It is important for our youth to have the tools and resources to develop a deeper understanding of their faith tradition and how their faith impacts their lives and the lives of others.
Confirmation preparation at Divine Mercy reconnects youth with Catholic truths and doctrines in a learning environment that is informational yet challenging; encouraging them to explore a deeper, more genuine relationship with God and others.
- Candidates must be a junior in high school or at least 16 years of age, baptized Catholic, and have received the Sacraments of1st Eucharist and Reconciliation prior to the beginning of the Confirmation year.
- One year prior formation is mandated in order to prepare for and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. (Please note: Beginning in the Fall of 2016, students must have 2 years Christian formation prior to enrolling in the Sacrament class.)
- Confirmation must be the free choice of the individual. Parents may require their children to attend preparation sessions, however, no individual will be confirmed unless it is their desire.
- Session attendance - Students must maintain consistant attendance to their class sessions. (i.e. no more than 3 absences) It is the student's responsibility to contact the parish office to make other arrangements, and it is also the student's responsibility to review what they missed in class. Other
- Weekend Retreat - A weekend retreat is planned in the Fall for all candidates to get to know each other and begin to reflect on their relationship with God and with their faith community.
- Day of Reflection - A day of reflection is held in the Spring. This is an opportunity for the candidates to reflect on their faith journey and to examine their readiness to receive the sacrament and make a commitment to live the life of faith.
- Service - Service is an integral component of the mission of the Church. Candidates are required to provide service hours through various volunteer opportunities at church, school, and within the community. Service is not just measured in hours but in the experience and assessment of the service through the eyes of faith.
- Letter of Intent - Each candidate must write a letter of intent to the bishop requesting to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. In the letter, the candidate states why they believe they are ready to make the necessary commitment to be in full communion with the Catholic Church and how they see themselves as being vital members of the Church.
Registration and Fees
Registration begins in March and runs through the Friday before Labor Day. There is a fee of $150 which covers registration, formation materials, and retreat costs. Payment arrangements and financial assistance are available as needed.
Please contact John Esser, Director of Faith Formation, at email@example.com or 414-762-6810 ex. 3205 for more information.