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Confirmation

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.  And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.  (Act 2:1-5)

Confirmation is one of the Sacraments of initiation into the Church, together with Baptism and Eucharist.  The Bishop completes or confirms the Grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or “confirm” the baptized in union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church.  (CCC 1285)
The understanding of Confirmation comes from reviewing the rituals of Baptism.

Our Diocese makes the following recommendations:
Children in our Catholic schools are normally prepared for Confirmation and celebrate the sacrament in grade 6, or at about age 11.
Children who do not attend a Catholic school are prepared at St Joseph Church in the Parish-Based Program.  Parents are required to attend the 6 sessions with their child. We advocate that parents are the first teachers of the faith.

Sessions begin Sunday, March 25.

Parents are required to attend one Parent Sacramental Forum with Registration to register their child(ren) to receive a sacrament. Please bring a photocopy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate
Monday, November 20, 7:00 pm in Tranquille Hall
Thursday, November 23, 7:00 pm in Tranquille Hall
Saturday, November 25, 10:00 am in Tranquille Hall

There will be a Parent Information Session to further explain Confirmation and how you can support your child(ren) as they journey to being Confirmed.

Parent Sacramental Meeting for Confirmation.
Monday, March 26, 7:00 pm in Tranquille Hall

Presentation of students preparing for Confirmation
Attend 1 of 3 Weekend Masses April 21/22:
Saturday, April 21 evening Mass, 7:00 pm
Sunday, April 22 morning Masses, 9:00 am or 11:00 am
The child(ren) will be called forward with a parent, Godparent or Guardian to the front of the church to be presented to the parish community.  The parish community will welcome, nurture the faith life and support with pray these children and families as they continue their preparation to receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.

Confirmation Celebration:
Archbishop Gerald Pettipas, C.Ss.R. will confirm the students on Monday, May 7, 7:00 pm or Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm
The school your child attends will be assigned to one of these evening Masses.
There is a celebration in Tranquille Hall after the Mass.  Please bring a peanut free snack to share.

Choosing a Sponsor:
A parent cannot be a Sponsor.  (A parent may stand in proxy for the Sponsor.)

Often the Sponsor(s) is/are the Godparent(s)
The children may pick their own Sponsor(s)

                        A Sponsor should:
Be Baptized and confirmed Catholic.
Be at least sixteen years of age.
Be one male and/or one female, although one Sponsor is sufficient.
Have a personal faith and prayer life centered in the Eucharist.

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