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 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 Sr. High Faith Formation program during both the fall and spring seasons of their 9th grade year as well.

***This policy is temporarily waived for youth seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation during the 2021-22 preparation year. It will be in place for youth seeking Confirmation during the 2022-23 preparation year and beyond. So if you're a current 9th grader and are planning to be confirmed as a sophomore, you should register for Faith Formation this year!

(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.)

The nitty gritty

Confirmation Preparation Timeline

Year Before Preparation*
Participants are enrolled in one of the following:

  • On-site Faith Formation
  • Online/Distance Learing
  • Enrollment at a Catholic High School

*Please note that due to the challenges surrounding COVID-19, this formation element is waived for youth seeking Confirmation during the 2021-22 preparation year. It will be in place for youth seeking Confirmation during the 2022-23 preparation year.


Fall/Winter of Preparation Year

  • Participation in on-site Faith Formation, online/distance learning, or Catholic school attendance.
  • Attendance at an on-site Alpha Youth retreat (Choose between January 15 or February 5) or complete the online virtual retreat prior to February 15, 2022.

Spring of Preparation Year

  • Attendance at both of the Candidate-Sponsor Sessions in April. A Zoom option will be offered to accommodate sponsors not able to be present and/or participants not comfortable being in an onsite setting (Dates & Times TBD).

Important Dates:

  • October 3/6: First FF Session of the fall season
  • February 15: Confirmation Information Form and Baptismal Record Due
  • May 2, 7:00pm: Rite of Confirmation at St. Mary's Basilica

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 preparation sessions in April, either in-person or via Zoom. They are also invited to attend the Rite of Sending (May 1) if possible, and the Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation (May 2).

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 do not need to do this.

2. Complete the Confirmation Information Form by January 15 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!

 






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12100 Pioneer Trail
Eden Prairie, MN 55347

952-941-3150

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