Confirmation

In the early Church Baptism and Confirmation were celebrated in a single ceremony. It is still done this way in the churches of the East. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of the West, the two sacraments gradually separated. The Church in the West wanted the bishop to complete a person’s initiation. As the Church grew and the bishops ministered over ever larger territories, the bishop could not be present for every Baptism. So began the custom of gathering groups of baptized Catholics together later so that the bishop could confirm them all at one time. In the process over time the reception of the Eucharist came before the celebration of Confirmation.

Just as Baptism gives new life, Eucharist nourishes life, and Reconciliation restores life when it is broken, Confirmation strengthens that life by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is about strengthening what God has given, and continues to give, to his sons and daughters.

Baptism marks the start of our relationship with Christ. Our soul is changed permanently, and one is filled with God’s grace. Through Confirmation, the Holy Spirit strengthens these graces, gives you more of them, and seals them all inside you. This brings you closer to Christ and better prepares you to face the daily challenges of Christian life.

Receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, the Christian’s relationship with God is made stronger. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are strengthened: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. In this way the Christian is equipped to become a better witness to Christ in the world.

In Confirmation the Christian becomes more closely united with Christ. With the strengthening of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit the Christian is able to accept new responsibilities for witnessing Jesus to the world.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is not the Catholic equivalent to the Jewish bar mitzvah. Confirmation is not a “coming of age” celebration. True, most young people are just beginning to pass into early adulthood when they receive the sacrament. But Confirmation is not about coming of age. Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation does not mark the end of formal religious education. We never outgrow a need for a deeper knowledge and appreciation of our faith.

The Sacrament of Confirmation is not a rite of passage, nor a graduation from religion class, nor a ratification of a personal faith choice. Rather, it’s all about what God is doing for his beloved daughters and sons.

And what is God doing? Strengthening the divine life which he gave at Baptism, nourishing us in the Eucharist, and reconciling with us in Penance. Why? So that the individual can better defend and witness to the faith through the gifts and workings of the Holy Spirit. And there are—and will be—many situations where we are called upon to defend and witness to our faith. And we need all the help we can get!


 

Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world.   We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.

 

Confirmation is usually administered to young people in tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade who are ready to take on a more adult role in the Church. These candidates for Confirmation were usually baptized as infants and must now accept the Catholic faith as their own and make a commitment to live it out with God's help. Most confirmands participate in one or two years of preparation classes before receiving the sacrament.

Adults joining the Catholic Church also receive the sacrament of Confirmation after baptism and a period of instruction. They, too, must freely accept the Catholic faith and commit to practicing it at all times.

In the United States the designated age for Confirmation is between the ages of discretion and the age 16. In order to be confirmed a person

  1. must have reached the age of discretion, which is defined as about the age of seven;
  2. profess the Catholic faith and desire to receive the sacrament;
  3. be in a state of grace;
  4. be ready to live as a witness to Jesus Christ.

A bishop is the usual celebrant of the Sacrament of Confirmation. During the celebration of Confirmation, the bishop extends his hands over those to be confirmed and calls upon God: “Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their helper and guide.” Then each person to be confirmed is anointed with chrism on the forehead as the bishop says, “Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.”

 

A New Confirmation Candidate? Welcome!


Are you going into the ninth grade?  Would you like to begin the process of Confirmation?  Be sure to explore our website with a great deal of information.

We believe that we are in partnership with the families in the confirmation preparation.  Our mission is to help in the formation of the young church.  Together with their families the young church will be involved in worship, taking servant leadership in liturgical ministries.  The young church and their families will go to catechetical sessions together six times each year.   Teens will reflect on their experiences of service to God’s people.  Part of our mission is to have reflection time in the form of retreats.  Together let us build a strong and meaningful church for our teens and their families.  At the sacrament of Confirmation, we will celebrate what is–teens who are committed disciples of Jesus Christ.  We will have family informational sessions in late August for the candidates who will be going into 9th grade (or older) in September 2020.

Click here for the CONFIRMATION CHECKLIST

Requirements

  • Attend a family information session
    • In late August
  • Attend 12 sessions throughout the 2 years
  • Attend 2 retreats (one each year)
  • Be involved in aliturgical ministry throughout the 2 years
  • Attend the 4rites and rituals throughout the 2 years
  • Attend 4 Youth Ministry activities throughout the 2 years (at least two each year)
  • Complete aservice project reflection by the end of the second year.

 

Adult Confirmation 

The Adult Confirmation process is a fun interactive opportunity for Catholics who have not had the opportunity to receive the sacrament of Confirmation to complete their full initiation into the Catholic Church.  This ten-week process emphasizes the basics of Catholic teaching respecting the adult audience’s many concerns, questions and responsibilities.  Some of the topics include the Trinity, sacraments, prayer, and morality. The last session is a retreat-like evening of prayer, reflecting on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Sessions are weekly, in the evening, during the winter months. The Confirmation celebration takes place annually, during the Easter season, and is arranged in accordance with the Bishop’s calendar.  We are taking information for the the sessions that will begin Winter 2020.

