What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is the sacrament in which you receive a deeper outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It completes what began in Baptism, giving you the gifts and tools needed to live out your whole life as a holy Catholic. “By the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1285).
Who Should Receive Confirmation?
“Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Since Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist form a unity, it follows that ‘the faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time,’ for without Confirmation and Eucharist, Baptism is certainly valid and efficacious, but Christian initiation remains incomplete” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1306).
In the Diocese of Orange, the preparation process for the Sacrament of Confirmation is two years: typically Freshman and Sophomore years of high school. The two year process can also take place Sophomore and Junior years or Junior and Senior years.
What Happens at Confirmation Classes?
Confirmation classes take place once a month at the St. Edward the Confessor main campus. Classes are for both the person preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and one parent. Parents, students, and catechists (teachers) meet together for opening prayer, announcements, and a brief teaching in Knight Hall. Students and catechists are then dismissed to their set small groups and parents stay in Knight Hall. At 5:15 p.m, everyone gathers in the church to prepare for a dynamic youth oriented Mass.
Why Do We Only Meet Once a Month?
Our Confirmation preparation program has two components: Once a month in person classes and an online study. The online study is a place for students to develop their faith weekly by completing multi-media lessons which include videos, reading, Saint reflections, and multiple-choice questions. Each small group has their own online space to discuss faith topics, ask questions, and pray for one another. By having both in person classes and an online study we hope to help families learn more about their faith while respecting the many demands for their time.