Confirmation, 2021 and 2022
Congratulations to all those confirmed in May 2021! A big thank you to all the leaders, parents, sponsors, and everyone who made the liturgy possible.
Confirmation in 2022 is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, at St. Mary at 6:00 pm.
Preparation for Confirmation will take place primarily in our grade-based small groups. Please register for Jr. High or High School Ministry! All teens are encouraged to register for Summer Small Groups: Summer Ministry 2021. Our registration for 2021-2022 will open in late summer.
At St. Mary, we prepare teens for Confirmation in 7th and 8th grade and generally celebrate the sacrament with 8th grade. If your teen is past 8th grade and they desire to receive the sacrament, please contact youth minister Jeffrey Kremer!
Information on the Sacrament:
For more information or questions please contact the parish office at 937-557-1711, or contact Jeffrey Kremer, youth minister, at [email protected] (For adults who have never been confirmed, please contact Chris Stier DRE at [email protected] or 937-557-1711 extension 102.
Preparation for Confirmation consists of regularly attending teen faith formation (small groups), preparation of the student by the parent, a mini-retreat for students, a few sessions specifically for candidates and their sponsors, Confirmation discernment interviews, and a letter written to Father Manning, requesting the sacrament.
1285 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."
90 LG 11; Cf. OC, Introduction 2.