Confirmation Program

“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.

2017/2018 Confirmation Policy

Classes

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 for both Confirmation One and Two are held over two consecutive summer months for after the completion of grades 8 & 9. Classes are offered two different weeks; you select the one that is most convenient for your family.

2017 Confirmation Class Registration

Youth Nights

Youth Nights are meant for our parish teens to stay connected during the school year, build community, as well as cover social issues that are best covered outside of a classroom environment. They will include nights of praise and worship, presentations by guest speakers as well as social and service type activities. These events are required for the teens currently preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation but are also open to all high school teens.

2017-2018 Youth Nights Calendar

Confirmation Service Projects

Stewardship is the sharing of our time, talent and treasure out of gratitude to Almighty God for all the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. In preparation for Confirmation, it is important that you reflect on and identify those areas in your lives where you excel and find a way to share them with others, especially the marginalized. This is an opportunity for self-reflection to see what gifts God has given you.  Stewardship is always for non-profit and need not be measured by hours.

With the help of your family, you are asked to:

  1. Choose from each of the following areas:
  • One parish project
  • One community project
  1. Write a reflection on your experiences in each area. The guidelines for this reflection can be found in your Confirmation policy booklet or by selecting the following link.

Confirmation Service Project Reflection

To find out more about upcoming Service projects at St. Francis click on the following link:

2017/2018 Confirmation Service Projects

 

Mass Attendance

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.

Sponsor Selection

A Sponsor will be chosen by each candidate at the beginning of their Confirmation 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.

In preparation for the reception of Confirmation, each candidate will select a saint to choose for their Confirmation name.  Once a name is selected the candidate will write a reflection on this saint. Click on the following link for details regarding this reflection.
          Saint Reflection