Thank you for your interest in the Confirmation Ministry at St. Louis Catholic Church. We are excited to accompany your family in this process of preparing your child for the Sacrament of Confirmation!
Please take the time to carefully read all attached pages which will provide you with the vision of our ministry as well as its requirements. Once you have completed reading the information, feel free to fill out the registration form if you wish to register your child in our program and bring it by the parish office. All registrations must be accompanied by a copy of the Baptism and First Communion Certificates. Without these, the registration will not be accepted nor processed.
The cost of early registration is $100 for first child until 8/15/2020 and $50 for each additional child. Beginning on August 16th, 2020, the cost is $140 for the first child and $50 for each additional child.
In order to stay informed, please visit https://stlcatholic.flocknote.com/confirmation and sign up for our parish Flock Notes. You can also follow us on Facebook. Our group is Saint Louis Confirmation Ministry.
The first day of classes for the “Chosen,” Confirmation Year 2 program and the High School Year 1 Track is Sunday, September 13th, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. The first day of the ROCK Confirmation Track Program is on Tuesday, September 15th, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. Both programs will begin digitally through Zoom until further notice.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to serving your family.
What is Confirmation?
“Confirmation is the sacrament that completes Baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us. Anyone who freely decides to live a life as God’s child and asks for God’s Spirit under the signs of the imposition of hands and anointing with Chrism receives the strength to witness to God’s love and might in word and deed. He is now a full-fledged, responsible member of the Catholic Church.” YOUCAT #203
The Confirmation Ministry of St. Louis Catholic Church is a place of encounter with Jesus in which young people and their families are accompanied on their journeys of faith by peers and adults through the power of the Holy Spirit to create community, deepen their experience in the Sacraments and Mass, sustain hope in a joyful future, and become active participants in community service and advocacy, so as to love their neighbors as themselves.
Our Confirmation Ministry:
Formation for Confirmation must occur in two consecutive years. Generally, the first year of Confirmation is completed in the 8th grade in the R.O.C.K. Confirmation Track on Tuesday nights from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ROCK is a middle school youth group that presents the principals of the faith in a fun, energetic, and relational manner. Young people are led by adults and student leaders to meet Jesus and make a decision to follow him. A young person in high school wishing to start Year 1 will join us on Sundays for the High School Year 1 Track from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
The second year of Confirmation is completed in high school, generally in the 9th grade. The Confirmandis will learn that Jesus has “chosen” them to be His children and now empowers them to live a life of love for their neighbors. Through games, videos, small group discussions, retreats, reflections, projects and service projects, young people learn to put their faith into practice and be an active member of their parish community. The ministry meets on Sundays from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Mass attendance is a requirement for both years in the program. Our parish offers an 11 a.m. Live Streamed Mass that should be watched prior to attending the weekly Zoom Meetings. Those wishing to join us for the 5:00 p.m. Mass are welcome to sit with us in the Reserved Seating Section.
What Happens at My Confirmation?
Why Should I Consider Taking a Saint Name?
An Invitation to Parents
“If you engage your child on this faith journey, you won’t only see them grow closer to God and to you – you’ll see that God is calling YOU closer to himself in the process.” – Chris Stefanick
The Church recognizes you as your child’s primary educator in the life of faith. Your role is pivotal as your child prepares to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and be fully initiated into the Catholic Church.
You may feel enthusiastic and eager to be involved in the formation process, or you may feel unsure about your role or even about the Faith. Whatever your personal situation, be encouraged by the fact that God loves you and your child without limit. This limitless love—which is the core of our Catholic Faith—is very good news indeed. May the Holy Spirit inspire and encourage you as you guide your child into the fullness of the Faith.
Colin and Amiee MacIver, Authors of the Chosen Parent’s Guide
How Do I Pray with My Children?
In ways large and small, parents seek what is best for their children. This desire is expressed in a variety of practical ways every day; such as preparing healthy foods, ensuring adequate opportunity for sleep, teaching good manners, and sharing enriching activities as a family. Incorporating prayers of blessing into your family’s daily routine is another way to express this desire for the very best for your children. When we pray for God’s blessing, we acknowledge that God is the source of all that is good. In prayer, we ask God to bless us, to bless others, and to bless our activities. We do so with confidence and trust in God, who also seeks what is best for each of us. To pray in blessing for our children is to join our desires for them with God’s own desire for them. Daily life provides parents with many opportunities to offer prayers of blessing with and for their children.
As part of bedtime prayers, invite your child to name the people he or she would like to pray for. This can take the form of a simple litany, praying, “God bless . . .” as your child names family and friends. As your child grows older, you might offer a simple prayer intention for each person as you pray. For example, if a sibling is sick, you might ask for God’s healing presence, praying, “God bless [name] and help her [him] feel better soon.” Later, you might suggest that your child offer the prayer intention. Conclude by praying your own prayer of blessing for your child as you trace the Sign of the Cross on your child’s forehead.
Even in the most organized households, mornings can become a frenzy of activity as family members prepare to leave for work, day care, school, and daily errands. Establishing a morning routine that includes a prayer of blessing for family members as they leave the home can help to strengthen and encourage each person to live faithfully as a follower of Jesus. Ask each family member to name particular challenges or activities he or she may face during the day, and pray together, asking God to bless each person and his or her activities. Parents can trace the Sign of the Cross on each child’s forehead in blessing before leaving the house each day.
The importance of gathering for family meals cannot be overstated. Not only are meals important for providing daily nourishment, but they are also occasions for strengthening our spirits by connecting with the people who are most central to our lives.
Meals are natural occasions for prayers of blessing. We pray in thanks to God for his goodness to us. We ask God to bless our food and make our lives a blessing to others. Pray together Grace Before Meals and Grace After Meals. Mealtime can also be an opportunity to ask family members to name the good things that God has shared with them throughout the day and to pray together in thanksgiving.
Blessings at Family Celebrations
Each family has its own cycle of special occasions and celebrations. Over the years, you will plan many family birthday parties, anniversaries, and celebrations of the sacraments. These occasions are also opportunities for prayers of blessing. Be intentional about taking these opportunities for prayer and look for other occasions to celebrate and pray together as a family. Among the occasions to consider as opportunities for family prayer and celebration include the feasts of the Church year, the anniversary of your child’s Baptism, New Year’s Day, and the start of a new school year.
Blessings in Times of Transition and Difficulty
God walks with us through the challenges and difficulties of life. Prayers of blessing call forth God’s protection and remind us of God’s faithfulness. We can ask for God’s blessing when we make decisions, large and small, and pray for family members and friends who are discerning life choices, about new jobs, college choices, vocation to marriage, or religious life. We can pray for God’s blessings when we move to a new home. We can ask God to bless those who are sick and offer prayers of blessing together when family members are sick. And we pray for God to bless those who are near death and those who have died.
Incorporating Items Blessed for Prayer
The Church has a rich sacramental tradition. Holy water and blessed candles can be brought into the home and used for family prayer. Crosses, crucifixes, rosaries, statues, and icons can be blessed by a priest, making them holy reminders of God’s power and presence in our lives. Display these sacred objects in your home and make them focal points for your family prayer.
Source: Loyola Press