The celebration of this sacrament completes the initiation process begun at Baptism. Confirmation continues the promise made by parents at the Baptism on behalf of their son or daughter. Parents were told on that occasion to make it their constant care to bring up their child in the practice of faith. Preparation for Confirmation means that the baptized child is now ready to move into the larger Christian family of the parish community and the universal church. It also means that the Candidate is ready and willing to take on the responsibilities of a more mature Catholic Christian.
Students in grades 7-12 may celebrate Confirmation after completing two full years in our preparation program. The normal time to receive Confirmation at St. Joseph’s is at the end of 8th grade (un-baptized youth ages 16+ follow the same guidelines in the RCIA program).
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Confirmation preparation program, its classes and other requirements, is supervised by the Religious Education Office of the parish. Parents are asked to continue as their children’s guides in this time. Parental cooperation and support of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Youth Ministry and the Confirmation program is very important.
To receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Candidate makes a profession of faith during the Confirmation Mass. The sacrament is received by the individual in the context of the Church community. The community component of the sacrament cannot happen when the teen is not present regularly. Should a teen express an unwillingness to be confirmed at some point during the preparation process the teen along with their parents and an appropriate representative of the parish will look at the possibility of delaying reception of the sacrament.