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Confirmation

Confirming Our Baptismal Promise

Sacrament of Confirmation is a celebration of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, who is already very present in our lives. Preparation for Confirmation provides the opportunity to affirm the faith you received at your Baptism.

It is a very special Ministry at St George. A privileged time within the Parish community for our young adult parishioners to come together form all area high schools (Catholic, private, and public) as one, for each of them is a child of Christ. It is a journey toward a more intimate union with Christ and deeper familiarity with the Holy Spirit. These Candidates’ journey will include their catechists, sponsors, and their parents.

St. George's Confirmation Program is a 9 month program (September – May) which includes 2 Large group Sessions, 4 Small Group Sessions, Rite of Welcome Mass, Rite of Enrollment Mass, Rite of Confirmation Mass at completion of program. All Group Sessions are held at the St George campus.

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is best understood when we look at faith formation as a lifelong process. The task before us is twofold: to recognize and respect where our candidates are on their journey of  faith; and to challenge them to search, move forward and continue to grow in their faith.

Criteria for Participation


Expectations for beginning the process of Confirmation are as follows:

  1. Registered and active member of St. George Catholic Church
  2. Must be in the eleventh (11th) grade of high school.
  3. Enrollment in a recognized Catholic high school or religious education program program (non-catholic high school youth). Must complete 3 years prior to Confirmation.

Confirmation preparation is to be separate from and in addition to the catechesis offered in Catholic high school and parochial (parish) schools of religion. Confirmation preparation and celebration must take place in the candidate’s church registered parish; except in special cases with permission

Expectations


Candidates are expected to complete all aspects of the Confirmation Process including:

  • Attendance at Large / Small Group Sessions
  • Rite of Welcome Mass (with Sponsor)
  • Rite of Enrollment Mass (with Sponsor)
  • Confirmation Retreat
  • Interview with Pastor
  • Confirmation Practice (with Sponsor)
  • Rite of Confirmation Mass (with Sponsor)
  • Able to renew their Baptismal promises
  • A regular participant in the Eucharist
  • Provide reasonable indication he or she intends to properly live out the Catholic faith

Parent Participation


During this year of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, parents are invited and encouraged to share and support their candidate during their group sessions, the Rite of Welcome and the Rite of Enrollment as they journey on their path to the Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Sponsor Involvement


Candidates will choose a Sponsor to guide, teach, and support them on their Confirmation journey. The Sponsor will be an integral part of the candidate’s journey. Sponsor attendance will be required at Formation/Rite of Welcome, Formation/Rite of Enrollment, Confirmation mass practice, and Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Sponsor Guidelines

♦ Sponsor must be at least be 16 years of age
♦ Baptized Catholic and has completed the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and     Confirmation)
♦ Registered and active member of a Catholic Church Parish
♦ Participate in Sunday mass and Holy Days
♦ Receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation regularly
♦ If currently married the sacrament was celebrated in the Catholic Church
♦ Not under any canonical impediments
♦ Will provide a letter of recommendation from the church parish they are currently residing (unless St George parish)
♦ Will attend large Group Sessions, Rite of Welcome, Rite of Enrollment, Confirmation practice, Rite of Confirmation Mass

 

Group Experience


Large Group Experience

Candidates and their Sponsors will attend two Large Group Sessions during their journey. These sessions will provide the candidates and sponsors in the program faith experiences, activities, and sharing as one united Confirmation community.

The Large Group Sessions will include guest speakers, from our community, bringing with them their life journeys of faith.

Small Group Experience

Each candidate will be assigned to a small group for their Confirmation journey. The Small Groups provide the candidates with continued preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The smaller settings provide for more intimate sharing of their faith, scriptures and life experiences to be reflected upon within the context of church teachings.

Retreat


The retreat experience takes place at Angola State Prison. This is a unique opportunity for the candidates to listen to the life stories of men who have been transformed by their faith and relationship with Jesus. The retreat is an essential part of the Confirmation experience and journey. It provides each candidate the challenge to broaden their faith and deepen their relationship with Jesus and his teachings.

 

Contact

Pat Chidester
Director of Confirmation
(225) 293-2212 ext. 210

Confirmation Interviews

Click the link below and the Signup for confirmation interviews will open in a seperate window.  Candidates, please sign up for a time that works best with your schedule, and make every effort to keep your appointment.

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Resources

Youth Ministries
Programs and Opportunities for the youth in our Parish.

Expectations of Candidates
Outlines the expectations of candidates participating in the Confirmation program.

Expectations of Sponsors
Outlines the expectations of Sponsors supporting confirmation candidates.

 Adult Confirmation

If you are an adult (18 or older) and have never been confirmed, it is never too late.

  • There are four classes and an evening of prayer that will be offered in the spring.
  • The sacrament of Confirmation takes place on Pentecost Sunday each year at St. Joseph Cathedral.

Contact Karen Fawley if you are interested in being part of this adult learning group. Catechists are always welcome to help with the classes.

Karen Fawley
Director of Adult Faith Formation
225-293-2212 ext. 206

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