Confirmation is celebrated in the spring each school year and is conferred upon those in 10th-12th grade who have shown a readiness to receive the Sacrament. The date for Confirmation is Sunday, May 21, 2017. The date for Confirmation 2018 will be announced this summer.
For more information on our Confirmation program, including meeting dates continue reading below. For additional information, contact Michele McPheely, Youth Minister.
DECISION POINT is a unique Confirmation program designed by DYNAMIC CATHOLIC that we are implementing at St. Lawrence in combination with our standing Life Teen program. Decision Point, along with the spring Confirmation retreat will enhance the overall Confirmation preparation program.
The goals of this program are: to prepare young Catholics for Confirmation by presenting the genius of Catholicism in a compelling way; to demonstrate the relevance of Catholicism in every aspect of their lives; to help them develop a personal relationship with Jesus; to give young Catholics an appetite for learning more about Catholicism; to engage them in a dynamic conversation about our faith; and to convince them that no matter what happens, they should always give God and the Church a central place in their lives.
The DECISION POINT content is like nothing we have seen before for Confirmation prep. Dynamic Catholic was founded on the idea of “meeting people where they are . . . and leading them to where God is calling them to be!” With this in mind, DECISION POINT covers everything we would traditionally teach in preparing young people for Confirmation, but the program also covers a series of life issues, helping to make a powerful connection between preparing for Confirmation and the candidates’ everyday lives.
Parents, students, and sponsors can also upload the Decision Point app to their phones for free and follow along with the program. Videos can be watched, shared, and discussed at home, and parents and sponsors can be fully immersed the program as well.
Mandatory Decision Point meetings are for second year Confirmation prep students only, and will be held on Sunday evenings. . The remaining schedule for 2016-2017 is as follows:
Sunday, April 30: Decision Point (Confirmation)
Confirmation Rehearsal 2017: Saturday May 20 at 10:00 a.m.
Confirmation 2017: Sunday, May 21 at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Confirmation Retreat 2018: (dates TBA)
The Archdiocese of Atlanta requires two years of foundational sacramental preparation for the celebration of Confirmation. Consequently, students need to be enrolled in Life Teen for 9th and 10th grades in order to complete preparations for Confirmation in 10th grade. If you are enrolling for the “immediate” sacrament preparation (2nd yr) in the 2016-17 program year and you were not in St Lawrence’s Faith Formation during then 2015-16 program year, you will need to furnish a verification of attendance in a faith formation program at a Catholic Church and proof of grade in public school with your enrollment. Those who enter foundational sacramental preparation in a later grade will still need to complete two years of preparation.
Archdiocesan Guidelines for the Sacraments of Initiation state the following for Confirmation:
Youth ordinarily should have attended a Catholic school, a parish religious education program, or a home school religious education program for at least two years (normally that entails enrollment and regular participation in Life Teen in both the 9th and 10th grade years, although it can also include 10th and 11th grade or 11th and 12th grade) before enrollment in the free-standing parish Confirmation formation program. An exception to this policy may be made in such other circumstances as the Pastor deems appropriate.
The free-standing, parish-conducted Confirmation formation program must be distinguished from the ordinarily required two year prerequisite foundational religious education program (The Confirmation Retreat, held in the spring of the second year). The parish Confirmation formation program should also be of brief duration and intensely focused on the nature, effects, gifts, and fruits of the Sacrament of Confirmation as they are discussed in the Catechism.
Confirmation is, along with Baptism and the Eucharist, one of the three sacraments of Initiation. Confirmation is the mature, freely determined renewal of our baptismal vows and the personal appropriation of the gifts bestowed in Baptism, with the recognition that Confirmation is one great moment in a series of lifelong moments of deepening commitment and of appropriation of the baptismal gifts. Through an outpouring of special gifts of the Holy Spirit, Confirmation completes the grace of Baptism by confirming, or “sealing” the baptized person’s union with Christ and by equipping that person for active participation in the life of the church. Diocesan guidelines for Confirmation include formation (regular worship, participating in Life Nights and/or Gospel Study and other Youth Ministry programs), and immediate preparation (the Confirmation retreat).
You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses. Acts 1:8