Youth Confirmation


*Registration information for the 2018-19 Confirmation year is NOW AVAILABLE*




Parent Session Presentation - Jim Beckman

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Our Youth Confirmation program is available for teens 3rd-12th grade. Preparation sessions for grades 3-5 will be Sunday evenings at 6:30pm from September to February. Candidate requirements include weekly Mass attendance, Confirmation prep session attendance, Faith Outreach projects, a Saint biography, and a retreat! Faith Formation classes or CORE / SUMMIT Youth group participation is also required.

Our tentative date for the sacrament will be celebrated on February 24th, 2019. For more information please visit, read the Confirmation Parent Handbook, and/or email Jeremy Morgan or call 303-420-1280, x1204.


2018-19 Schedule (6-12th grades)


All 3rd-5th Grade Sessions are held on Sunday from 6:30-8:00pm in the Parish Center! Parent(s) must attend with Candidate! Contact Karen Oldham for more details!


September 16th, 2018 - Orientation Session 6:30pm (Parents required)

September 19th - Session 1

October 3rd - Session 2

October 17th - Session 3 (with Sponsors)

October 21st, 2018 - Rite of Welcoming, 11:30pm Mass w/ Sponsors

November 14th - Session 4

November 28th - Session 5

December 12th - Session 6

January 13th, 2019 - Rite of Enrollment, 11:30pm Mass w/ Sponsors

January 16th - Session 7

January 30th - Session 8

February 13th - Session 9

February 23rd, 2019 - Rehearsal (Tentative)
February 24th, 2019 - 
Sacrament of Confirmation Mass (Tentative)

February 27th - Session 10




Weekly SUMMIT Youth Group attendance (9th-12th grades) - Wednesday nights, 6:30-8pm, beginning September 20th

Weekly CORE Youth Group attendance (6th-8th grades) - Thursday nights, 6:30-8pm, beginning September 21st

Faith Formation classes (3rd-5th grades) - Sunday mornings, 9:15-10:45am, beginning September 23rd





Four Elements of Confirmation

From the Archdiocese of Denver:

Confirmation preparation involves the whole person: head, heart and hands. With that in mind, Confirmation programs should include the following four elements:

* Catechesis. The purpose of catechesis is to bring each candidate to a deeper knowledge of the Catholic faith, Sacred Scripture and the sacraments, especially Confirmation.

* Retreat. The purpose of a retreat is to lead each candidate to a closer, more personal relationship with the Lord, the Blessed Mother and the saints. It is also to help them acquire greater self awareness in terms of their spiritual formation and the beginning of vocational discernment.

* Service to the community. The purpose of community service is to help each candidate understand and experience the mandate to serve others in Christ's name by applying Gospel values in the world.

* Service to the Church. The purpose of service to the Church is to help each candidate experience the Christian community as the Body of Christ and to take personal responsibility for his or her part in the family of God. It is important to help youngsters develop a sense of communion (koinonia) within the parish.



Each year confirmandi must attend a retreat! This weekend retreat is full of fellowship and fun, but also about getting away from our busy lives to refocus our attention on building a better relationship with Jesus through prayer! This year our retreat will be October 13th, 2018 for all high school candidates and February 15-17, 2019 (Mountain Madness Conference in Estes Park) for all junior high candidates! 


Faith Outreach

Serving others helps candidates prepare for what is asked of them as full members of the parish community when they are Confirmed! Once candidates receive the Gifts of the Spirit at Confirmation, they will be equipped to return the talents God gave them to the Parish family and their neighbors. Although each candidate is ultimately responsible for their own faith outreach, we offer plenty of opportunities for them to serve the needs of others!

Some outreach opportunities include cleaning our Ralston Creek park trail, sending our college student care packages, our annual Spaghetti Dinner, weekend coffee and donuts, volunteer at the Operation Christmas Child warehouse, and Leave 'Em to the Angels where we open our youth center to babysit young children all day so parents can shop during the Christmas season! These are only a few of the opportunities we provide!



The Sponsor is a special person chosen by the candidate to represent the faith community at the Rite of Confirmation. It is the sponsors duty to take care that the confirmed person behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations inherent in the sacrament. Since the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation are intimately connected, the Church encourages candidates for Confirmation to choose one of their baptismal godparents as a sponsor. In some occasions this isn't possible and the candidate must choose a different sponsor. In that case, they still must meet the requirement set forth by the Code of Canon Law.

1. The Sponsor must be designated by the one to be confirmed, by the parents or the person who takes their place, or in their absence by the pastor or minister and have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function;

2. Have completed the sixteenth year of age, or the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause;

3. Be a Catholic who has been confirmed and has already received the most holy sacrament of the Eucharist and who leads a life of faith in keeping with the function to be taken on;

4. Not be bound by any canonical penalty* legitimately imposed or declared;
*[i.e.Living in an invalid marriage (remarried w/out an annulment or cohabitation before marriage), abortion, etc.]

5. Not be the father or mother of the one to be confirmed.

A sponsor is:

* A model of how a person of faith lives in today's world.
* A friend who knows the candidate and can witness to the maturing faith of the candidate before the community.
* A guide, a confidant, and a listener.
* A learner who is interested in her or his own growth as she or he walks the faith journey with the candidate.
* One who will continue after Confirmation to walk the faith journey with the candidate and invite him or her into fuller participation in parish life and service.


Things every confirmandi should know:


1. The two creeds (Apostles' and Nicene)
2. The seven sacraments
3. The Ten Commandments
4. The five precepts
5. The nine beatitudes
6. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be
7. The four Gospels
8. The Effects of Confirmation
9. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
10. Basic Church terminology/vocab



Shrine of St. Anne Roman Catholic Parish
7555 Grant Place Arvada, CO 80002


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