Confirmation

Page Last Updated 8/17/2019

Adult Confirmation

Please contact Sharon Burger at (812) 630-3257.

 

Sophomore Confirmation: 2020 Confirmation is April 25, at 5:00 pm.

 

"Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit - his actions, his gifts, and his biddings - in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life. To this end catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community. The latter bears special responsibility for the preparation of confirmands."

- Catechism of the Catholic Church 1309

 

Solid preparation for the sacrament of confirmation, both at home and in the parish, is vital to those seeking the sacrament of confirmation. 

  • Students need to already have been baptized before they can be confirmed. 
    • Please fill out the candidate and sponsor registration forms found below and return them by the due date.
  • Holy Family holds three sessions preparing students and their sponsors for the sacrament.  There is a make-up session for those who miss one of the earlier sessions.
    • Parents are welcome and encouraged to accompany their child and child's sponsor to any of the sessions if they would like to do so.
  • The Diocese of Evansville requires students to write a letter to the bishop.
    • Don't worry, we will explain how to write the letter at one of the student-sponsor preparation sessions.  The letters are turned in to Holy Family electronically and submitted to the bishop as a group.
  • The Diocese of Evansville requires students to attend a confirmation retreat.  To make this requirement easier for families with busy schedules Holy Family provides many options for this.  Students can attend either during their freshmen or or during their sophomore years of high school to meet this requirement. 
    • We strongly recommend attending the Net Ministries retreat. Details for this year's retreat are in the schedule below. Contact the Director to register.
    • The Diocese holds a Confirmation Spectacular retreat annually at St. Joseph Parish in Jasper on a Saturday in February. Details for this year's retreat are in the schedule below.  Contact the Director to register.
    • Students can also attend retreats during the summer through the Saint John Bosco Youth Ministry.
  • The Diocese of Evansville requires students complete service prior to their confirmation.  Service and prayer are integral parts of preparation for the sacrament of confirmation.
    • Holy Family is not going to monitor the candidates' progress in serving the community any more than we would monitor their progress growing in prayer.  That doesn't mean that prayer and service aren't important.  It just means that the students are old enough to motivate themselves to pray or serve others as well as explore the ways they are uniquely gifted to serve others.  There is no threshold of minimum hours required.  There is no paperwork to be signed by a supervisor or a parent and returned to the parish.  There is no need to inform the parish of specific projects or progress.  Service should be done without compensation.  

If you have questions or concerns about any of these, please feel free to contact the Director of Religious Education.  He will be happy to work with you to address your family's needs in preparation for the sacraments.  If a student has not met the requirements for preparation an interview with the Director can be scheduled.  You can reach Joseph H Munning IV at [email protected] or 812-482-3076 ex 304. 

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