For those students who have completed three years of high school faith formation and are at least 16 years old on the day of Confirmation, we offer a Confirmation Prep program, in addition to the normal 11th grade curriculum.
Confirmation Candidates are expected to attend Mass every Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation, because the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Christian Life, in the Eucharist we find the nourishment, strength and unity with Christ to live an authentic Christian life. And according to the Third Commandment, God requires us to attend Mass.
Orientation for Confirmation begins in the spring of the sophomore year, with programming beginning in early fall. It is time to start discerning who your confirmation sponsor will be and it is time to choose a confirmation saint name. Our program includes the catechetical elements of Community, Worship, Service, and Discernment guiding young people to grow in and discern their faith as they choose to become Disciples of Christ.
Specific Elements required of Confirmation Preparation include:
1. Proof of Baptism: If you were not baptized at St Peter, you must submit a copy of your baptismal certificate to St. Peter Religious Education Office. Without this certificate, we cannot place you in a confirmation small group.
2. Confirmation Sponsor: To be confirmed, you need a sponsor. Your sponsor has the responsibility of assisting you to live up to your baptismal vocation. Your sponsor must be:
- Mature enough to fulfill his or her duty and be of help to you
- A member of the Catholic Church who has received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist
- A Catholic who manifests commitment to Jesus and the Church through regular participation in Sunday Mass and through service in the family, parish and community
- Free from any impediment, or obstacle, as defined by Church law, which would prevent him or her from serving as your sponsor
- Not be the father or mother of the one to be confirmed
3. Parent and Student Orientation Meeting: Required for all students and Parents
- Mandatory Meeting
- You will receive all updated information about Confirmation Preparation.
- Overview of classes and requirements for preparation
4. Confirmation Name: Fundamentally, we are all created to be saints! For this reason, the Church urges us to embrace a Confirmation saint to be a guide and intercessor on our life’s journey to heaven. Choosing a Confirmation saint is an important aspect of the experience of preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is important understand the life of that particular saint (or saints) to allow the relationship between you and the saint to flourish all the more, especially during these preparation months. Part of aiding in this process is the requirement of a Confirmation Saint paper.
5. Confirmation Retreat: Per Archdiocesan regulations, every confirmation student must complete an overnight confirmation discernment retreat. St Peter and Resurrection confirmation retreat will be held at Resurrection Parish, date TBD. If this retreat poses a major conflict for you, please let us know as soon as possible so we can assist you in finding another retreat (unfortunately at your own expense).
6. Confirmation Sponsor Candidate Luncheon and Presentation Mass:
- Required for all candidates and sponsors, if a sponsor cannot attend, a parent must attend in their place.
- Includes Presentation Mass where Father will bless the Sponsors and Present the Confirmation Candidates to the congregation so they may join you in prayer as you continue preparation for this Sacrament
7. Letter of Intent to the Bishop: The Church teaches us that the unifying figure in each diocese or Archdiocese is the bishop or Archbishop. Therefore, the Bishop remains the principle celebrant of the Rite of Confirmation, as a sign of unity for all those being confirmed into the faith in his particular diocese. For this reason it is important that each candidate express his or her desire to be confirmed in writing to the bishop. In the letter we share who we are and a little about ourselves, why we wish to be confirmed, perhaps even our struggles and doubts about the process, as well as whom our confirmation saint is and why we chose that particular saint.
8. Confirmation Interviews – Candidates will be assigned a private final interview with a member of the Confirmation Team to ensure their desire and preparedness for the Sacrament of Confirmation and their commitment to live as Disciples of Christ.
Save the Date: Confirmation Mass 2017
2017 Confirmation Practice*: Friday, March 24, 2017 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at St. Peter Catholic Church, 202 E. Washington Street, Slinger, WI 53086.
*This is practice is required for all confirmation candidates and their sponsor. If a sponsor is unable to attend, a parent may take their place.
2017 Confirmation Mass: . Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM at St. Peter Catholic Church, 202 E. Washington Street, Slinger, WI 53086.