Teen Confirmation

Confirmation

Welcome to our Teen Confirmation program!  The Cathedral offers the Sacrament of Confirmation to eighth grade students.  In the 2,000 year tradition of our Church, the Sacrament of Confirmation has been seen as the second sacrament of initiation, after Baptism and before Holy Communion.  (Pope St. Pius X in the early 20th century lowered the age of First Holy Communion to the age of reason [roughly 7], so now in most places, Eucharist comes before Confirmation.)  What this means is that this sacrament is not the “Sacrament of Graduation” marking the end of our children’s spiritual journey, but rather an indelible grace in which our teens are sealed in the gifts of the Holy Spirit first made present in Baptism, empowering them to fulfill his/her Baptismal call to a life of holiness.
 

Registering for Confirmation

Registration for Confirmation is now underway!  Download the registration packet below.

Confirmation Packet

Be sure to return the following items to the Parish Office:

  • Main Registration Form
  • Copy of Baptismal Certificate* (if your child was baptized at St. Jude, please mark this on the main registration form.  Teens who were baptized at St. Jude do NOT need to submit a copy of their baptism certficate, as their records are on file here.)
  • Sponsor Certificate if your sponsor is a St. Jude parishioner (if the sponsor is not a St. Jude parishioner, a letter of eligibility signed by his/her pastor must be sent to the Cathedral Office)
  • Medical Release
  • Promotional Media Release
  • Confirmation Retreat Consent and Release Form
  • Safe Environment Policies/Procedures Form
  • Program Payment (see packet for details)

 

Preparing for the Sacrament

There are several steps for preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  These include choosing a sponsor, choosing a patron saint, and getting involved in our parish.  We also urge our teens and families to make their faith a priority in their lives starting right now by doing the following:

  • Attending Mass on all Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation.
  • Parents should make their own faith a priority by seeking opportunities for adult faith formation in the parish.
  • Teens should make their own faith a priority by being an active member our Edge program.  (Edge meets on Wednesdays from 6-8 PM in the Youth Room, and is FREE for all registered Confirmation candidates, with no additional paperwork required.)
  • Supporting a parish ministry with the gift of your time and talents.
  • Having regular family prayer time and discussing Confirmation as a family.
  • Returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, especially if it’s been awhile.

While we have an excellent team of adult and teen volunteers who, along with our priests, will be journeying with our eighth graders, the best and truest example of faith comes from their parents.

 

For you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses.. (Acts 1:8)

 

Confirmation Schedule 2018-19


Monthly meetings will take place on Thursday evenings from 6-8 PM in the Parish Center on the following dates:
October 18, November 15, January 10, February 21, March 21, April 11

The Confirmation Retreat will be the weekend of December 7-9 at DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center in Parrish, FL.

Confirmation will take place on Sunday, June 9 (Pentecost) at the 9:30 AM Mass.  A rehearsal will be held on Thursday, June 6 at 6:30 PM in the Cathedral.

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