What is Confirmation?
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the final Sacrament of Initiation in the Catholic Church, after Baptism and First Communion, wherein the faithful receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit and are commissioned to go out to the world to spread the Gospel through the example of their lives. St. Mary’s offers a Confirmation Prep Course for high school aged youth (grades 9-12) that begins in the Fall and concludes with the Confirmation Mass in the Spring. Questions? Contact Confirmation Director Elena Myre at (971)404-1482 or at email@example.com.
Meeting Time and Location
Classes meet most Sundays (click here for tentative schedule), 4-5:45pm in the Upper Social Hall, beginning September 25th.
The course is divided into three “terms:”
- Term 1: Catechesis – a brief refresher on the history of salvation, the meaning of the Sacrament of Confirmation, and the basic tenets of the Catholic faith
- Term 2: Formation – preparation for going out into the world as a confirmed disciple of Christ; teens will learn how to take charge of their own faith and put it into action through their words and actions
- Term 3: Discipleship – catechesis and formation put into action; teens will plan and carry out two Works of Mercy to practice being a confirmed disciple of Christ in the world
There will also be a Confirmation Retreat at the Father Bernard Youth Center in Mt. Angel, OR (March 3-5). Teens will have the opportunity to spend an entire weekend diving deeper into their relationship with the Holy Spirit through hands-on activities, catechetical talks about who the Holy Spirit is and what He does, moments of prayer, the option of receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, small group discussions, and Mass.