Confirmation *

 

Candidate Requirements

Candidate Sponsor Selection

Confirmation Kick Off and Rite of Choice

Works of Mercy

Saint Name Selection

Confirmation Process

Retreat (Required)

Time With Sponsor

Rite of Enrollment (Required)

Confirmation Interview with Staff (Required)

Letter to Monsignor Metzger

 

Parent Catechesis

 

Why do We Confirm?

At Confirmation, the Baptized become more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.  They, as witnesses of Christ, are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. 

Candidate Requirements 

1285 For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.  Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by work and deed." 

1319 A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the 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 temporal affairs. (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Your child should have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist in the Catholic Church or made a Profession of Faith in the Catholic Church if they were baptized in another faith denomination.

Your child should be over the age of seven.  Seven is consider the age of reason in the Catholic Church.

Your child should be in a state of grace.  This means that they are free from mortal sin and pleasing to God. Your child should celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to Confirmation.

Your child must intend to be Confirmed.  They must desire to commit to the preparation process with the end goal being Confirmation.  This is not something that you choose for them.

Your child must be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness of Christ.  In order to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation your child must have a significant background in Catholic Religious Education.  This should include yearly participation in a Catholic school or Parish Religious Education Program.  This background is necessary so that they understand who Jesus is and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

This discipleship must occur within the ecclesial community (i.e. parish) and within temporal affairs (the secular world).  Thus your child must train for a life of service ministry in the Church and world.

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 Candidates Sponsor Selection

Please choose someone who is truly a role-model of the faith.  The sponsor should be selected prior to the retreat.  Ideally the sponsor will be able to meet with the candidate and participate fully in the formation process.  Once the sponsor is selected there is a sponsor form that they should complete and turn in to our office.  Forms are due October 2, 2017.   To access the form, please click here.  We ask for a letter of good standing from the parish of the sponsor.  If the sponsor is a parishioner of St. Joseph, Syvlania, we will confirm good standing.   

Requirements and Considerations for the selection of a Confirmation Sponsor 

"The sponsor's function is to take care that the person confirmed behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the duties inherent in this Sacrament."  Canon 892

The following requirements are necessary in order for a person to fulfill the role of sponsor: 

  1. The sponsor must not be younger than 16 years of age.
  2. The sponsor should have received the three Sacraments of Initiation:  Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist in the Catholic Church
  3. The sponsor should participate in the Mass on Sundays and Holy Days in the Catholic Church; and receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and reconciliation regularly
  4. the sponsor should actively strive to live out their commitment to Christ and to the community life of the Church.
  5. If married, the sponsor should be validly married according to the laws of the Catholic Church.
  6. The sponsor should not be the father ror mother of the candidate. 

 Saint Name Selection
At St. Joseph Parish we have a tradition that Confirmation candidates choose a saint name at the time of their Confirmation.  If the Baptismal name is that of a saint, this is the ideal Confirmation name.  If the candidate feels a strong connection with another saint, it is acceptable to choose that name.  Name selections must be made by October 2.  Please access the name form here. 

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Confirmation Formation Process 
The Confirmation formation process at St. Joseph Parish is multifaceted and intentional in structure.  We ask that families adhere to the requirements so that the children yield the maximum benefits possible.  The formation process consists of coursework, living the life of mercy, a retreat experience and ongoing mentoring by a sponsor. 

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Catechesis (Required)
Matthew Kelly Decision Point is the Confirmation Program of St. Joseph Parish.  
 All Confirmation candidates are expected to participate fully in this program.  In addition, sponsors are to refer to the program during one on one meetings with their candidates.  The Decision Point books are also used as the candidate's reflection  journal.  St. Joseph School uses this program as part of Religion class.  The Religious Education Program uses the Decision Point within the summer and fall I.C.E. Programs.  If your child attends one of the academies, and does not use Decision Point as a primary text, they need to register for programming through the Office of Youth Cathechesis and Formation. 

