The preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Ann's focuses on guiding every child toward a more intimate relationship with God and eventually receive a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit, thus awakening on each child the sense of responsibility of a Christian life and the value of belonging to the church community. The growth in the Spirit is then a lifelong journey with Christ which began at Baptism.
Our programs cover all aspects of faith necessary to prepare the sacrament, such as explaining the full meaning of the signs, symbols, words, and actions that accompany the rite itself. A variety of resources, most importantly the Holy Scripture, that are read and discussed to help the youth put to use their gifts and talents for the greater glory of God, to guide them in developing a well-formed conscience for the many choices that confront them in their lifetime. In addition, every child is led to put their faith into action as an active member in their parish and the larger community.
“To receive Confirmation, one must be in a state of grace” (CCC 1310). It is necessary that the candidate receive the sacrament of Penance prior to the Confirmation Rite in order to be cleansed for the gift of the Holy Spirit.