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, 2018  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 $45.00 (per candidate/per year) starting on July 1st a  late fee of $15.00 will apply (registrations received starting Wednesday, 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- Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Confirmation Orientation: Sunday, August 26, 2018 12:00pm (1st Year) 1:00pm (2nd Year) in English and  at 2pm (1st Year) 4pm (2nd Year) Spanish at Holy Spouses Hall

Open House: Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 4pm – 7pm (1st year candidates will pick up their book, bible and shirt)

1st day of class: Thursday, September 6th at 6:15pm or Sunday, September 9th at 6:45pm

Rite of Welcoming for 1st Year Candidates: Saturday, October 20, 2018 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 10/6/18 & 11/4/18 Spanish Retreats 10/7/18 & 11/3/18 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 5, 2018 at 6:30pm Eng. and 7:30pm Span in Holy Spouses Hall. NO CHILDCARE will be available. Candidates DON’T need to participate.

1st Year Candidate Retreat 2/2/19 (Sunday Candidates from 9am to 4:00pm at Holy Spouses Hall) & 2/3/19 (Thursday Candidates from 9am to 4:00pm at Holy Spouses Hall)

Last Parent & Sponsor Meeting for 1st year candidates – Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 6:30pm Eng. and 7:30pm Span in Holy Spouses Hall. NO CHILDCARE will be available. Candidates DON’T need to participate.

Rite of Penance – Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 6:30pm in the church. Candidates and sponsors must be present.

Confirmation Practice – Friday, March 15, 2019 at 4:30pm in the church. Candidates and sponsors must be present.

Confirmation Day Sunday, March 17, 2019- 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.

Parent Workshops
Tuesdays: 9/4/18, 10/2/18, 11/6/18, 12/4/18, 1/15/19 & 2/5/19. 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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