Protocol for Confirmation 2020 – 2021
We are making some changes this year; the major change is that Confirmation will now be a one-year program that students are able to go through beginning in their 9th-grade year. Confirmation preparation will meet weekly on Sunday evenings after mass. This change was made before the pandemic hit, and therefore Confirmation will be a one-year program moving forward.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering two formats for Confirmation, virtual and in-person. We ask that you choose one option on the other in order to keep our small groups consistent. Confirmation preparation is mainly done in small groups, with some large group sessions where parents and sponsors also attend. A full list of dates is below.
If your family chooses to participate virtually, Confirmation candidates will meet with a gender-specific small group via Zoom on Sunday evenings. For those who choose to meet in person at SJB, the format will be similar. Students will meet with small groups, socially distant, going over the material and growing in faith together. This format is not that much different from our program in the past, as small groups have always been a large part of our program.
We do ask that, though whatever option you choose, you attend in person the large group events, as there will only be 5 throughout the year. These large groups will be in the Church to allow for more social distance, with parents and sponsors. If you do not feel comfortable attending the large groups – they will be live-streamed and extra work for you do as a measure of accountability.
In addition to the meetings, Confirmation candidates will also be required to choose a sponsor to accompany them, a patron saint, and participate in service around SJB. We are anticipating not being able to attend an overnight retreat in February, and instead will be hosting the retreat at SJB. Please refer to the calendar for dates!
Our NET team will assist in leading the small groups, but we are still in need of more volunteers. this year it is especially important to have two adults in each room or zoom call.
If you have any questions, please email me directly. I know the Lord has powerful things for us this year.
Youth Minister and Confirmation Coordinator
CONFIRMATION PREPARATION SCHEDULE 2020-2021
Sundays from 6:45-8 PM
ON-SITE IN PERSON LARGE GROUP EVENTS (Main Sanctuary)
Sunday, Oct. 4
Welcome, Introduction & What is Confirmation?
Sunday, Nov. 15
Who is Jesus?
Sunday, Jan. 24
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
PARENTS AND SPONSORS ATTEND
Fri.-Sun, Feb. 26-28
RETREAT (on-site, more information to come)
Sunday, April 18
Sunday, May 3
Logistics and Prep for Sacrament
PARENTS AND SPONSORS ATTEND
SMALL GROUP SESSIONS (Virtual or In-Person at SJB)
Sunday, Oct. 11 The Invitation: The Kind of People He Invites
Sunday, Oct. 25 The Invitation: The Cost of Discipleship
Sunday, Nov. 1 Never Alone: Life with the Holy Spirit – Belonging
Sunday, Nov. 22 Never Alone: Life with the Holy Spirit – Guided
Sunday, Dec. 6 Never Alone: Life with the Holy Spirit – Empowered
Sunday, Dec. 13 Never Alone: Life with the Holy Spirit -Alive
Sunday, Jan. 10 A Night with Scripture
Sunday, Feb. 21 Why do we need the Church?
Sunday, Mar. 7 Lenten Prayer Service
Sunday, Mar. 21 Living the Christian Life
Sunday, April 11 OPEN
Sunday, April 25 What’s Next? Testimony Workshop
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION:
Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 10:00 am
Basilica of St. Mary’s, Minneapolis
What is confirmation?
Confirmation, together with Baptism and Eucharist, form the Sacraments of Initiation that are all intimately connected. In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ. The prophets of the Old Testament foretold that God’s Spirit would rest upon the Messiah to sustain his mission. Their prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah was conceived by the Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus on the occasion of his baptism by John. Jesus’ entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church. After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.
The New Testament reports many manifestations of the Holy Spirit, two of which we note here. St. John’s Gospel describes an outpouring of the Spirit on Easter night when Jesus breathed on the Apostles and said, “Receive the holy Spirit” (Jn 20:22). St. Luke’s Acts of the Apostles gives another account of the sending of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ (cf. Acts 2). Filled with the Holy Spirit, the Apostles proclaimed God’s mighty deeds. Peter preached that this coming of the Spirit fulfilled the prophecy of Joel: “In the last days . . . I will pour out a portion of my spirit / upon all flesh” (Acts 2:17; cf. Jl 3:1).
Those who believed in the Apostles’ preaching were baptized and received the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands. The Apostles baptized believers in water and the Spirit. Then they imparted the special gift of the Spirit through the laying on of hands. “The imposition of hands is rightly recognized by the Catholic tradition as the origin of the sacrament of Confirmation, which in a certain way perpetuates the grace of Pentecost in the Church” (CCC, no. 1288, citing Pope Paul VI, Divinae Consortium Naturae, no. 659). By the second century, Confirmation was also conferred by anointing with holy oil, which came to be called sacred Chrism. “This anointing highlights the name ‘Christian,’ which means ‘anointed’ and derives from that of Christ himself whom God ‘anointed with the Holy Spirit’” (CCC, no. 1289, citing Acts 10:38).
Candidates are expected to go to Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. The grace received through the Eucharist is indispensable in preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation. *Parents are responsible for making sure their teens attend weekly Mass.*
Each candidate will take on an ongoing form of service during our weekend liturgies. Options are helping with the nursery or children’s liturgy of the word. Altar serving, reading, greeting, ushering, lecturing, music ministry.
Each candidate will need to choose a sponsor. A sponsor must be:
- a practicing Catholic who has been confirmed and is at least 16 years old;
- a good role model for Catholic Christian living;
- someone with whom the candidate can discuss their faith.
- Sponsors do not need to live locally, as Sponsor projects can be done remotely and someone can even stand-in for a sponsor at the Confirmation ceremony itself if needed.
- Since Confirmation is tied to the sacrament of baptism, godparents can be a good option.
- As per Canon Law, parents may not be sponsors.
Candidates will need to choose a Confirmation Name. This can be the name of a saint they admire or their own baptismal name. More information on choosing a Confirmation name is available within the Saint Report assignment in the Candidate Workbook.
A copy of the candidate’s baptismal certificate is necessary if the candidate was baptized somewhere other than St. John’s. If this applies to you, please send us a copy of the certificate ASAP. (If you don’t have a copy at home, you can call the church where you were baptized and request another copy. Please do not give us your original!) This documentation is necessary for the candidate to be confirmed.
- In the event of snow, severe thunderstorms, tornado, etc., you can call 651-633-1540 x1218 and there will be a message letting you know if the class will be canceled or not.
- If conditions do not seem safe enough for you to travel, please do not come to the session! We will defer to your judgment as parents as to the safety of your children. Absences due to weather will be considered “emergency” absences.
- When there is a question of whether or not to hold class due to weather, we will err on the side of having it. Again, do not come if it is not safe for you to travel.
For questions or more information, please contact Mikayla Anderson