Confirmation 2017 - 18
Paula Ast and Darrin Seiwert will be preparing the freshman class for Confirmation this year. The Decisionpoint curriculum, designed by Matthew Kelly and his team are the materials being used this year. This program incorporates the use of a Mass Journal, in which the students will put an entry each weekend at Mass. The journals will be in the entryway at the back of the church.
The Confirmation class focuses on service as they prepare for the reception of their Sacrament. We serve God through our service to others. There are three kinds of service we focus on: Church Service, Pro-Life Service, and Community Service. The Confirmandi will keep a record of their service hours in each of these categories. A partial list of service opportunities is listed in the Parent Letter, a document on this page. If there is any question about whether a service "counts" towards accountable hours, just ask your teachers. There are certain service hours which are mandatory. One of those is the Life Chain in October, one of the Pro-Life hours. The members of the Confirmation class are also expected to help the Altar Society to clean the church at Christmastime and again before Easter. Our group service is the first soup supper in Lent which is also mandatory.
Confirmation students are also required to attend a DiRT retreat before Confirmation. There will be several offered throughout the Diocese, and we are trying to schedule one here. For the moment, the time and location are yet to be determined. If a student cannot make it to the DiRT retreat attended by our class, they will report to the host of the retreat they attend, who will email your teachers of their attendance.
Finally, all high school students are welcome, but Confirmation students are urged to go to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year, the March is scheduled for January 16 - 21. Students board the bus at the St. Joseph parking lot, go to Wichita for the send-off Mass, and then go for a wonderful experience in our nation's capital. There is a bit of sight-seeing to be done, along with all the activities connected to the March. The bus then returns the pilgrims to the St. Joseph parking lot for pick up.
Now, the big news is that our Parish is one of three who will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita located at 430 N Broadway St. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm. The other two parishes joining ours will be St. Peter the Apostle - Schulte and All Saints - Wichita.
We ask for the prayers of our fellow parishioners as our youth prepare for their Confirmation. Thank you and God bless each of you too!
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Formation for reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation “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 actions, his gifts and his biddings – 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.” (CCC 1309)