What is expected?
Confirmation is a two-year program at St. Peter the Apostle. Teens must be active with Life Teen in order to sign up for the Sacrament of Confirmation. This includes active participation in our High School Faith Formation sessions (Life Teen) for an entire year. *Attending half the year, just a few times, or just being signed up does not translate into active participation. Once a teen completes their formation year, we invite them to sign up for Confirmation Preparation.
Why does it take two years to prepare for Confirmation?
The primary requirement for any person to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation is simply to be baptized. However, the Code of Canon Law also states that one should be "suitably instructed, properly disposed, and able to renew one's baptismal promises" (Canon 889 § 2).
To do our best to help parents “suitably instruct” teens, we require an initial first year to help firm up a foundational understanding of the Catholic faith. In addition, the format for our High School Faith Formation (Life Nights) helps teens to not only gain knowledge of the Catholic Faith, but also encounter Jesus Christ through interaction with the Youth Ministers, other adult volunteers and their peers. This relational interaction helps teens become “properly disposed” to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
1st Year Process (Formation Year)
Participation in weekly High School Faith Formation sessions is required in order for teens to begin the 2nd year preparation. Teens are eligible to begin the First year once they enter the 9th grade. This first year is focused on giving teens a solid foundation in the Catholic Faith. Attendance is taken and given to Father Norm at the end of the year for review. If participation is lacking then the teen must fulfill his or her obligation the following year before being allowed to enter the Sacramental preparation process.
Weekly High School Faith Formation Options: Life Teen, Sunday evenings 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM or Tuesday evenings 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
2nd Year Process (Sacramental Year)
Once teens have entered the 10th grade and have had active participation for an one entire year in our weekly High School Faith Formation sessions (Life Teen) teens are eligible to move into the 2nd year phase. Confirmation sessions run from October to May and includes a weekend retreat, normally the first weekend in December, and interviews with the coordinator. Teens should maintain good attendance during the 2nd year preparation. Missing more than 4 sessions either semester they will be asked to repeat the process. Also, attending a Confirmation retreat is a mandatory part of the Confirmation process. If a teen cannot make our retreat in December, it is the families responsibility to find and arrange an alternate retreat, we will help you find one within the Archdiocese.
Weekly Confirmation Sessions meet on Wednesdays 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM.
Items Needed at the beginning of the 2nd Year:
- Baptismal Certificate
- 1st Communion Certificate
Contact Bert Hernandez, Confirmation Coordinator, with any questions about the Confirmation Preparation process.