Confirmation Preparation

The Sacrament of Confirmation in this Diocese requires two years of preparation. Confirmation 1 is for 7th graders or any young people who are in 8th or 9th grade who have not been confirmed. Confirmation 2 is the second half of the preparation. Only those who have taken Confirmation 1 can register for this class.  Confirmation classes will be held on Sunday evenings from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Church building.

Baptismal certificates are required. Please submit a hard copy of your child’s baptismal certificate on or before the first day of class for Year 2. Sponsors will be chosen in the second year and must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation.

Confirmation 1 students make two pilgrimages during the year: to St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing and the Rosary Cathedral in Toledo. Confirmation 1 begins with six sessions on who Jesus is and then moves on to God’s call to humanity, the reasons for our existence and our ability to respond to God. We will cover the Church, the Trinity, the first three Sacraments and the Liturgy. See the Catechism of the Catholic Church #1309 and 1310 for the Church’s requirements for Confirmation preparation.

Confirmation year 2 begins with another opportunity for the confirmandi to give their lives completely to God. It continues more deeply into who God is and begins teaching the moral life. It covers familiarity with the Holy Spirit, the theological virtues, and the Sacrament of Confirmation itself. They will go on a day retreat on the Saturday before Confirmation to further prepare them for this important sacrament. The date for the Confirmation Mass is not set yet, we usually hear back from the Bishop’s office in late Fall.

 

Confirmation Documents

Confirmation Booklet 2017-2018

2018-19 Year 1 Schedule

2018-19 Year 2 Schedule

Confirmation Contact Information

Please pray for the team members and the people they serve.

Ken Cousino, Confirmation Year 2 Catechist kcousino@etcinc.com

Pete Cooney, Confirmation Year 1 Catechist

Dr. Bob Urbanic, Confirmation Year 2 Catechist

bob.jan.urbanic@gmail.com

Dan Toshach, Confirmation Year 1 Catechist

Confirmation Preparation Catechists

Ken Cousino, Confirmation Year 2 Catechist

Ken’s first 3 years as a catechist were as a student at U of M through St. Mary’s student chapel, starting in 1970 under Sister Gail Lancaster. The next 8 years he spent in weekly youth ministry and summer camp at grade school level up to high school. As his family grew (Ken and his wife Patti have 11 children), he continued to work with the Pathfinders father/son group for the next 15 years, camping, building, hiking and other adventures until his youngest son was too old to be interested. He taught for a few years at the Explorer’s high school program on engineering principles and world history. In 2007, Ken began to assist the CTK Confirmation program with a few talks and group discussions and finally in 2010 he began teaching the new, 2-year Confirmation program under Barbara Morgan’s guidance.

Ken has this to say about his experience as a catechist: “God has been so good to me over the years; I have been so blessed. He has touched me with a desire to learn more about Him and the Catholic Church’s teachings over the past several years, and I find that much of what I have been reading and learning gave me a greater desire to share God’s life with others, especially young people. Confirmation students are at the PERFECT age to give their lives more fully to God and they are full of questions about their faith. It is an exciting and challenging program and I have grown to love these developing young people, as my brothers and sisters in Christ the Kin

Pete Cooney, Confirmation Year 1 Catechist

Pete Cooney is a catechist for the seventh graders this year. Pete is married to Mary and has five kids (ages ranging from 18 to 9). His “day job” is as a business initiatives manager for the Innovation Group at Wells Fargo, working from his home. He began his work in preaching the Gospel as a leader in the young adult outreach of the Word of God prayer community at the Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak in the 1990s and has been involved in a number of teaching or preaching ministries since then. A member of Christ the King since 2013, he followed his wife’s footsteps to become a disciple group leader for the Confirmation program; he was soon asked to help teach classes and last year was assistant instructor with Tim DiLaura.

Dr. Bob Urbanic, Confirmation Year 2 Catechist

Bob Urbanic is one of the two catechists leading a class of seventh graders to prepare for the sacrament of  Confirmation. Mentored by Ken Cousino, the two were having too much fun together and decided it would be best if they divided the class in two. Bob is married to Gerry’s sister, Jan, and is father of John. He is a long time member of Christ the King and a retired physician after 34 years at Saint Joe’s doing medicine and endocrinology. Confirmation preparation has been a dream of Bob’s for a long while. He has also appeared as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Dan Toshach, Confirmation Year 1 Catechist

Bio available soon.