4/28 Make-up class for the class we missed due to bad weather.
The Diocese of Richmond requires that all confirmands be enrolled in Relgious Education or homeschool, 12 hours of sacramental preparation (seperate from RE and homeschool), attend a Confirmation Retreat and take part in post confirmation mystagogy classes.
Below is our Confirmation Schedule. Confirmation classes will be at 7:00 PM on Sundays in the Annex . It is important that your child attend these Confirmation classes to prepare properly for receiving the Sacrament. Your teenager must also attend Religious Education on Sundays from 11:30-12:45 or be enrolled in a home school program.
10/28 Confirmation class 1 with Parent/Sponsor/Confirmand
11/11 Confirmation class 2
2/10 Confirmation class 3
2/17 Confirmation class 4
2/24 Confirmation class 5
3/3 Confirmation class 6
3/10 Confirmation class 7
3/17 Confirmation class 8
3/22-3/23 @ 7:00pm-6:00pm Confirmation Retreat @ St. Francis in Staunton.
Confirmation will be held on May 1 at Blessed Sacrament. Bishop DiLorenzo will be the celebrant.
There will be a Mystagogy class held 1-2 weeks after the confirmands have been confirmed.
Please turn in all Baptismal and First Communion records into the office as soon as possible.
If you have any questions contact Cris Lopez.
540-434-4341 ext 105
The following are the fundamental theological elements of Confirmation which will be covered in the sacramental preparation sessions.
I. God’s Mission to Us: The Father Sends the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Confirmation is the sacrament of the Church’s mission, which brings the saving presence of God to the world. The Church’s mission, and our mission within the Church, is a response to God’s mission to us. The Creed is a compact summary of God’s mission to us. Salvation (as summarized in the Creed) is the story of the mission of the Son and the Holy Spirit.
II. The Church: God’s Mission Continues…
The joint mission of the Son of God and the Holy Spirit culminates in the birth of the Church at Pentecost. The Church’s mission continues the mission of the Son and the Holy Spirit. We enter the Church by participating in the Paschal Mystery, which the Holy Spirit makes present in the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist). The Holy Spirit forms the Church in the image of Jesus Christ. Confirmation joins us more closely to the Church. We live as members of the Church.
III. Confirmation: Initiation into Mission
The Church is the sacrament of God’s mission to the world. The seven sacraments are based upon the sacramental nature of Jesus Christ and the Church. The Holy Spirit makes the saving work of Christ present in the Church’s sacraments. As a Sacrament of Initiation, Confirmation completes Baptism and points to the Eucharist. The liturgy of Confirmation expresses the effects of the sacrament. The Church, empowered by the Holy Spirit, is missionary.
IV. The Mission of Discipleship: A Life of Witness
Mission takes the form of discipleship. The mission of discipleship is a response to the grace of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit cultivates virtues by bestowing special gifts.
The Holy Spirit strengthens disciples to testify to Jesus Christ by wordand deed. As the community of Christ’s disciples, the Church consecrates the world to God.