The Confirmation Preparation process consists of various elements, which provide a framework for supporting youth and the parish as they grow as a faith community. The process includes opportunities for learning, service, and worship, which require sufficient time for growth, reflection, and maturation. The preparation time is essential to the process. Confirmation invites youth to life-long faith formation and to service in ministry. It is not a graduation from church! It is a beginning, not an end. We look forward to this journey as we explore and enrich our faith together by following Christ and being open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
“A Candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in a state of grace, have the intention of receiving the Sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in the temporal affairs” (CCC # 1319)
Student are invited to begin the Confirmation Process in 9th Grade. Once students have completed Year 1 of the program they continue during 10th grade with Year 2 of the program. Students may not enter Year 2 until they have completed Year 1. Confirmation is usually celebrated during the Spring of 10th Grade/Year 2.
- Mass Attendance The Eucharistic Liturgy is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. Regular Mass attendance is vital to the spiritual growth of every Catholic. At weekly Mass, teens experience the depths of God's love through the Word, the community, and the Eucharist. We invite all teens to participate in the 6PM Mass on Sunday evenings.
- Life Nights The Life Nights create an environment that meets the spiritual, educational, social and emotional needs of today’s teens. Teens grow as a faith community, increasing in understanding of what it means to be young and Catholic in today’s world. Through the Mass and Life Nights, high school teens learn more about their Catholic faith and grow to love the Sacraments, the Word, and the Mass.
- Works of Mercy Project As Christians we are called to serve one another, to be the hands and feet of Christ to those in need. The year one service requirement is completed by participating in a LIFE TEEN Works of Mercy Service Project. Details about individual projects are available at the beginning of each semester and each month in the bulletin.
- Small Group Sessions These sessions are facilitated by members of the R.O.C. (Rite of Confirmation) Team. These sessions are mandatory. Teens that miss a small group session will be required to make-up these sessions. In an effort to keep small group size to 6 – 8 teens we ask all parents to prayerfully consider co-facilitating a small group.
- Retreat Candidates will be required to attend one overnight retreat offered by Holy Name of Jesus LIFE TEEN.
- Reconciliation Prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation all candidates must receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
- Sponsor Selection The Confirmation Sponsor represents the faith community at the Rite of Confirmation. This person symbolizes the support of the entire Body of Christ for you in your life as a disciple. The sponsor whom you choose joins your parents and family in journeying with you throughout the Confirmation Preparation Period.
- Confirmation Dress Code for Teens & Sponsors (If in doubt, don’t wear it. We will send you home to change if you are dressed inappropriately.)
Guys should wear:
- Dress Pants with a belt
- Dress shoes with socks
- Dress shirt with collar, shirt tucked in
- Tie (optional)
- Jacket (optional)
- NO JEANS
- NO SNEAKERS
- NO SAGGING PANTS
- NO T-SHIRTS
Ladies should wear:
- Skirt and blouse or Dress or Nice Pants suit with dress shoes (no flip flops)
- SKIRT MUST BE TO YOUR KNEE OR LONGER
- No short skirts
- TOPS/DRESSES MUST HAVE SLEEVES - Nothing strapless or spaghetti straps. If you have a sleeveless dress or blouse you must wear a sweater over it
- No plunging neck lines – no cleavage!
- No bare backs
- No bare midriffs (please make sure your belly is covered!)
- NO JEANS
- NO SNEAKERS
- NO OVERLY TIGHT CLOTHING
- NO T-SHIRTS
Tips for Sponsors
- Establish a regular time to be with the young person as listener, sharer, and co-traveler on the faith journey. Communicate that the friendship between the two of you makes a difference in your life.
- Encourage the young person to keep a personal journal and share reflections of your own from your daily life.
- Be willing to enter into discussions with the young person about the differing values around us and affirm healthy, life-giving choices of the young person. Model healthy, life-giving choices and relationships in your own life.
- Recommend or buy books for the young person that relate to living the faith.
- Participate in a community service project together.
- Advocate for the inclusion of the young person and his or her peers in leadership capacities at the parish. Encourage them to become an integral part of the planning process for programs that involve them.
- Explore a variety of ways to pray together.
- Read the Scripture for the upcoming Sunday, discuss it, and then attend Mass together.
- Find five other adults who will pray for this young person.
- Create a prayer board for the young person’s bedroom where he or she can put up the names of people who are in need of prayer.
- Reach out to the young person with a “good luck on the exam” telephone call or a congratulatory note about a job well done.
- Learn friend’s names and inquire about them regularly. Invite the young person’s friends to join the two of you on an occasion or two.
- Talk to the young person about the struggles he or she faces each day.
- Pray for the young person, and let him or her know it.
- Ask the young person to pray for you.