The Last Sacrament of Christian Initiation
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine relationship, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. Consistent participation in the eighth through tenth grade classes and activities is necessary to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Preparation for Confirmation at St. George is a two-year process that can begin as early as 9th grade. During these two years, students will attend specific Confirmation Preparation sessions on Wednesday evenings in the Fall. Students must also attend and be active in the St. George Youth Group, which utilizes the Life Teen program. Outside of Faith Formation, Confirmation students are expected to attend mass weekly, regularly receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, and actively participate in the life of the parish. They will also be expected to attend and participate in a retreat in both their first and second year of Confirmation preparation and a Confirmation retreat during their second year.
Prior to beginning the two-year process of Confirmation, all students must be enrolled and actively participate in our middle or high school program for one year. Those beginning the Confirmation journey in 9th grade must have been enrolled in our 8th grade Faith Formation program. The year prior to the commencement of the Confirmation program is spent ensuring that the teen is ready for the journey ahead. For more information, please contact our Director of Faith Formation, Martha Vahanian (MVahanian@StGeorgeNewnan.org) or 770-683-8979.
Any Catholic or Non-Catholic adult, 18 years of age or older, who wishes to learn more about Confirmation in the Catholic Church is invited to participate in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program. For more information, please contact our Director of Faith Formation, Martha Vahanian (MVahanian@StGeorgeNewnan.org) or 770-683-8979, or our RCIA Coordinator, Deacon Ed Buckley (DeaconBuckley@StGeorgeNewnan.org).
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If St. George is your home parish, please know that you will be required to be an actively registered parishioner for 3 months before we can issue a “letter in good standing”. St. George Parishioners click here to request a letter.
If St. George is not your home parish, please contact the parish you are currently registered at for the letter and ask that it be sent to the parish where the sacrament will be issued. This letter is normally required by the parish where the sacrament of Baptism or Confirmation will be celebrated.