PRIOR TO ENTERING IMMEDIATE CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
YOUTH MUST HAVE A MINIMUM OF 1 ½ YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (parish CCE or Catholic school). 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),
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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.
- 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 : We invite youth in the 10th grade or higher to schedule your Confirmation Interview during the months of November and December. To schedule an interview, contact Selma DeMarco in the parish office.
Immediate Confirmation Preparation Classes
- Classes assume basic knowledge of Catholic beliefs, worship, prayer and morality.
- Teaches that Confirmation increases and deepens the grace of baptism, imprinting an indelible character on the soul.
- Teaches that Confirmation strengthens the baptismal conferral of the Holy Spirit on those confirmed in order to incorporate them more firmly in Christ, strengthen their bond with the Church, associate them more closely with the Church's mission, increase in them the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and help them bear witness to the Christian faith in words and deeds.
- Teaches about the role of the Holy Spirit, His gifts, and His fruits.
- Includes instruction on the Rite of Confirmation and its basic symbols: the imposition of hands, the anointing with Sacred Chrism, and the words of the sacramental formula.
- Classes begin each January and end in December meeting approximately once a month.
- Youth currently enrolled in our HIGH SCHOOL CCE here at Sacred Heart and finishing their third semester are automatically sent a registration form for Confirmation preparation the first of November.
- CATHOLIC SCHOOL: Registration for immediate Confirmation preparation is completed during the Confirmation Interview in the November - December prior to classes.
- Please bring a completed registration form (see link to the left)and a copy of your child's baptism certificate, with the Parish seal visible on it, 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.
- 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, opportunities for service are given and are to be completed prior to the celebration of Confirmation. Opportunites completed should include
- Hours at the service of your parish community
- 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.
- 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.