Confirmation Preparation

General Confirmation Preparation Overview

St. Joseph Community has a 2-year preparation program for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Individuals can enroll in Year 1 of preparation as early as 9th grade (which would result in then Confirming in the spring of their 10th Grade). Preparation requirements are the same for those enrolled in Catholic High School as those enrolled in Public High School or Homeschooled. See below for Confirmation Requirements.

All families with Confirmation Candidates are automatically enrolled in the Family Formation model. Parents are the primary educators of the faith; therefore, the lesson materials provided (videos and discussions) are completed at home with a parent (and/or sponsor) and then further discussed in small groups at the parish.

Questions? Contact us at sacraments@stjosephcommunity.org or 651-423-4402.

Confirmation Material "Chosen"

Candidates will be provided a Chosen workbook, and online access to the "Chosen" videos (from Ascension Press). They will be expected to complete 2 assigned lessons a month at home before attending their monthly small group discussion. Parents and sponsors are provided guidebooks as well to further the discussion and learning of the faith and the Sacrament at home.

Confirmation 1 Lessons
1. December 13, 2023 (Video Lesson 1; Workbook Pages 1-4)
2. January 10, 2024 (Video Lessons 2-3; Workbook Pages 5-24)
3. February 7, 2024 (Video Lessons 4; Workbook Pages 25-34)
4. March 13, 2024 (Video Lessons 5-6; Workbook Pages 35-54)
5. April 10, 2024 (Video Lessons 7-8; Workbook Pages 55-74)


Confirmation 2 Lessons
1. December 13, 2023 (Video Lessons 13-14; Workbook Pages 115-134)
2. January 10, 2024 (Video Lessons 15-16; Workbook Pages 135-154)
3. February 7, 2024 (Video Lessons 17-18; Workbook Pages 155-174)
4. March 13, 2024 (Video Lessons 19-20; Workbook Pages 175-194)
5. April 10, 2024 (Video Lessons 21-22; Workbook Pages 195-214)

6. At Home (Video Lessons 23-24; Workbook Pages 215-233)

Other Key Dates

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 7:00 PM (Confirmation Discernment, St. Joseph Church)
Sunday, May 5, 2024, 10:30 AM (Confirmation Rite of Sending, St. Joseph Church)
Monday, May 20, 2024, 7:00 PM (Confirmation Mass, Cathedral of St. Paul)

Required Forms

Each Candidate is required to provide a newly issued Baptismal certificate, a sponsor form, Saint name/reflection form, and record form. Those enrolled in preparation will receive additional information about required paperwork deadlines.

Confirmation 1

  1. Retreat & Check-In Meeting Sign Up (Due by 12/15/23)
  2. Sponsor Form - Completed Online by the Sponsor (Due by 12/15/23)
  3. Saint Name Reflection (Candidate to Complete, Due (12/15/23)
  4. Reporting Volunteer Hours (Candidate to Complete (Due by 12/15/23)

Confirmation 2

  1. Record Form - This online form will be completed in Year 2 of Preparation (2023-2024)
  2. Baptismal Certificate (those NOT Baptized at St. Joseph)
    • A NEWLY issued certificate must be turned into the Parish office by 12/1/24. Photocopies or originals from time of Baptism are not accepted. Contact their Church of Baptism to request a newly issued certificate with notations.

Small Group (Monthly)

Candidates for Confirmation meet monthly during the Wednesday Family Formation session for 90 minutes. During this time, candidates will be in small groups discussing the content they have covered at home, grow in fellowship with their peers, and discuss faith topics.

Retreats

All Confirmation Candidates attend an annual Retreat hosted at St. Joseph Community by NET Ministries. Candidates are required to attend a retreat in Year 1 of preparation.

  1. St. Joseph's Church (September 30, 2023)

Other Retreat Options

  1. Net Ministries (Monthly) https://netusa.org/confirmation-retreat-weekends/
  2. Steubenville Youth Conference (July 12-14) https://steubenvilleconferences.com/events/nroch/
  3. St. Patrick’s, Inver Grove Heights (Tuesday, February 20th from 4:30-8:30 pm)

The cost is $60.00 including the meal.  Please send the paperwork (St. Patrick's Retreat Waiver) and payment to St. Patrick's by January 2nd, 2024.

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

Atten: Teresa Neuman

3535 72nd Street East

Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

 

Volunteer Service Hours

Confirmation Candidates are required to volunteer 10 hours total per preparation year.

Discernment

Prior to the Confirmation Mass, Candidates will go through a prayerful discernment process and then a final meeting with a St. Joseph Community staff member to determine the Candidate's readiness to receive the Sacrament. 


Teen or Adult with Special Needs?

Do you have a loved one with special needs looking to receive the Sacraments, but a traditional preparation program would not be ideal? Please connect with us to discuss options. Every person is unique and we want to work with you to help prepare them for the reception of the Sacraments. Contact Kyle.Finken@stjosephcommunity.org or 651-313-8464 to begin the discussion.


Teen or Adult not Baptized, Confirmed, or received First Sacraments?

Are you a teen or adult looking to prepare for one of these Sacraments? We welcome you with open arms and would be honored to be a part of your Sacramental journey. Please contact the Parish Office at 651-423-4402 or Sacraments@StJosephCommunity.org for more information about our "Order of Christian Initiation for Adults" (OCIA) program.

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