Overview of the Sacrament of Confirmation
At Confirmation, we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and we are filled with God's grace through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by a bishop.
"Bound more intimately to the Church by the Sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength, hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ" (Lumen Gentium, 11).
Preparation for Receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation for Youth
For 2016-2017 the preparation for the Sacrament of a Confirmation will be a one-year program. All Confirmation candidates are expected to be active members of the high school ministry program.
Preparation: During the intellectual formation of the candidates, we will cover the basic doctrines of the Faith as well as how our basic beliefs apply to our lives. This will be accomplished by studying and praying with the Scriptures as well as discussions stemming from current events in the world. Bibles will be provided, though students are welcome to bring their own Catholic Bibles if they wish. The Study Days are marked on the year calendar (see below) in green. There will also be social events, which will be publicized as they come up.
Retreat: All candidates for Confirmation are required to attend a weekend retreat prior to their reception of the Sacrament. This retreat will give the candidates an opportunity to spiritually prepare themselves to receive Confirmation. The retreat dates are Friday, March 24 and Saturday, March 25th.
Service: Candidates are also expected to serve as volunteers over the course of the year. There are several parish programs that need volunteers, like Sandwiches on Sundays and the Children's Faith Formation program. Appropriate volunteer programs outside of the parish will also be accepted.
Fundraising:We will not assess a fee for this Sacrament this year. We ask that you consider making a free-will offering. Your gift small or large is most appreciated. Confirmation candidates will also be expected to help with fundraisers that we will be holding over the course of the year. Please mark your calendar for April 8th for the annual Rib and Chili competition benefitting St. Pius Youth Ministry.
We will be gathering on certain Sundays of the month after the 5:00 PM Mass in Homer Crouse. Dinner will be served, followed by prayer and study. Gatherings will conclude by 8:30 PM.
Calendar link: The year calendar for the Confirmation program can be found here. Since we are compressing the program this year, candidates cannot miss any classes.
The date for the Confirmation Mass is Sunday, May 21 at 5:00 PM.
Registration: The registration form for Confirmation can be completed online here or downloaded and printed out here. Please be sure to send in a copy of your baptismal certificate to the Paish Center Office. All registrations must be accompanied by the baptismal certificates. Please note that registration is restricted to registered members of St. Pius Parish.
***Registration is now closed for our Confirmation program.***
You are invited to particpate in Youth Ministry: All confirmation candidates are invited to participate in youth minstry. Youth ministry events are scheduled on the first Sunday of the month starting with 5:00 pm mass followed by dinner and an activity.
We are in need of volunteers to help prepare meals for the teens as well as chaperone certain events throughout the year. If you are available and interested in volunteering this year, please email Father Tom.
For more information, please contact Father Tom Martin at email@example.com or call 650.361.1411 x 121.
Group Confirmations are held in the Easter Season every year.
For Youth (High School)
Contact Michael So
(650) 361-1411, ext. 113
Contact Sr. Norberta Villasenor
(650) 361-1411, ext. 115
You will need to go through our Rite of Christian Initation for Adults (RCIA) program.