Confirmation (High School)

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

FORMATION FOR CONFIRMATION DURING HIGH SCHOOL

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? Strengthening the divine life which he gave at Baptism, nourishing us in the Eucharist, and reconciling with us in Penance. Why? So that the individual can better defend and witness to the faith through the gifts and workings of the Holy Spirit. 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 )

Confirmation is about discipleship and mission — drawing persons into the life, work and mission of the Church.

What does formation of the Sacrament of Confirmation consist of?

In the midst of High School Discipleship, youth are to participate in Mass, Sunday Discipleship, Retreats, Service experiences and Catholic faith formation.

Retreats are an especially important part of their formation experience. Youth will have the opportunity to learn more about their faith, walk and play with one another and experience a powerful weekend of growth in their Catholic Faith. There will be a cost and waiver associated with the Retreat.

Teens will have the opportunity to enter into immediate Confirmation Preparation once they have participated in Discipleship for 2 years. Candidates should show a willingness to share regularly in the sacramental and prayer life of the Church.

Parents, along with Sponsors, are to be intimately involved in the formation of Confirmation.

Youth Ministers will be in conversation with each of the Candidates to ensure their desire and readiness. Please note that active and willing participation by growing in the faith is one of the requisites for Confirmation readiness.

Confirmation Preparation classes for Teens

Per Diocese of Pueblo guidelines, all High School teens are welcome to enter into Sacramental Formation for Confirmation so long as they:

  • Have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Reconciliation
    • We will need a copy of their Baptismal Certificate (Unless it is on our records here at Christ the King)
  • Have participated in 1 full year of Discipleship
  • Are currently participating in a 2nd year of Discipleship
  • Show a willingness to commit to regular participation in the Sacraments (Eucharist- Mass and Confession) and have the intention and desire to receive the Sacrament.
  • Participate in a variety of retreats, service experiences, and doctrinal formation.
  • Parents along with Sponsors, are to be intimately involved in Confirmation formation.
Please see the High School Discipleship tab for the most up to date information.

The Role of the 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.

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

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Courtney Lewis