"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8
The Sacrament of Confirmation continues the work begun at Baptism by bringing an increase and deepening of baptismal grace to our lives. In this Sacrament, we become more perfectly united to the Church and receive special grace from the Holy Spirit, which enables us to better live out our Faith as true witnesses of Christ's love and presence. St. Charles Borromeo's Confirmation Preparation program is designed to draw students into a deeper communion with Christ and the Church as they prepare to receive this Sacrament.
In accordance with the Omaha Archdiocesan requirements, St. Charles Borromeo offers a two-year preparation program for the Sacrament of Confirmation. At our parish, this typically takes place during the 7th and 8th grade years, though some older students who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation also may participate in this preparation program.
The first year of Confirmation Preparation involves going through select lessons of the Decision Point Confirmation Program. There are also supplemental lessons that go in depth on subjects like Jesus, the Mass, and prayer. These lessons are aimed at providing a basis for understanding the faith and kindling a love of God, the Church, and others in each student.
The second year of Confirmation Preparation invites students to consider what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ and how their lives should reflect their faith. They will examine the meaning of everything that will happen during the Confirmation ceremony and will consider what new responsibilities God is giving them as confirmed Catholics. Currently students are making their way through CHOSEN: Your Journey Toward Confirmation.
Confirmation preparation classes are held on either Tuesday or Wednesday nights at St. Charles Borromeo. Additionally, students preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation should complete at least four stewardship and community service projects and reflections each year and must attend a retreat during their 8th grade year. Service and Stewardship Reflection forms are available on the St. Charles Borromeo website and should be turned in to the parish office.