Preparation for Confirmation leads the young Christian toward a more intimate relationship with Christ and the Holy Spirit so they can fully live out their Christian life. The reception of the Sacrament has real and profound effects on the person. The Confirmation Ministry is a one-year program for teens and their parents that is engaging and intentional Catholic formation through small groups, retreats, and service opportunities.
For Pastoral Year 2020, our Confirmation Ministry welcomes all students in 9th through 12th grades who discern they are ready to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This ministry invites parents to journey with their children toward the Sacrament. The confirmand’s commitment includes two evening gatherings per month from October to May. Parents are encouraged to participate in formational gatherings monthly as well.
Please Note: Earlier this year, Archbishop Sartain affirmed that the age of reception for the Sacrament of Confirmation is to be lowered to the 7th grade (approximately 13 years of age) for all parishes in the Archdiocese by the year 2023 (click here for the archbishop’s letter). Saint Michael Parish will make this transition slowly.
Here is our plan:
Confirmation Preparation will be a one year process starting in 2019-2020. The prerequisite to beginning preparation is at least two years of prior faith formation (within the last 3 yrs), consistent Mass attendance and a letter of intent. Faith formation can be a church formation program or attendance at a Catholic school. We will be offering the Sacrament to the following age groups in the following years: