The celebration of this Sacrament focuses on a young person's faith and commitment to Christ and his/her desire to enter adulthood in the parish community. Sacramental preparation for 8th graders includes classes, service to the community, and formation sessions.
Confirmation is an important Sacrament of Initiation. The sacrament confirms what took place in Baptism and Eucharist. Contemporary practice concerning the Sacrament of Confirmation varies throughout the United States. The sacrament, for many, becomes a celebration of the young person's maturity in life and within the Church. The young person is called on to express commitment to the Catholic Faith and to reaffirm the promises of Baptism.
To grow in faith is a lifelong process. Therefore, faith development and education should continue even after the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Parents are reminded of their important role in fostering a religious attitude by their own values and religious practices and encouragement of their children.
Requirements for the Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation
The candidate must:
Present upon registration for the sacrament, certificates of Baptism and Eucharist.
Participate in eight years of formal religious education in either parochial school or the parish Religious Education Program.
Be knowledgeable about the basic teachings of our Faith.
Participate FULLY in the Parish Confirmation Program.
Involvement of parents in the preparation of the candidate is extremely important.
Attend and participate in class and attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days.
Participate in the service projects selected, servicing church, community and family.
Participate in the spiritual preparation by attending all times of reflection.
All requirements must be fulfilled before the candidate receives the sacrament.
For further information, contact our Director of Religious Education and Sacrament Formation, Sr. Colleen Nolan, O.P., at 708-771-5959.
Adults who are not confirmed may register for an inquiry session followed by classes that conclude at Easter time. For further information, contact Fr. Robert Marchwiany at 708-771-8250.