Confirmation Ministry

At St. Barnabas Parish, youth are confirmed upon completion of the two-year Confirmation Ministry, in 10th grade or later.  The Sacrament of Confirmation is needed “for the completion of baptismal grace” (Catechism, 1285) and signifies the commitment of an individual to live out, in a permanent way, their Catholic faith.  Confirmation is a release of the Holy Spirit in our lives and gives us the grace to live the Christian life as well as become witnesses to Christ in the world.  Knowledge about the Catholic faith and the experience of living as a committed Catholic Christian is crucial.  Both ingredients – understanding and experience – are necessary before one is admitted to reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.

For that reason, part of the preparation is monthly participation in our Sunday Life Nights (Year One) and Confirmation Small Christian Communities (Year Two).

Small Christian Communities (SCCs) are groups of 7-10 teens who meet monthly with two Confirmation Catechists in Year Two of the Confirmation Ministry.  In these smaller gatherings, faith sharing and discipleship is much more likely to take root than in a large group format.  Most SCCs meet in the Life Teen Lounge. 

year one

(generally freshmen)

  • Active, weekly participation in Mass

  • Completed eight years of PSR, Family Catechesis, or Catholic Grade School*

  • New Parent Information Night (for parents/guardians who have never had a child in StBLT Confirmation Ministry)

  • One Life Night per month, Sept - May

  • One St. Barnabas Life Teen retreat (during Year One or Year Two)

  • Two service projects (see details below)

*If you have not completed eight years of PSR, Family Catechesis, or Catholic Grade School, contact the StBLT Office to find out what additional catechesis may be necessary.

year two

(generally sophomores)

  • Active, weekly participation in Mass

  • Confirmandi & Parent Night (for teen & parent/guardian)

  • Confirmandi & Sponsor Afternoon (for teen & sponsor)

  • One Small Christian Communities per month, Sept - March

  • One St. Barnabas Life Teen retreat (during Year One or Year Two)

  • Two service projects (see details below)

  • Confirmation Interview

  • Confirmation Practice (for teen & sponsor)

 

service projects

Our call as Catholic Christians is to strive to become more like Christ.  One of the most important aspects of the life of Jesus was his compassion for others, especially the poor, the sick, and the outcast.  With this in mind, service is an important part of Confirmation preparation.  It is our hope that these service projects will not be one-time affairs, but rather will become a regular part of all of our lives.

Two different service projects are expected each year of the Confirmation Ministry. The project must last at least two hours (or be done multiple times, such as those who serve as ushers at 5:30pm Mass).  A written description of the service project, signed by the supervisor, is needed and the Service Project Description Forms are available on our website and in the Life Teen Lounge.

In Year One of the Confirmation Ministry, one service project must be done in service to the parish, and one must be done in service to the greater community.

In Year Two of the Confirmation Ministry, one service project must be completed with your sponsor and one with your Small Christian Community.

 

Registration

The Confirmation Ministry is under the umbrella of St. Barnabas Life Teen.  In order to be fully registered for St. Barnabas Life Teen, please fill out the forms in the Registration Packet.  Packets are mailed home in June and available in the parish rectory. The following registration materials from the packet must be completed each year and returned by mail, dropped off at the rectory or the Life Teen Lounge, in an envelope marked “St. Barnabas Life Teen Registration”  by August 10.

1. Registration Form
2. Medical Form
3. Parent Volunteer Form
4. Registration Fee**

· $50.00 – one teen in StBLT (early fee of $40 if received by July 15) 
· $70.00 – two or more teens in StBLT (early fee of $60 if received by July 15)
Make check payable to St. Barnabas

**No teen will be excluded from participating in St. Barnabas Life Teen because of an inability to pay the fee.  If this fee is a financial burden to your family, please include a confidential note to that effect and pay what your family can afford.