Confirmation

 

Orientation

The 2018-19 Confirmation Orientation was held on Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00pm in the Main Worship Space. If you were unable to attend, never fear! CLICK HERE for a video version.

 

Sacramental Preparation Policy

While our main Confirmation preparation process happens the year a youth is confirmed (typically 10th, 11th, or 12th grade), youth will also be expected to participate in our Faith Formation program (Faith Interest Connectors) during the year before being confirmed. For example, if a youth is planning to be confirmed in 10th grade, then they will need to be an active part of our FIC program during both the fall and spring seasons of their 9th grade year as well.

 

Formation Goals

Confirmation Candidates will:

  1. Encounter the Holy Spirit alive in the Church community.
  2. Grapple with their questions about God, faith, and the church.
  3. Consider how they might integrate faith into their everyday life.

 

Formation Elements

  1. Participation in the Faith Interest Connector program for two years--the year before they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, and the year of Confirmation preparation.
  2. Attendance at a retreat.
  3. Participation in a Confirmation small group. Your small group meets in place of an FIC during the spring season, at one of the normally scheduled Faith Formation times. that takes the place of a spring season FIC during the year of Confirmation preparation.
  4. Completion of the Called to Mercy online curriculum, which will be used as a starting point for conversation during the small group meetings.
  5. Meeting with a sponsor throughout the year of preparation.


Steps to Register for Confirmation Preparation

  1. Register for Faith Formation (FICs) at www.paxchristi.com/ffregistrationNOTE: Youth enrolled in a Catholic high school do not need to register for Faith Formation.
  2. Complete the Confirmation Information Form by October 1 at the latest. The form can be found at www.paxchristi.com/confirmationinfo.
  3. Write a brief introductory essay and email it to Jessie Johnson by October 1. The essay guidelines can be found by clicking HERE.
  4. If you were not baptized at Pax Christi, you will need to request and submit a recently-issued baptismal certificate. Scroll down for instructions on how to do this.

 

Important Dates

Fall Season

September 5 (Wed) -- Confirmation orientation (7pm in the Main Worship Space)

Sept 16 (Sun) or 19 (Wed) -- First Faith Interest Connector faith formation session (John XXIII Room – formerly the Garden Level)

October 1 (Mon) -- Information form and essay due

October 12-13 (Fri-Sat) -- Retreat option #1

November 9-10 (Fri-Sat) -- Retreat option #2

December 7-8 (Fri-Sat) -- Retreat option #3

Spring Season

Jan 6 (Sun) or 9 (Wed) -- First spring small group session

April 24 (Wed) -- Rehearsal with sponsor (7:30pm in the Main Worship Space)

April 28 (Sun) -- Rite of Sending (during 5pm Mass at Pax Christi)

April 29 (Mon) -- Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation (7pm at the Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis)

 

Requesting and Submitting a Baptismal Certificate

1. Know the requirements. Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation and can only be administered to individuals who have received Christian baptism. Evidence of the baptism must be provided in the form of a baptismal certificate in accordance with canon law. All Catholic parishes are required to keep record of baptisms. An original of the baptismal certificate must be submitted within six months of Confirmation. Photocopies or scans of baptismal certificates will not be accepted. The original copy of the certificate must be sent from the parish of baptism and include the signature of the current pastor and the seal of the parish. If the baptismal certificate requirement is not met, we are unable to allow you to be confirmed.

2. Contact the parish of baptism. Contact the parish where the baptism took place and request that the copy be sent to you or directly to Pax Christi, ATTN: Jessie Johnson. If the parish of baptism no longer exists (it was closed, or merged with another parish) the sacramental records still exist, they just need to be tracked down. Contact the diocese where the parish was and ask for the needed information to find the sacramental records.

3. Send the baptismal certificate to Pax Christi. Once you have requested the baptismal certificate, mail it or drop it off to Pax Christi, ATTN: Jessie Johnson (12100 Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347).

4. Confirm receipt of the certificate. Check the Confirmation Checklist to see if your certificate has been received. If it has not been received by Pax Christi within two weeks of requesting it, contact the parish of baptism.

 

​​​Choosing a Confirmation Sponsor

Sponsors play a special role in the journey of a Confirmation candidate. Their relationship to the candidate is very similar to that of a godparent at baptism. They must be a practicing Catholic over the age of 18, and they may not be a parent of the candidate. If there's no one in your life who fits the bill, don't worry! We've got several folks here at Pax Christi who would love to walk with you as your sponsor. Contact Jessie Johnson for more information.

The sponsor's ultimate responsibility is to make sure the candidate is prepared to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Sponsors and candidates are encouraged to remain in regular conversation during the preparation process, whether on the phone or face-to-face to talk through matters of faith and life. We will provide sponsors and candidates with conversation suggestions, as well as an optional book to read together. Sponsors attend the Confirmation Rehearsal at 7:30pm on Wednesday, April 24; the Rite of Sending on Sunday, April 28 at 5:00pm; and the Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation on Monday, April 29 at 7:00pm.



The Role of Parents/Guardians

Parents/guardians play a special role in the process of preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. Often it is because of a parent/guardian's encouragement that a young person will choose to prepare for Confirmation in the first place. While parents/guardians are not allowed to be the sponsor to their own children, they are able to support the process in numerous ways. We ask that all parents/guardians assist with at least one of the following roles:

Sponsor for another candidate. See role description above.

Small group leader. Much of the Confirmation preparation process takes place online, but the real learning occurs when candidates are given the chance to talk about what they studied together as a group. Small groups are facilitated by a leader who uses a a written guide to facilitate a conversation based on the online lessons candidates study. Groups meet in the spring season (January to April) during our regularly schedule Faith Formation sessions (Wednesday, 6:30-7:45pm; Sunday, 3:30-4:45pm or 6:30-7:45pm), or at a mutually agreed-upon time.

FIC leader.
 Share your passions and interests with teens! Develop and lead a Faith Interest Connector with the assistance of an FIC Teaching Partner and Jessie Johnson. See the Sr. High faith formation website for details.

FIC teaching partner.
 Work with an FIC Leader to develop a Faith Interest Connector and incorporate faith formation into daily life. 

CAP Team. 
Members of the CAP Team (Consistent Adult Presence) assist in faith formation, youth events, and Confirmation retreats. CAP Team members do not have any teaching responsibility. Their main role is to provide loving support, hospitality, and welcome to youth in the program. CAP Team members for FICs may also occasionally be asked to assist with logistical needs during the class session.

Retreat team. We offer three separate date options for our Confirmation retreat and we need adult presence in multiple areas in order for the retreat to occur. The retreat runs from 6–10:00pm on Friday and 10am–6:30pm on Saturday.

    • Small group leader. Facilitate discussion and activities with a group of 6-8 candidates. Training is provided.

    Kitchen help. Take care of food/kitchen needs throughout the retreat. Previous experience in the Pax Christi kitchen helps!

    Consistent Adult Presence (CAP) Team/chaperone. Be a warm, hospitable presence to candidates, and assist as needed.

This Confirmation page will be updated throughout the year. Watch for more information on small groups, online learning, and retreats in the near future. Please contact Jessie Johnson (952-405-7210 or jjohnson@paxchristi.com), with questions.

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