Confirmation Program Overview

“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 ore 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. The latter bears special responsibility for the preparation of confirmands.”—(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1309)

The Goal of St. Rita’s Confirmation Preparation Program is to form disciples by helping teens to:

  • Develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,
  • Experience the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives,
  • Awaken a sense of belonging to the Church.

Effective Confirmation Preparation

  • Emphasize what God is doing in our lives
    (Not what we do to be worthy or deserving)
  • Works within youth ministry and faith formation
    (Not as a separate or competing program)
  • Focuses on preparation for celebrating the sacrament
    (Not as a place for all of the needed adolescent catechesis)
  • Involves the community of faith
    (Not anonymous preparation program)
  • Works in partnership with parents and sponsors
    (Not in competition for family time/attention)
  • Launches youth toward full participation and active discipleship
    (Not as an end but a beginning)

Source: Confirming Disciples, Center for Ministry Development

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