Confirmation

Cris Lopez, Director of High School Youth Ministry and Confirmation: clopez@sjnaustin.org, 512-328-3220 ext. 110

Confirmation Class Registration

If you have not already registered for Confirmation classes please click here and complete this registration.

Confirmation Forms

After you have registered you will need to complete and turn in the following forms by December 31, 2017. Candidate Form: Click here. Sponsor Form: Click here. Christian Name Form: Click here. Baptismal Record: Please turn in a copy of your Baptismal certificate.

Frequently Asked Questions: CLICK HERE

Sponsor Requirements

Click here for sponsor pre-requisites.  There are three meetings we ask sponsors, parents and candidates to attend: Entrance Interview (October), Continuation Interview (April) and Confirmation Mass Rehearsal (TBA).  Dates for these events are being finalized and will be communicated by October 1.  If the Sponsor or Parent must miss one of these meetings, we ask those in attendance to pass on the information.  The candidate must attend all three meetings.  In addition to these three meetings, we ask that Sponsors check-in with candidates, at least monthly, by phone or in person to encourage and pray with their candidate.

Attendance Policy

If a student misses 3 or more Life Nights they will need to complete make-up work for days they have missed.  Make-up work is due by May 1st. If a student misses a Confirmation preparation class they will need to make it up regardless of how many Life Nights they have missed.  Make-up work is due by May 1st. Candidates attending St. Michael’s Catholic Academy receive general faith formation in their religion classes, but must still attend all Confirmation preparation classes to be confirmed (Dates printed in red on the calendar).  We strongly encourage them to attend all Life Nights to continue building community with the rest of the Confirmation group.

Meal Ministry

In a constant effort to build community and grow in relationship with one another, we enjoy a family meal together at the beginning of each Life Night.  We have created a meal calendar and schedule so that each small group has an opportunity to serve in our meal ministry.  Parents are able serve and witness the Life Night experience.  If you can’t bring food the week that you are assigned please let us know.  If you have any questions about our meal ministry contact Cris Lopez at clopez@sjnaustin.org.  Thank you for your assistance with our meal ministry!

Mass Attendance

Another part of our community is Mass attendance.  If you go to another Mass or prefer your teens to sit with you please have your teen bring a worship aid or a bulletin with them to Sunday Nights. Attending Sunday Mass is an important part of our faith.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR CONFIRMATION?

Any 9th -12th grade student who has participated in a faith formation program the last two years at Catholic School or a Catholic Parish.

Confirmation Preparation for the 2017-2018 School Year 

As a Confirmation candidate this year, your teen can expect many powerful and life changing experiences. They will be placed in a small group with 10-12 other teens, a group leader and a one or two peer leaders.

Throughout the year their small group will walk together through the preparation for the sacrament. Relationships are formed in these small groups all year long so it is important that your teens be present.

The Confirmation Program:

Confirmation Classes will be held Sunday Nights from 6:40pm-8:15pm.  Classes begin Sunday, September 10 and will continue through the first week of May.  Candidates are expected to attend each week.  Make up work will be available as needed.  Candidates are allowed 3 unexcused absences.  If you have more than 3 unexcused absences teens will need to complete take home materials to make up the work.

Candidates are required to attend a Confirmation Retreat.

 What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?

On the feast of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit did indeed come down in an extraordinary way on the apostles as they were gathered together with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the group of disciples. They were “so filled with” the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) that by divine inspiration they began to proclaim “the mighty works of God.”

In the sacrament of confirmation the apostles and the bishops, who are their successors, hand on to the baptized the special gift of the Holy Spirit, promised by Christ the Lord and poured out upon the apostles at Pentecost. Thus the initiation in the Christian life is completed so that believers are strengthened by power from heaven, made true witnesses of Christ in word and deed, and bound more closely to the Church.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is conferred through the anointing with chrism on the forehead, which is done by the laying on of the hand, and through the words: “Be Sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Confirmation Retreat February 2-4, 2017

All Confirmation Candidates must attend a Confirmation Retreat.  Teens will need a change of clothes, towel, toiletries, swim wear, jacket in case it is cold and a flashlight.  

Check out our calendar OF UPCOMING EVENTS!