To begin the process of discernment for Confirmation all candidates will set up an interview with Mrs. Girton. This appointment shall be an initial discussion of what the candidate thinks this year of discernment means and why the candidate feels this year is the appropriate year to prepare for the Sacrament. This interview should be done during the month of October.
A certificate of Baptism and Eucharist must be on file in the Faith Formation office for the candidate to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation
Classes and Retreats
All candidates and their parents must attend all of the Confirmation sessions. All candidates must attend all of the scheduled retreats. The date of the actual Confirmation is subject to the availability of the Bishop and the Parish.
Candidates are to perform 10 hours of service in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Their service should be done by volunteering for projects or tasks done outside of their immediate family, which do not earn them any money or gifts. At least 5 of these hours should be performed with the other Confirmation candidates, so that they can see first-hand some of the opportunities to serve that are available for them within the Church and gain a sense of being a part of our parish family. All remaining hours of service should be done for the community. For more detailed information on this requirement click the link to the right
Exam on Church Teachings and Prayers
Each candidate will be required to pass an exam based on a list of prayers and teachings. These are prayers and teachings that every Catholic should know. In order to explain the Catholic Faith to someone, you need to know some of the basic teachings. As a Confirmed Catholic you will be called to spread and defend the Faith. A person who does not know these teachings can not share them with another. Even though Confirmation is not a reward for passing a test, you should have a certain level of competency in the Faith before you are sent forth to explain and defend the Church. You should take seriously the memorization of these teachings and prayers. You will be better able to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit if you study carefully.
The candidates will be given interview questions. They are to write out the answers to these questions and return to them Mrs. Girton. This will prepare you for your final pastoral interview with Fr. Thomas. The candidate will then schedule an appointment with Fr. Thomas through Mrs. Girton before the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
As stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “To receive Confirmation one must be in a state of grace. One should receive the sacrament of Penance in order to be cleansed for the gift of the Holy Spirit. More intense prayer should prepare one to receive the strength and graces of the Holy Spirit with docility and readiness to act.” (CCC1310) At our final retreat these candidates will have the opportunity for both intense prayer and to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a final preparation for the Sacrament.
Choosing a Sponsor
“Candidates for Confirmation, as for Baptism, fittingly seek the spiritual help of a sponsor. To emphasize the unity of the two sacraments, it is appropriate that this be one of the baptismal godparents.” (CCC1311) Confirmation sponsors must be at least 16 years old, be full members of the Church (Baptized, Confirmed and received the Eucharist) and members in good standing with the Church (if not a member of the parish, then we must have a letter from their parish).
You will be given a sponsor’s booklet to share with your sponsor. You should contact your sponsor at least once a month. The sponsor should attend our discernment sessions unless they live a distance away.
Confirmandi may, if they desire, choose an additional saint’s name as their patron for the Sacrament of Confirmation.