Confirmation Mass May 4, 7:00 pm !!!
Why Confirmation? Because at Pentecost, the disciples received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit! In the same way, with the same power, truth and love, Jesus Christ has always desired to pour out His Holy Spirit onto you!!
The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary to complete baptismal grace! Through Confirmation, you will be more perfectly bound to the Church. You’ll be enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit! You’ll become a true witness of Christ. And you’ll be more able and obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed! (from the CCC 1285)
In other words, you will have fully received your TRUE PURPOSE in life. And you’ll be fully equipped for your TRUE PURPOSE in life– to live as a disciple of and in relationship with Jesus Christ, God and Savior who loves you!
Why Confirmation Prep at St Thomas? Confirmation Prep at St Thomas is a purposeful, rigorous, inspiring and FUN endeavor!
Some candidates have told us it’s truly a life-changing experience! We combine face-to-face teaching, charitable works and journaling, great video teachings, very exciting and fun youth group experiences, and a SUPER retreat to create a Confirmation preparation experience that’s meaningful and engaging to teens! AND we value and support parents in their God-given role as their teen’s first teacher of the faith!
What is required of the Candidate?
1. The PRIMARY requirement of Confirmation candidates at St Thomas, is the same primary requirement of Candidates throughout the whole world– weekly attendance at Sunday Mass!!
2. The next requirement is that the baptized candidate desires, or is at least WILLING to desire the fullness of the Holy Spirit!!
3. The candidate must be willing to (with help and guidance, if needed) start to create his/ her own personal prayer life~ his/ her own time with the Lord.
4. The specific program requirements are these:
Candidate attends an approved basic catechism program (in addition to Confirmation prep)
Registration form, baptism certificate for all students, and tuition are due by September 23, 2016.
After September 30, late fees apply.
Candidate and Sponsor/ Parent attend all (6) Confirmation Prep Sessions
Candidate completes Charitable Works Hours and Journaling (instructions will be sent home at time of registration)
Candidate and Sponsor/ Parent complete On-Line Session in December
Candidate submits Confirmation Statistics Page by January 8, 2017.
Candidate has two Interviews with Father Bill
Candidate attends 3-per-semester events of The Outlet (St Thomas Jr High Youth Group) (or Village, if candidate is in High School)
Candidate attends Retreat
Confirmation Mass rehearsal and Confirmation Mass
The specific requirement details are these:
Candidates are expected to demonstrate committed attendance. Our Pastor, Father Bill has made it very clear that sports and other recreational events are NOT acceptable reasons to be absent from events.
2016- 2017 Calendar, Confirmation Sessions, start with 9:00 am Mass and go till noon
October 2, 2016
November 6, 2016
December 4, 2016 Homestudy material will be sent via email
January 8, 2017
February 5, 2017
March 5, 2017
RETREAT in APRIL, TBD
Interview Dates/ Times Sign-Up In January
Confirmation Rehearsal May 3, 6:30 PM
Confirmation Mass May 4, 7:00 pm