Young people begin preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation during their seventh grade year in a catechetical setting (i.e., Religious Education Program, Catholic School, Home Study). This sacramental formation provides for a child to receive an adequate knowledge of the Catholic faith in order to understand the sacrament they will be celebrating. In the following year in addition to the catechetical setting, candidates for Confirmation will also participate in our parish's Purpose program.
Purpose is a dynamic program that strives to communicate four imperative truths to teens:
- there is a God who loves you
- He lives within you
- there’s a world that needs Him
- so He is sending you into the world.
Through these truths, teens can find their own purpose in God’s will for the world. We will share the mission of Purpose through a series of sessions that take place outside the typical classroom environment, encouraging Candidates to enter into dialogue about their personal faith life with leaders and peers. These sessions will aid our Candidates in learning how to communicate their faith, live it more fully, and promote the idea of the Church as a community of believers. In addition to being Confirmed and completing their initiation into the Church, our hope is that candidates will become true disciples of Jesus Christ.
In accordance with the policy of the Diocese of Trenton, proximate (immediate) sacramental formation for Confirmation will occur predominately outside of the traditional religious education/classroom model that the Candidates have been participating in for most of their lives. In addition, all Candidates will receive proximate formation together as a larger parish community.