CALLING ALL CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES
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).