*Registration is now open for the 2020-2021 class*
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is open to all high school teens who belong to St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church. Our Confirmation program brings teens and adults together to study and explore how growth in the Spirit is a life-long journey. Together participants share in their journey and commit to share in the mission of Jesus - to know and worship God AND to love your neighbor. The sacrament is received by the choice of the teen. He or she must assume ownership of the promises which were made on their behalf at Baptism.
Small Group Meetings - Teens preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation investigate their Catholic faith by participating in small group meetings held on Sunday evenings, occasionally with the youth group, over one school year.
Sponsor/Candidate Meetings - Candidates for Confirmation select an adult sponsor, who helps the teen prepare for the sacrament and serves as a witness to its reception. Three Sponsor/Candidate meetings are held on Sunday afternoons throughout the year. Large group sessions focus on the wisdom and worship of the Roman Catholic Church, including the Sacraments. In April, sponsors and candidates will share in the final retreat.
Rite - In March, the teens will participate in the Rite of Choosing during Mass.
Retreat - Confirmation candidates can take part in a retreat in November, KCYC or in February at the Conception Abbey.
Interview - Personal interviews with all Confirmation candidates will be conducted in February.
Service - Since living lives of service is an important aspect of carrying out our faith, teens preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation will participate in and reflect on several service experiences, including serving at the St. James Soup Kitchen. Five times throughout the year, as listed on the calendar, teens must come to Confirmation prepared to reflect on a service experience.
Catechism of the Catholic Church 1309:
"Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the 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 the catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community. The latter bears special responsibility for the preparation of confirmands."
Each of those to be confirmed should choose an appropriate Confirmation name. This name should be that of a recognized saint in the Church's tradition. Because this is a significant sacramental celebration, names that are very unusual or contrary to Catholic tradition are discouraged. Names should be of like gender to the confirmed. The Confirmation name should be presented in its proper form, rather than in the diminutive (eg. John, instead of Jack; Susan, instead of Sue).