Decision Point Website:  http://dynamiccatholic.com/confirmation/view-program 

Parent Catechesis

Parents are asked to participate in two sessions of the Matthew Kelly series as part of the process.

Dates for the Jesus Session
October 29, 2017    10-11:30 AM or 6:00-7:30 PM

Dates for the Holy Spirit Session
January 7, 2018      10-11:30 AM or 6-7:30 PM

Registration for the session of your choice is required.  Click HERE to sign up!

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Confirmation Kick Off and Rite of Choice (Required) 

September 19, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. in Church  Candidates, parents and/or sponsors are required to attend.  The candidates and parents/sponsors are given the opportunity to freely choose to commit to take seriously and fully engage in the formation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  

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Works of Mercy 

Candidates will be asked to show that they are living a life of Mercy.  Living the Acts of Mercy is one of the most concrete expressions of discipleship.  For examples of ways in which you can live the works of Mercy, please click HERE.  We encourage you to be able to show examples of ways in which you have practiced the Acts of Mercy when you come for your interview.  For a journal sheet to help you track examples, please click here.  

Service Saturdays
The second Saturday of every month is a Service Saturday in the Office of Youth Catechesis and Formation!  A member of the department will plan a service event and publicize the event in advance.   Every Service Saturday activity is an opportunity to practice an Act of Mercy  The sign up for Service Saturdays is posted two weeks prior to the event.  Please click here to go to the sign up page. 

Additional service opportunities will also be offered by our Youth Minister.  We will email you to let you know when an event is being scheduled.  

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Retreat (Required) 

We will offer three (3) options to fulfill the requirement of the Confirmation Retreat.  The retreat is for the Candidate and Sponsor.   We will only allow the parent to fill in if it is absolutely impossible for the sponsor to attend.  The dates and times are listed below.  Please follow the link below to sign up for the retreat date of your choice.  We do have space limits for each retreat.  The Confirmation name must be chosen prior to the retreat. 
Retreat Options:

Friday, October 13, 2017  5:30-7:45 p.m. 
Friday, October 27, 2017  5:30 - 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, November 18, 2017  9 - 11:15 a.m.
Please click here to access sign up links.  Registrations are due one week before the retreat.  You will receive an informational email prior to the retreat upon successful registration.

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Time with Sponsor 

We ask that every sponsor meet at least two (2) times with their candidate in addition to the retreat.   The meetings can be held in person, over Skype or on the telephone.  We ask that you discuss the questions in Session 10 of the Matthew Kelly Program.  This is the session on Confirmation.  To access the program please click here.

For your second meeting we ask that you either review another session from Decision Point that seems to be of special interest to the two of you or engage in Works of Mercy together.

Sponsors are also asked to write a letter to the parish stating that their candidate is indeed ready to celebrate the sacrament.  Please click here for letter guidelines.   

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Rite of Enrollment (Required)

in the Rite of Enrollment the candidate professes, in front of the parish community, that they promise to continue the work of the Spirit that was begun at their baptism.  Thus it is their intent to be Confirmed in the Catholic Church.  

Please choose ONE liturgy to attend: 
February 4, 2018 at the 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. Mass
or
February 11, 2018 at the 12:00 Mass 

Confirmation Interview with a staff member (Required) 

St. Joseph School students will be interviewed during a regular school day.

St. Joseph Religious Education students will be interviewed on Monday, February 19, 2018.  More details will follow. 

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Letter to Msgr. Metzger 

At the interview, candidates should submit a letter to Msgr. Metzger informing him of how they have prepared for the Sacrament and of their desire for Confirmation.  For letter guidelines click here. 

Confirmation Registration Form - Due May 28, 2017 

This is available in hard copy form in our office.  You may also CLICK HERE to access the form.

**You will not receive any informational emails regarding Confirmation until we have this form.  We cannot be held responsible for a lack of communication regarding required or important information if you do not submit this form by the deadline.  Click here to access the form. 

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