God is so generous with His Gifts!  Again and again, He has called us and blessed us so that we can celebrate the joy of His love both in this life and in all fullness in the next.  And He gives us the Gift of the Holy Spirit to draw us to Himself and to help us live a life of grace.  The Gift of the Holy Spirit is given in a special way through the Sacrament of Confirmation.

We at St. Mary’s have developed a solid and comprehensive preparation program for the Sacrament of Confirmation that attempts to meet the requirements spelled out in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (see quote below).  Our program is a multi-level approach that attempts to engage the students spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally, as well as to motivate them to live our their faith through Christian Charity.

Confirmation is currently celebrated at St. Mary’s for students in 5th grade. 

Parents of students are required to attend a parent meeting. Information will be given about all requirements at the start of the 5th-grade year (such as service hour requirements, meeting attendance, and assignments to prepare for the sacrament of confirmation). 

Older students or adults who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited to receive the Sacrament through the RCIA process.

THE CATECHISM ON CONFIRMATION:

Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit – his actions, his gifts, and his biddings – in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life.  To this end, catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community.

“A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs.”
-Catechism of the Catholic Church,#’s 1309 and 1319 (emphasis added)