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Confirmation

Program Vision

Consistent with the vision of St. Ignatius Parish’s broader Faith Formation Program, the Confirmation Program is a process of personal and communal formation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Our program fulfills the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Boston, calling students to authentic discernment as they choose to be confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church.

This formational process is enlivened by the distinct Jesuit character of St. Ignatius Parish. We integrate consistent exposure to the Ignatian spiritual tradition, service and social justice experience, opportunities to grapple with the central beliefs of the Catholic faith, and community development with other candidates as they build the foundation for a mature and lifelong faith.

​Eligibility

Students in Grade 9 and above are eligible to begin preparation for Confirmation and will typically receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the spring of Grade 10. We expect our candidates to have received the sacraments of Baptism, First Reconciliation, and First Eucharist, and that they are actively practicing their faith.

 

We require all students, including those attending Catholic schools, to complete both years of our Confirmation program to ensure adequate sacramental preparation. If there are special circumstances that have impacted their sacramental preparation, please contact Paula Gomez Victorica at gomezvic@bc.edu or 617-552-6106 before registering for Confirmation.

We expect candidates for Confirmation to be active participants in the Sunday liturgy at St. Ignatius and our Confirmation classes throughout the year. If there are other circumstances that might impact your child’s attendance, please contact us upon registering so that we can make necessary arrangements. 

Confirmation I - Called to be Catholic

St. Ignatius Parish’s Confirmation I curriculum invites candidates into an exploration of the foundational beliefs of the Catholic Church, including Revelation, Scripture, Tradition, the Trinity, Jesus Christ, the Church, the Sacraments, the Moral Life, and Catholic Social Thought.  Candidates will take part in a dynamic community of prayer and self-reflection that challenges them to integrate these foundational beliefs into their own life of faith.

Confirmation II - Confirmed in the Spirit

St. Ignatius Parish’s Confirmation II curriculum invites candidates into a process of intentional formation for the Sacrament of Confirmation that emphasizes self-reflection and Ignatian discernment with a particular emphasis on claiming their faith as they make the active choice to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church.  The second year of formation builds upon the foundational beliefs explored in Confirmation I. 

Typical Session 

  • Check In ~ [5-10 minutes]: Meeting in regular small groups to talk about lives outside St. Ignatius and build community

  • Prayer ~ [5-10 minutes]: Rotating types and styles each week that are intentionally paired with the theme

  • Lesson ~ [15 minutes]

  • Small Group Discussion Time ~ [20 minutes]: Consistent small groups, changing at semester

  • Journal takeaways/Closing Prayer ~ [5 minutes]

Schedule

There are two sections of Confirmation I and two sections of Confirmation II. Each section meets weekly on Sundays for one hour and is offered at both times: 

  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

  • 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

 

The Confirmation II Fall Retreat is currently scheduled for November 17-19, 2023.

Tuition

In order to ensure high-quality catechists to facilitate the Confirmation program, we are charging a $125.00 registration fee per student in addition to the tuition fee.

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