The purpose of our 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.
“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
- Practicing parishioners may register for the program upon completion of the seventh and eighth grade religious education program or graduation from a Catholic elementary school.
- Parents are expected to participate in scheduled parent sessions when they arise. These meetings and activities are a vital part of the lifelong faith formation process and an aide for parents as the first and best educators of their children in the faith. At least one parent from each family should be in attendance.
- 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.
- Classes 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 am parish mass followed by class time. Activities include spiritual as well as social and apostolic, some of which are included in the program calendar. 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.
- Class attendance is monitored. Students can be excused from class by calling 253–5052 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
- Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, minimally twice and before reception of Confirmation, will be required.
- 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. Sponsor certificates from the intended sponsors must be given to the Religious Education Coordinator to be put on record.
- As part of the 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.
- Candidates will also present a letter of petition 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. This letter will be written in class.
- Each candidate will have a final interview with the Pastor or his assistant to determine their readiness to be confirmed.