Confirmation schedule and information
Confirmation will be held on Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. The Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, DD will be the Confirming Bishop.
- Dress rehearsal will be held on Tuesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. in the church for Confirmandi and their sponsors. Reminder to all those being Confirmed and their sponsors: males should wear jackets, ties, and good shoes; females should dress appropriately. No sneakers!
- Confirmation is Wednesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. Confirmandi and sponsors should arrive at church no later than 6:30 p.m.
Today, many people see Confirmation as a “graduation” from religious education, but it is our hope that this full-year program is just the beginning for our young adults.
Through classroom gatherings, retreats, speakers, and community service outreach, our program works to build the following values in our students:
- Trust in God
- Spreading the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ
- Serving others humbly as we stand up for the poor and vulnerable
- Seeing God in everything
- Increasing the gifts of the Holy Spirit within us
Classes will meet on Sunday mornings from 10:50 AM to 11:50 AM throughout the school year. These meetings will begin as a large group gathering and then we will move into smaller classroom settings in the school.
The Mass and the receiving of the Eucharist are the very center of our Catholic faith. The obligation to attend Sunday and holy day Masses is a responsibility for all Catholics. We expect all of our students to understand and accept this rule, which is based upon the Third Commandment. It is of vital importance your children attend weekly Mass. Parents, we humbly ask for your partnership in teaching your children the importance of Mass by taking them to church.
The Confirmation Retreat is a time for all of our Confirmation students to spend time growing in their relationship with God, His church, and one another as they begin final preparations to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The retreat is held in Fr. O’Hara Hall and is free of charge to registered students.
Community Service Hours
Stewardship is the sharing of our time, talent, and treasure out of gratitude to Almighty God for all of the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. In preparation for Confirmation, it is important that students reflect on and identify those areas in their lives where they excel and find a way to share them with others, especially the marginalized. This is an opportunity for self-reflection on the gifts God has given to each of us. We ask that students perform a minimum of five service hours in the church and a minimum of five service hours in the community.
Form: Sponsor Certificate
Each candidate will choose a sponsor before formal classes begin. The sponsor will be required to obtain a Sponsor Certificate from his or her parish prior to acceptance for this role in the faith journey of the candidate. Sponsors must be living their own lives according to the teachings of the Catholic Church, be baptized and confirmed, and if married, validly married in the Catholic Church as well as attending Mass regularly as the basic minimum of participation in the life of the church. Parents cannot be sponsors under any circumstance since they are already considered the “first and best teachers of the faith” for their children.
Form: Confirmation Name Form
Whenever God did something big in the Bible, He often changed a person’s name as a sign of what He was doing. Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter, meaning “rock.” This is because Jesus made Peter the first pope, and thus started the church. When you choose the name of a saint as your confirmation name, you are choosing a friend and mentor in heaven. You should choose a saint’s name based on the connection you have with that saint’s life.
Please have the following forms completed before the first class:
- Confirmation Program Application
- Sponsor’s Certificate
- Confirmation Name Form
- Baptismal Certificate (Please contact the parish where student was baptized to request this form.)
Community Service Projects must be completed before the first week of April 2017. The completed form is due that week.