What Does the Church Say About Conﬁrmation?
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).
What can I expect?
During your preparation for conﬁrmation you’ll be reﬂecting on the grace you received at Baptism, looking closely at the faith you have at this point in your life, and pursue a deeper faith in our Church for the future. Conﬁrmation marks the beginning of our adult faith life, not the end. Because of this, your preparation for this sacrament will dive into your personal faith, and help you prepare to take that faith through the rest of your life.
Is this really important?
The short answer is, yes. The sacrament of conﬁrmation is a big undertaking that requires two years of preparation. Saying ‘yes’ to conﬁrmation is reaﬃrming your promise of being a dedicated Catholic for the rest of your life. On the night of your conﬁrmation you will be welcomed fully into the Roman Catholic Church by our bishop, with your parents, sponsors, family, and friends there to support and celebrate with you.
What if I don’t want to be here?
Conﬁrmation is a BIG step into our faith, not a graduation from it. It’s a personal decision that only YOU can make; nobody else can or should force you to be here or make you get conﬁrmed. If you feel like this isn’t right for you, or just want to know more, talk to someone about it. Priests, deacons, your conﬁrmation teachers, or anyone else you feel you can reach out to if you have questions.
Class Schedule (2023-24)
All classes will be from 1:00PM - 3:00PM unless otherwise stated.
Conﬁrmation Requirements (As per the Diocese of Pueblo)*:
- Valid Baptism Certiﬁcate
- Consistent Mass attendance on Sunday and Holy Days
- Regular Confession (or at least once before receiving the Sacrament)
- Daily Prayer
- Retreat Experience
- Completed Formation (This conﬁrmation class)
- Letter of Petition in the candidate’s own writing
- Discernment Interview with Pastor and Sponsor
*Your teachers will help you complete and keep track of these
If you know you will be absent ahead of time please let an instructor know ASAP. If you miss more than the allotted amount of classes you may be given an opportunity to make up the missed time.
COMMUNICATE WITH US AND WE WILL WORK WITH YOU.
DECISION POINT is the ﬁrst Conﬁrmation program speciﬁcally developed to engage young Catholics in a meaningful conversation about the genius of Catholicism. It teaches and inspires teens to respond to God’s grace, and it’s changing hundreds of thousands of young lives. Today, DECISION POINT is the most used Conﬁrmation program in America.
Teachers, students, and parents will communicate using the Remind app. This allows bulk and individual messages and reminders to be sent without disclosing personal phone numbers. This is a trusted and internationally used free program. If you choose not to download and use the app you may also receive and send alerts via email or text message through the same Remind program.
Remind Class Code
Subscribe to @conﬁrmstj on the Remind app or text @conﬁrmstj to 81010 to receive updates via text.
Other Opportunities for High School Youth
High School Youth Group
The St. Joseph Youth Group is a new opportunity for high school aged youth at St. Joseph’s to share in fellowship, prayer, and service. From movie nights, service trips, and Life Teen ‘Life Nights’, this group is a place for youth to hang out, have fun, and explore their faith with their peers.
St. Joseph Teen Choir
The St. Joseph Teen Choir is solely for students in 9-12 grade. Focusing on contemporary worship music, this group will play for youth Masses at St. Joseph on a regular basis. While we welcome any and all high school voices, auditions will be held for those who wish to play an instrument in the group (piano, guitar, bass, percussion, etc.).
St. Joseph Youth Mass
Once a month St. Joseph’s will host a youth Mass. This Mass will be geared toward the youth -inviting high school age Catholics to serve as hospitality, lectors, musicians, and bringing forward the gifts. Please consider taking part in this new and awesome experience!
Did you know you can already take part in lots of ministries at Mass? Consider becoming an altar server, lector, singing in the choir, or volunteering to bring forward the gifts! You don’t have to wait to become active in your Church and your faith!
K-8 Catechism Classes
As a young adult Catholic you’re invited to help our even younger Catholics grow deeper in their faith! Volunteers and helpers are ALWAYS needed in our catechism classrooms! Please let a teacher, priest, or staﬀ member know if you’re interested in helping out!
Church Auxiliary Groups
The Council of Catholic Women, Knights of Columbus, Men of Joseph, and Women’s Auxiliary are just a few of the groups at St. Joseph’s that meet regularly and are always seeking new members.