To become a Catholic, one must receive three sacraments: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. A person becomes a Christian through Baptism, is nourished by the Eucharist, and strengthened to live as a disciple of Christ through Confirmation.
Until all three sacraments are received, a person is considered to be in the process of initiation and is not yet in full communion with the Catholic Church.
This is why religious education for children continues throughout their school years: they must learn what Catholics believe and how the Catholic faith is practiced. They only complete their initiation into the Catholic Church after they have prepared for and received all three sacraments.
At Church of the Sacred Heart, children usually celebrate Confirmation in the Spring of Grade 8. To do so, they must: complete Religious Education for Grades 1 thru 8, 20 hours of Christian stewardship, and a Confirmation Journal. They must also attend a Candidate Retreat and a Candidate/Sponsor Retreat. If a child has gaps in their Religious Education, the process of preparation can be expect to take at least two years, if not longer, depending on the situation.
Confirmation will be held on Thursday, March 9 at 7 pm. Bishop James F. Checchio will be the celebrant. All sponsors and candidates should line up in the school at 6:30 pm on March 9.
Sponsor certificates: Due in the Parish Center by February 15. (If the sponsor certificate is coming from Sacred Heart, we have taken care of this for you already. If the sponsor attends a different parish, please have the sponsor request the certificate ASAP from their parish.)
Confirmation candidate retreat: Saturday, February 18, 9 am to 1:30 pm. MANDATORY for students only. Held at the school. The Candidate/Sponsor retreat has been cancelled due to lack of time.
Journal: Due in the Parish Center by February 28
Stewardship Hours: By February 28, please let us know how many hours the candidate has completed AND how many hours the candidate is still working on. We understand that due to the change in schedule, it may not be possible to complete all hours by March 9. BUT all 20 hours must be completed as soon as possible.