The Celebration of Confirmation and a program of preparation are currently offered every other year to youth candidates in 8th-9th grades. We follow a Whole Community Worship (WCW) model, which offers intergenerational and small group formation activities for every member of our parish, including those students wishing to be confirmed in the Catholic Church. We gather three Wednesday evenings each month from October to May. We begin the session with a potluck meal and share in prayer and fellowship. During two of these sessions, we break into small groups following the meal for faith formation classes and our students focus on Confirmation preparation curriculum and discussion. Once a month we gather to take part in a large group activity. This may include a prayer experience, a service project, or a community building activity. The candidates are asked to choose a sponsor to help with the formation process leading up to Confirmation and these sponsors are encouraged to attend our large group sessions with the candidates.
Our preparation program includes a Rite of Enrollment, two retreats, a service project opportunity, and a Rite of Sending ceremony prior to Confirmation in addition to regularly scheduled classes. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis provides a schedule for parishes to gather at either the Cathedral in St. Paul or the Basilica in Minneapolis to celebrate the sacrament.
We will begin Confirmation preparation classes in the fall of 2016. To find out more information or to enroll your child into the sacramental preparation program, please contact the church office at 651.644.4502.