Welcome to Confirmation Preparation. Our hope is that this program will enrich the spiritual growth and development of your family’s relationship with Jesus Christ and the Church community.
This year we started using Chosen as our Confirmation Program. It is designed to be simple to implement and the formation is valuable insight and tools that leads to inspiration of one’s Catholic faith. It follows the RCIA catechetical model and how this process of conversion can lead teens to a personal encounter with Christ and lifelong discipleship. It is presented by Chris Stefanick and other leading experts.
The following information will serve as a guideline for Confirmation preparation. The students are expected to attend all Sunday Masses, Holy Day Masses, a Retreat, Classes, Service Projects, Rite of Candidacy, Learning Centers (once), and Youth Ministry activities.
Sunday Mass is an obligation of our Catholic Faith and as one asking for full initiation into the Church, regular Mass attendance is part of that commitment.
Candidates will be accountable for their attendance.
Confirmation is the sacrament of acceptance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit which begins at Baptism that we may live in the fullness of those gifts for the rest of our lives. Confirmation gives us the fullness of the Holy Spirit by which we are compelled to spread and defend the faith. To live our faith is not our own work, but rather we receive power from God to be a true witness for Christ. By Confirmation, we are anointed and receive a permanent mark or seal that identifies us as belonging to Jesus Christ. The words "Be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit" tell us that Confirmation increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit within us and makes us more open to His actions and God’s invitation to life.
These gifts are Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Fortitude (courage), Counsel (right judgment), Piety, and Holy Fear in God's Presence (wonder and awe) (Isaiah 11:2-3). By living in accord with the Holy Spirit, we experience His spiritual fruits: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Long-suffering, Mildness, Fortitude, Modesty, Self-control, and Chastity. (Gal. 5:22)
ROLE OF THE PARENTS
The role of the parent(s) during Confirmation preparation is a very important one. The diocesan guidelines state that, at the time of infant Baptism, parents are told that you are the primary teachers of the faith for your child. Today, your involvement in the Confirmation process is essential for the continued formation of your child's faith. Young people need to see their parents modeling their faith in their daily lives.
Parental involvement should be encouraged through the following measures:
Candidates will be accountable for their attendance. Every Confirmation candidate is expected to attend every activity on the calendar; this means all scheduled activities. If you do not attend an activity, you will have to find out what you missed. You will be held accountable for all materials. If candidates are not going to attend a session, please contact those who are in charge of whatever event is planned. Candidates are encouraged to take ownership of their Confirmation preparation.
Retreat participation is a requirement of the Diocese. Our Confirmation retreat is on November 3rd.
A copy of the Candidate's Baptismal Certificate is needed for Confirmation. These need to be handed in by December of your first year. If you were baptized at here, let us know, as it should be on file here.
The role of the Sponsor is explained in detail below.
As the students begins to experience the reality with their Catholic Christian tradition, a strong relationship with a sponsor can create an environment for the candidate to ask questions about faith in a safe and supportive environment. Essentially, the sponsor mentors the candidate by supporting, listening, and challenging the candidate's faith. The sponsor needs to be someone who can relate to the candidate and meet the following criteria:
Candidates will have to meet with sponsors about four times before Confirmation. The name of their sponsor is due by December 3. A short paragraph stating who their sponsor is and why they chose their sponsor will be due on January 7. It will be important to include name of sponsor and candidate, parish both belong too, why they chose this person and why is this person Catholic.
All 10th Grade Candidates must have a Confirmation name and a short typed paragraph explaining why you chose that name. You will present this information to your faith-sharing group and/or class.
The diocesan guidelines are stated below:
In Baptism candidates were given the name of a saint or of someone who modeled the faith. At Confirmation youth may choose an additional saint's name. A saint is a person of virtue who has been recognized by the universal Catholic Church. Candidates should research the Confirmation name they choose. Candidates should be ready to tell the Bishop:
The bishop may ask one or more of these questions during the Confirmation ceremony, so please be prepared.
This will be due on February 4.
LETTER TO THE BISHOP
The 10th grade candidates are required to present a well-written typed letter explaining what Confirmation means to them and why they wish to be confirmed. The purpose of this letter is to help clarify what is happening in their lives and what it means to be confirmed. Diocesan guidelines state, “In the letter candidates can tell what they have been doing to ready themselves for the sacrament and why they wish to be confirmed as a Catholic Christian.” These will be handed in to Dennis Kunkel who will mail them to the Bishop prior to Confirmation. Again, these letters must be typed and at least one page long.
These will be due on March 4.
Confirmation candidates are required to do service projects. These projects can be done in several ways.
This report needs to be legible, so typing is required.
It is due on April 1.
The Clergy Interviews are required by the bishop and will take place the early spring. Clergy will need to meet with every Confirmation candidate prior to receiving the Sacrament. The purpose of this interview will be to continue dialogue of faith growth, vocations and readiness for Confirmation.
And as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dennis Kunkel at the parish office firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 534-2887.