Confirmation Preparation - Overall Program

 

 

 

 The Preaparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation Journey

Confirmation will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019

2:00pm Confirmation Mass - for the following Small Groups:  TBD
5:30pm Confirmation Mass - for the following Small Groups:  TBD

Confirmation Rehearsal 

The Confirmation Rehearsal is Wednesday, May 15, 2019.  Both Sponsor and Candidate attend the rehearsal.  

The rehearsal time is based on the Confirmation Mass to which you are assigned:
6:00pm - 7:00pm Rehearsal for the 2:00pm Confirmation Mass
7:30pm - 8:30pm Rehearsal for the 5:30pm Confirmation Mass

Confirmation Sponsor Dinner

Sunday, May 5, 2019:  5:30pm Mass followed by dinner (6:30pm to 8:00pm)
Confirmation Candidates and their Sponsors are invited to worship at the 5:30pm Mass.  Following Mass, Candidates and Sponsors come together at this dinner to celebrate the faith journey that will soon be perfected through the Sacrament of Confirmation.  It is a wonderful gathering of community, hosted by the Confirmation I candidates (sign up for your help here).  Sponsors are fomally invited by the Confirmation Candidates to the Confirmation Sponsor Dinner.  Find Sponsor Invitiation Letter here.  Please remember to address the salutation and sign the letter.

Confirmation Preparation:  You are Chosen
As Catholics, we are called, and Chosen, by God to affirm our faith in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation completes our "Initiation" into the Catholic Church. Preparation is a two year process that begins in 9th grade and continues through 10th grade. It includes small group meetings, weekly celebration of the Eucharist, service to others, and spending time with God in prayer. Additionally, candidates attend two Confirmation Retreats:  one during the first year of preparation, and a second during the second year of preparation.

It is our desire that our youth in preparation for Confirmation grow to know, love and serve our wonderful and awesome God.

Weekly Celebration of Mass - Food for the Journey:

Just as God fed manna to Moses and the Israelites on their journey to the promised land, the student candidates and their parents will need spiritual nourishment for their journey. God provides this through the weekly celebration of Mass and reception of the Eucharist. Weekly attendance at Mass is a critical component in the preparation process.  

*ALL Candidates must to attend Mass weekly.  The 5:30pm Mass in particular engages the Confirmation Candidate through the Liturgy and participation as Lectors, Greeters, Offertory Collectors and Gift Bearers.

Masses are assigned for each Small Group.  Click here to see the 2018/2019 Mass Assignment Schedule.

Preparation - Small Groups/Large Groups:

Our Program is a two-year preparation beginning in Grade 9, with the Sacrament bestowed in Grade 10.

Candidates meet in Small Groups led by a volunteer Catechist.  In addition to Small Groups, there are also Large Groups (entire class) during each year and an all day Retreat, both in the first year and in the second year.  See specific meeting dates...

Confirmation I candidates attending Catholic School are not required to attend the Small and Large group meetings; though the invitation to attend the Large Group Meeting is always there.

Confirmation II candidates attending Catholic School are required to attend both Small and Large Group meetings.

Service to the Parish and the Community:

Acknowledging and developing our God-given talents is an on-going part of our individual faith journeys. Using these talents in the service of others is God's desire.  During Confirmation preparation, we focus on gaining a deeper understanding of how we can help our Parish and Community.  We are called to engage in Christian works of Service for those in need - as Jesus teaches:

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others... (Mark 10:45)

Our Christian Service centers around The Corporal Works of Mercy, found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise.  They "are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs".  They respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through this life. 

Service Requirements for Confirmation Preparation I & II are:  Each candidate must complete 3 Corporal Works of Mercy and pass in a Service Verification Form. The Service Form is Due By May 1, 2019.  Read more on Requirements...

 

Christian Service Sheet - Required 
Each year of preparation candidates will complete a Service Sheet.  This is to be filled out by candidate, validated by service site and reviewed with his/her Group Leader.  The Service Sheet serves as a vehicle for initiating a dialogue with the Group Leader on the value of Christian Service and the Corporatl Works of Mercy.  Download Service Sheet

A NOTE ABOUT CHRISTIAN SERVICE:  Christian Service is not about dotting i's and crossing t's; of checking off the "done" list and then moving on.  Christian Service is a way of living and sharing God's love.  Christian Service during confirmation preparation is a way of cultivating, growing, and nurturing our Missionary Mandate received at our Baptism!  

 

 

2018-2019 Meeting Dates:
 Confirmation I

 Confirmation II

2018/2019 Mass Assignments

Confirmation Retreat
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Christian Service:  Corporal Works of Mercy

Requirements, read more...

Make-up for Missed Class:
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Choosing a Sponsor

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Download Sponsor Dinner Invitation Letter
 

 

Choosing a Confirmation Name

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Confirmation I Students - Sign up to help with the Confirmation II Sponsor Dinner on May 5, 2019
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Confirmation II Interviews

In the few weeks preceding the Confirmation Mass, Confirmation II Candidates attend a short interview with Fr. Steve, Fr. Ed, Catechists, or an Adult Parishioner to share insights into their 2-yr preparation journey and experiences.

2018/2019 Interview Schedule:
GROUP A - April 7, 2019
GROUP B - April 28, 2019
Times TBD

 

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