Confirmation for my child

  • Confirmation


    Our Confirmation Program involves 10 hours of study for Juniors in high school to prepare them to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation as mandated by the Archdiocese of New Orleans.



    Confirmation is the Sacrament in which one is enriched by the gift of the Holy Spirit and “more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.” (CCC 1285)  Like the Apostles, this “special strength” urges the confirmed to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, missioned to work for the building up of the Kingdom of God here on earth. It is the Sacrament in which one enters into full membership in the Catholic Church.  The Sacrament of Confirmation is required for some roles in the life of the Church, i.e. Holy Orders, entrance into consecrated life and serving as a sponsor for baptism or Confirmation.  It is not, however, required for the sacrament of holy matrimony.
    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 . . . in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life. (CCC 1309)  In the Archdiocese of New Orleans confirmation is to be celebrated in the eleventh grade.  All parishes within the archdiocese are to adhere to this grade in establishing preparation programs for confirmation.
    Every baptized person not yet confirmed and only such a person is capable of receiving confirmation.  In order to provide for suitable instruction, the periods of preparation are established as:

    1. Ongoing Faith Formation includes infancy and adolescence.  During this period all young people should be actively participating in faith formation either at a Catholic school or in a parish catechetical program to further develop the formation that they are receiving from their parents, who are the primary teachers of the faith.
    1. Sacramental Preparation includes the period of parish based sacramental catechesis specific to the Sacrament of Confirmation.  A Christian does not live as a child of God through his or her own efforts alone, but through the grace of God.  We see this in a practical way when we look back on our own lives and the lives of others, even the lives of saints.  Therefore it is our duty to seek grace that God offers us in order to live our lives as Christians in the way that God intends.
      We are looking forward to sharing this journey of faith with you as you prepare to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.  Confirmation preparation involves learning, sharing, serving, fellowship, spiritual growth and fun!  You will be given the opportunity to learn more about your Catholic faith and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.