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Confirmation

CONFIRMATION – TWO YEAR PROGRAM

As a Sacrament of Initiation, Confirmation is intimately related to Baptism and the Eucharist. Christians are reborn in Baptism, strengthened by Confirmation, and sustained by the food of the Eucharist. In Confirmation young people are signed with the gift of the Holy Spirit and become more perfect images of their Lord. This sacrament renews and strengthens their baptismal call to bear witness to Christ before the world and work eagerly for the building of his body.

In accordance with Archdiocesan guidelines, students are prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation during the Eighth Grade. ONLY those students who successfully complete the Seventh Grade course of study are prepared to receive the Sacrament. Spread over a two-year period, the Confirmation preparation program encompasses several different dimensions, including doctrine, worship, and service.

DOCTRINE
In weekly instruction, emphasis is placed on making students more aware of their responsibility to live the Christian life as maturing young adults. Special emphasis is placed on the role of the sacraments in the life of the Christian.

WORSHIP
In addition to regular attendance at the Eucharist, special Masses provide opportunities for the students to engage more actively in the celebration. An Initiation Mass is the formal beginning of the candidate’s program. Other liturgical or Para-liturgical events include prayer and penance services, opportunities for private reconciliation and two retreat experiences.

SERVICE
Eighth Grade Students will be responsible for completing 25 hours of service to be decided upon and started by each student in the spring of the 7th grade. Service projects will be due the following January.


ROLE OF PARENTS IN THE PREPARATION OF CONFIRMATION

As the primary educators of your children, you along with your child’s sponsor are intimately involved in the preparation for Confirmation. We ask that you serve as models for your children by being committed Christians, and by nurturing your child in faith. Every family should:

  • assist your child with the immediate preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, through prayer, study and Christian service
  • go to Mass regularly
  • attend special Masses, penance services and retreats that are planned to help your son/daughter prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation
  • encourage your child to reflect on and thoughtfully consider the decision to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation
  • help your child understand that the Confirmation Service projects are the beginning of a life committed to Christian Service
  • stress the initiation aspect of the Sacrament by encouraging your child to continue learning more about their faith after they make their Confirmation; specifically, by continuing with the high school program.


GRADE 8 CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES MUST COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS …

  • Successfully complete the 7th Grade
  • Attend Sunday Masses and hand in Mass attendance slips or bulletins
  • Participate in the Fall Investiture Mass
  • Attend the Fall Family Confirmation Retreat given by a visiting priest
  • Attend the Spring Student Confirmation Retreat
  • Complete 25 hours of 8th Grade Service
  • Successfully pass the oral test of basic facts and all written quizzes
  • Take part in Confirmation Rehearsals

Hand in the following items by January:

  1. Sponsor Certificate
  2. Confirmation Name
  3. Confirmation Fee and Information Sheet
  4. Service Report
  5. Letter to the Bishop
  6. Robe order form

» Mass Attendance (policy and slips)
» Service Project Booklet