Students in the Religious Education Program must complete two consecutive years prior to the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Ordinarily, a student who has continually participated in Religious Education Classes will formally enter the parish Confirmation Program as a candidate in the seventh level year.
As a Confirmation Candidate, an individual would be expected to show evidence of commitment to the Catholic faith by regular class attendance and participation, attendance at weekend liturgy (Sunday Mass), performance of a prescribed number of community service hours, and completion of a Confirmation Project & Reflection Booklet as explained at the Confirmation Parent & Student Meeting.
Upon completion of all requirements, the Sacrament of Confirmation would then be conferred by the bishop during the eighth grade/level year.
After Confirmation, young people in the Religious Education Program are expected to complete the eighth level year by continuing faith formation classes and exploring ways to live a committed Catholic Christian life in our modern society.
Individuals who are preparing for Confirmation and their parents MUST attend preparation meetings and prayer experiences provided by the parish.
“The reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace . . . ‘By the Sacrament of Confirmation (the baptized) are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.’ ” — U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults