Hello families of St. Mary’s & St. Michael’s. We extend a cordial greeting to all those familiar faces, as well as those less familiar. We are excited to enter into another academic and liturgical year with your child or children, and we expect God to bring us closer to Himself and to ourselves. This year, we will be spending a lot of time together with the high school students in various ways, all of which aim at helping us live in Christ and let Him form us as a Christian community.
The first crucial thing we want families to understand this year, is that Confirmation preparation is not a special year with a special program with an end date. What we are proposing is that students who seek the Sacrament of Confirmation simply enter the ongoing life of the high school community at the parish by participating in the regular monthly and annual meetings and events. The actual things your student will be doing this year are the things we do every year and offer to all high school students, not just those preparing for Confirmation. In other words, what your student does and participates in this year doesn’t end after this year. If this year is life-giving and helpful for your student, they can stay with us and continue on this journey together for the next few years until they graduate high school. For those seeking Confirmation, we are asking that they participate in some percentage of the regular high school ministry meetings and events. We affirm the responsibility families and students have in choosing for themselves what they will participate in, and when.
Students begin the process as “inquirers,” as part of an “inquiry phase,” during which time they will demonstrate their readiness and desire for Confirmation by living some of the basic aspects of the Christian life, prayer, study, charity, community. If they are living the Christian life and they desire Confirmation, they are ready, and we welcome students into the “candidacy phase” and they become “candidates” for Confirmation. During which time, the students just continue to live the life with the rest of the high school students. That said, there are a few Confirmation-specific events and meetings in addition to the regular high school calendar, and those dates and requirements are spelled out below as well.
Registration for Inquiry is open now. Feel free to reach out to Vianney Nguyen at email@example.com if you have questions.