In the Sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized person is “sealed with the gift
of the Holy Spirit” and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ.
Summary of Confirmation: At St. Jude, we have a TEEN two-year preparation program for the Sacrament of Confirmation. During these two years, we have classes which catechize the student and help them to understand their faith and the guidelines of the Catholic Church. Y1 begins at Grade 9.
Confirmation deepens the baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, and the world. We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service. (from the USCC for adults)
Faithful people have been receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation for almost 2,000 years. There are examples of it recorded in the Bible! In Acts 19, Paul the Apostle lays his hands (just like the bishop does today) on a group of believers, and the Holy Spirit descends upon them.
ST. JUDE CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation is open to all 9th through 12th-grade students who are baptized and have received their First Eucharist. Confirmation is a two-year preparation program. Please keep in mind that Pre-Confirmation (Y1) and Confirmation (Y2) registrations are online. Readiness to receive Confirmation means the student attends and participates in Sunday Mass, Faith Formation, retreats, and perform service activities.
There are five requirements for the student in these two years:
1. Faithful attendance requirement for classes is important for the student to learn the faith.
2. Students attend a Confirmation Retreat in Year 1 (Y1) and Year 2 (Y2).
3. Students regularly attend Sunday Mass at St. Jude.
4. Attendance of one Retreat a Year – The dates for Retreats are set one year in advance.
5. Orientation is attended by the Student and Parent.
6. Sponsor selection made in Y1 by Second Class Meeting.
7. Teen accomplish an interview with DRE.
Attendance Policy: The sacramental preparation is an ungraded structure and readiness is determined a significant part by participation, interview, and attendance. A student may only miss three classes during the Confirmation Preparations—make-up work required and signed by a parent for any class which is missed.
If a candidate misses more than 3 Faith Formation sessions each year, then we will suggest that the candidate wait until he or she can maintain consistent attendance to be confirmed.
Choosing a Sponsor
A sponsor is a witness to the commitment to Christ that you are making. The sponsor can be a Godparent or any other Catholic adult, but not a parent, such as a mother or father.
The sponsor presents the student to the Bishop for Confirmation. The sponsor supports the candidate on this two-year faith journey. For this reason, we ask you to select a sponsor who resides in the DFW area.
Parent & Sponsor Support Confirmation takes a commitment from the student, the parent, and the sponsor. Parents & Sponsors of our Confirmation Candidates (students) are expected to participate in their ongoing faith formation as well as support their candidate throughout the preparation process.
Parents should help prepare their son/daughter at home before, during, and after Confirmation through Mass attendance, prayer, discussion, and encouragement.
Sponsors meet with their candidates in person and attend four of the class meetings with their candidate.There will be homework handouts for the student and sponsor to review the content. The sponsor must be identified with validation paperwork no later than October 30, 2020, for your child to continue with Confirmation Preparation. Guidelines for choosing Confirmation Sponsor.
Sponsors will need to provide a “Letter of Good Standing” from their Parish and also a copy of their sacrament certificates.
Requirements of the Sponsor:
The sponsor must reside in the DFW Area and be able to attend some classes with the student over the two year period.
The sponsor must be sufficiently mature for the role and be at least 16 years of age.
The sponsor must be a practicing member of the Catholic Church and initiated in the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. If the sponsor is married, they need to be married in the Catholic Church.
A godparent may be a sponsor at Confirmation.
Parents of candidates may not be sponsors but may stand in proxy in the absence of the sponsor.
The sponsor DOES NOT need to be the same gender as the candidate.
If a sponsor is not a parishioner of St. Jude, they must submit a letter from their parish pastor indicating they are a registered member in good standing.
Tips for Student to select a Sponsor: Choose a Sponsor with whom you can communicate. Look for someone who can walk this journey with you and help answer questions and guide you in this process. Choose someone you respect and admire. Don’t be afraid to ask someone in the Church whom you regard as a faithful and devout Catholic. Most people are extremely honored and flattered to be asked to be a Confirmation Sponsor.
Registration for Faith Formation is Open!
Register your High School student now so we can send them information about their classes.
2020-2021 Faith Formation Confirmation Class Times
Sundays: 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Year 2
Sundays: 11:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Year 1