Confirmation

Just as bodies and minds grow, Catholics believe that the soul also needs to grow in the life of grace. The sacrament of Confirmation builds on the sacraments of Baptism, Penance, and Holy Communion, completing the process of initiation into the Catholic community.

Confirmation Preparation

The celebration of Confirmation is traditionally celebrated in the Spring of eleventh grade (twelfth grade is also welcome). Formal instruction in the faith is recommended. Students participate in the preparation provided for by the Religious Education Staff. Questions regarding the preparation of this sacrament for 11th and 12th graders in the religious education program and parishioners of Christ Our Light Catholic Parish can be directed to our Matt Kehrer, Coordinator of Youth Ministry and Confirmation, at 763-389-2115 or emails to mattk@christourlightmn.org

Please complete the FIRE registration to enroll into Confirmation preparation and return completed forms to the parish office.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS:

1)    Mass Attendance (Weekend and Holy Days of Obligation)

2)    FIRE (Families In Religious Education): FIRE meets on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Candidates are required to attend the first two Wednesdays of each month. As candidates, you are called to participate as learners in the faith, which includes the parish whole-community Catechesis program.

3)    Confirmation Sponsors: Sponsors for Confirmation are a confirmed, practicing Catholic who will work closely with the candidate as a mentor who will support the candidate during the journey of preparation for the Sacrament. The sponsor presents the Candidate to the Bishop during the Confirmation Mass.

4)    Confirmation Candidate Interview: You are required to connect with the coordinator regarding your intention of being confirmed through Christ Our Light. Sign up for ONE interview from the dates offered. Your Sponsor Registration Form and Confirmation Retreat Registration are due at this interview. You will sign up for an interview at the parent/student meeting during the FIRE kickoff.

5)    Confirmation Retreat: As candidates, you are required to participate in an intense study/focused reflection to deepen their faith. This retreat is designed to teach candidates about the initiation of Confirmation and the power of the Holy Spirit. If you are unable to attend Christ Our Light's Confirmation retreat in its entirety, candidates may otherwise attend a TEC retreat to fulfill this requirement. Visit www.cmtec.org for a list of retreat dates and application. *TEC has a separate cost to attend.

6)    Confirmation Sessions: Candidates will attend four sessions throughout the year. These sessions are offered twice to accommodate busy schedules. The sessions will enrich the candidates faith to gain knowledge, strengthen hearts and bring revelation. If you are absent from all opportunities to attend a session you will meet with the coordinator to discuss make-up work.

7)    Service: Confirmation empowers candidates to live the faith in a very public way – by answering the call to serve. Candidates are required to serve in the following areas: Liturgical Ministry, benefiting the parish, benefiting the community, and social justice.

8)    Learning Centers: Candidates along with a parent/guardian will participate in active learning experiences to assist them in a greater understanding of the elements of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Confirmation Retreat: Oct. 1st @ COL-North, Princeton 11:30am - 9:00pm

  • Candidates must be present for the entirety of the retreat.
  • PLEASE BRING: An open heart, casual clothes.
  • CHURCH WILL PROVIDE: All food, beverages and snacks. PLEASE NOTE: Cell phones will be collected for the duration of the retreat.
  • In case of emergency to contact us at the retreat, contact Matt Kehrer, Coordinator of Youth Ministry & Confirmation. Contact information will be provided at the parent/student meeting during the FIRE kickoff.

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RCIA (Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults)

For adults joining and returning to the faith, instruction concerning this Sacrament can be arranged through the RCIA (Rites of Christian Initiation for Adults) program. Please contact our Director of Faith Formation, Molly Weyrens, at 763-389-2115 or email her at mollyw@christourlightmn.org for details.