Confirmation: Grade 9 & 10
(Confirmation I & II respectively)
Our program follows the Sacramental Guidelines established by the Archdiocese of Hartford. The Pastoral Guidelines for the Instruction Programs says:
“Each parish is to have at least a two year Confirmation program encompassing the following dimensions:
A. Confirmation as celebrating the Paschal Mystery.
B. Confirmation as sign of initiation into adult faith.
C. Confirmation as a gift of hope and challenge to believers and community.
D. Confirmation as a sign of messianic community expressed in service and mission.
E. Confirmation as affirmation of faith community.”
These objectives are achieved over the two-year period. It is through the community established within the class that this sacramental preparation, thus the sacrament itself, becomes meaningful for our young adults. The retreats, classes, service and small group sharing each bring a special, spiritual dimension to the preparation, thus, regular attendance is essential for this experience. Also, there are two parent meetings which are very important to support the efforts of the students and catechists. The sponsors are welcome to attend all parent meetings. The parents are required to attend.
The students are required to spend at least 25 hours in service to the Community-either Church or civic is acceptable. The point of this requirement is to introduce the teens to service as a way of life as Christians. Ideally, this service doesn’t end after Confirmation but continues as they become fully initiated adults in the Catholic Church. They are also required to write a composition on the Saint whose name they have chosen as a model of faith.
CLASSES: Sunday Morning 9:15am-10:30am HJMS (both 9 & 10)
Sunday Evening, Gr. 9 6pm-7:15
Gr. 10 7:15pm-8:30pm
(Confirmation I & II meet one to two Sunday each month, please consult calendar)