Confirmation

Confirmation Preparation for Youth 
2019 - 2020

 

This year, after a lenthly consultative process, the Archdiocese of Seattle lowered the normal age at which the sacrament of Confirmation may be received. As recommended by the archdiocese, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish will offer a phased transition in accordance with the following timeline:  
 

2019-2020:  9th Grade and above 

2020-2021:  8th Grade and above

2021-2022:  7th Grade and above



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:

  • For 2019-2020, Candidate is a High School student in 9th Grade or above.
  • Candidate’s family is registered at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish or has permission from his or her pastor to prepare for and/or receive the sacrament of confirmation at St. Thomas.
  • Copy of candidate’s Baptismal Certificate is verified. 
  • 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).
  • $130 registration fee (includes religious education materials, cost of weekend Confirmation Retreat (Nov 8-10, 2019), and High School faith formation registration).
  • Completed proximate-year high school faith formation during 2018-19 (either with parish youth group (at least 80% attendance) or Catholic High School religion class).
  • At least one parent attends an interview with the pastor or his representative to discuss the candidate's eligibility and all aspects of the program (key dates, requirements, etc.). 
  • At least one parent participates in the monthly Parent Faith Formation sessions on Sunday mornings, 9:45am - 10:45am; the first one meets Sep. 22, 2019. 

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.