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

In the past, students have begun preparation in the fall of their 8th grade year to complete over a year of classes prior to receiving the sacrament. We found this unnecessary, and to make it easier on families we have turned this into a summer program. This is in unity with the Church, who only asks for proximal formation to a sacrament, and in unity with our other sacramental prep programs, who only meet 7 times before receiving their sacraments. We hope this lifts the burden off of you as families, especially during your busy school year. 

So here is how this will work!

We ask that students participate in our Youth Group during their 8th grade year to build faith and community as they approach the sacrament. Middle School Youth Group meets on Sundays from 3:15 – 4:45. This is in hope that sports and other obligations are done and lets out early enough for families to attend the 5pm Mass if they wish. Since we ask for their involvement, you may receive occasional emails pertaining to special events and opportunities for the Youth Group. There will not be weekly emails. 

In the spring, I will reach out to families who have expressed interest in the sacrament to sit down and meet with me for an initial interview. This one-time meeting will help me get to know you and I will pass along important information about the upcoming classes.

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. 

Important Dates for 2022:

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. 

After these three essential kick-off dates, candidates will meet every-other week to prayerfully and catechetically prepare for their sacrament. If students need to miss a class they can make it up with a one-on-one meeting at your convenience where we would review the missed material.

On their off-weeks students are welcome to participate in the Youth Group’s “Summer with the Son” where we will play yard games before attending Adoration together. 

If you have older siblings or know of any family friends who missed or postponed their sacrament during their 8th/9th grade year due to Covid or any other reason, they are welcome in this program.

 |For more information please contact|

Coordinator of Youth Faith Formation  Valentina Piotrzkowski (valentina@saintjohnjackson.org

Coordinator of Sacramental Preparation Angel Koerkel  (angel@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 at todd@saintjohnjackson.org.

 

Confirmation Prep Documents

2020-21 Confirmation Registration Form – this form is no longer available. Watch for the 2021-22 form.