“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit as come upon you;
and you will be my witnesses . . . to the ends of the earth” --Acts 1:8
Confirmation is designed for those baptized Catholics who have received first communion, have had basic religious education and who want to complete their initiation into the Church. Preparation for confirmation is a parish based 2-year program. Candidates for Confirmation begin their preparation in the Level 1 Program (Grade 7) and are confirmed upon the completion of their Level 2 (Grade 8) year of formation.
Grade 7 and 8 candidates for confirmation meet on Sunday evenings at St. Bartholomew the Apostle church. The evenings, which run for an hour and a half, include: prayer, a presentation on a topic concerning confirmation and discipleship, group activities and praying with the bible. Candidates for Confirmation will participate in all formation sessions, nine hours of service activities of their choosing at home, in the parish and in the community along with writing a reflection for each service performed, the Confirmation Retreat and a candidate interview with the pastor. Those who have chosen to journey through the process of preparation for confirmation are asked to attend weekly Mass and become involved in the life of the parish.
If you have questions, call the Religious Education Office at 908-322-2359
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
excerpted from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.89 For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."90
For more information regarding our Confirmation process please contact:
Sean & Katie Gaynor, Directors of Confirmation