Youth Confirmation

2019-20 Youth Confirmation:

The Parish Youth Office will begin distributing registration packets for Youth Confirmation sometime in August after the Saturday evening and Sunday Masses.  The packets will also be available in the parish office during that time.   Registration/orientation for parents and Confirmation candidates will be scheduled for sometime in August at the SMDLP Social Center. 

Youth Confirmation Requirement CHANGES:
The Archdiocese of Santa Fe and Archbishop Wester will make the following changes to its confirmation policy effective this Fall:
The norm in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is for confirmation preparation to be a two-year formation program and will include the following:

12.1       Prior to entrance into the final preparation period for Confirmation, young people should have recently completed at least   one year of catechesis or religious formation at the parish.  This Learner phase can take place in 8th grade.

12.2     The final period of Confirmation preparation is the Disciple in Training phase, it is one year long, and is held at the local parish for all candidates, including those attending Catholic high schools.  This period of preparation is to take place any time while the young person is attending high school (9th thru 12th grade). This preparation is to include orientation, catechesis on the sacrament of Confirmation, spiritual and community outreach activities, retreats, and the practical and liturgical arrangements for the celebration.

—From ASF Sacramental Policies—Confirmation

So basically,

· Youth who will be in 8th grade this fall may enroll in the Confirmation I class.
· Youth attending St. Michael’s High School must also enroll in Confirmation I class.


At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. The anointing with chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the bishop confers a greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit.

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).

 

 

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)

 

For those considering the Youth Confirmation Formation process, the candidate must:

  1. Be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in high school.
  2. Have at least one year of religious education prior to confirmation class, and
  3. Be willing to commit and have the faith readiness to embrace the Roman Catholic Faith Lifestyle.

Candidates from other parishes are welcome to join our classes, with  written permission from their parish.

2018-19 Confirmation Schedule

For more information contact:
      Tommy Baca     

Youth Ministry Director
 


 

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