High School Confirmation


What is Confirmation?

In the sacrament of Baptism we are born into a new life by which we become adopted children of the Father, members of Jesus Christ’s body (the Church) and temples of the Holy Spirit.

In the Sacrament of Confirmation (also known as Chrismation), our Baptism is completed, strengthened and deepened by a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit like that granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be bold missionaries and defenders of the faith through gifts of service to the degree that we are ready and willing to do so.

Confirmation roots us more deeply as children of God, unites us more firmly to Christ, strengthens our bond with the Church, links us more closely with her mission, and helps us to witness to the faith in words and actions.

Both Baptism and Confirmation imprint a permanent spiritual mark of belonging to Christ upon the recipient’s soul.

What is required to receive Confirmation?

Candidates for the sacrament of Confirmation must profess the Catholic Faith, be in a state of grace, have the intentions of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to be disciples and witnesses to Christ in all parts of their lives.

Baptized teenagers of Saint Joachim’s Church have to attend a special two year program for Confirmation preparation. In order to register the candidates must be at least 14years old and attend 9 grade in High School. Candidates will not be able to register with our a copy of their baptismal certificate.

Candidates and their parents must sign a “code of conduct” that outlines basic expectations in behavior and clothing.

Unbaptized teenagers should register for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. Youth Catechumens must be at least 14years old and attend 9 grade in High School.

Candidates for Confirmation and Catechumens must choose a sponsor and a patron saint during their first year of preparation for the sacrament.

Registration Information

Registration for Confirmation will begin May 1, 2019  and will end on July 31. To enroll to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, a candidate must be a freshman in high school. Forms are available in the Youth Ministry Office. Registration fee is $55.00 (per candidate/per year) starting on July 1st a  late fee of $20.00 will apply (registrations received starting Thursday, August 1st will be charged an additional $10.00 late fee and will be accepted upon availability). NO  exceptions!

Registration packets are available to pick up at the Youth Ministry Office during office hours.

Youth Ministry Office Business Hours

Tues, Wed & Fri 10:00am to 4:00pm

(OPEN on Mondays during May, June and July)

Thurs 1:00pm to 7:00pm

Mon, Sat, Sun & Holidays CLOSED

Important Upcoming Dates

Confirmation Registration- Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Confirmation Orientation: Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Holy Spouses Hall. For  1st year candidates at 12:00pm in English and at 1:00pm in Spanish (1st year candidates will pick up their book, bible and shirt after orientation). For 2nd year candidates at 2:30pm in English and at 4pm Spanish.

Confirmation Kick-Off: Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm at Holy Spouses Hall with performance by Joe Melendrez.

Confirmation Holy Hour: Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 7pm-8pm at the church.

Class Times: Thursday 6:15pm-8:00pm & Sunday 6:45pm-8:30pm

Rite of Welcoming for 1st Year Candidates: Saturday, October 19, 2019 during the 5pm and 6:30pm Masses. Candidates must check in 45min before the Mass of their choice in room 21. Candidate will not be able to check in with out sponsor being present.

Candidate and Sponsor Retreats: English Retreats 10/12/19 & 11/10/19 Spanish Retreats 10/13/19 & 11/9/19 all retreats will start at 9am and will be held at Holy Spouses Hall. Candidates and sponsors must attend the retreat they register for.

Last Parent and Sponsor Meeting for 2nd year candidates – Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 6:30pm Eng. and 7:30pm Span in Holy Spouses Hall.  CHILDCARE will NOT be available. Candidates DON’T need to attend.

Rite of Election for 2nd Year Candidates: Saturday, January 11, 2020 during the 5pm and 6:30pm Masses. Candidates must check in 45min before the Mass of their choice in room 21. Candidate will not be able to check in with out sponsor being present.

1st Year Candidate Retreat 2/1/20 (Sunday Candidates from 9am to 4:00pm at Holy Spouses Hall) & 2/2/20 (Thursday Candidates from 9am to 4:00pm at Holy Spouses Hall)

Last Parent & Sponsor Meeting for 1st year candidates – Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 6:30pm Eng. and 7:30pm Span in Holy Spouses Hall. CHILDCARE will NOT be available. Candidates DON’T need to attend.

Rite of Penance – Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 6:30pm in the church. Candidates and sponsors must be present. *Pending Bishop’s approval

Confirmation Practice – Friday, March 6, 2020 at 4:30pm in the church. Candidates and sponsors must be present. *Pending Bishop’s approval

Confirmation Day Sunday, March 8, 2020- Spanish Mass at 2:15pm and English Mass at 5:00pm. Candidates and sponsors must report to Holy Spouses Hall 2 hours before their assigned Mass. *Pending Bishop’s approval

Parent Workshops
Tuesdays: 9/3/19, 10/1/19, 11/5/19, 12/3/19, 1/21/20 & 2/4/20. These workshops will be held in room 41 (Eng) and at Holy Spouses Hall (Span) starting at 7pm. Childcare will be available in both locations. Parents or guardians must attend 3 workshops per year.

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