Preparation for Confirmation is a two-year process; beginning in the fall of freshmen year. As a 9th grader, students embark on a wonderful phase in their life as a Catholic Christian. This portion of the faith journey will culminate with the reception of Confirmation in the spring of their sophomore year.
The primary aim of our program is to assist candidates during the preparation process to deepen their personal relationship with God through daily prayer and weekly participation in the Eucharist. As well as, to develop a sense of faith which will enable each candidate to live out a Catholic Christian life.
Components of the Confirmation Program:
It is important for each candidate to develop a sense of belonging to the Catholic Church, which is specifically visible in the St. Anthony Parish Community. It is the responsibility, then, of the parish to support the candidates as they journey through the Confirmation process. Therefore, all students, whether attending public, private, or Catholic schools must attend the parish program in order to receive the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Anthony. It is equally important for each candidate to recognize and be open to the Holy Spirit’s call to serve others in the community.
As a candidate for Confirmation, they will study the teachings of the Catholic Church. Through the use of multi-media programs, such as Decision Point, candidates will deepen their understanding of the Bible, Sacraments, and Prayer. It is our hope that through the study of our Catholic faith and participation in prayer, a solid personal relationship with Jesus Christ will emerge.
Participation in Sunday Mass and all special Mass’ unique to the Confirmation process is expected. Prayer and reception of the sacrament of Reconciliation is also expected.
Modeling Jesus’ life of service as a way of life is the goal of the Confirmation candidate. The emphasis on service is not supposed to be on the number of hours a candidate is required to do during the preparation period, but rather on the awareness of each candidates personal, lifelong, responsibility in this area.
Recognizing that parents are the primary religious educators of their children; parents are asked to support their candidate as he or she journeys through the Confirmation Preparation Process. Besides providing for instruction in the Catholic faith for their child, they are asked to pray with and for their child, to participate in the celebration of Mass and when asked, attend all “general sessions” with their child. Consequently, a candidate’s journey through the preparation process offers parents a unique opportunity to be open to a renewed growth in their own faith and spirituality; especially if a parent chooses to use the Decision Point Catholic App.