Confirmation (Middle and High School)

                                   Christ the King teens who were Confirmed on May 16th, 2019 with Bishop Berg

April 1, 2021
Hello Parents of Confirmation Candidates:
For those of you who missed the confirmation parent meeting (or those who just want to check it out again) I am attaching everything below.  First is a link to a quick video (3 minutes) of Sarah, Zack and me giving you a quick explanation.  I’m also attaching the slideshow that Sarah made with all the info in it (hint – if you open it in Google slides you will be able to see her notes as well) and the paperwork checklist. Last – I’m attaching the video’s that Sarah referenced in the PowerPoint.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Blessings –
Laura Escalera
Pastoral Associate for Religious Formation
SAVE THE DATES!
Sunday April 11th from 12:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Retreat for Middle and High School Confirmation Candidates. This will be an interactive gathering with large group presentations, small groups, time for prayer, conversation and fellowship with food. More details coming!

 

Friday April 23rd  Youth Led “Tenebrea” Service held in Parish. Parents and guests welcome to join in this beautiful, sorrowful, powerful prayer event.

 

Thursday April 29th and Friday April 30th – Confirmation Ceremonies for middle and high school teens with Bishop Berg. Please be sure to sign up with Zack or Laura

 

February 2, 2021
Hello parents of confirmation candidates!
Thank you to all those who attended our meeting on Sunday, January 31st and for those on Zoom.  We are so sorry that the Zoom cut in and out so much. Technology is wonderful when it works, and frustrating when it doesn’t!  Thanks for your patience.
As promised, here are the handouts and links from Sunday’s parent meeting.  Please note that there are some new handouts in addition to the ones passed out at the meeting – the “Candidate Information Form” and the “Confirmation Paperwork Checklist.”  The second document lists everything that needs to be done and turned in for confirmation.  This should make it easier to check off what you have turned in and what you still need to work on.
One of the things needed is that the parents and the candidates need to complete an interview with a staff member.  I have attached that sign up sheet so you know what times are still open (“Confirmation Interview Times”).  For those of you who still need to schedule a time, please respond to this email with the date and time you prefer.
We encourage parents and sponsors to have faith conversations with the candidates at home, in addition to attending discipleship classes.  To that end, we are attaching the “Discussion Starters for Confirmation” to give you some questions to talk about.
In addition, here are the links to the video’s we watched.  The handouts and questions are attached as well (“Decision Point Holy Spirit Chap. 8”).  Watch these with your teens and discuss the questions together!
Let us know if you have any questions.
Blessings on your family-
Laura Escalera
Sarah Nelson
Zack Garduno
Candidate Information Form.pdf
Confirmation Paperwork Checklist.docx
Confirmation preparation dates 2021.PDF
Decision Point Holy Spirit Chap 8.docx
Diocese Confirmation and Sponsor Sheets.pdf
Discussion Starters for Confirmation.docx
NET USA Jesus Letter.pdf
Palanca Letter and Petition Explanation.docx
Confirmation Interview times.PDF
Confirmation is about discipleship and mission — drawing persons into the life, work and mission of the Church.

Starting in 2019, the Diocese of Pueblo has begun to shift the typical age for conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation. Here at Christ the King in 2020-2021, Confirmation Preparation will be offered for incoming 7th and 8th grade teens, as well as any high school youth who wish to obtain this sacrament. Youth and families are to have attended at least one full year of religious formation/education prior to Fall 2020.

The Goal of Confirmation Preparation – To reach out to youth at all ages and incorporate them into the Churches Mission, emphasizing Christ at the center of our lives, engaging family participation at the parish level, encouraging youth involvement for lifelong relationship with Christ and the Church.

Confirmation Sessions – Will be offered once monthly for those youth who have discerned their readiness into the Confirmation program. Weekly attendance in all YDisciple sessions is a part of their formation and growth towards Christ.

Diocese of Pueblo – Sacrament of Confirmation for Candidate and Sponsordocuments click here

What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?

“Jesus breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”” – John 20:22

Just as Baptism gives new life, Eucharist nourishes life, and Reconciliation restores life when it is broken, Confirmation strengthens that life by the gifts of the Holy Spirit (cf. CCC 1285). It is about strengthening what God has given, and continues to give, to his sons and daughters (cf. CCC 1302-1303).

