"But you will receive

POWER

when the Holy Spirit comes upon you."

CONFIRMATION 2020

ACTS 1:8
"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 (UPDATED IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19):

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 at our High School Youth Ministry, IMPACT which meets on Sunday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the PAC, is required PRIOR TO MARCH 1 unless teens are enrolled in Catholic School for the 2019-2020 school year. 

ALL TEENS AND FAMILIES PREPARING FOR CONFIRMATION ARE REQUIRED TO USE THE CHOSEN ONLINE VIDEO RESOURCES LINKED BELOW. ONCE THE VIDEO ASSIGNMENTS HAVE BEEN COMPLETED, PARENTS WILL VERIFY TEENS PARTICIPATION BY COMPLETING THE PARENT LESSON FORM. PLEASE SEE THE LIST OF REQUIRED LESSONS UNDER "ONLINE CONFIRMATION PREP" LINKED ABOVE.


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 record of enrollment and attendance at IMPACT (SVdP High School Youth Ministry) or equivalent PRIOR TO MARCH 1

SVdP Program Requirements for Confirmation Preparation

(UPDATED IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19):

 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 2019-2020 religious education year.

  • Regularly attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation (PRIOR TO MARCH 1)

  • Participate in regular Youth Ministry & Religious Education activities (IMPACT Youth Nights) with at least 80% attendance for the 2 academic years prior to the Confirmation date (typically 9th & 10th grade) (PRIOR TO MARCH 1)

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

  • Participate in Super Sunday 1 & 2 and completion of online video requirement below OR completion of both required AND optional videos if candidate missed Super Sunday 1 or 2. 

  • Participate in a Confirmation Retreat (CURRENTLY CANCELLED. MORE DETAILS ON A MAKE-UP RETREAT WILL BE RELEASED AT A LATER TIME. FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION VISIT THE CONFIRMATION RETREAT PAGE)

  • Completion of a Confirmation interview with James Longoria, Fr. Ed Koharchik, a deacon, or another Confirmation preparation leader. (ONLINE INTERVIEW INFORMATION COMING SOON)

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

Important Dates for 2020 Confirmation Preparation

(UPDATED IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19):

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 2019-2020 religious education year.

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

  • Sunday, January 12 – Confirmation Parent Meeting, 3 PM – 4:30 PM, SVdP PAC
    Sunday, February 9 – Super Sunday 1, 3 PM – 4:45 PM, SVdP PAC
    Sunday, March 1 – Super Sunday 2, 3 PM – 4:45 PM, SVdP PAC

    Sunday, May 31 – DEADLINE FOR COMPLETION OF ALL ONLINE CHOSEN VIDEO RESOURCES

 

THE 2020 CONFIRMATION RETREAT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. A MAKE-UP DATE HAS YET TO BE DETERMINED. PLEASE STAY TUNED TO THIS WEBSITE FOR THE LATEST UPDATES. 

 

CONFIRMATION MASS, ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR MAY 3, 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ALL SPRING 2020 CONFIRMATION DATES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED BY THE DIOCESE OF AUSTIN. PLEASE STAY TUNED TO THIS WEBSITE FOR THE LATEST UPDATES. 

Forms and Resources for Confirmation Candidates

PLEASE REFER TO THE INFORMATION FOUND ON THIS WEBSITE FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE SCHEDULES, PREP PRACTICES AND REQUIREMENTS FOR CONFIRMATION IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19. THE DATES IN THE FULL REGISTRATION PACKET LINKED BELOW NO LONGER APPLY.

Confirmation 2020 Full Registration Packet

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

ABOUT US

Ever feel like you're being called to something more? Are you a teen or a parent of a teen who is looking for a community to help you discover who you really are? Join us for Mass and for Youth Ministry each Sunday. 

CONTACT

(512) 255-1389

 

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

 

james@svdpparish.org

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