Confirmation is the completion of baptism, the giving of the full power of a Christian. "Confirmation" means a strengthening - this sacrament strengthens and increases what we receive at baptism, particularly the power of bearing witness to Christ. To emphasize this, the ceremony of confirmation includes a renewal of our baptismal promises. We now become full-fledged members of the Church, lay apostles in the fullest sense.
In our diocese, Confirmation normally takes place in the 8th grade. The School of Religion Program (SOR) at Prince of Peace, has a two-year Confirmation preparation process that may begin with the student's 7th or 8th grade year. For those starting in the 8th grade, they will receive the sacrament in the 9th grade.
Candidates prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation by attending weekly classes, a retreat, completing required service hours over the two year period, as well as other activities. A one year program is available for high school students that need to be confirmed. For more information please click here or contact the SOR office at 913.829.1147.
Prince of Peace Catholic School seventh and eighth graders receive sacramental preparation for Confirmation during the school day. Students receive religious instruction each day and attend Mass weekly. Students have the opportunity each school day to integrate the Catholic faith in learning and friendships. Click here or contact the school office at 913-764-0650 for information regarding enrollment in Prince of Peace Catholic School.
Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the Prince of Peace Confirmation program will be changing to allow for parents and teens to more fully engage in their faith together. The Confirmation program will remain a two-year formation and preparation program, traditionally beginning in seventh grade, with the Sacrament of Confirmation conferred during the spring semester of eighth grade. The Confirmation program engages the candidates in a variety of ways to help them grow in faith and better prepare to witness Jesus to the world.
Confirmation preparation is required in order to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. At Prince of Peace we will offer four different ways to fulfill your Confirmation preparation:
- EDGE. Junior High Youth Ministry meets on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30PM in the youth room. The youth ministry will begin mid-September and continue year round. This ministry is open to all 7th and 8th graders to participate in, including School of Religion students, Prince of Peace School students and those students from within our boundaries.
- Enrollment at Prince of Peace Catholic School. Enrollment at Prince of Peace Catholic School and participation in the school Religion class fulfills Confirmation preparation for those students’ 7th and 8th grade year.
- Enrolled in School of Religion Class. We understand that some students learn better in a classroom setting and we wish to allow those students to have access to this more traditional setting. This year we will offer a traditional classroom setting on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30PM.
- Home Study. This year we are offering an online home study for parents and teens to participate in together. We will be using the Chosen Confirmation program which allows parents and teens to view the videos and participate by completing workbooks. This will be on your own time during the school year.
Finally, Fr. Jerry is most excited about our final change to the Confirmation program. We are asking all families to participate in at least two parent formation nights during the year. We will offer a variety of meetings and they will cover a variety topics, such as: Stress, Anxiety, Self-Harm, Internet Safety, Love Language, Drinking, Drugs, and Addiction. To see complete list of dates, times, topics, please go here.These nights will be on top of the MANDATORY Confirmation Parent/Teen meeting we will have on September 13th, 2017 from 7:00 - 8:30PM in the Parish Hall.
Registration for next year’s Confirmation preparation will be on April 24th or April 26th, from 5:00PM - 8:00PM. This year at registration, we will ask that you and your family decide what form of formation will work best for you!