And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.  Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.  And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.   ~ Acts 2:2-4

 Confirmation at St. John the Evangelist

From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
– it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, “Abba! Father!”;
– it unites us more firmly to Christ;
– it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
– it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
– it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross

— Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1303

For Middle School and High School age

The first step in any sacramental preparation at St. John is a Sacrament Check-In meeting with someone on our Faith Formation team.  To schedule that, please contact Angel Koerkel at the parish office (517-784-0553 x7005 or angel@saintjohnjackson.org).
 
Important Dates:
June 3-5: Confirmation Retreat – Camp de Sales
June 5th: Pentecost! Please have a sponsor chosen by Pentecost and attend the parish’s feast day celebration together.
June 12th: First Meeting! All candidates will attend this first meeting with their sponsor. 
June 26, July 10 & 24, August 7 & 21 at 3:15-4:45pm:  Candidates meet for prep class in the parish community center
 
Choosing a Sponsor: 
Sponsors must be a Catholic over the age of 16, have already received the Sacrament of Confirmation themselves, and live in accordance with Church teaching. Parents cannot be Confirmation Sponsors. This should be a person willing to invest in a bond with your child and mentor them as a resource in the faith. Some choose older siblings or family members, some choose their Godparents, and others form new bonds with family friends or other members of the parish. Ultimately, this is the candidate’s choice. Sponsors should be available to meet with the candidate regularly over the summer, though we only ask that they attend our program at Pentecost, at the first meeting, and once in the fall for a practice before the actual Mass where they will present the candidate to the Bishop to receive their anointing. 

 |For more information please contact|

Coordinator of Youth Faith Formation:  TBD

Coordinator of Sacramental Preparation:  Angel Koerkel  (angel@saintjohnjackson.org)

Director of Faith Formation:  Todd Gale (todd@saintjohnjackson.org)

For Adults

If you are an adult who is interested in receiving Confirmation in the Catholic Church — either you were baptized Catholic but did not celebrate Confirmation previously, or you are coming from another faith background and would like to explore what it means to be Catholic — please contact Todd Gale (todd@saintjohnjackson.org) or Angel Koerkel (angel@saintjohnjackson.org)