Youth are eligible to receive the sacrament of Confirmation at St. John Neumann during their junior or senior year of high school. Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation is independent of the parish Religious Education (RE) program as well as religious education at Knoxville Catholic High School.
Confirmation preparation is a one-year process. An orientation meeting is scheduled prior to the school year with small groups beginning in September and the sacrament being celebrated in the Spring after Easter. It is expected that students have completed 10th grade RE classes or are enrolled at KCHS.
Confirmation preparation takes place in a small group setting and small groups are led by an adult and a confirmed youth leader. Small groups meet for approximately 18 sessions either in a church location or off site location determined by the leader. Throughout the year, the following are mandatory: large group meetings, retreat, 2 liturgical events and a volunteer group project. A comprehensive schedule will be provided at orientation, which will be for parents and candidates.
Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation is a vital step in a young person’s faith journey and must be entered into with a mature commitment to the program. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states it perfectly:
It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. 89 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.” 90 CCC1285