brings to completion the grace received through Baptism
. By this sacrament the baptized are more perfectly bound to the church and are enriched by the strength of the Holy Spirit. The gifts bestowed during this sacrament strengthen us to bear witness to Christ and build up his kingdom here on earth. Just as Jesus shared in Mat 28:19, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit," he also calls upon us to accept the same mission at our Confirmation.
Our parish communities Confirmation Preparation process will be family based, and is designed to help each one of us to grow in reverence and understanding of the sacredness of this ancient tradition and the importance of how this sacrament, in particular, equips us all to handle daily life as a Christian.
Our goal this year is to work with families to assist them as a primary part of the process in instructing and preparing their teen for the sacrament. A central part of everyone's preparation for the sacraments is their regular participation in the Sunday Mass, as well as participation in Youth Ministry events. Therefore, especially during this year of Confirmation Preparation, I encourage you to make the regular Sunday celebration of Mass a family priority. Our 8:30 AM liturgy at Ascension Church will be an integral part of our preparation year.
As part of your preparation, eighth grade families, are invited to an event, Monday, October 25 at 6:00 PM, in Mersinger Hall. At this get together, the preparation process will be explained; a schedule and materials will be distributed, but most importantly, this gathering with give teens and families an opportunity to meet Elisa Esasky, our Pastoral Associate of Faith Formation and Evangelization, face-to-face and allow her to answer any additional questions you might have as our year begins.
When will the Sacrament of Confirmation take place?
The celebration of the sacrament for our 2021-22 Sacred Heart and Ascension eighth grade confirmation class will be, Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 7:00 PM in Sacred Heart Church with Bishop Larry J. Kulick.
How do we begin the preparation process for the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Glad you asked. Save the date and attend our Confirmation Parent/Candidate Gathering, Monday, October 25, 2021, at 6:00 PM in Mersinger Hall. A letter was mailed to all families where our parish records indicated an eighth grader is in your household. If you did not receive a letter, please reach out to Elisa Esasky in the Parish Office.
What if I have questions?
Please don't hesitate and reach out to Elisa Esasky, Pastoral Associate of Faith Formation and Evangelization, in the Parish Office at 724.523.2560, ext. 12, or email her at email@example.com