Confirmation is a free gift of God through the power of the Holy Spirit that strengthens us to live a fully Catholic life. If you are in 10th or 11th grade these are the years when you more intensely begin to prepare your soul to receive this great gift.
Here's a checklist to help 10th and 11th Graders prepare for Confirmation:
___Attend a Confirmation Retreat in 10th or 11th grade (no exceptions):
*October 19-20 (Cloquet)
*Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 (Brainerd, Register by Nov. 16)
Permission Slip to Ride with Christina to/from the Brainerd Retreat: Ride Permission Slip
*March 29-31 (Big Sandy Camp, McGregor, Register by March 8)
REGISTER HERE: http://www.dioceseduluth.org/Confir
The March retreat at Big Sandy will be the most fun. Since it is at a camp, the confirmandi will have cabins and time for fun activities.
Christina Serena will chaperone the retreats. Cost is $40 before registration deadlines ($10 extra after). Scholarships available. Checks can be made out to St. Cecilia's Youth Group.
___Go to Mass Every Sunday
___You MUST have a 75% attendance record at Wednesday night faith formation to be Confirmed. It is essential to have a good understanding of our faith when you make the choice to be confirmed. Your discipleship leaders will take attendance. Please contact Christina if you have to miss a Wednesday night class.
Upcoming Deadlines for 11th Grade Confirmandi:
___Due Wed, December 12 :
- Church and Date of Baptism (so that St. Cecilia's can request a certificate from that church)
- Confirmation Sponsor Name and Relationship to Confirmand (must be a practicing Catholic (i.e. attends Mass every Sunday, cannot be the confirmand's parent)
- Proof of Sponsor’s Confirmation (ask for Church where your sponsor was confirmed)
___Due Wed, April 3: Contact Fr. Joe to setup a Confirmation Interview (may be done anytime during the year, the sooner the better)
___Due Wed, April 3: Letter to Bishop Sirba
___Due Wed, April 17: 30 Faith in Action Hours
*Must be volunteer (i.e. no pay) and cannot be normally expected of you (ex: doing your regular chores)
*Should benefit the church, community, etc to help you put your faith into action.
*Ask the supervisor to sign a paper stating what you did and for how long, then give it to Christina.
___Due Wed, April 17: Name of Patron Saint
Confirmation with Bishop Sirba is on May 4th at 4:15pm at St. Cecilia's (Rehearsal TBD)
___Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation Soon before Confirmation (Your soul must be in a state of grace (i.e. no mortal sins on your conscience) in order for the graces of the Sacrament of Confirmation to be fruitful).
___Get excited! Confirmation is a powerful Sacrament!
Come, Holy Spirit!