Confirmation

At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).

Preparation for Confirmation is a two-year journey.

The first step is to enroll in the program. To enroll click the Confirmation Registration button on the left.

Parents and student will be advised of the date and time of the first class, which generally is set for one of the last Sundays in August. The first session will be held in the Saint Albert the Great School gymnasium. Parents are required to attend. In order to complete registration for Confirmation, please bring your child's baptismal certificate to the first session.  

Please note: Students who attended Bishop Manogue High School as Freshman may begin the Confirmation program as a Sophomore. You will receive one year of credit for the religion classes that you took your Freshman year. Students attending public High School will need to begin the Confirmation program in the 9th grade if you wish to be confirmed as a Sophomore.

Those who wish to be confirmed at Saint Albert the Great must be registered members of the parish.

First Year Confirmation Students (CI) 

First year students must be entering the 9th Grade (Freshman) or above in the current/upcoming school year. All first year students must attend all Youth Ministry nights and the Youth Rally held at Bishop Manogue High School in the Spring. Check the calendar for specific dates and times.

Second Year Confirmation Students (CII)

Second year students who plan on being confirmed in the Spring must be entering 10th Grade (Sophomore) or above in the current/upcoming school year. 

  • must have received the first two sacraments of initiation: Baptism and Eucharist,
  • must attend all Youth Ministry nights on Sunday evenings (three absences allowed.) A parent and/or godparent must also attend.
  • must attend all Confirmation classes. A parent and/or godparent must also attend.
  • must complete a minimum of 40 community service hours of which 8 must take place at Saint Albert's. Bishop Manogue students must complete 20 hours.
  • must attend at least one approved retreat within the two years of preparation,
  • must have an approoved sponsor (a practicing Catholic who has been confirmed). Parents cannot sponsor their children. Siblings may, if they have received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, & Confirmation.) Godparents might be considered to be sponsors. 

The specific date for Confirmation will be determined and announced as soon as it has been determined. The date is dependent on the Bishop's schedule as well as the parish's schedule.

The Confirmation fee is $75 per student per year and covers the cost of the retreat for CII's and the Youth Rally for CI's as well as other expenses that occur throughout the year. 

For further information you may email the Director of Youth Ministry or call (775) 747-0722.

 

 

"For on him the Father, God, has set his seal" (John 6:27).

Saint Albert the Great Confirmation

To enroll in the Confirmation Preparation program please complete the registration form:

Confirmation Registration