The Third Sacrament of Initiation,
via Faith Formation or RCIA
Fr. Jim Angert, T.O.R., Pastor
Deacon Ben Hooks,
Coordinator, Evangelization & Lifelong Faith Formation
The Sacrament of Confirmation is a sacrament in which the Holy Spirit is given to those already baptized in order to make them strong and perfect Christians, followers of Jesus Christ and defenders of the Faith.
Our Confirmation program is now a two-year process, beginning in the 7th Grade and continuing into the 8th Grade. New for the 7th Grade Pre-Confirmation year is the highly acclaimed series “Decision Point” by Matthew Kelly. The 8th Grade Sacramental year utilizes the inspiring series by Chris Stefanik of Franciscan University, “Chosen.” In the 8th Grade, there is a retreat at Bethany Center in the Spring and the Sacrament itself by the Bishop after Easter.
Confirmation means accepting responsibility for your faith and destiny. The focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost and gave them courage to practice their faith. Catholics believe that same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts and fruits. Click here to discover the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
One of the traditional practices in the Church at the time of Confirmation is choosing a saint name to signify your new and deeper awareness of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. Your patron saint will remind you of this sacrament and intercede for you in your faith journey. To read about the saints see http://www.catholic.org/saints/.
Each individual to be confirmed is required to have a sponsor—someone who will guide you and share the story of faith with you. The same canonical requirements for being a godparent in Baptism apply for sponsors at Confirmation. A Sponsor Form must be completed and returned in order to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
We encourage all confirmandees to reflect on their journey during the sacrament preparation process. During the process they will be invited to meet with a priest to discuss what the Sacrament of Confirmation means to them and how the Holy Spirit will affect their life.
If you would like further information on the Sacrament of Confirmation please contact Kristin Loboda by email or call Kristin at 239-273-8888 or Deacon Ben Hooks by email or call Deacon Ben at 813-839-5337 ext. 206
For this coming year, our Middle School students, Grades 6, 7 an 8, will be gathered into a special class so that they can prepare to take their roles in Ministries as well. Confirmation is moving from 6th Grade to 8th so although there will not be a Confirmation Class this year, we want to prepare those who have not yet been confirmed and enhance the understanding of Discipleship of those that have. Both goals are met through the widely acclaimed program Decision Point created by Mathew Kelly and his Dynamic Catholic Institute. This program aimed initially to engage young Catholics about the genius of Catholicism in preparation for Confirmation. The program does much more, however. It lets the young Catholics hear the Gospel in a way that is fresh, intriguing, relevant, compelling, and attractive. Best of all, it boldly invites them to Christ and his Church. By special arrangement, we are offering the entire year’s course to our Middle School for only $15 each ($10 for those already confirmed). Parents will be able to follow the course on the web as well.
RCIA is an adult and family process of preparation for reception of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist). RCIA meets on Sunday mornings and/or several afternoons during the month. The RCIA process is flexible and tailored to the needs of candidates who proceed through the process at their own pace. Generally, a new class begins each September, however, many factors may require adjustment of the schedule so we welcome your inquiries at any time of the year. Adults who wish to enter the Church and children age seven or above in need of Baptism should contact the parish office. If you have any questions please send an email to Mr. Joseph Brown or call the parish office 813-839-5337. You may also visit our RCIA page.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
- Click Here for information on the Sacrament of Confirmation.
- Click here for the Fruits and Gifts of the Holy Spirit flyer.
- Click here for a Sponsor Form.
- Click here for a Confirmandee Reflection Form.
- Click Here for a Saint Form.