Confirmation

The catechesis in preparation for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation has two phases: the remote catechesis and the immediate catechesis. The remote catechesis encompasses all the catechesis leading to this moment. It involves participation in a catechetical program from Kindergarten until immediate preparation for Confirmation. The immediate catechesis or the Confirmation Program of St. John Apostle & Evangelist Catholic Church is a two-year preparatory process consisting primarily of the pre-Sacramental catechesis each year of at least 30 contact hours in the classroom with the catechists and young adult team leaders, and activities that enhance the faith development of the candidates, such as day of recollection, weekend retreat, reflection and journal writing, Eucharistic adoration and holy hour. Participating in the catechetical sessions is not sufficient preparation for celebrating Confirmation; regular attendance at the Sunday Mass is strongly encouraged. The classroom session opens and ends with prayer; prayer is an indispensable component of the program. Special events are organized to create opportunities for the candidates to acquire skills in team work, community building and camaraderie. The content of catechesis for Confirmation includes a review of the Sacrament of Baptism with emphasis on one’s incorporation or membership into the Church, God’s unconditional love, and our call to discipleship and mission. The doctrinal catechesis on the Blessed Trinity forms a firm foundation of one’s understanding of the role of the Holy Spirit in our Christian life. A review on the Holy Eucharist links the program to the summit of our Christian life. And finally the program ends with a discussion on the Sacrament of Confirmation, its signs and symbols and their meaning and significance. Since Confirmation is a sacrament of maturity, this program tries to lead the candidates into an active life of faith by assuming roles in the parish and in the wider community according to their capacity. This is called community service project, which is meant to be initiatory, and not simply an obligation or requirement to accomplish. Thus awareness of their talents and abilities help the candidates decide what parish ministry they could serve well and hopefully continue to serve after their Confirmation. realize that conversion is a life-long process to which we are all called and to which we have to respond, form Christian community among the confirmands, (For immediate preparation) identify the signs and symbols of the Sacrament of Confirmation, relate their significance to their Christian life and help the confirmands get disposed to full participation in the celebration of the Sacrament. (Mystagogy) reflect individually and as a group on their experience of the celebration of the Sacrament and its significance in their life. (Mystagogy) evaluate their life of faith as seen before the preparation of the Sacrament of Confirmation and as seen after their reception of the Sacrament.  

Contact Information

Position Religous Education Director
Name Julie Quiroz-Zamora
Email jquiroz@rcchawaii.org
Phone 623-3332 ext. 206