirmed siblings would like to be small group leaders or assistants, please email Kristen Kraus to express your interest (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Required Dates for MPB FAITH 4th Grade & Above Program
Parent Meeting: August 29 at 7:15 PM in the Parish Center
- September 10: FAITH Gathering
- October 15: FAITH Gathering
- November 12: Family Service Sunday Gathering
- December 3: FAITH Gathering
- Guided Saint/Confirmation Name Report DUE
- January 21: FAITH Gathering
- Certified Baptismal Certificate DUE
- Sacramental Recording Form DUE
- Sponsor Interview DUE
- February 11: Family Service Sunday Gathering
- March 11: FAITH Gathering
- May/June 2018: Confirmation Ceremony (with the rehearsal the night before the ceremony) this date is not yet confirmed by the Archdiocese
Registration Link and Fee Information
If you are a registered member of Most Precious Blood Parish and you would like your child (4th grade or above) to be prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation and your child has received his/her First Communion and does NOT attend MPB School, you will need to register your child for our FAITH program AND the FAITH Confirmation Program. The fee for this programming is $95 for the first child and $140 for 2 or more children. 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 the Faith Formation Team (email@example.com). Registration is open from July 1-August 16, 2017.
For further information or with questions regarding the registration process, please contact the Faith Formation Team at 303.756.3083 or firstname.lastname@example.org