PRIOR TO ENTERING IMMEDIATE CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
YOUTH MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF 1 ½ YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (parish CCE, Catholic school or homeschooled). FOR INFORMATION REGARDING HIGH SCHOOL C.C.E. AT SACRED HEART, PLEASE VISIT OUR C.C.E. WEBPAGES.
Guided by Scripture and Tradition, high school catechesis (C.C.E.) at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart covers:
Liturgy & Sacraments),
and How We
Catholic Social Teaching & Christian Morality).
Immediate Confirmation Preparation
is a 1 year process and begins each January.
Preparation for Confirmation at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart aims at “leading the [young] 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 more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life. To this end catechesis for Confirmation strives to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community.” (CCC, no. 1309)
The following components make up a comprehensive Confirmation Preparation Process.
Confirmation Preparation Classes
Evening of Reflection
- Upon reaching eligibility for immediate sacramental preparation, high school students in the 10th grade or higher are invited to begin with an interview.
- This interview is conducted by Moise Arrah, Director of Religious Education or Eileene Chappelle, Confirmation Catechist.
- For youth currently enrolled in high school CCE at Sacred Heart who have finished their third semester, they are interviewed during their CCE classtime.
- CATHOLIC SCHOOL / HOMESCHOOL: We invite youth in the 10th grade or higher to schedule your Confirmation Interview during the months of October, November and December. To schedule an interview, contact Moise Arrah in the parish office.
Confirmation Preparation Classes
- Classes review Catholic beliefs, worship, prayer and morality. Also covered in the classes are sacramental topics such as the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and The Church Community and its Mission.
- Classes begin each January and end in December (with a summer break).
- Youth currently enrolled in high school CCE at Sacred Heart and finishing their third semester are automatically enrolled in Confirmation preparation at the time of the Inscription Ceremony in January.
- CATHOLIC SCHOOL / HOMESCHOOL: Registration for immediate Confirmation preparation completed during the Confirmation Interview in the October - December prior to classes.
- Please bring a completed registration form (see link to the left) to your interview.
- Catholic School students: a letter from the Catholic school indicating enrollment for the current and previous year is required at the time of Confirmation registration.
- Homeschooled students: at the time of Confirmation registration parents are asked to submit information on the high school level theology curriculum used at home (texbook title & publisher, etc.).
- During this ceremony the candidate declares their desire to enter into sacramental preparation, confirms that they have made this choice of their own free will and promises to fulfill its requirements to the best of their ability.
- This ceremony takes place during one of the first scheduled Confirmation classes in the spring semester.
- Christian service is an essential dimension in the invitation to discipleship which fosters the Church's mission.
- Beginning in January, 20 hours of service is to be completed prior to the celebration of Confirmation.
- 10 hours at the service of your parish community
- 10 hours at the service of the greater Houston community
- Service hours completed for school requirements may be used as Confirmation service hours, but must be pre-approved by our Confirmation Service Mentor, Mrs. Wendy Garaghty.
- Service Project forms can be printed from the sidebar to the left of this page.
Overnight Confirmation Retreat (required)
- The National Directory for Catechesis [NDC, 36, 2] directs that Confirmation sacramental catechesis " is developmentally appropriate and includes retreat experiences."
- The Confimation retreat usually occurs the October just prior to the Confirmation Mass in December.
- If a candidate is unable to attend the retreat with his class, he is responsible for finding and attending a Confirmation retreat with another parish.
- There is a $75 cost per youth to attend the retreat. There is a $100 cost per youth from another parish program requesting to attend the retreat. (date to be determined).
- CATHOLIC SCHOOL / HOMESCHOOL: Retreats through the Catholic school are not considered Confirmation retreats and do not fulfill this parish requirement. Retreats organized by homeschooling groups also do not replace the parish retreat experience.
Evening of Reflection and Rite of Confirmation
- The Rite of Confirmation (Confirmation Mass) takes place each December.
- In the weeks just prior to the rite, candidates and their sponsor participate in an Evening of Reflection.
- The evening includes an opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation, dinner and a prayerful "walk-through" of the rite (rehearsal).
- If the sponsor is unable to accompany the candidate during the Evening of Reflection, a parent must be present for support of the candidate.