Confirmation

Confirmation Preparation for Youth 
2017 - 2018

 

Sunday morning Confirmation Prep:

- First group meeting is Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, at 9:45am in Aquinas Center Room 16. 
- Click HERE to download a copy of the Orientation Packet distributed at the Parent Meeting on Sep. 10, 2017; it has important details and all the forms to be completed by Oct. 1. 
- Contact Ted Meany (ted@stthomascamas.org) if you have any questions concerning the Oriention Packet or you teen's readiness to begin Confirmation Prep this year.  


 

Orientation Meeting for Parents:  
Sep. 10, 2017 at 12:15pm in the Fireside Room to discuss all key dates and requirements. 

 

 



We use the Decision Point curriculum developed by Dynamic Catholic.  The material is all available online; check it out at http://dynamiccatholic.com/confirmation/.  According to Dynamic Catholic, the goals of Decision Point are "to prepare young Catholics for Confirmation by presenting the genius of Catholicism in a compelling way; to demonstrate the relevance of Catholicism in every aspect of their lives; to help them develop a personal relationship with Jesus; to give young Catholics an appetite for learning more about Catholicism; to engage them in a dynamic conversation about our faith; and to convince them that no matter what happens, they should always give God and the Church a central place in their lives."

Parents and sponsors play a critical role in this "dynamic conversation" and necessarily play an active role in this process.

High School Confirmation Checklist:

  • Candidate is a High School Junior or will be 16 years old by the date of Confirmation (date TBD, anticipate April 2018). The age requirement may be waived if the teen writes a letter to the archbishop to request an exception to policy stating his or her desire to be confirmed. The pastor also provides a letter endorsing the request. See the Youth Ministry webpage for additional information on the recommended sequence of High School faith formation classes. Contact Ted Meany to discuss (ted@stthomascamas.org). 
  • Candidate’s family is registered at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
  • Copy of candidate’s Baptismal Certificate is provided 
  • Qualified Confirmation Sponsor is identified (i.e., one who is a fully-initiated Catholic, able to participate in the sacramental life of the Church, over 16 years of age, and not the candidate's parent or guardian) 
  • $100 registration fee (includes religious education materials, cost of weekend Confirmation Retreat (Nov 17-19, 2017), and High School faith formation registration)
  • Completed proximate-year high school faith formation during 2016-17 (either with parish youth group (at least 80% attendance) or Catholic High School religion class)
  • At least one parent attends the mandatory parent meeting on Sun, Sept 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm in the Fireside Room. Program materials will be handed out and all key dates and requirements will be discussed

Key Dates:  class meets Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45am, in Room 16 of the Aquinas Center (across the south parking lot from the church); candidates can attend Mass either before or after class. 

  • Orientation meeting for parents and candidates:  Sep. 10 at 12:15pm in the Fireside Room
  • First Youth Confirmation class meeting:  Oct. 1 at 9:45am in Aquinas Center Room 16 (across south parking lot from the church, upper level, right side) 
    • Confirmation class meetings:  Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Nov. 5, 12; Dec. 3, 10 (tentative date for meeting with sponsors); Jan. 21, 28; Feb. 4, 11, 25; Mar. 4, 11, 18
    • The first meeting is delayed until Oct. 1 in order to permit families to complete preparations such as identifying a qualified sponsor, locating baptismal records, and completing required forms.  
  • Youth Confirmation Retreat:  Nov. 17-19, 2017
  • Confirmation Mass:  TBD (anticipate a weekday evening in April 2018; requested dates: Apr 10, 17, & 18) 
  • Other Faith Formation events for Confirmation Candidates include: 
    - Mark Shea presentation Mary, Mother of the Son, Sep. 16 (7:00pm)
    - Archdiocesan Catholic Youth Convention, puyallup, Nov. 11-12
    - Reboot! Live! with Christ Stefanick, Holy Redeemer, Dec. 6 (7:00pm)
    - Columbia River Serra Vocations Benefit Dinner with Abp Sartain, Jan. 20
    - Firefall one-day High School Retreat, Olympia, Mar. 10 (9:00am-8:30pm)
    - Corpus Christi procession and picnic, Jun. 3 (12:30pm) 
    - Young Neighbors in Action Service Trip, Yakima, TBD July
    - St Thomas Youth Summer Scripture School, Jul. 16-20
    - Steubenville NW Youth Conference, Spokane, Jul. 27-29, 2018

Registration Forms:  please complete the online registration form.  

Parish Points of Contact:

  • Parish Coordinator:  Ted Meany (ted@stthomascamas.org)
  • Confirmation Catechist:  Stephanie Baenen (sabaenen@gmail.com)

Confirmation Preparation for Adults

Adults who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation are encouraged to contact the parish office for more information on joining the next Adult Confirmation Preparation class.  Preparation is tailored to the needs of the particular candidate and typically includes 8-12 sessions.

If you are an adult interested in being Confirmed and joining the Catholic Church then you will go through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).  Contact Allison Johnson at the parish office (360-834-2126, ext. 2016, or allison@stthomascamas.org for more information.


The Sacrament of Confirmation

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.  For "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." (CCC 1285)

The effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.  From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
- it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!";
- it unites us more firmly to Christ;
- it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
- it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
- it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross. (CCC 1303)

 

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal.
(John 6:27
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Confirmation Preparation for Adults

If you are an adult in need of the Sacrament of Confirmation please contact the parish office (834-2126) for more information on Adult Preparation for Confirmation.

If you are an adult interested in being Confirmed and joining the Catholic Church you will need to go through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA).  Please contact Allison Johnson at 834-2126 for more information and to register.