Receive the Holy Spirit
In Confirmation, Christians receive a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit and deepening of baptismal graces needed to grow as mature disciples of Christ in the life of the Church. Confirmation is one of the three sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church, the other two being Baptism and First Holy Communion.
Confirmation for students at St. Lawrence is a journey. It’s your chance to say YES to God, YES to faith, and YES to the church. We want to help you build relationships that help you know whether you want to make that choice at this critical point in your life. At St. Lawrence, here are the steps you will take on your Confirmation Journey:
Attend Retreat – Holy Fire Conference
One requirement for confirmation is for students to attend a retreat. We hold a one-day retreat at St Lawrence, on a Saturday where students will have breakout sessions, speakers, adoration, and activities, closing with Mass.
Holy Fire presented by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) and the Archdiocese of Nashville, TN is for young people in grades 6-8 and is a one-day experience of dynamic speakers, music, and the sacrament of the Eucharist, like they have never before experienced. At Holy Fire, young people will be invited and challenged to embrace their baptismal call and embrace the relevant and powerful gospel of Jesus. This is a one-day trip by bus and includes lunch at the conference. We hope our 8th graders will consider participating in the Holy Fire conference.
Permission Slip for Holy Fire can be downloaded below:
Ask your Sponsor & SPARK Night
We ask you to choose a sponsor to be a part of your journey. A Sponsor is like a spiritual coach, someone who lives our faith and can share their experience with you. Pick someone you admire for their faith and who can help you grow closer to Christ.
SPARK night is where all the teens and their sponsors gather at St. Lawrence to eat, pray, talk, and grow together. We have Mass together and then move to the community room for a meal and speaker.
Perform Acts of Service
Service is a component of the confirmation process as required by our Diocese.
For our confirmation Service, we are asking that students center their service around the Corporal Works of Mercy with one of the projects under Care for the Common Home (Care for Creation). Students are asked to perform a minimum of six (6) experiences for a total of 30 hours of service: (Example: 2 for Parish, 2 For Community and 2 of their choice).
*SERVICE EXPERIENCES SERVED AS PART OF SCHOOL/CHURCH STEWARDSHIP CAN NOT BE COUNTED AS PART OF THE CONFIRMATION SERVICE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS.
A list of organizations for service can be found at the link below. Also, check our Youth Ministry Facebook page for announcements about service trips to Franciscan Soup Kitchen or other organizations. We hope that once you begin serving, you’ll want to continue serving as that is our call as Christians–to love and serve others.
To report your service, you can fill out the online service form or download the Confirmation Service Completion Form below and print it out. If you are completing service at an organization please take one of these forms and have someone at the organization sign it for you.
Select a Saint Name
Do some research on Saints in the church. Look into their interests and causes and find some that interest you or pertain to you. Your saint name will serve both as your inspiration for being a member of the church and your name when you receive the Sacrament.
Letter to the Bishop
It is customary across the globe for each Confirmation candidate to write a personal letter to their Bishop requesting the Sacrament of Confirmation. The letter is to introduce yourself and to explain your Confirmation preparation experience.
The time has come! The day to officially be a confirmed member of the Church. Our Confirmation Mass will be celebrated with the Arch Bishop along with our pastor and other confirmation staff.
Please find below the REQUIRED forms that you will need to submit to the parish office. These forms were also in the confirmation packet received at the parent information meeting.
Below you will find the online forms for confirmation, the Candidate Information and Sponsor information forms are REQUIRED for the candidate to be accepted in the confirmation process.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Director of Youth Ministry/ Confirmation Coordinator
Office: 502-448-2122, EXT 231