The Sacrament of Confirmation is not the Catholic equivalent to the Jewish bar mitzvah. Confirmation is not a “coming of age” celebration. True, most young people are just beginning to pass into early adulthood when they receive the sacrament. But Confirmation is not about coming of age. Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation does not mark the end of formal religious education. We never outgrow a need for a deeper knowledge and appreciation of our faith.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is not a rite of passage, nor a graduation from religion class, nor a ratification of a personal faith choice. Rather, it’s all about what God is doing for his beloved daughters and sons.

And what is God doing? In Confirmation He will strengthening the divine life which he gave at Baptism, nourishing us in the Eucharist, and reconciling with us in Penance. Why? So that after Confirmation the individual can better defend and witness to the faith through the gifts and workings of the Holy Spirit strengthened at Confirmation.  And there are—and will be—many situations where we are called upon to defend and witness to our faith. And we need all the help we can get! (excerpt from post by Fr. Don Miller, OFM )

The Role of the Sponsor for a Confirmation Candidate:

Each Confirmation Candidate is to select a person to act as their Sponsor. The role of the sponsor is threefold: first to help the confirmands live the Catholic Christian lifestyle. Second to support parents in the life long faith of the confirmand, third, to be a role model of faith for the confirmand. Families and teens are encouraged to prayerfully consider who might best fit these goals to act as a Sponsor.

Questions to consider when selecting a Sponsor:

1) Does this person or couple live their Catholic Faith in an exemplary way?

2) Do I feel reasonably confident that they will encourage me to live the Catholic Faith throughout my life?

3) What type of relationship do I hope to have with my Sponsor?

4) Will they provide a positive Catholic witness for me?

5) Have I selected either one male (Godfather) or one female (Godmother) who is a fully initiated Catholic? (Fully initiated means having received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist (Confession) and Confirmation).

Qualifications for Godparents/Sponsors (Per Diocese Guidelines)

  • Practicing Catholic (consistent Mass attendance and seeking to live a life in harmony with Catholic teachings).
  • Has the capability and intention of carrying out the responsibility of the Sponsor
    • Attendance at the Sponsor Formation session is desirable. A basic understanding of the role undertaken.
  • Has been a fully initiated Catholic (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation)
  • Is at least 16 years of age
  • Not be either the father or mother of the one to be Baptized
  • Leads a life in harmony with the faith and the role to be undertaken

Paperwork for Confirmation Candidates and Sponsors:

  • Confirmation Candidate Paperwork
    • Provide copy of the Confirmation Candidate’s Baptismal Certificate (unless it is on record here at Christ the King)
    • Complete the “Candidate Information” form
    • Help Candidate select a “Patron Saint” for Confirmation
  • Sponsor Paperwork
    • Please provide copy of Sponsor(s) Confirmation Certificate
    • Review “Qualifications of Sponsor” guidelines

Why Do Catholics Choose Confirmation Saints?

We choose a Confirmation saint (like we choose a Confirmation sponsor) not out of due diligence to the “rule,” but rather because we realize how unfortunate it would be to travel alone. We recognize how important it is to know your Confirmation saint not only by name, but also by story. The saints have so much to teach us about this journey.

The saints lived on this earth and experienced suffering, joy, pain, broken promises, peace, frustration, war, injury, heart-break… they know our hearts. But mostly, they know what it takes to be united with God here on this messy earth. They know what it takes to live well for Him.  Actively walk alongside of your teen as they research and pray about “who” they will choose as their Confirmation Saint.  – https://lifeteen.com/blog/biggest-best-list-confirmation-saints-guys-girls/

As we go through our sacramental preparation for Confirmation, Confirmation saints are chosen to be a person we want to be like, as well as someone who can pray for us from heaven.

It is important to remember that as members of the Church, we are never been alone, as St. Paul said, ‘We are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses’ (Hebrews 12:1). These witnesses are the saints who continually intercede for us (CCC 956); in choosing a confirmation saint, we are choosing a special friend to intercede for us in heaven and after whom we can model our lives while here on earth.

Here are some websites that might help

https://www.catholiccompany.com/getfed/how-to-choose-a-patron-saint-5788

Patron Saint listing

https://shop.catholicsupply.com/store/pg/23-Patron-Saint-Protector-Listing.aspx

Click here for Confirmation Candidate Information Form and Tips for picking a Confirmation name.

Laura Escalera
Pastoral Associate for Religious Formation
(719) 542-9248 Ext. 121
lescalera@ctkpueblo.org

Zack Garduno
High School Discipleship Coordinator
(719) 542-9248 Ext. 252
zgarduno@ctkpueblo.org

Sarah Nelson
Pastoral Associate for Youth and Adult Pastoral Care
(719) 542-9248 Ext. 121
snelson@ctkpueblo.org