“Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply as children of God, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with it’s mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.”
The Sacrament of Confirmation is never to be taken lightly, nor is it to be received without proper preparation and careful consideration on the part of both candidate and those who both prepare and support him or her.
It is for this reason that we make every effort that each person Confirmed is properly formed in the faith of Jesus Christ, and has the knowledge and experience of the Church which is His body, living and present in our world, fitting for full participation in her life.
Structure of the program
This is a serious choice and commitment you are making. Such a commitment requires careful preparation so we have certain requirements that must be completed in order to receive the Sacrament. These are in place to help you, the Candidate, take ownership of your faith and to take the program and the Sacrament seriously. Carefully review the NEW policy and procedures for our program
Preparation for Confirmation is a two year process, which includes the diocesan requirement of 30 hours of Sacramental Prep class per year as well as participation in a Confirmation retreat. Classes are held on Monday evenings from 7-8:30 pm during the months of September – April. For a current schedule of classes, click on the following links.
- 2012-2013 Confirmation Schedule – Grade 9 (PDF)
- 2012-2013 Confirmation Class Schedule – Grade 10 (PDF)
Each Confirmation candidate is required to complete one service project prior to the candidate’s interview with our parish priest during Confirmation Two. Throughout Confirmation One, the candidate may research possible projects and may seek the guidance of his/her catechist or the religious education staff. By the end of Confirmation One, the candidate will need to submit a proposal for the service project to be completed during Confirmation Two. The service project will NOT be evaluated in terms of hours. Taking a prominent role in parish events and activities such as Advent wreath workshop, the annual 5K race, the coat drive, altar serving, and catechizing younger grades can be considered service projects.
To find out more about upcoming Service projects at St. Francis click on the following link:
Service projects that contribute to the parish community are preferable, although some other service to the wider community might also be acceptable. Nonetheless, candidates should strive to become more active and visible members of the parish community, eager to continue service in the parish even after Confirmation. Candidates must show initiative and creativity in completing this requirement. A reflection on your project is due one week prior to your Confirmation interview with our priests. The guidelines for this reflection can be found in your Confirmation policy booklet or by selecting the following link.
The Eucharist is the center of our lives as Catholics and faithful weekend Mass attendance is required every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation as preparation for Confirmation. If you attend Mass at another Parish, please bring a bulletin from that parish signed by a parent to the next class. Candidates are no longer required to sign-in at Mass, but will be assessed each week in class on varying aspects of our weekend liturgy.
A Sponsor will be chosen by each candidate at the beginning of their second year of preparation. The sponsor will be required to obtain a Sponsor Certificate from their parish prior to their acceptance for this role in the faith journey of the candidate. Sponsors must be living their own lives according to the teachings of the Catholic Church, being Baptized and Confirmed and if married – they are validly married in the Catholic Church as well as attending Mass regularly as the basic minimum of participation in the life of the Church. Parents cannot be sponsors under any circumstances, since they are already considered the “first and best teachers of the faith” for their children.
- The Role of the Confirmation Sponsor for Confirmation 2013 (PDF)
- The Role of the Confirmation Sponsor for Confirmation 2014 (PDF)
- Choosing your Confirmation Name (PDF)
- Sponsor Certificate (PDF)