Sacrament of Confirmation
For Adult Confirmation [18+ years old and above] please contact:
Joanie Nugent at email@example.com or (281) 358-1959 ext. 264
For High School Confirmation please contact:
Ana Leija at firstname.lastname@example.org or (281) 713-8915
“Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit - his action, his gifts, and his bidding - in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of Christian life. To this end catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community. The latter bears special responsibility for the preparation of the confirmands.” [CCC #1309]
Preparation for Confirmation at St. Martha is a two-year process:
- “Discipleship Year” – First Year
The journey towards the Sacrament of Confirmation traditionally begins in 9
grade where the young person learns, among other things, how to become a disciple of Jesus Christ. The Greek word used in the New Testament for “disciple” is “mathetes”. It is a common word and concept from the ancient world, defined as one who literally sits at the feet of another to learn. Therefore, in the first year of preparation for Confirmation, the young people sit at the feet of our greatest teacher, Jesus, to learn what it means be a Catholic Christian.
- “Apostleship Year” – Second Year
The journey towards the Sacrament of Confirmation continues the following year once the young person has learned to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. It is only
that first year of sitting at the feet of Jesus that one becomes an apostle. The word “apostle” in Greek is “apostollos” or “one sent forth” as an ambassador of the Gospel. Therefore, at the conclusion of the second year, the young people receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and are sent forth to bring the Good News to world. That is why being a confirmed Catholic is only the
of the journey, not the end.