Contact: Joni Smith
Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation which make a person a full member of the Church. Confirmation completes what was begun at Baptism, and strengthens us to be able to live the life to which Christ has called us. With the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, we have what it takes to further the Kingdom of God, and to continue to grow in our relationship with God and with each other. The completion of this sacrament is not intended to be optional. All baptized Catholics should take this step towards full initiation at the opportune time. In our Diocese, it is expected to occur between the 8th and 11th grades. Parents of older children or adults who have not yet celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation are encouraged to contact us so that we can discuss how we can help you or your child complete the Sacraments of Initiation.
Following the diocesan instruction, Ss. Cosmas & Damian utilizes a two-year Confirmation preparation program, with a total of 12 class sessions, divided over two years. Students will automatically be eligible to enter the sacramental preparation program after successful completion of either the 8th grade parish faith formation, or 8th grade Catholic day school. These students, after completing the listed requirements for Confirmation would be Confirmed in the Spring of their 10th grade year.
Eager students who have successfully completed the 7th grade religious education (whether parish based or Catholic day school) may choose to take our AP test to determine if they might be ready to enter the Confirmation preparation process a year earlier. Those students who do well on the test, enter this process in the 8th grade and fulfill the other requirements and would be able to be Confirmed at the end of their 9th grade year.
Parents and sponsors are encouraged to accompany the candidates on their faith journeys by attending these once a month classes with the Candidates so that they can share their wisdom, and to help continue the faith conversations together after classes. Students must continue to participate in formal religious education, whether it be the parish based offerings, or a Catholic day school throughout their Confirmation preparation, and indeed, they are encouraged to continue throughout their high school years.