"Let no one have contempt for your youth, but set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity." 1 Timothy 4:12
Middle school is a time of dramatic change in our youth: physical, intellectual, social, emotional, and spiritual change. Diversity in size, maturity and interests adds to the excitement – and challenges – of middle school. With this in mind, it is a critical time for our youth to be learning about, and growing in their faith.
In the Diocese of Dallas, the Sacrament of Confirmation is to be administered in the 8th grade. Also in our diocese, preparation for all sacraments is carried out over a 2-year process. This is with the understanding that children will be actively participating in faith formation throughout all grade levels, beginning with 1st grade, and continuing through 12th grade.
The primary focus of our Junior Youth Ministry (JYM) is to prepare our youth for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Students entering 7th grade will begin the preparation process (JYM1), and will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at the end of their 8th grade year (JYM2).
“The Sacrament of Confirmation completes the work begun in Baptism and calls us to discipleship, apprenticeship and witness for active and meaningful participation in the mission and ministries of the Church.” (Diocese of Dallas, Catechetical Policies)
“By the Sacrament of Confirmation, [we] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.” (Pope Paul VI, Lumen Gentium 1964, no. 11)
Through catechesis, service opportunities, retreats, and a variety of events, we strive to meet the spiritual and social needs of our youth. Parents and families are an important part of this process. As a parish family, we look forward to working together, so that our youth experience a strong sense of community and support.
To register ANY age youth for Confirmation, please complete the RE Registration form. (Please note: youth must also be registered in the parish in order to register for Religious Education classes at St. Jude.)