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"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."
CCC 1285

Confirmation is not only a milestone in the life of a Catholic for its place as a Sacrament of Initiation, but it compels and propels us to dedicate our lives as faithful witnesses of the Gospel. By preparing for the Sacrament through prayer and catechesis, and participating publicly in the celebration of the Rite of Confirmation, Catholics are saying Yes to a life defined and directed by their relationship with God. This Yes has been the hallmark of the lives of so many Saints before us. We believe that our relationship with God is the key to our happiness and holiness. 

Primary Effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation:

  • The bond with the church is strengthened which first began in baptism

  • The person is enriched with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and receives the spiritual gifts of the spirit.

 

Both of these effects perfect the grace that is first received in Baptism and helps us continue to live our baptismal call as disciples of Christ to the world.

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation: 

The High School Youth Confirmation program is a two year formation process. Candidates are typically confirmed in the second semester of their 10th grade year (or equivalent age) as long as all preparation requirements have been met. Candidates must complete a 2-year preparation process. Our high school sacrament preparation classes include discussion, social justice and spiritual projects, a weekend retreat and fellowship. Confirmation candidates are given a vast array of opportunities to live, learn, and appreciate the Catholic faith. Enrollment and attendance either virtually or in-person at our High School Youth Ministry, IMPACT, which meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the PAC, is required unless teens are enrolled in Catholic School for the 2020-2021 school year. 


Requirements for Youth Confirmation Candidacy

  • Adolescents ages 14-19 years old

  • Who are Baptized and have received Communion

  • Has completed the Confirmation I Year (9th Grade Religious Education/Youth Group)

  • *Confirmation Prep students who are not receiving Religious Education in a catholic school setting must have a record of enrollment and attendance at IMPACT (SVdP High School Youth Ministry) or equivalent

SVdP Program Requirements for Confirmation Preparation:

 Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation are expected to participate fully in each way listed below. Failure to meet these requirements will result in loss of Confirmation eligibility for the 2020-2021 religious education year.

  • Regularly attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation (Virtual Attendance is Acceptable)

  • Participate in regular Youth Ministry & Religious Education activities (IMPACT Youth Nights, virtual or in-person) with at least 80% attendance for the 2 academic years prior to the Confirmation date (typically 9th & 10th grade)

  • Turn in all registration, retreat, and service hour paperwork on time (see below).

  • Participate in VIRTUAL or IN-PERSON Confirmation Preparation sessions beginning Sunday, January 17, 2021. Additional dates available below.

  • Participate in a Confirmation Retreat (CURRENTLY POSTPONED FOR 2021 DUE TO COVID 19) PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR UPDATED RETREAT INFORMATION.

  • Completion of a Confirmation interview with James Longoria, Fr. Ed Koharchik, a deacon, or another Confirmation preparation leader. (ONLINE INTERVIEW SCHEDULE WILL OPEN FEBRUARY 1)

  • Show a desire for, understanding of, and readiness for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

Important Dates for 2021 Confirmation Preparation:

Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation are expected to participate fully in each way listed below. Failure to meet these requirements will result in loss of Confirmation eligibility for the 2020-2021 religious education year.

*All dates subject to change with the exception of Confirmation Mass, highlighted in red. 

  • Monday, January 11, – Confirmation Parent Meeting Option 1, 6 PM - 7 PM, Virtual

  • Tuesday, January 12, – Confirmation Parent Meeting Option 2, 6 PM - 7 PM, Virtual

  • Sunday, January 16, – Confirmation Parent Meeting Option 3, 2 PM - 3 PM, Virtual & In-person, SVdP PAC
     

  • Sunday, January 17 – Super Sunday 1, 3 PM – 4:45 PM, SVdP PAC

  • Sunday, January 24 – Super Sunday 2, 3 PM – 4:45 PM, SVdP PAC

  • Sunday, February 7 – Super Sunday 3, 3 PM – 4:45 PM, SVdP PAC

  • Sunday, February 21 – Super Sunday 4, 3 PM – 4:45 PM, SVdP PAC

  • Sunday, March 7 – Super Sunday 5, 3 PM – 4:45 PM, SVdP PAC

  • Sunday, March 21 – Super Sunday 6, 3 PM – 4:45 PM, SVdP PAC

  • Sunday, April 4 – Super Sunday 7, 3 PM – 4:45 PM, SVdP PAC

  • Sunday, April 18 – Super Sunday 8, 3 PM – 4:45 PM, SVdP PAC

  • Sunday, May 2 – Super Sunday 9, 3 PM – 4:45 PM, SVdP PAC

  • Sunday, May 9 – Confirmation Rehearsal, 3 PM – 4:45 PM, SVdP Church

  • Sunday, May 16 – Confirmation Mass, Candidates Arrive at 4 PM, SVdP PAC

Forms and Resources for Confirmation Candidates

Confirmation 2021 Online Registration Forms Available by Clicking HERE!

Including Registration, Retreat, Sponsor Forms, Service Hour Forms, and Parent Information

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(512) 255-1389

 

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church
9500 Neenah Avenue 
Austin, TX 78717

 

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