The Sacrament of Confirmation is one of the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. If you are baptized and have received your First Eucharist but have not yet been confirmed, you may want to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
To prepare for Confirmation at St. Maria Goretti, we ask that our youth experience two years of religious education through our parish Catechetical Program prior to celebrating their Confirmation. Preparation for this sacrament normally begins when the youth is a freshman in high school, with the anticipation that they will celebrate the sacrament during their sophmore year, as it is a two-year process. Typically the sacrament is typically celebrated during the Easter season of the second year in formation.
The goals preparing candidates for Confirmation are:
- To lead teens into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
- To develop a deeper understanding, appreciation and active participation in the Eucharist.
- To understand the major symbols of the sacrament and their meaning.
- To foster personal spiritual growth as well as participate in communal worship.
- To encourage a sense of discipleship and life of service both within the parish community and the wider community.
This preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is for students in high school. A weekend retreat is usually scheduled for these teens.