Confirmation

Confirmation
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Important Updates on Confirmation for 2022-2023

Dear parishioners,  

The newest updates for the holy sacrament of Confirmation will be as follows for the foreseeable future:  

  • The two-year class commitment before Confirmation is now concluded. 

  • Grades 6-12 are now eligible for Confirmation in our diocese; The Cathedral will phase into this starting with grades 9-12 this year.  

  • The new Confirmation prep will be a 6–7-week preparation as we get closer to the Confirmation date which is still to be announced. More details to come. 

  • Please sign your child up for the sacrament(s) they are now eligible for and note that the price for faith formation will reflect that. 

  • The deanery is working on collaborating a one day retreat; more details to come.  

If you have any questions or concerns; please do not hesitate to reach out to the Cathedral and ask for Deacon Bob or Katie Korbuszewski or email them at bfishman@sthelenas.org or  kkorbuszewski@sthelenas.org 

The plan going forward is to still have Wednesday night formation, but this will no longer be the formative two-year program that was required. Students are still asked to come on Wednesday nights as this will supplement many topics and community formation, but a separate date and time will be put together for Confirmation prep.  

Blessings,  

Cathedral Faith Formation 

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Q. What is confirmation?

A. Confirmation is a sacrament through which we receive the Holy Ghost to make us strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ.1

It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. 2

Like Baptism which it completes, Confirmation is given only once, for it too imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the "character," which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness. 3

This "character" perfects the common priesthood of the faithful,

received in Baptism, and "the confirmed person receives the power to profess faith in Christ publicly and as it were officially (quasi Ex officio)."4

Youth

Sign up for youth Faith Formation by filling out this form and returning it to the faith formation office. Classes start in October and end in May. 

 

Adults

Adults must attend the Rite of Christian Initiation classes starting in mid- September and ending at Easter. After attending classes and having sufficient reflection on entering the Catholic Church, adults will be confirmed at the Easter Vigil. If you have an irregular situation, such as a schismatic group, please call the Cathedral to talk to a clergy member about how to come into full communion.

1 Baltimore Catechism, 721

2 Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1302

3 Catechism of the Catholic Church,  1304

4 Catechism of the Catholic Church,  1305