Connections

CONFIRMATION PREP IS DONE EVERY OTHER YEAR IN THE SPRINGFIELD AREA.  IN 2017-2018, CONFIRMATION PREP WILL BE FOR THOSE IN 7TH OR 8TH GRADE.  THERE WILL BE NO CONFIRMATION PREP IN 2018-2019.  PLEASE CALL LISA LENARD AT 323-7523 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

OUR FIRST CONNECTIONS SESSION IS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 AT 9:00-10:10 A.M. IN HOBAN HALL.

IT IS NOT TOO EARLY TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD!

The Catechism asks us to “strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community.”  It is with this in mind that we, at St. Joseph/ St. Raphael call our Confirmation sessions “Connections”. Through the sacrament of Confirmation, those who have been born anew in Baptism celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and are bound more intimately to the Church.  This sacrament conforms believers more perfectly to Christ and strengthens them so they may bear witness to Christ for the building up of His Body in faith and love.

Confirmation is a wonderful celebration of what God is doing in the lives of our young people.  It is also a transforming encounter with God, which completes the candidate’s initiation into their faith. It is a journey that began with each child’s Baptism, continues each week as they are nourished at the table of the Lord and now enters a new phase as they complete their formal preparation for Confirmation.  The Springfield Community offers Confirmation for the first time, to our adolescents that are entering the 7th & 8th grades. This is a change from previous years. We will now celebrate Confirmation every other year. Each parish comes together to prepare their candidates both from Catholic Central and area public schools for an area wide celebration of the sacrament at the Kuss Auditorium.

The Connection group meets monthly beginning in the fall of odd years (beginning with 2015) with a meeting for parents/ guardians and candidates. After that first meeting, only candidates attend monthly Connections sessions in preparation for Confirmation. The preparation will begin in the fall and the sacrament will be celebrated that following spring of even years (beginning with 2016).

As parents you are a very important part of the preparation process. It is you who brought your child to Baptism and you who have listened to their questions and struggles.  We want to do all we can to also support you. Some parents/teens may decide that they are not ready for Confirmation when first available. Each year we typically have high school students, who for whatever reason, had not been Confirmed. They are easily accommodated in the Connection sessions. Children who are baptized at the age of seven or older are confirmed at the time of their baptisms.  While Confirmation is only received once, when their peers are receiving the sacrament, they are included in the Confirmation preparations and given special roles to play in the ceremony at the Kuss.  If you have a question that you need answered, please call Lisa Lenard at 323-7523, ext. 17 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .There are also frequently asked questions available under the Sacraments tab- Confirmation.

 

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