Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.”
Just as the Apostles and Mary received the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost more than two thousand years ago, high school Confirmation prepares your hearts and minds to receive this beautiful gift. The Sacrament of Confirmation allows you to be strengthened and blessed by the Holy Spirit of God – may our teens be empowered and confident by the gift of their faith.
It is very important to prepare yourselves for the Sacrament of Confirmation, because contrary to popular belief, Confirmation is not the end of your faith formation, but rather the beginning of your faith journey as young Catholics. St. Paul said, “But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us, by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.” Here at St. Philip, our hope is to prepare teens, help them learn, and assist them in appreciating the honor of Confirmation, this “first installment,” as St. Paul called it.
To receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2016-2017, please attend the initial High School Confirmation meeting to enroll in our program on September 19, 2016 at 7:15pm in the Church.
Requirements to be eligible for the Sacrament of Confirmation:
+ Candidates must be 15 and in the 10th grade
+ Must attend Mass weekly
+ Must be enrolled and attend SPY-Fortis faith formation classes the same year as Confirmation
+ Attend all 10 Confirmation classes held on the following Monday evenings at 7pm...2/6 (Parent attendance required), 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3 (Parent attendance required), 4/24, 5/8, 5/15, 6/8 THURSDAY (Parent attendance required)
+ Attend the Confirmation Retreat - March 24-26th, 2017
+ Complete a service project(s) the same year as Confirmation totaling at least 10 hours **If you’d like to complete your service project at St. Philip, some options include Mass Lector, Altar Server, Choir Member, or Faith Formation Assistant. Other parish opportunities include Giving Garland in December and Service Saturday in March.
+ Choose a Sponsor based on the guidelines on the back of this sheet
+ Choose a Confirmation Name
+ Turn in a copy of Baptismal Certificate for Confirmation candidate (if received outside of St. Philip)
+ Turn in a Certificate of Eligibility for Confirmation sponsor (if non St. Philip member)
CONFIRMATION will be held on Monday, June 19th at 6:00PM followed by a light reception in the CLC with Bishop Olson.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about our high school Confirmation program, please contact Victoria.
For more information regarding Confirmation, please checkout the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 1285-1321.