"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 Mission Statement
St. Monica's Faith Formation program seeks to partner with families in helping make life long disciples of Jesus Christ. St. Monica's does so by teaching the richness of the Catholic Faith and creating opportunities for youth to encounter Christ in the sacramental life of the Church.
Youth typically begin preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the 7th grade, but some youth begin preparation in 8th grade or High School. After completing two consecutive years of preparation and formation, youth are fully initiated into the life of the Catholic Church through reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Youth are also expected to attend a Confirmation Retreat to prepare them spiritually for the reception of the Sacrament. At St. Monica students attend an overnight two day Confirmation Retreat called Shift which is held at the beginning of each school year. More information can be found in the Confirmation Parent Booklet.
As part of their Sacramental preparation, students are to select a Confirmation patron Saint and are also expected to perform the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. More information about each are in the student's Confirmation record booklet.
Youth are to select a Confirmation sponsor and attend a one day retreat with their Sponsor. More information can be found in the Confirmation Parent Booklet.
L1FT Confirmation meets on Sunday evenings from 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm in the Family Center small gym from September through the end of April. We begin each session with prayer, fellowship and a snack and then break up into tracts. St. Monica has a committed team of core team members who lead sessions following Ascension Press's Chosen series. For more information about L1FT, visit www.l1ftministry.org.
Families must come in person to the Church office to register their youth in our Confirmation program.
To register, one must bring a copy of your student's birth and Baptism certificates. The cost or fee for the 2016-2017 year is $175. This fee is used to cover the cost of the retreat, materials, reception, certificates, speakers and other items throughout the year.
Registration for the 2016-2017 School Year is June 1st - July 29th. During this time, the office will be open on Sundays from 10 am - 3 pm, Mondays from 9 am - 7:00 pm and Tuesday - Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm.
Due to the large volume of students being confirmed, St. Monica will host two Confirmation ceremonies in 2017:
St. Monica Parish: March 25, 2017 at 10 am
St. Monica School: March 25, 2017 at 2 pm
St. Monica Parish Rehearsal: March 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm
St. Monica School Rehearsal: March 23, 2017 at 6:30 pm