Confirmation

     
 


Confirmation Class - Candidate Expectations


 

Free-will Decision of the Candidate

 

Christ wants to do be confirmed.  Do you hear Christ calling you?  Are you ready for a change of heart?  Are ready for the gifts bestowed to you by the Holy Spirit? 


The Holy Spirit brings love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self control.  Are you ready for these gifts?

 

It's not unusual to be hesitant about Confirmation.  It's takes commitment, self reflection and to have a deeper love and appreciation for what it means to be Catholic. 

 

Through Confirmation, Christ is calling you to be like the Apostles: His witnesses before the community and before the world.  The Sacrament of Confirmation is the completion of the Sacrament of Baptism; you will be confirming the vows taken by your parents and godparents at Baptism.

 

Sometimes candidates feel that they are not ready to be confirmed.  Our program has been designed to help students to "become ready" for confirmation.  You may not be ready for Confirmation at the beginning of the program but we hope you will be at the end.  Confirmation is not the end of your spiritual growth, it is the beginning of a life long journey of growth, learning, and discovery.  However, no candidate should be coerced into the formation process, as this not only defeats the purpose of the program but also creates an atmosphere that could negatively affect others.  It is expected that candidates who wish to receive the sacrament of Confirmation accept what it means to be confirmed, to participate fully in the process and to take seriously what it means to be a member of the Church. 

 

Candidates, together with their families, are asked to read over and discuss the expectations and requirements of the preparation program.  Failure to meet any of the expectations and/or complete any of the requirements herein stated is equivalent to withdrawal from the program for the year (candidates may re-enroll the following year)

 

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Attend Confirmation Classes

Confirmation classes are intended to complement the faith formation that takes place both within the candidates’ families and at the Mass.

Confirmation classes take place in the Education building weekly, prior to Mass, 09:00 am to 10:00 am, from September through May. During the summer months, June through August, classes will be held the first Sunday of each month.  Refer to schedule for more details.

In "The Classroom" page you'll find all classroom work and homework for the next week.  If you have any questions contact your classroom instructors.

Candidates will bring to class, every Sunday, the following materials:  (1) Faith First manual, (2) Catechism of the Catholic Church, (3) a Bible, and a (4) 3-ring binder to retain handouts and other class materials.

There will be an occasional test or quiz but the candidates will be given adequate notification to prepare.

Candidates with 4 or more unexcused absences will be disenrolled from the program unless there is a serious medical or family reason.

If 10 minutes late or more the candidate will not be allowed admittance to the class and will count as an absence.  Candidates coming in late are very disruptive to the class.

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Sunday and Holy Day Mass Attendance

The Mass and the Eucharist are the center of our Catholic faith. The obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses is expected of all candidates.  If they are away from the parish, it is expected that they will seek out another Catholic church in which to attend Mass.

The Eucharist is central to the Catholic life.  It is the central means by which we nourish our faith and worship God.  Further, it is through hearing the Scriptures read and discussed that we learn more about our faith and about God.

All candidates should make every effort to participate in the Easter Triduum, which consists of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.  This is the holiest time of the year for our Church.  The services on these days are rich in the traditions of our faith.  We will discuss with the Confirmandi how they can fully participate in the Triduum during class. 

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Baptismal Certificate

Baptism is necessary before one can receive any other sacrament.  All church records are kept at the church of Baptism.  If you do not have a copy of your child's Baptismal Certificate, you must write or call the church it took place in and request a copy.  We cannot accept a Baptismal record, we must have the certificate.  All candidates must submit a copy of their Baptismal Certificate when possible.

Please make sure the certificate includes the address of the Church the Sacrament took place in.  This will enable use to update your child's Sacramental record in our Church. 

If your child was baptized in a military Chapel and you do not have a copy of the certificate, you can request the certificate by internet, which is the preferred method ...  www.milarch.org/sacramental/index.html

You can also write or call the Archdiocese

Archdiocese for the Military Service, USA
PO Box 4469
Washington DC  20017-0469

Phone:  (202) 719-3605
Fax:  (202) 269-1002

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Choose a Sponsor

Confirmation can be a great experience, and hopefully you've thought a lot about what this sacrament means, and how the Holy Spirit will affect your life. 

You'll be required to have a sponsor—someone who will guide you and share the story of faith with you.  A good sponsor will make this process a little easier and even more fun (Ref: Catechism #1311 and canon law #892-893).





Are there any requirements for the sponsor?

Yes.  The individual must be Catholic, 16 years of age or older who has received the sacrament of Confirmation and the Eucharist and is practicing the faith is eligible. 

Candidates may wish to choose one of their baptismal godparents to be their Confirmation sponsor, emphasizing the important relationship between the two sacraments.

Parents should not be sponsors of their children.  Because it is the sponsor’s role to support the candidate and his/her parents, the Church discourages candidates from choosing one of their parents to be their sponsor.

You can choose a relative, friend or someone from your parish as your sponsor.  A Sponsor should be prepared to assist the person being confirmed in their preparation, during the ceremony, and afterward in the life-long journey toward Christ.

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I'm not sure who to choose as my sponsor.  What should I look for in my sponsor?

Look for someone you trust, whose faith you admire and who will be there for you. 

Look for someone who knows you well and is willing to serve as a Christian guide and role model for you.

