CONFIRMATION IS HELD EVERY OTHER YEAR IN THE SPRINGFIELD AREA.
THE NEXT CONFIRMATION FOR ST. JOSEPH/ST. RAPHAEL AND
ST. CHARLES WILL BE MARCH 17, 2020.
THE REGISTRATION FORM IS BELOW AND MAY BE TURNED IN AT ANY TIME.
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. We celebrate Confirmation every other year. Our parish prepares our candidates from both Catholic Central and area public schools for one celebration of the sacrament at St. Raphael Church for St. Joseph, St. Raphael, and St. Charles.
The Connection group meets monthly beginning in the fall 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.