Welcome to the St. Augustine Confirmation Program! Our Confirmation preparation program runs for two years, grades 9 & 10, with the celebration of the Sacrament taking place in the early fall of junior year. All students, even those attending Catholic high school, who wish to receive the Sacrament must register and attend the program for both years.
Class, Prayer Experiences, Teen Masses and Service are the main components of the program and participation in all are expected. Additionally a retreat and student interview in the second year will complete the Confirmation preparation process. Confirmation is a sacrament of Christian initiation and is necessary for the completion and strengthening of baptismal grace.
Catechesis for the sacrament is centered on the meaning of the sacrament as is expressed in the Rite of Confirmation and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The curriculum will include:
- Following Christ in the community of the Church
- God present and active in our lives
- The gifts of the Holy Spirit
- The challenge of Confirmation
- Elements of liturgical catechesis
- The role of a sponsor
Faith and Spiritual Development
To aid the spiritual development of the students, prayer experiences are offered. These will help them to develop their personal spirituality and to deepen their relationship with God. Monthly Teen Masses allow our young people the ability to participate in the liturgical life of the parish.
Service allows the students to follow Jesus’ life “I have come to serve not to be served” and, as such, these experiences should be centered on the Corporal Works of Mercy. Candidates are expected to complete 20 hours of service each year (15 hours for 202-21). There will be opportunities within the parish for service but finding appropriate service in the wider community is encouraged.
We provide service hours opportunity in the form of “assistant catechist” and "hall monitor" in the Religious Education program. This allows students who are in the Confirmation program to help in the classroom with an experienced catechist and to monitor compliance with our safety program. We are also encouraging students to volunteer in the Hospitality Ministry, especially for Sunday Masses. Please contact Bridget Rao for more information.
Info and Mass Selection
The date/times for Confirmation are:
- Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 @ 9:00am
- Satruday, October 3rd, 2020 @ 10:30am
- Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 @ 12:30pm
(all families have been notified of the time of their candidate's service)