Choose your sponsor carefully and with thought.  Not sure who to choose?  Then pray about it.  Once you believe you have the right person, ask him or her to help you grow in faith by being your sponsor. 

You may want to invite your sponsor to visit the Sponsor Info page on this website.

Sponsors are invited and encouraged to join the candidates for the Confirmation rehearsal session. If a candidate’s sponsor is unable to be present at the Confirmation Mass, a proxy may stand in for him/her. If you have any questions speak to the RE Coordinator or you Confirmation teacher.

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Write a Letter to Your Sponsor

Candidates will be required to write a letter to their sponsor detailing why they chose him or her and what will be expected of them as a sponsor during the upcoming year of preparation.

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Confirmation Interview

Father Steve will meet with each of the candidates throughout the year.  Prior to Confirmation, he will interview each of the candidates to assess their preparation and readiness for the sacrament and their ability to spread and defend their faith as confirmed Catholics.

Candidates should be prepared to answer the following:

t Why do you want to be confirmed?

t Why did you choose your sponsor?

t What saint did you choose for your Confirmation name?  Why?

t What is the most important part of Mass?

t How do you know you're ready to be confirmed?

t What will be your role in the church once confirmed?

Father may also assess your general knowledge of our faith (e.g., sacraments, commandments, beatitudes, prayer and devotion, etc.)

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Sacrament of Reconciliation

Candidates are required to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent.  Additionally, it is desired that all Confirmandi and their sponsors be in a state of grace at the time of Confirmation.


Choose a Confirmation Name

Saints can be powerful intercessors. Each candidate should pick the name of a saint who will inspire him or her to becoming better Christians - someone who they can emulate.

A Confirmation name is consistent with the Church's tradition of assigning new names to the faithful when they accept a new ministry (e.g., St. Peter, St. Paul).

Candidates are asked to check into reasons for their baptismal name if they are not already aware of the reason.  One may keep the baptismal name to emphasize the fact that Confirmation is a sealing of the Baptismal Commitment or choose a new name as a sign of growth in faith.

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Write a Saint Research Report

A saint research report will be required of each candidate.  In the report the candidates will explain their choice and report information about the saint that they have chosen.

Each saint is known for particular qualities or virtues.  The Confirmandi will explain how, by imitating this saint, he or she can become a better Christian.

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Eucharistic Adoration

The Eucharist is the center of our Catholic Faith.  We have the opportunity here at the Moody Chapel to sit quietly with Jesus, exposed in the Blessed Sacrament.  This is a time of quiet prayer, reflection and adoration.  To help you with your prayers and reflection, you can bring the bible, a prayer book, or a book of readings or reflections of a Saint or other holy person.  Some people find it helpful to reflect on the hymns; after all hymns are prayers.  Each Confirmandi will be required to participate in Eucharistic Adoration at least three times during the year while he/she is preparing for Confirmation.  Candidates should plan on spending at least a half hour at Adoration.  Each family is strongly encouraged to participate in Adoration with the Confirmandi as a family.

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Prayer

Prayer is a vital part of the Christian life – and therefore a vital part of preparation to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.  Throughout the course, Confirmation candidates will have numerous opportunities to discuss and explore prayer, with a particular emphasis on discussing and exploring the role prayer plays and can play in their daily lives.

Each session begins and ends with a prayer experience. Throughout the course of the year, candidates will be responsible for leading a prayer experience.  We will post several applicable prayers on this website should the candidate need help in preparation.

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Community Service

The Church teaches us that it is the responsibility of the baptized to live the Gospel in the world.  Christians actively preach and spread the Gospel when they participate in both civic and parish-based activities in a manner consistent with Jesus’ example and teachings.

You will be expected to complete 20 hours of community service before the final retreat.  If you're a member of a scouting program, the community service time cannot be used for both programs.  Hours are tracked on the Community Service Tracking Sheet.

The Confirmation program revolves around four themes as outlined in the Church’s vision of Confirmation. This vision includes Word, Worship, Community and Service.  The word is the gospel which is reviewed in class after we worship together as a community at Mass.  Then, as a community we live out the gospel by serving others.

We ask the students to participate in service projects during this time to help them better understand why we serve others.  This is what Jesus asks of us, not just to be nice or because it makes us feel good, but because it is what He would do.

Candidates are asked to participate in acts of service during their preparation for Confirmation.  Early in the program you'll be asked to provide a Community Service Plan, in other words, you need to describe the activity(s) you'll be involved with.  This is an outreach beyond their normal activities.  We want to help them reflect on how faith can connect to the service they do in all parts of their lives.  Confirmation service projects are meant to be a special experience.

Stewardship does not end when a quota is met.  It becomes a way of life.  Therefore, instead of hours we require commitment.  We suggest that students choose one or more service projects, preferably ones they can perform on at least three occasions. This will enable them to connect personally with the people they are serving and those who are serving with them.  The size of your commitment is up to you.

If you and your family are involved in, or plan to take part in, a service project which will help to fill a need in the lives of others – food, clothing, shelter, educational assistance – through school, scouting, or other community groups, please reflect on it in light of Gospel values, consider expanding your participation, and make this your Confirmation Service Project.

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Participate in Retreats

There will be two or more retreats over the next year.  The retreats are mandatory for all candidates (sports and recreational activities are not an excused absence from the retreat).

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