Confirmation Program

Coordinator of Religious Education: Laura Lynch Wells

Email: rel.ed@stthomasvt.com

Office phone: 899-4770

Fax: 899-5120

GENERAL INFORMATION:

The goal of the Religious Education Program for Confirmation is to pass on to our participants the Catholic Faith we have received “in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the [them] into the fullness of the Christian life” (Catechism of the Catholic Church. No. 5). “The catechesis of children … aims at teaching them to meditate on The Word of God in personal prayer, practicing it in liturgical prayer, and internalizing it at all times in order to bear fruit in a new life. Catechesis is also a time for the discernment and education of popular piety. The memorization of basic prayers offers an essential support to the life of prayer, but it is important to help learners savor their meaning” (No. 2688).

“Confirmation brings to fullness that life in the Holy Spirit into which we were first initiated at Baptism.” (Policies and Guidelines for Religious Education. 6).

“Parish catechesis for Confirmation involves the regular meeting of all candidates (at the 9th grade level) throughout the year.

Program components include study, service, a Diocese of Burlington sponsored overnight retreat at St. Anne’s Shrine, and liturgy. Regular attendance at Holy Mass should be considered as the heart of all programs and the source from which programs acquire their relevance and importance” (7).Therefore regular attendance at Holy Mass is expected of all Confirmation candidates.

The Confirmation program of study includes such topics as: coming to know God; the Creed; Scripture & Tradition; Man in the image of God; sin; Jesus Christ and the Incarnation; the Holy Spirit as Sanctifier; the sacraments; and the universal call to holiness.

Please note: The Confirmation Program as such is being integrated into the Religious Education Program as the age of Confirmation will be 6th grade by 2022. Consequently we will no longer have a separate Confirmation Program. Please be patient as the process unfolds for all of us in the Religious Education Program. We are all still learning what this means for the program and the life of the parish. New “Policies and Guidelines for Religious Education” from the Diocese of Burlington have not yet been promulgated. We anxiously await their official proclamation.

CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

All forms are on-line. Please click on the link below. The Confirmation Program fee is $40 for each student – the family discount is not applicable.

                                                           

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