The Confirmation Formation Process
Our Lady of Grace is really excited to share our Confirmation Program with you. The preparation consists of two years starting in 7th grade. Our Candidates will receive the Sacrament in the middle of their 8th grade year. We are looking forward to walking with your youth in their journey to Jesus. The goal of our program is to bring our youth closer to Jesus through a personal encounter with Him. Our sessions include small group time, large group events, and family and sponsor events. We want to prepare our youth for the new challenges they will face during their journey towards Jesus. We live in a challenging world, so please help us with your prayers to keep fostering more disciples of Jesus.
"I very much enjoyed my Confirmation process. It has been a great blessing in my life and I have grown closer to God. I have also developed a deeper relationship with my sponsor. I especially liked the Confirmation Retreat because it allowed me to disconnect from everything going on, and focus on Jesus.” - Charlie, Confirmation Program 2016-17
7th Grade Year - Confirmation Year 1
In 7th grade, our goal is to continue to help youth build that solid foundation of their faith with a personal relationship with Jesus, and to understand and experience the power and importance of the sacraments in their lives. During their 7th grade year, youth will dive deeper into what the sacrament of Confirmation is all about and how it can transform their lives. We use the “Chosen”program for Confirmation preparation. You can find out more about this program here and watch the Chosen program trailer on the right.
The following events are also part of the confirmation preparation during the 7th grade year:
- Parent and Candidate Kick-off Retreat (Parent orientation meeting)
- Opening Mass for Confirmation Candidates and Families
- One Sponsor and Candidate Meeting (Small group and large group sessions)
- Day of Mercy at Our Lady of Grace (Sacrament of Reconciliation)
- Ministry at OLG (Altar server, greeter, usher, Sunday School, and other volunteer opportunities)
Sacrament of Confirmation
Our Lady of Grace welcomes youth to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 8th grade. In keeping with the archdiocesan norms, Our Lady of Grace holds the following traditions regarding preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Candidates preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation must:
- be baptized Catholic;
- be a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church;
- have participated in faith formation either through attendance at a Catholic School, or a parish faith formation program for 3 consecutive years;
- participate in the parish preparation process for Confirmation
If your child is not baptized Catholic, or you need more information about preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, please email Sr. Julieta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is it Important to Prepare to Receive a Sacrament?
At Our Lady of Grace, there is a strong tradition of sacramental preparation; in fact many families have had multiple generations formed in the faith and prepared for receipt of the sacraments here. While we believe strongly in our traditions, it is important to note that Our Lady of Grace follows the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis norms with regard to all persons preparing to celebrate the sacraments of Confirmation.