Confirmation

Confirmation

Head / Point of Contact:  Tina Ford (tford100@comcast.net)

Charter / Mission:  The Confirmation Ministry members prepare our 8th graders to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The program is a year-long period of preparation which focuses on the commitment that these young people will make to move from a parental-guided Faith to one of self-commitment.

Activities include a period December through March, during which the confirmation class meets for a series of discussion about the sacrament itself, its rich tradition, and evangelization. It culminates with a series of final learning sessions that include an essay to the Archbishop describing their commitment, and a final test, administered by the team. A Rainbow Retreat, strictly for the candidates and youth peer ministers, focuses on discussions of the gifts of the Holy Spirit and personal commitment going forward.

Our Confirmation Team is coordinated by Tina Ford, with Walter Mollineaux; and Matthew Mollineaux assisting. The Retreat Team is made up of Nora Gilliland, Joanie Gilliland, Rebecca Gilliland, John Gilliland, Barbara Chekijian and , Anne Manger..

Skills and Interests of Members:

  • Committing to and using the gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Looking at life in the context of our Faith

Meeting Times/Assignment Frequency:

  •   A 10-session period from November through March, during which the confirmation class meets on Tuesday nights for a series of discussions about the sacrament itself, its rich tradition, and evangelization.
  • The Rainbow Retreat, which is strictly for the confirmation candidates and a team of high school juniors who give talks on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and leads small group sharing time.
  • 20 hours of social service. This period is culminated with an essay on what the activity taught the confirmation candidate about how Jesus would have addressed the same event.

What does our Ministry need today?

  • We are looking for people to help with the process. We need young adults and youth ministers, who will share their stories of commitment, and support the instructors. We also need help facilitating the actual Confirmation Ceremony.