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 October 2, 2019. The second GIFT meeting for parents and students will be held on November 6, 2019, and the third meeting will be held on December 4, 2019. The final GIFT meeting and Confirmation practice for students and sponsors was held on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Confirmation liturgy was held on Sunday, January 19, at 3:00 p.m. with Abbot Murphy. Below are pictures from the 2020 Confirmation liturgy. Photos from professional photographer Patrick McGleam are also available for viewing and purchase by visiting www.mcgleamstudios.com. Then click on Proofs, enter sp20 for the password, and choose one of the galleries (Getting Ready, Procession, and Ceremony).