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Confirmation

At Confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

Prior to His ascension into heaven, Jesus told his apostles that he would send them the Holy Spirit to be their advocate and guide, and on the Feast of Pentecost, the promised gift of the Holy Spirit fell on the apostles and the Virgin Mary as they prayed in the Upper Room, empowering them to be witnesses of Jesus in the world. "The Sacrament of Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us to bear witness to the christian faith in words accompanied by deeds." (CCC1316)

"Confirmation, like Baptism, imprints a spiritual mark or indelible character on the christian's soul; for this reason one can receive this sacrament only once in one's life." (CCC 1317)


CONFIRMATION  Grades  9th - 12th

In the Diocese of Corpus Christi, preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is a two-year program, usually beginning in the 9th grade with Confirmation taking place during the 10th grade year; however, 11th and 12th graders may also participate in the preparation.  Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, you will be more closely united with Christ, bound more firmly to the church, strengthened with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and sent forth to spread the Good News by word and example.


Each baptized Catholic has the right and the obligation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. However, the person seeking this Sacrament must make it a personal choice and opportunity to commit themselves more completely to Christ and the Church.

In order to be properly disposed to receive Confirmation, the candidate must:

1) be baptized and be willing to renew the promises of baptism;

2) exhibit an active faith life and knowledge of what the Church believes;

3) participate in the sacramental life of the Church, especially going to Sunday Mass;

4) be willing to commit to active participation in the parish Confirmation catechesis;

5) be willing to respond to the call of each Christian to active service to others;

6) be willing to continue to learn and grow in faith following Confirmation and throughout his/her lifetime.

CONFIRMATION YEAR I - (usually 9th grade or first year of preparation)

The Diocese of Corpus Christi allows students at Incarnate Word Academy and John Paul II High School to fulfill their first year of Confirmation preparation through their regular religion classes at their Catholic school. However, even during this year, they should be connected to St. Andrew parish through regular Mass attendance and participation in at least one service project and retreat event.

For those enrolled in public schools, the Confirmation preparation classes take place on Sunday mornings, 9:45 am - 10:45 am. Candidates must attend all classes. Three excused absences will be allowed with a parent note. They must also attend the Confirmation Retreat and meet service hour requirements.

CONFIRMATION YEAR II - (usually 10th grade or second year of preparation)

During Year II, all candidates for Confirmation, whether in public or Catholic schools, must participate in the weekly preparation classes. Classes are on Sunday mornings 9:45  - 10:45 in the Youth Room.

During Year II, Confirmation candidates will be required to do the following:

1)  Attend class each week.    Only three excused absences will be allowed with parent note; three tardies equal one absence.

2)  Attend and participate in mass each week.

3)  Participate in the one-day Confirmation retreat to be offered prior to celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation.

4)  Complete ten approved service hours and one parish service project.

5)  Pick a patron saint for Confirmation and write a report on that saint by February 1st.

6)  Write a letter to Msgr. Michael Howell stating why he/she wants to be confirmed.

CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION

1) Confirmation will take place in the spring. The date will be announced as soon as the Bishop publishes his schedule.

2) A copy of each candidate’s baptismal certificate should be turned in at registration or be on file no later than January 1st; this includes students baptized at St. Andrew Church.

3) Each candidate must pick a Confirmation sponsor. This person must have received all three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist), cannot be the parent of the child, must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the church, and must have their pastor's recommendation. Sponsor forms will be given out to parents at the parent meeting and should be on file one month prior to Confirmation.

5) A parent or guardian will attend an information meeting prior to Confirmation.

6) Candidates and sponsors must attend a rehearsal immediatley prior to Confirmation.

The Religious Education Registration Form can be downloaded and printed here.


CONFIRMATION FOR ADULTS

Confirmation for adults is held twice a year at Corpus Christi Cathedral.  A retreat is held for the candidates prior to the Confirmation mass.  For more information contact the Religious Education office at standrewdreoffice@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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