Confirmation Guidelines Grades 9 & 10

Mission:  The purpose of the two year Confirmation program is to help our young people to be receptive and responsive to the graces and challenges of the Sacrament of Confirmation, which binds them more intimately to the Church and obliges them to spread and defend the faith.  Catechesis for the sacrament of Confirmation will work to provide a sense of belonging to the universal Church as well as the parish community.  The program strives to provide those preparing for Confirmation with the knowledge and attitudes necessary for the lifelong process of conversion to Christ.

Implementation:

  1. Practicing parishioners may register for the program upon completion of the 7th and 8th grade religious education program or graduation from a Catholic elementary school.
  2. After having shown a commitment to the faith by weekly Mass attendance, candidates will be expected to fulfill each of the requirements as put forth. Candidates will be eligible for immediate preparation for the sacrament after a minimum of one year in the program, based on compliance, participation.   Only after all requirements have been successfully completed, will a candidate be considered for the sacrament.
  3. A parent or guardian must be present at a parent meeting to complete the registration process and review the guidelines.
  4. All candidates are expected to attend Mass each weekend and Holy Days of Obligation and to be active participants in the sacramental life of their parish church, Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Mass attendance will be monitored by weekly sign-in. Those who must on occasion attend mass in another Catholic church should bring that church’s bulletin to their next class.   Candidates not attending weekly Mass will be choosing to defer the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
  5. Required meetings for year one will be held on Sunday mornings from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, as well as on additional scheduled occasions. The Sunday meetings will consist of participation in the 10:30 parish mass followed by class time. Candidates will be provided with textbooks and written materials.  Participation and attendance is expected at a minimum of 12 sessions the first year as well as completion of all outside work assigned to supplement this classroom time. This includes, but is not limited to, reading of the chapter each week and the writing of definitions to the vocabulary words for each chapter being covered.   More than two absences will require participation in additional parish programs to meet requirements.  Unexcused and repeated absences will result in a deferral of Confirmation.  Candidates, only once they have met the first year requirements, including attendance and homework, will be invited to begin immediate preparation for the reception of Confirmation in the summer of the second year.
  6. Candidates are expected to show an interest in and participate in parish life and activities. Activities must include spiritual as well as social and apostolic, some of which are included in the program calendar.
  7. All candidates for Confirmation are expected to be involved in an ongoing service project or parish ministry beginning at registration. Candidates are encouraged to choose an area of Parish ministry such as usher, lector, choir, catechist aide, altar serving, altar society or assisting with the parish feast committee for their service hours. Service hours done at school are acceptable.  Verification of these hours, in writing, must come directly from the contact person where the work is being performed, not from a parent or relative, no later than the second weekend in March of the first year.  No candidate will be considered for Confirmation until approved service projects have been completed for the first year.  Service for year two will be completed as part of a Day of Service to be organized for that purpose. Click here for more information about the Service Project.
  8. Participation in all scheduled activities, liturgies, mission, devotions, evening of recollection, retreat experiences etc, is expected of all candidates, including those enrolled in Catholic High Schools.
  9. Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, minimally twice the first year and before reception of Confirmation will be required.
  10. After careful consideration and based on the guidelines provided, each candidate will choose an individual to act as their sponsor for Confirmation. As in Baptism, a sponsor is chosen to act as a spiritual mentor, representing the larger Christian community. This will be done immediately upon registering for the Confirmation Program.  Sponsor certificates from the intended sponsors must be on record by the first weekend of November of the first year. Click here for more information about choosing a sponsor. 
  11. As part of the final preparation for the reception of the sacrament, all qualified candidates will choose and research a Saint of the Church, whose name they will take as their own for Confirmation. Each candidate will have a final interview with the Pastor or his assistant to determine their readiness to be confirmed.  Candidates will also present a letter of petition to the pastor requesting the Sacrament and demonstrating their readiness to receive it.  Included in this letter should be an explanation of their understanding of the sacrament as well as knowledge of the saint whose name they have chosen.

“Young people must say to the world: to follow Christ is good; to go with Christ is good; the message of Christ is good.”Pope Francis I