BEGINNING THE JOURNEY
Here at Prince of Peace we are honored to help our teens prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation during our two-year process. Our teens have many opportunities to encounter God and grow through retreats, small groups, fantastic speakers, and personal prayer. Teens typically begin the process in the 10th grade (Sophomore year), and then receive Confirmation the following year. There are three major components of Confirmation preparation: Connect Saturdays, a retreat, and Confirmation Preparation Sessions.
1ST YEAR: PRE-CONFIRMATION
+ 4 Connect Saturdays
2ND YEAR: CONFIRMATION
+ 4 Connect Saturdays
+ 8 Confirmation Preparation Sessions
"Connect" is the exciting, inspiring and community-building formation program for all 6th - 12th grade youth, complete with music, challenging and formative keynote speakers, small groups, games, food, and Jesus in the Eucharist!
Prince of Peace Youth Evangelization Ministry offers multiple retreats for high school teens. The retreats are all weekend long (Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon) and include prayer, talks from teens and adults, games, and many opportunities to grow in relationship with God and the other teens preparing for Confirmation. Teens attend at least one retreat in their Pre-Confirmation year.
Teens in their second year participate in eight Confirmation Sessions dedicated to learning, prayer, and discernment about Confirmation. These sessions take place on Sunday afternoon/evenings surrounding the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
CHOOSING YOUR SPONSOR
Confirmation sponsors have an important role in the lives of those receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Below are some helpful guidelines to remember as you choose your sponsor.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A CONFIRMATION SPONSOR
The sponsor prays for their candidate, answers questions, and serves as a role model. Your teen should choose someone who lives his or her Catholic life well: daily prayer, weekly Mass, knowledgeable about the faith. Obviously, the sponsor doesn’t have to be perfect, but he or she must be striving to live our Catholic faith every day. Although it is not absolutely necessary, it is most helpful if the sponsor is local so that he or she can frequently meet up with the teen.
HOW OLD SHOULD A SPONSOR BE?
Sponsors should be at least 16 years old. The role of sponsor is an adult role; be sure that if you ask a young person to carry out this duty that the sponsor is mature enough to fulfill the tasks.
DO SPONSORS HAVE TO BE CATHOLIC?
Yes, sponsors must be fully initiated (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) Catholics who attend Mass regularly and are able to receive the Eucharist. An unbaptized or non-Christian person is not eligible to be a sponsor.
DO SPONSORS HAVE TO BE MARRIED IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?
Yes, if married, a sponsor's marriage must be recognized by the Catholic Church. If married civilly or in another Christian tradition, he or she is not eligible to serve as a sponsor until they the marriage is recognized in the Catholic Church.
HOW MANY SPONSORS SHOULD I HAVE?
Your Confirmation sponsor can definitely be one of your godparents from Baptism – that’s a beautiful way to celebrate the unity of the sacraments. Actually, if you’d like both your Baptism godparents to be your sponsors, you can.