Confirmation Exploration - Preparation and Integration
7th and 8th Grade Faith Formation
We use an RCIA model for confirmation exploration, formation, reflection, and mission, called "Confirmed In A Faithful Community."* This model invites members of the community to share their faith journeys and spiritual practice with the candidates.
During the Sacrament of Confirmation, we invite the Holy Spirit to be at the center of our lives, leading and guiding us. The celebration of Confirmation is a way of ritualistically proclaiming a deepening friendship with the Spirit and a spiritual community.During the second year they continue to consciously develop their relationship with the Holy Spirit. and their desire to be confirmed as ones guided by God's Holy Spirit. During this year candidates intentionally reflect on the life and mission of Jesus and on living in the reign of God. The Confirmation candidates do service and continue to grow their hearts, listen more deeply and open their eyes to the significance of choosing to live as a friend of the Holy Spirit. The Confirmandi prepare for receiving the sacrament and being empowered to join the work of God's Spirit, making all things new.
After confirmation, the youth are encouraged to fully integrate into the life of the community in co-creating God's reign on earth. They are invited to become active members in all aspects of the social justice and liturgical life of the community.
What age for Confirmation? In the Jewish tradition a youth becomes a Bar or Bah Mitzvah at 13 years old. In the diocese teens are confirmed at 16 years old. My cousin's daughter was just confirmed as a freshman in college. In the Diocese Confirmation normally occurs in the Spring of 7th or 8th grade (which for most kids are the ages 13 and 14.) At St. Cronan, we encourage the youth to be at least 13 at the time of Confirmation.