“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. 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.'”
— Catechism of the Catholic Church #1285
Did you know that 80% of Catholic young adults are unconfirmed? For many college students and young adults, the confirmation program was offered when they were in high school when after-school sports, jobs or other extra-curricular activities made attendance in programs difficult. Are you a young adult, out of high school and interested in growing in understanding of the Catholic faith?
Our Newman Center offers preparation for Catholic students and other adults to receive this sacrament. Candidates meet for faith sharing and instruction on Sundays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm during Winter Quarter, beginning January 10. With active participation in small group discussions, reading assignments, prayer and reflection on the Scriptures, students have an opportunity to deepen their spirituality and grow in their faith. A brief interview with Patty, Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation, will be scheduled after completing this registration form before December 18 and contacting Patty.
Some required dates:
- Patty will schedule an interview with you in November or December
- Winter Retreat, January 22 to 24
- Confirmation at the Easter Vigil, March 26 at 10:00pm
Note that while many Confirmation programs last a year or two, this program is condensed into a format that fits the busy lives of college students and young adults. Because of its brevity, attendance is essential. Those who must miss more than one session will be invited to consider taking part in the program in a following year when their schedule makes regular attendance possible.
Here are some things you can do to get started:
- Obtain a copy of your baptismal certificate from the church where you were baptized and bring it with you to the first class. [All address info must be current. This is your responsibility to sanction.]
- Invite a Catholic whom you admire, and who has already been confirmed, to be your Confirmation sponsor. It is best to choose someone who is able to attend the sessions with you. If you do not know someone to be your sponsor the team will work with you to choose a community member.
More details can be found in this flyer.