Confirmation

The Sacrament of Confirmation is the third Sacrament of Initiation. Through it, you will be bound more closely to our community of faith and you will be welcomed as a fully-initiated member of the Church. The gifts of the Holy Spirit which you received at baptism will be strengthened in you, and you will be commissioned to live out your faith more intentionally in your family, school, community, and world.

You are not called to sit back and idle your way through life! You are called to take an active role in your faith and the faith of our community, joining us in our mission to bring Christ's love into the world. And through the Sacrament of Confirmation, you'll have the chance to figure out what that means for you.

Adults seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation should contact Scott Brazil (952-405-7230 or sbrazil@paxchristi.com).

Through the Confirmation preparation process at Pax Christi, we hope you will:

* Encounter the Holy Spirit alive in the Church community.
* Grapple with your questions about God, faith, and the church.
* Consider how you might integrate faith into your everyday life and decision-making.

Please read the following information carefully. Instructions for how to register for Confirmation can be found at the bottom of the page.

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

The basics

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 (Spark groups or distance learning) 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 Spark/distance learning program during both the fall and spring seasons of their 9th grade year as well.

(Because of the spiritual formation embedded in Catholic high schools, youth enrolled in a Catholic high school in the year before Confirmation preparation are not expected to participate in the Faith Formation program at Pax Christi during that year. They are, however, expected to participate in all preparation elements during the year the youth intends to be confirmed.)

Formation elements

* Participation in the Spark program or distance learning (or Catholic school attendance) for the full year before they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation
* Participation in a self-guided at-home retreat in the fall of the year of preparation
* Completion of the online Called to Mercy program in the spring of the year of preparation
* Meeting with a sponsor throughout the year of preparation

The nitty gritty

Important dates

* November 1 -- Information form and baptismal record due
* November 15 -- Retreat available, to be completed at your own pace by January 15
* January 1 -- Called to Mercy enrollment begins, to be completed at your own pace by April 12
* April 24/25 (Sat/Sun) -- Rite of Sending (during Mass at Pax Christi, details TBA)
* April 26 (Mon) -- Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation (7-9pm at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis as Covid-19 guidelines allow)

Important people

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 16, 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 via phone/video chat or face-to-face to talk through matters of faith and life. We will provide sponsors and candidates with resources and opportunities to grow and learn together.

With candidates, sponsors participate in two virtual events (one in the fall and one in the spring, dates TBA). They are also expected to attend the Confirmation Rehearsal (April 29); the Rite of Sending if possible (April 24/25); and the Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation (April 26).

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.
* encourage your candidate as they go through the preparation process--ask questions, learn with them!
* share your own faith story with your candidate
* pray with and for your candidate regularly
* give them gentle reminders about due dates and formation elements

How to get signed up

So you've read all the info. Phew! If you're ready to get started, follow these steps:

1. Register for Faith Formation HERE.
NOTE: Youth enrolled in a Catholic high school should use THIS FORM instead.

2. Complete the Confirmation Information Form by November 1 at the latest. The form can be found by clicking HERE.

3. If you were not baptized at Pax Christi, request and submit a recently-issued baptismal record by November 1. Instructions are below...read them carefully!

Requesting and submitting a baptismal record

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 record in accordance with Canon law. If the baptismal record requirement is not met, we are unable to allow you to be confirmed.

All Catholic parishes are required to keep record of baptisms. An original record of the baptism must be dated and submitted within six months of Confirmation. Photocopies or scans of baptismal certificates will not be accepted. The requested record must be sent from the parish of baptism and include the signature of the current pastor and the seal of the parish.

1. Contact the parish of baptism. Contact the parish where the baptism took place and request that the record be sent to you or directly to Pax Christi, ATTN: Confirmation Coordinator. 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.
2. Send the baptismal certificate to Pax Christi. Once you have requested the baptismal record, mail it or drop it off at Pax Christi.
3. Make sure we got it. Check the Confirmation Checklist to see if your baptismal record has been received. If it has not been received by Pax Christi within two weeks of requesting it, contact the parish of baptism. 

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