Baptism, the Eucharist, and the Sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the sacraments of Christian initiation. The reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. 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.
……..From the Catechism of the Catholic Church
OPPORTUNITIES to prepare for the reception the Sacrament of Confirmation:
- Youth Confirmation program
- Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults – RCIA.
The youth Confirmation program is open to all baptized Catholic students who are entering into their freshman year of high school. Those being confirmed in youth Confirmation programs in the Diocese of Oakland should receive the sacrament by the age of sixteen (16). (NDC p.122) * (Diocese Oakland Confirmation Standards, 2010)
Confirmation candidates attend approximately eight months of classes during which they study Hebrew and Christian scriptures, discuss what it means to be confirmed a Catholic Christian and what is asked of Catholic Christians in terms of worship and living the Christian life. Candidates attend a weekend-away retreat and an overnight retreat at the parish site aimed at helping the candidates to deepen their Catholic Christian faith. In addition, each candidate is required to attend the mass regularly during the program year and complete a minimum of 25 hours of service. The program, offered every other year, begins in September and concludes in May. Classes meet every other week on Sundays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Reception of Confirmation is usually scheduled for sometime in April or May.
CONFIRMATION LEADERSHIP TEAM
For more information, contact Carol Valladao at the parish office at 510.525.0876.