Confirmation

In baptism, you were welcomed into the Catholic Christian community, freed from original sin, and given the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Through the sacrament of the Eucharist, you are nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ so you can become the Body of Christ to all those you encounter.

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.

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 small groups, 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, formerly 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 Spark program during both the fall and spring seasons of their 9th grade year as well.             

Formation elements

* Participation in the Spark program (formerly Faith Interest Connectors) for two years--the year before they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, and the year of Confirmation preparation.
* Attendance at a retreat.
* Participation in a Confirmation small group. Your small group meets in place of a Spark group during the spring season, at one of the normally scheduled Faith Formation times. The small group experience takes the place of a spring season Spark group during the year of Confirmation preparation.
* Completion of the Called to Mercy online curriculum, which will be used as a starting point for conversation during the small group meetings.
* Meeting with a sponsor throughout the year of preparation.

The nitty gritty

Important dates

* September 4 (Wed) -- Confirmation orientation (7pm in the Main Worship Space)
* October 1 (Tue) -- Information form, parent and youth essays, and baptismal record due
* October 6 (Sun) or 9 (Wed) -- First Spark group faith formation session (John XXIII Room)
* October 11-12 (Fri-Sat) -- Retreat option #1
* November 8-9 (Fri-Sat) -- Retreat option #2
* December 13-14 (Fri-Sat) -- Retreat option #3
* Jan 5 (Sun) or 8 (Wed) -- First Confirmation small group session (John XXIII Room)
* TBA -- Rehearsal with sponsor (7:30pm in the Main Worship Space)
* TBA -- Rite of Sending (during 5pm Mass at Pax Christi)
* TBA -- Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation

Orientation

The 2019-20 Confirmation Orientation will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 7:00pm in the Main Worship Space. All 10-12th grade youth wishing to go through the Confirmation preparation process during the 2019-20 program year and their parents are welcome to attend.

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 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 (TBA); the Rite of Sending if possible (TBA); and the Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation (TBA).

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:

* 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, 6:00-7:15pm; Sunday, 6:30-7:45pm), or at another mutually agreed-upon time.

* Spark group leader. Share your passions and interests with teens! Develop and lead a Spark group (formerly Faith Interest Connectors) with the assistance of a teaching partner and Jessie Johnson. See the Spark leader resource website for details.

* Spark group teaching partner. Work with a Spark group leader to develop a Spark season 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 Spark groups 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 there are many opportunities for you to help us make it go off without a hitch! The retreat runs from 6–10:00pm on Friday and 10am–6:30pm on Saturday. Specific retreat roles include:

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

How to get signed up

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

* Register for Faith Formation HERE.
NOTE: Youth enrolled in a Catholic high school should use THIS FORM instead.
* Complete the Confirmation Information Form by October 1 at the latest. The form can be found by clicking HERE.
* Write a brief introductory essay (youth AND parent/guardian) and email it to Jessie Johnson by October 1. The essay guidelines can be found by clicking HERE.
* If you were not baptized at Pax Christi, request and submit a recently-issued baptismal record by October 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.

* 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.
* Send the baptismal certificate to Pax Christi. Once you have requested the baptismal record, mail it or drop it off at Pax Christi.
* Confirm receipt of the record. 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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