At Confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.
"Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1316)
Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:
"Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ." (no. 11)
As its name indicates, the sacrament of Confirmation strengthens the individual and makes them firm in their faith. It brings the person to that perfect age, no matter what their physical age, to receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit in order to defend and extend the good news of the Kingdom. All Catholic Christians should receive the Sacrament of Confirmation to complete their communion with Christ.
Confirmation finishes the rites of initiation started in Baptism, and like the apostles at Pentecost, Confirmation anoints a person in a special way with the Holy Spirit.
St. Joseph's Confirmation program seeks to provide high school teenagers with the theological and spiritual foundation that will inspire them to live their faith with courage and zeal. It also helps high school teens encounter a personal relationship with God as they learn more about their Catholic faith. In the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Confirmation typically occurs around the age of 15.
Our Confirmation program consists of a minimum of two consecutive years in Faith Formation. Any high school teen aged 14 - 16 (grades 9 - 11) who has been baptized is welcome to begin preparation for this Sacrament. Any teen starting the Confirmation program at age 17 (grade 12) is directed to the RCIA program.
Requirements for Confirmation:
For Year 1 students: provide the student’s Birth certificate from the county, Baptismal certificate, and First Holy Communion certificate. Note that if the student needs both the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and Confirmation, he/she needs the Birth certificate and Baptismal certificates only.
For Year 2 students: Parents need to re-enroll and fill out new forms
Attend retreats in Year 1 and Year 2 (Year 2 students will have to attend 2 retreats during the course year)
Attendance as a family for Sunday Mass is required. Student must deposit an envelope during time of collection as proof of attendance
Parents must attend Faith Formation nights with their teenage child enrolled in the program. The Faith Formation night calendar will be at the time of registration.
Students must perform 5 service hours per year
Each family must sell two booklets of raffle tickets
Attendance is important. Only three absences are allowed during the year the student is attending Confirmation classes.
Each class starts at 6:50pm. 3 tardies will count as one absence (after 15 minutes or more, there is no more admittance to class so please be on time)
The Faith Formation office is closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays when classes are in session.
Mrs. Lillian Cervantes, DRE
Phone: (909) 629-1404 ext. 4