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Confirmation Preparation

2021-2022
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 Practice?
Practice for Confirmation is Sunday, May 8 at 5pm.  
It is very important that all students attend the practice! 
Your sponsor should also plan to attend the practice.  
If your sponsor cannot attend the practice, a parent should plan to stand-in. 



When is Confirmation?

​Confirmation at St. John Paul II Parish is Thursday, May 12th 2022 at 7pm!
Pictures with Archbishop Naumann will be after Mass with a reception in the church Social Hall.

Please review the dress code at the bottom of this page. 


When is the Confirmation Retreat?

 

All CYF students must make plans to attend the Confirmation retreat.  Prince of Peace Catholic School students have already taken a Confirmation retreat and do not have to attend this retreat.

 

Prairie Star Ranch (PSR) describes the retreat as Adventure Catechesis!  The retreat team is super excited that our group will be attending the retreat post-Confirmation as they'll be able to put greater emphasis on the grace they all will have just received!  There will be adventure, games, time for prayer, and a closing ceremony that you will not want to miss!  

 

Here are a few details about the upcoming retreat:

  • Gather for Mass at 8:15am at St. John Paul II (parents are welcome to stay for Mass).

  • The church has chartered a bus. We will leave for PSR around 9:15am.

  • Retreat begins around 10:15am.

  • Lunch & Dinner provided during the retreat.

  • Return home around 8:00pm.
     

We are in need of 4-5 Virtus trained adult chaperones who are willing to retreat with our 8th graders!  Please email if you would like to volunteer!

 

Students & chaperones are encouraged to bring backpacks to carry belongs.  A water bottle is definitely encouraged.  You may also pack a snack.  Dress comfortably keeping modesty in mind!  Please wear closed toed shoes (no sandals or flip-flops) and weather appropriate clothing.  You will be outdoors and active during this retreat.  You may want to bring some bug spray and sunscreen, too.  

 

While on retreat, PSR retreat staff ask that all cell phone usage, gaming devices etc. be stowed away so that everyone can enter into the full retreat experience.  Students who do not abide by these expectations could have their device confiscated during the retreat.  Please talk with your student about the importance of putting away their device in order to appreciate the retreat experience.

 

St. John Paul II and PSR require the following release forms be signed and returned prior to the retreat.  We also ask each family to pay $10 to help off set the cost of the meals provided during the retreat.  Checks can be made payable to St. John Paul II with Confirmation retreat meals written on the memo line.

 

Please return all Confirmation Retreat Forms by Monday, May 9.  Signed forms can be emailed or returned to the CYF classroom or church office.

Confirmation Retreat Forms

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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 - Button-down 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 comfortable dress shoes.  Skirts and dresses should come to your knees.
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, back, chest, and abdomen must be covered)  
  4. Tight, low-cut, or short dresses and skirts (must be no more than 2” above the knee)
 
BOTH
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