Geri Leibfarth, director of religious education, said most children are baptized as infants and the confirmation Mass is a renewal of the promises of baptism.
They grow in their faith in that now the faith is their own, she
particularly enjoys seeing the "aha moment" for the youths.
always tells the confirmation candidates that they need to come to it "with an openness" rather than a closed mind.
If they allow the spirit to work through them "wonderful things can happen," she
Candidates are asked if they pray and if they understand why they're asked to do service.
said the church tries to promote an attitude of service.
has seen youths who start out reluctant to do service but then end up doing many more hours than are required.
, too, said confirmation is about "taking ownership" of one's faith.
"They've been traveling this faith journey since baptism," Leibfarth