Confirmation means "strengthening." It is a time for our eighth graders to deepen their faith and make the decision to follow Jesus and live his Gospel message to the world. At Baptism, their parents made the choice to have them raised as members of the Catholic Church; during Confirmation, they must decide if they will continue to live as a Catholic. All of their studies and preparation during this school year have been geared to help them realize what this commitment to Jesus, the Catholic Church, and humanity entails. Rather than viewing Confirmation as an ending, we hope that they will view it as the beginning of living their faith in a more active and mature way. In preparation for Confirmation, students will complete a number of projects. Their parents were given a Confirmation packet during the first GIFT (Gathered In Faith Together) meeting on September 28, 2016. The second GIFT meeting for parents and students was held on October 26, and the third meeting was on November 30. The final GIFT meeting and Confirmation practice for students and sponsors was on Wednesday, February 1, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Confirmation liturgy was held on Saturday, February 4, at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Siegel as celebrant. Below are pictures from this year's Confirmation liturgy.