What is going to change in my life
once I have been confirmed?


It is evident from its celebration that the effect of the sacrament of Confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.  From this fact, Confirmation brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace:
- it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation which makes us cry, "Abba! Father!";
- it unites us more firmly to Christ;
- it increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us;
- it renders our bond with the Church more perfect;
- it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross.

(CCC 1302-1303)


High School Youth Formation Vision from the Diocese of Madison

In order to raise up mature, intentional disciples in the Church, we must provide ample opportunities for evangelization, conversion, catechesis, and discipleship formation throughout their high school years.  There will not be one standard program or event that fits all parishes and young parishioners, namely because "the work of discipleship is inherently individual and customized" (Becoming a Parish of Intentional Disciples: Rethinking Youth Ministry, James Beckman).  While there is not a standard that will suit all needs, we are confident that a parish striving to meet the needs of their teens will engage adult volunteers, focus on creating mall group environments, and encourage participation in larger opportunities emphasizing conversion, community and mission.  These efforts will be distinct from and in addition to providing top notch Confirmation preparation.

With this vision in mind, beginning this fall (2018) Confirmation preparation will be separate from faith formation.  High school students will be expected to attend Faith Formation sessions on Wednesday evenings.  Disciples who are freshmen preparing for the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation will be required to attend faith formation session on Wednesday evenings and Confirmation preparation classes on Sundays, meet with their prayer buddies three times, plus participate in a week-end retreat.  The sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated in the fall of the sophomore year of high school.  When our teens receive the sacrament, we hope that it is a true initiation into further study and the life of the parish community, as they continue being formed throughout their high school years.