For the Sacrament of Confirmation the guidelines are defined by the Bishop of Orange as a two-year formation process which may begin as early as 9th grade.
Youth Ministry and the Confirmation team welcome our High School students to our parish Confirmation preparation journey. The entire parish family supports you in the faith journey you are about to begin.
This is indeed a journey — one we will take with you as guides and resources. Together with the parish community, we seek to prepare you to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Each person’s faith journey is as different as their life story. The preparation you will undertake will reflect your own faith journey.
Your journey will include several components — faith formation, spiritual growth, Christian service and personal growth. These components meet both the directives of the Bishop of Orange concerning preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation and the framework for adolescent catechesis developed by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.
The Bishop has stated that Confirmation is a parish Sacrament. When candidates prepare for this Sacrament, they are telling their parish community of their desire to become affiliated with their own parish. Therefore, confirmation classes are not provided at any Catholic school in the Diocese of Orange. The classes are developed and held at each parish in the Diocese for the candidates in their parish community.
The Bishop’s directives provide the framework for parish programs. These directives include:
- Regular attendance and participation in Sunday liturgy
- Parish based Confirmation catechesis
- Integration into the parish community life
- Understanding of the parish liturgical rites
- Exposure to the community’s prayer life
- Christian service projects
- Spiritual guidance
- Two-year preparation journey, supported by the active participation of parents and sponsors.