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. This means 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.
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 thee 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.
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:
- The sponsor must not be younger than 16 years of age.
- The sponsor should have received the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist in the Catholic Church
- 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
- the sponsor should actively strive to live out their commitment to Christ and to the community life of the Church.
- If married, the sponsor should be validly married according to the laws of the Catholic Church.
- 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.
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, service, a retreat experience and ongoing mentoring by a sponsor.
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 program within the summer and fall I.C.E. Programs. If your child attends one of the academies you must register them in the summer or fall I.C.E. Programs so that they can complete the catechetical requirement of the formation. To access the program registration page click here.
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!
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.
Each candidate must do fifteen (15) hours of service between the April prior to their Confirmation and the date of Confirmation. We require that hour sheets be submitted one month prior to Confirmation. This year they are due February 12, 2018. We ask that each candidate complete service that falls under two categories: Corporal Act of Mercy and Parish hours. We do not require a certain number of hours per category, but we do require that at least one service act come from each category. While we think it is nice for candidates to do service for their family, we ask that students reach out beyond their normal comfort level and serve people that they would not normally serve.
We have a list of acceptable service activities. Click here to access the list. In addition, you may petition for other hours to be considered for approval and a form is available online. Click here for the form. We suggest that you not complete/submit hours that have not been approved unless it is something that you would want to do even without receiving Confirmation Service Hour credit. We will be strict with what we accept. To avoid issues possibly staling the process, please follow the guidelines and requirements.
We require signatures by the supervisor of the service. We will not accept parent signatures.
Service hour forms must be filled out by the Confirmation candidate.
Forms are available online on the Office of Youth Catechesis and Formation Website. You may click here for a Service Hour Form.
The second Saturday of every month is a Service Saturday runby our Youth Minister. Every Service Saturday activity can count toward Confirmation service hours. 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. Please note: while we make every effort to offer quality service opportunities, candidates are ultimately responsible for seeking out and fulfilling quality service options prior to the due date.
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.
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.
We ask that every sponsor meet at least two (2) times with their candidate in addition to the retreat. During one of the meetings we ask that you discuss/review 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 service work 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.
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
February 11, 2018 at the 12:00 Mass
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.
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.
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.