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) Confirmation is a ministry open to students who are parishioners of St. Joseph Parish. By directive of Bishop Deshotel, starting this Spring of 2023, we will begin the transition of Confirmation in 11th grade to the 8th grade. We will confirm gradesgrades 8 and 9 in the Spring. Thereafter, everyone will be confirmed in the 8th grade. Kristina Lavergne will be the leader/coordinator of Confirmation prep until we have fully transitioned to the 8th grade. If you have any questions, she can be reached at her email: email@example.com or you can call Fr Brent at the parish office. IMPORTANT DATES FOR THIS SPRING CONFIRMATION PREP
(8TH AND 9TH GRADERS) Parent Meeting January 28, 2024 at 6:30pm in the FLC Classes will be held from 3:30pm until 5:15pm on these Sundays: Feb 18, Feb 25, March 3, March 10, March 17, March 24, April 7, April 14, April 21, April 28 Once Confirmation preparation is complete, all are encouraged and expected to move on to the Rayne Youth program held on Sundays after the 5:30pm mass A mandatory retreat will be held on Saturday May 4, 2024 at Camp Karol in Moss Bluff, LA. Transportation will be provided. This will be a one full-day retreat (tentatively scheduled to depart Rayne at 7:30am and return at 9:30pm) The Confirmation Mass will be Sunday May 5 at 5:30pm. There will be a practice before this ceremony, date/time to be announced later. Fee: $100
This fee is to offset the costs of the supplies needed for the prep, to hire staff, and pay the expenses of the retreat. If for some reason someone is not able to pay the fee, please contact Fr Brent for assistance.