Confirmation Class - Parent Information

Participation of Parents and Siblings

The initiation of children into the sacramental life of the Church is primarily the responsibility and concern of parents (CIC 890, RC 3).  Although the child has reached the age of reason at the time of preparation for Confirmation, they have not yet been fully initiated.  They lack the strength to be an official witness and disciple of Jesus Christ from Confirmation.  Parents must assist their child in the life of holiness. 

Brothers and sisters of the child share in this responsibility of handing on the Faith. Siblings, especially those who have been fully initiated, assist the parents by their example.  This family catechesis precedes, accompanies and enriches all other catechesis.

The entire family is to deliver the Gospel to each other daily in word and deed, filled with love and respect:  “For this reason the family home is rightly called the domestic church, a community of grace and prayer, a school of human virtues and of Christian charity” (CCC 1666).  The family is nothing less than a sign and image of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Trinity, for our unbelieving world (CCC 2205).  Active participation in the celebration of the Sunday Eucharist, regular Reconciliation, daily family prayer and Scripture reading enable families to live the Gospel life of Jesus Christ.

The participation of the parents in the Confirmation program is vital.  That means as parents you too will attend some sessions with your child (e.g., Spring retreat) so that you may participate in their ongoing faith formation.

Please talk to your child about what they are learning and help them see how these things can be part of their lives.  Your affirmation, reiteration, and daily practice of the faith are so very necessary to prepare your child for this sacrament.

It is important for you to set the example for your child as he or she takes on the responsibility of a Confirmed Catholic. The example of the parents’ prayer life and attitude toward Jesus Christ and His Church is the best teaching sons and daughters will ever have.  Although it is the candidate's responsibility to complete all requirements, it is the parents’ responsibility to assist by making sure all assignments are done on time and that his or her child is at each scheduled activity.

The parent's role in the Confirmation preparation program:

t Provide primary education of candidate in matters of faith

t Assist with retreats, service work, rehearsal and Liturgy of
Confirmation as requested.

t Be actively involved in the sacramental preparation of the candidate

t Attend meetings and the celebration of the sacrament

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Holy Spirit in Your Family Life

Is there a need for holiness in your personal life and family life?  Weekly Sunday Mass and regular Reconciliation is a start, but more is needed.  Every Catholic home should have a Bible, Catholic Church Catechism (CCC), crucifix, and sacred images. 

Do you live a life of charity?  Do you pray as a couple and as a family?  Do you teach your children to pray on their own? 

The Holy Spirit will provide what is needed at every level. 

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Free-will Decision of the Candidate

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 the young person who wishes to receive the sacrament of Confirmation accepts what it means to be confirmed and will participate fully in the process as well as 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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Community Service

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.  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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What does conversion or growth in faith look like in children?

These will not all necessarily appear in one child, any one of them can be a sign.

t Referring actions to Christ (seeing connections between scripture stories and their life)

t Praying on their own and thinking of seeking God in prayer

t Charity for others (especially for those who are not their friends)

t Selfless acts

t Questions about God

t Expressing doubts

t Spontaneous joy at learning about God

t The desire to know more

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