Confirmation is a sacrament of initiation that is closely connected to Baptism and Eucharist, even though it is often celebrated years later. It “perfects baptismal grace” and incorporates us more firmly into Christ and strengthens our bond with the whole Church and the mission of Christ. At Confirmation, one is strengthened in the gifts of the Holy Spirit to help us live more fully as disciples of Jesus Christ.
In Schenectady County, an individual must be baptized and minimally in Grade 11 or 16 years old to enter Confirmation preparation. At Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish s/he should have been in a Faith Formation program for at least two years prior to entering Confirmation preparation, and be willing and able to participate fully in the Immediate Preparation for Confirmation.
For youth, parent or parent/candidate sessions take place throughout High School years so that everyone is aware of the details of the preparation, and is ready to enter the process. Along with catechesis, a service component is included so youth may begin to build a Christian lifestyle.
The Immediate Preparation for the Sacrament begins with a personal conversation with the Catechetical Leader to discern where the candidate is in his/her journey to being a disciple of Jesus. The Preparation period also involves service, a series of gatherings for catechesis on the sacrament, and a retreat.
Please call the Faith Formation Director at 518 346-4926 x 121 or email email@example.com for any further questions or to enroll your child in Faith Formation classes.
Preparation for adults who have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion and are in full communion with the Catholic Church usually takes place once a week for several weeks prior to the Sacrament of Confirmation being offered at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church.
Adults seeking to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation should contact Joseph Brennan at 518 346-4926 x 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.