Confirmation

At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).


How do you get "confirmed"? (see below)

ADULT CONFIRMATION (For adults over 18 who have been baptized,received 1st Eucharist and Reconciliation, but NOT confirmed

Adult Confirmation process ( a ten week process) occurs once each year from January to April. The specific dates for 2020 have not yet been determined. 

 

YOUTH CONFIRMATION

Youth Confirmation Preparation Process

The Youth Confirmation preparation process normally takes two
years to complete. Each “year” begins in August and runs through
the following July. Upon completion of the process requirements and approval of the Youth Minister Coordinator/Pastor, the candidate is confirmed here at St. Bernardine by the Bishop at the
scheduled date in April/May of the second year. To be eligible to
participate in the process, you must be baptized and be at least a
freshman in high school and willing to actively participate in
Youth Ministry and regularly and consistently participate in liturgy,
prayer and service within St. Bernardine parish. The operative
work is “Participation”
. The following is considered MINIMUM participation in the life of St. Bernardine community for the purposes of Confirmation:

• Pray daily
• Keep Holy the Lord’s Day - Participate in Sunday Mass
  EVERY Sunday 
• Attend all “Sunday Confirmation Sessions” which take place
on specified Sundays. Meetings are from 11:15am to 12:45
PM. Many of these Sundays require attendance by both
candidate and parents. 
• Perform parish/community service as scheduled.
Participate once each month as an Altar Server, a Cross
Bearer, an Usher/ Greeter, or a musician/choir member at
Sunday Mass at St. Bernardine for two years.
Participation in at least 12 Wednesday Nite Youth Sessions
per year. Wednesday Nite sessions are scheduled year
round.
Participate in the Confirmation overnight retreat each year.
• $150 confirmation fee each year due at signup and $215 Retreat fee at
time of retreat.

CONFIRMATION 2019-20 ORIENTATION is Sunday August 18 2019

This orientation is for those who are interested in beginning the two year Confirmation Preparation Process. It is required that at least one parent and the high schooler attend this orientation/information meeting.

Returning Candidates (Year TWO) Orientation (Those who have completed one year of the process) meet  on Sunday August 25. We will attend the 5:00pm Mass together,  have dinner,  and meet until 7:30pm.  All Parents and High schoolers must attend this Mass and orientation meeting.

Those wanting to BEGIN the two year Confirmation process -

Must attend the orientation Meeting on August 18th from 7pm to 8:30 PM. Parish hall. Parents and high schoolers must attend. The process requires a two year commitment to participate, both parent and high schooler must be able and willing to commit.(minimum participation requirements listed above)

Confirmation Forms

Confirmation forms will be available at the information/orientation meeting in August. Both parent and high schooler must understand and agree to fully particpate in the two year process. Each must understand the commitment required in order to be "properly formed" to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.

Contact
Contact the Youth Ministry Coordinator Bob Nicholas at (818)710-1662 or email: stbym13@stbernardine.org

 

 

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)

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