Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.
Confirmation is an essential part of our faith life yet so often it becomes part of a 'check list" or treated as a "graduation." Our Church is losing teens by the droves and we ask ourselves, why? Matthew Kelly says that of the one million Catholics confirmed each year 85% of them will no longer be practicing within seven years. The reality is that Confirmation is only the beginning of our spiritual life within the Church. Here at St. Pius X we want our youth to be prepared to continue to stay faithful Catholics past their time in Confirmation and in high school.
We have created a program that we feel will help prepare our teens to stay in the Church throughout high school and beyond. Our program focuses on relational ministry and large group catechesis. Relational ministry is building positive and impactful relationships between the core(volunteers) and our youth. As we build these relationships we are able to go deeper in our teachings with them as they begin to trust us.
Our meetings are not classes. We know that teenagers nowadays are not responding this type of environment. They want something more than another two hours of school. In our program we focus on large group teaching where we break open a teaching each week using games, skits, talks, small groups, and prayer. Then at the end of the evening we have food and fellowship. All of this comes together to provide a provide an environment where the youth can have opportunity to encounter Christ in many different ways.
This journey begins in the 7th grade and ends in 8th grade with the youth being Confirmed. We highly encourage those seeking Confirmation to start within this timeline. But our program is open to all who need Confirmation from 7th grade to 12 grade. We want to make sure every youth has this opportunity and none fall through the cracks.
Youth from private catholic schools, private schools, public schools and home schools are included in this program. We do not have separate requirements for these different groups of youth because we want them all to come together as one parish for our Confirmation program. Each of these groups of teenagers bring something different to our group and help enhance it. Confirmation is a communal Sacrament where the focus of the preparation and giving of the Sacrament is in the parish community.
Our goal through this is for our youth to develop a personal relationship with Christ. This is where true and long lasting conversion takes place. We would love to be a part of this journey with your teenager. On the side bar you will find our schedule for Confirmation Meetings as well all of the documents required for Confirmation. For any questions please contact Ryan Buchanan via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.