Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.”
Students in grades 7-12 who wish to be confirmed must attend weekly religious education classes.
Class at St. Stephens is on Sundays, after the 9:00am Mass (students are expected to attend the 9:00am Mass). Classes begin on October 2.
Class at St. Josephs Church is on Sundays after the 11:00am Mass (students are expected to attend the 11:00am Mass). Classes begin on September 25.
If students have not received the sacraments of Reconciliation or First Communion, it will be arranged so that they will receive them before Lent.