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
___Get excited! Confirmation is a powerful Sacrament!
Mandatory Confirmation Rehearsal & Confessions: Wednesday, May 1: 5:45-6:45pm
It is important to 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).
Confirmation with Bishop Sirba is on May 4th at 4:15pm at St. Cecilia's (Please be at church at 3pm for pictures and a group interview with Bishop Sirba)
Come, Holy Spirit!