Youth Confirmation Preparation: The program is transitioning from 10th to 8th Grade in 2022
(Note: We will hold classes for 8-10th graders during the ’22-23 school year)
Receiving the Gifts of the Spirit
Youth from both public and Catholic schools will be preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation together. Classes will be held on Sunday evenings from 4:30pm-6:00pm in the Basilica School.
We will look deeper into the following topics: Catholic Identity and Personal Spiritual Growth, Social Justice/Service, the Sacraments, the Power of the Holy Spirit, Personal Relationship with Christ, Prayer, and Discipleship. During the year of preparation, students will be asked to log eight hours of parish service, attend worship on a regular basis, and attend a retreat.
Students will also be required to form an intentional relationship with his/her Confirmation sponsor. Regular attendance at Confirmation preparation sessions and group assigned Mass participation is expected for students so that they are able to better discern their readiness to be confirmed.
For more information or to get involved in the youth confirmation program, please contact Christine Moore.
Parish Policies for Sacraments
- All families celebrating sacraments at The Basilica of Saint Mary must be registered member of the parish.
- Youth must participate in weekly classes the year in which they are to receive the sacrament,and attend Mass on a weekly basis.
- Students are expected to participate in Faith Formation or Catholic school in the years prior to 10th Grade.
- A recently issued copy of your child’s baptism certificate MUST be on file at the Basilica PRIOR to receiving the sacrament of Confirmation. If your child was baptized at the Basilica, you will not need to request a copy.
Role of the community
“The Confirmation candidates need the community’s prayers, witness and support throughout the preparation process. In offering catechesis to the parents and sponsors, the Church shows its love for and eagerness to support them as well as their children.” – National Catechetical Directory #117