The Sacrament of Confirmation is offered yearly to 10th and 11th grade parishioners. During this exploration of what it means to live as a person of faith, candidates reflect on past experiences of faith and religion, and discern the role of the Spirit in their lives. Candidates examine the person of Jesus; His life, ministry and message and consider the decision of whether to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation is offered yearly, beginning in the Fall and registration takes place at an informational Sunday evening meeting in September. A link to the PDF Registration download is below.
Sessions for 2017-18 group
December 3, 2-6 pm: First Confirmation Retreat for all candidates and their sponsors
January 7: 1st Session, 6-8pm
February 4: 2nd Session, 1:30-3:30pm (meeting early)
March 4: 3rd Session, 6-8pm
April 8: 4th Session, 6-8pm
April 20-21: A Journey Home Retreat (see description below)
May 6: 5th Session, 6-8pm
September 9: 2-8pm, Final Confirmation Retreat
October 7: 6-8pm, Final Confirmation session
October TBD: Blessing and Sending of Candidates at Gym Masses
November TBD: Rite of Confirmation
Adult volunteers, with excellent teenage listening and communication skills are welcome to join in this dynamic ministry. Volunteers undergo a background check, sign SJA’s Code of Conduct and complete VIRTUS training. For more information about Confirmation or to volunteer, contact Rose Aspholm, 612.823.8205 or raspholm [at] stjoan.com.
In addition to monthly sessions, the 12 month preparation process includes two retreats, service projects and sponsor/candidate gatherings which culminates with Confirmation at the Basilica of St. Mary or the St. Paul Cathedral. There is a $100 program fee, payable upon registration in mid-September. Scholarships are available.
Our Confirmandos are helping with A Journey Home event!
Did you know? Over 9,000 Minnesotans experience homelessness on any given night
Of those, 35% are children with their parents
And 16% of those experiencing homelessness are youth under 18 or young adults on their own.
(2015 Wilder Research survey)
A Journey Home: The Confirmation Class will be sleeping out in boxes to raise awareness and funds for those experiencing struggles associated with homelessness. All funds raised will support the Care Committee, a program of the St. Joan of Arc Outreach Fund. Register here. This event is April 20-21 from 6 pm -7:30 am at SJA. Adult volunteers will be needed - see form for details. Contact Rose Aspholm at raspholm [at] stjoan.com with questions.
You have chosen the community of St. Joan of Arc to discern what it means to become confirmed. As part of your journey, we are asking you to engage in the community in a specific way. Choose 3 events/meetings/celebrations outside of Sunday mass or the youth ministry program to learn more about our church community. This could be attending speaker, a concert, a prayer group, a reconciliation service, a baptism, a rally for justice, a meeting on how to respond to the homeless, etc. The possibilities are almost endless! Please complete three engagement activities by the end of the Confirmation process.