90% of the newly confirmed teens in the parish. At Mass.
We'll let the good deacon speak for himself: you can watch the video (less than
2 mins) of him explaining his approach
Over half a million kids receive the sacrament of confirmation every year.
And the statistics tell us that only two-thirds (or fewer) will remain Catholic as adults.
But here’s the thing… it doesn’t need to be this way.
Imagine if, after receiving confirmation, 90% of kids went to Mass?
That’s what we heard from a deacon in Texas. In the past, only 50% of kids in his parish continued to go to Mass after receiving confirmation.
And it isn’t the only time we’ve heard stories like this. Chris Stefanick heard from a youth minister in Florida who told him they went from losing 90% of their kids after confirmation to keeping 90% of those kids.
So what was the common theme in these success stories?
Those parishes used the Chosen program for their confirmation prep.
We spent five years developing Chosen, which features the Church’s most talented and experienced experts at reaching and connecting with young people.
It’s currently being used by thousands of parishes around the country every year.
We hope you’ll take us up on this opportunity.
We are confident you’ll see what so many others have already discovered.
It touches the hearts of these young people and excites within them a love and ownership of their Faith.
It sets them on fire for the Lord and for his bride, the Church.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
Recall then that you have received the spiritual seal, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding and courage, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence, the Spirit of holy fear in God's presence. Guard what you have received. God our Father has marked you with his sign; Christ the Lord has confirmed you and has placed his pledge, the Spirit, in your heart.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church sees as a scriptural basis for Confirmation as a sacrament distinct from Baptism the account in the Acts of the Apostles 8:14-17:
Now when the apostles, who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John. Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For he was not as yet come upon any of them; but they were only baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands upon them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
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