Adult Confirmation


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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.”

CCC 1285

 

 

 

Our sacramental preparation program for Adult Candidates begins in the fall with a reading period.  During the Fall semester those preparing for Adult Confirmation meet once a month to discuss the reading assignment for two hours on Sunday evening.  In the Spring semester the schedule changes and there are bi-weekly sessions to break open the sacrament.  The reading period and group sessions are intended to assist the candidates see how Confirmation increases and deepens the grace of baptism, strengthens the candidates bond with the Church and enter into a more intimate knowing of the Holy Spirit, His gifts and fruits.

As with our other sacramental preparation programs this program is intended to be short and focused on the immediate catechesis for the sacrament the candidates are preparing to receive.   Prior to registering for the Adult Confirmation Program those interested are asked to set up a one on one meeting with the Sacramental Prep Coordinator to determine the most suitable course of preparation for the candidates’ reception of Confirmation.

For more information see the FAQ below or contact the Sacramental Prep Coordinator, Anne Vieira.  Anne can be reached at (352) 372-3533 ext 141 or via email at anne@catholicgators.org.

Resources

USCCB Link to Bible

2013-2014 Adult Confirmation Schedule

Click here for a printable schedule…

Fall Meetings & Retreat

October

November

Day Retreat

6th

3rd

Saturday Nov 16th

8:30am-6:30pm

Open Gate

Spring Meetings & Retreat

January

February

March

April

Overnight Retreat

12th

2nd

16th

6th

March 14th – 15th

26th

16th

30th

Friday 5pm-Saturday 6:00pm

Open Gate

All meetings will take place in the Conference Room from 7pm-9pm

Holy Week Meetings

Seder Supper(Optional)

Holy Thursday

Good Friday

Easter Vigil

April 15th

April 17th

April 18th

April 19th

6:00pm

Parish Lounge

7:30pm

Church

6:30pm

Church

9:00pm

Church

 

Registration and Sponsor Forms

Adult Confirmation
Registration Form
Sponsor Eligibility Form Sponsor Eligibility Form – Spanish

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to enroll in this program?

Individuals over 18 years of age who have been baptized, received First Communion and have an adequate formation in the faith.  Those enrolled should be registered members of St. Augustine Church.

Is there a fee for this program?

No.  Access to the sacraments is a fundamental right of every Catholic.

Do candidates need anything for this program?

Yes.  All candidates will need access to a Catholic Bible and a United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.  Both of these texts can be purchased from the Front Office.  They will also need a Confirmation Sponsor.  For more information on Sponsors click here  to see the Sponsor section.

What is needed to register for this program?

  • A one on one meeting with the Sacramental Prep Coordinator
  • A completed registration form by the 30th of September
    • The registration form can be filled out online or a paper copy may be picked up at the front desk
  • A copy of the candidate’s Baptism Certificate
  • Documentation of the candidates’ reception of the sacrament of First Communion.

When does this program take place?

The classes for this program are held on Sunday’s from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Click here for link to schedule.

Who is expected to attend the program classes?

Only the Confirmation candidate is expected to attend the classes.

What am I committing to?

  • Attending Sunday Mass every week
  • Attending all the Sacramental Preparation classes
  • Attending two Retreats
    • Fall Semester is a day-long retreat which begins at 8:30am and ends with the 5:30pm Vigil Mass
    • Spring Semester is an overnight retreat which begins at the 5:30pm Mass on Friday and ends at 6:00pm on Saturday.
  • Praying with the Sunday Gospel readings at home
  • Learning about the lives of the Saints to help pick a Confirmation Saint
  • Completing 10 hours of service and completing a report (Service Hours Form)
  • Any assignments that are given during the off weeks 

Who are the teachers in our program?

For those participating in the Adult Confirmation program the main catechist is the Sacramental Prep Coordinator with guest speakers for selected sessions.

Who do I contact if I have questions or concerns?

Please contact the Sacramental Prep Coordinator, Anne Vieira, if you have any questions or concerns. Anne can be reached at (352) 372-3533 ext 141 or via email at anne@catholicgators.org.