To express your interest in Adult Confirmation 2020, please complete and submit the Adult Confirmation Interview Form.

In light of the health crisis, click here to see all of our sessions

Requirements for Adult Confirmation Preparation 

  • A Roman Catholic adult who has received first Eucharist.
    •    A copy of Baptismal Certificate
    •    One must select a sponsor to accompany them in the preparation process.

Requirements for Sponsors 
•    A sponsor must be a confirmed Catholic who lives their faith and is willing to accept the privilege of supporting their candidate during the Confirmation preparation and beyond.
•    A sponsor may not be the candidate’s parent.

For more information on the sacrament of Confirmation please contact;

 

Jaime Gutierrez, Youth Confirmation Coordinator

 

Fr. Richard Vega, Adult Conformation Coordinator

Join us on Instagram!
 
Youth Ministry: @sfryouthministry
 
 
 
For more information, go to "Office of Youth Ministry" under the About Us tab.
 

If you have any questions, please call:

Miss Jamie Gutierrez
Youth Minister

(626) 969-1829, Extension 123

We are excited to embark on a new year with you and your family! This email will provide you with a family registration where you can register multiple students (must be siblings) for our Religious Education program. 

Please follow the steps to register your child for either First Communion or Confirmation. 

 

Registration: Click here to for our online registration form

 

Payment: Please make sure you at least make the requested deposit of $30 per student to finalize your registration. 

            

Debit/ Credit  Click here for our St. Frances of Rome Paypal

            (please include your child's name and program)

            

Cash or check you may visit our office on 5th and Soldano: 

Office Hours

Monday- Thursday

10am-4pm

 

Sunday Satellite office at Mass

9am-2pm

 

You may also drop off your payment in an envelope with your child’s name on it and program in our mail slot on our wooden door facing Soldano at any time. 

(you will receive a phone call confirming that it was received)

 

Documents: Please provide the office with a copy of your child's documents requested. Birth certificate, Baptism and First Communion.

 

Email: You may send a scan or a clear picture of your documents to the following emails.

First Communion: jmunoz@sfrchurch.org

 

Confirmation: jamie@sfrchurch.org

 

Monday- Thursday

10am-4pm

 

Sunday Satellite office at Mass

9am-2pm

 

You may also drop off a copy of your documents in an envelope with your child’s name on it and program in our mail slot on our wooden door facing Soldano at any time. 

(you will receive a phone call confirming that it was received)

 

After your registration has been received and completed with payment and documents requested you will be contacted with more information in regards to your childs session. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office (626)969-1829 or email us at 

First Communion: jmunoz@sfrchurch.org

Confirmation: jamie@sfrchurch.org

 

We thank you so much and look forward to this year with you!

 

SPANISH

Estamos emocionados de empezar este año con usted y su familia! Este correo electrónico le proporcionará un registro familiar donde puede registrar varios estudiantes (deben ser hermanos) para nuestro programa de Educación Religiosa. 

Por favor, siga los pasos para registrar a su hijo para la Primera Comunión o la Confirmación. 

 

Inscripción: Haga clic aquí para nuestro formulario de inscripción en línea

 

El pago: Por favor, asegúrese de hacer al menos el depósito solicitado de 30 dólares por estudiante para finalizar su inscripción. 

            

Débito/crédito Haga clic aquí para nuestra página de Paypal para Sta Francisca de Roma para hacer su pago

            (por favor incluya el nombre de su hijo y el programa)

            

En efectivo o con cheque puede visitar nuestra oficina en la 5ª y Soldano: 



Horas de oficina

Lunes- Jueves

10am-4pm

 

Oficina del satélite del domingo en la misa

9am-2pm

 

También puede dejar su pago en un sobre con el nombre de su hijo y programarlo en nuestra ranura de correo en nuestra puerta de madera frente a Soldano en cualquier momento. 

(recibirá una llamada telefónica confirmando que fue recibido)

 

Documentos: Por favor, entregue a la oficina una copia de los documentos de su hijo solicitados. Acta de nacimiento, Bautismo y Primera Comunión.

 

Correo electrónico: Puede enviar un escaneo o una foto clara de sus documentos a los siguientes correos electrónicos.

Primera Comunión: jmunoz@sfrchurch.org

 

Confirmación: jamie@sfrchurch.org

 

Lunes- Jueves

10am-4pm

 

Oficina del satélite del domingo en la misa

9am-2pm

 

También puede dejar una copia de sus documentos en un sobre con el nombre de su hijo y  el programa en nuestra ranura de correo en nuestra puerta de madera en la calle Soldano en cualquier momento. 

(recibirá una llamada telefónica confirmando que fue recibida)

 

Después de que su registro haya sido recibido y completado con el pago y los documentos solicitados, nos comunicaremos con usted con más información en relación con la sesión de su hijo. Si tiene alguna pregunta por favor no dude en contactarnos a (626)969- 1829 o mandenos un correo electrónico a 

 

Primera Comunión: jmunoz@sfrchurch.org

 

Confirmación: jamie@sfrchurch.org

 Le agradecemos mucho y estamos emocionados de vivir este año con usted!