Confirmation

“Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8:14-17.)

“By the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” (CCC #1285)

Baptized adults who have not yet been confirmed are invited to contact the parish office. There are several options available for adults desiring to be confirmed. Adults who are already Catholic but would like to be “updated” in their faith, are encouraged to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA.) Adults who have remained active in the faith are invited to  inquire about a short series of preparation classes often offered four to six weeks before the bishop has scheduled the Rite of Confirmation in the local community. Adults who are not yet Catholic are invited to learn more about the Catholic Church and faith in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

Youth baptized as infants, who have received their First Communion, are invited to prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in their 9th or 10th grade year. (The age for the Sacrament of Confirmation is set by the bishop of each diocese.) St. Mary’s preparation for Confirmation begins the school year prior to the Sacrament of Confirmation celebrated the following September or October, depending on the bishop’s schedule. St. Mary’s requires that all children and youth attend parish faith formation and/or St. Mary’s Parish School (or pastor-approved home-school course) at least one year before beginning sacramental preparations.  The Diocese of Boise requires youth baptized as infants be in 9th-12th grade to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation (Diocese of Boise Confirmation Instructions.)  Currently, St. Mary’s encourages 8th -11th graders who have been faithfully attending faith formation for at least one year to enroll to begin Confirmation preparation.

Parents of youth baptized as infants who have not yet received Eucharist are invited to contact the parish office. An interview with the family will be scheduled to help the parish priest and staff determine the best option for the family and child(ren) to plan and prepare to receive any missing sacraments. If a youth is also within the age to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, preparing for this sacrament will also be included in the family’s catechetical plan.

Parents of youth with a disability that may or may not prevent reception of First Communion, are invited to contact the parish office. An interview with the family will be scheduled to help the parish priest and staff determine the best option for the family and child(ren.) (Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities, USCCB.)