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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.

Essential Elements for Confirmation 2018-2019:

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1. Decisions

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. Once you decide, you will fill out this form.

Confirmation Name Bio

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. Once you choose your Sponsor, fill out this form. Sponsors will need to attend the Rite of Confirmation in the spring and will present you to the Archbishop.

Sponsor Info

2. Attendance

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.

Service Reflection

4. Overnight Retreat

Each year, we plan one spring Confirmation retreat that is just for candidates from St. Ed’s. If you are unable to attend this retreat, then YOU are responsible for letting Patrick know and finding another overnight retreat. Use Net Ministries to help you find one. If you can’t attend the St. Ed’s retreat, and you have searched and can’t find any other options, contact Patrick Smalley asap to discuss your options.

Retreat Reflection

Confirmation Retreat Permission Forms

Confirmation Retreat Payment Link

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. Make sure you read the assignment description on each reflection. 2 Masses should be done at St. Ed’s (only one for Christmas) and one at another faith community.

Liturgical Reflection # 1

Liturgical Reflection # 2

Liturgical Reflection # 3

6. Rite of Confirmation

Sunday, April 28th, 2019 at 2pm at the Cathedral in St. Paul. We will have reserved seating for Parents, Sponsors and the Candidate. Other family members or guests are invited to attend but will have a separate, non-reserved seating area.

We will have the Rite of Sending at St. Edward that morning on Sunday, April 28th at 10:30am followed by a brunch for families. This will be a time for the Parish to bless and send you 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.

All Faith Formation Calendar

April 2019

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
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  • Weekly Bible Study
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  • Confirmation
  • Middle School Faith Formation
  • Elementary Faith Formation: Classes
  • Parish Bible Study
  • Base Camp
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  • Sunday School and Nursery
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  • Weekly Bible Study
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  • Confirmation
  • Middle School Faith Formation
  • Elementary Faith Formation: Classes
  • Parish Bible Study
  • Base Camp
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  • Sunday School and Nursery
  • 2nd Sunday Speaker
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  • Weekly Bible Study
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  • Confirmation
  • Elementary Faith Formation: Walk with Jesus Event
  • Middle School Faith Formation
  • Parish Bible Study
  • Base Camp
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  • Weekly Bible Study
  • Adult Faith Committee Meeting
  • Adult Faith Book Discussion
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  • Confirmation
  • Middle School Faith Formation
  • Elementary Faith Formation: Classes
  • Parish Bible Study
  • Base Camp
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  • Sunday School and Nursery
  • Confirmation Rite of Sending @ 10:30am Mass
  • Confirmation Luncheon
  • Confirmation Liturgy at the Cathedral in St. Paul: Confirmation Liturgy
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  • Weekly Bible Study