Confirmation Grade 9
Candidates, here is everything you need to know as you begin Confirmation:
Preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation begins in the fall of the ninth grade and concludes in the spring. We seek to engage the heart and mind as to allow teens to develop an active, mature faith life: a relationship with God that has been informed not only by tradition but through personal reflection, as well.
One of the first things you’ll need to do as you begin this process is decide upon a Confirmation Name. This will be a Saint that you admire and look up to as a spiritual role model.
The next big decision is to choose a Sponsor. Sponsors are individuals you choose to walk alongside during and after Confirmation preparation. A sponsor should be someone older than you, that you look up to and feel comfortable discussing faith with. This person should be a confirmed Catholic, live nearby and should not be a parent. You will be expected to have regular conversations with your Sponsor via in person, the phone, Face time, etc. Sponsors will need to attend the Rite of Confirmation in the spring and will present you to the Archbishop.
Confirmation Classes are Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45pm. For a list of dates when classes will meet, see the calendar below. Classes will focus on the Christian message, as revealed to us through scripture and church tradition. These sessions will include large group time led by the parish’s youth minister and small group time led by our high school peer ministry team. The benefit of having a one-year program is to allow more time in high school after Confirmation to figure out how to apply their Catholic faith in their everyday lives. Attendance is important. If attendance becomes an ongoing issue, expect to be contacted with alternative options for the sacrament of Confirmation.
3. Service Experience
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to serve others. It is not just an expectation for Confirmation, but a lifestyle that we are called to live. We are not asking for a set number of hours to be completed; instead, we are asking you, the candidate, to expand your understanding of service through experiences in three different areas:
- Family: Helping out in new ways—not chores, not doing something that’s asked of you, but going out of your way to serve your family. Here’s the key: don’t tell anyone why you’re serving—just do it as an act of love.
- Local Faith Community (St. Ed’s): Using your gifts to make your parish a better place. This is to be done in an area other than Youth Ministry. Some examples include, but are not limited to, weekend liturgies: lector, commentator, usher, greeter, choir member, instrumentalist, Sunday school teacher, Donut Sunday server, there are so many possibilities! Look in the bulletin for ideas and contact info for the people in charge of each ministry. If you’re asked to volunteer with an adult—try and serve with your sponsor!
- Greater Community: What are you passionate about, interested in or motivated to do? Find an organization that does that and get involved
Each year, we plan one spring Confirmation retreat that is just for candidates from St. Ed’s. This year it will be on Saturday March 7th, 10am-6pm. If you are unable to attend this retreat contact Patrick Smalley asap to discuss your options.
5. Liturgical Celebration Reflection
We ask candidates to be active participants in liturgical celebrations at St. Ed’s. As a way to deepen the experience, we ask you to complete 3 reflections throughout the year.
6. Rite of Confirmation
Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 at the Basilica in Minneapolis. We will have reserved seating for Sponsors and the Candidate. Parents and other family members or guests are invited to attend but will have a separate, non-reserved seating area. Plan on arriving early!
We will have the Rite of Sending at St. Edward on Sunday, May 3rd at the 10:30am Mass. This will be a time for the Parish to bless and send the candidates to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Contact: If you have any questions, please contact Patrick Smalley, Director of High School and Adult Ministry, at 952-835-7101 ext. 211.