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Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation Preparation 

What is Confirmation? 
By the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are “more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1285)
This process is about transforming disciples (those who follow) into apostles (those who are sent). The graces received in Confirmation help to bring this transformation about – if one’s heart is open to the Holy Spirit. Confirmation is not the goal – it is a means to the goal. By virtue of our Baptism, we are called to become a Saint, and Confirmation strengthens us on our journey to becoming a saint! 
Our two-part process normally begins in 7th grade and is completed in 8th grade. For more information on the Catholic Youth Formation program and how to register click here

When is Confirmation?
Confirmation at St. John Paul II Parish will be on Thursday May 12th 2022 at 7pm!

Documents & Forms

What to Wear for Confirmation? ​

When someone is baptized they are clothed in a white garment, which symbolizes that they have “put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27) – they no longer suffer the nakedness caused by Original Sin but have now become a child of God.
Having become a child of God clothed with the white garment (also referred to as “the wedding garment” by the Church) the baptized child may now be admitted “to the marriage supper of the Lamb” to receive the food of the new life, the Body and Blood of Christ.
This white garment reappears many times in the course of one’s life in the Church: the white robes worn by the priest, deacon, and altar servers at Mass; the white dresses traditionally worn by girls celebrating their first holy communion; the white gown worn by the bride at a wedding; the white pall draped over a coffin at a funeral, etc.
What the teens wear when they are confirmed should recall in some way this baptismal garment. The color white is especially significant. White represents holiness, purity, and the fact that we are called to be the “light of the world” – we wear white to remember that we have been clothed in Christ, and when people look at us they should see Him. 
The color red would also be appropriate for Confirmation, as it is a significant color in the Liturgy of the Church, representing the Holy Spirit, and the blood of martyrdom.

Guidelines on What to Wear​
*These Guidelines apply to Sponsors as well*
YOUNG MEN - Dress shirt with a tie, dress pants, and nice shoes. A suit is optional. 
The following are not appropriate: 
  1. Jeans 
  2. Athletic Shoes/Sandals/Flip-Flops
  3. T-Shirts/Polo Shirts
  4. Novelty Ties (e.g. cartoons, logos, etc.)
YOUNG WOMEN - Modest dress or blouse with dress shoes.  
The following are not appropriate: 
  1. Jeans
  2. High Heels or Floppy Sandals/Flip-Flops
  3. Strapless, backless, or tank-top dresses without a  sweater or shawl (shoulders and back must be covered)  
  4. Tight, low-cut, or short dresses and skirts (must be no more than 2” above the knee)
Make sure hair is off your forehead for anointing with oil.