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CONFIRMATION 2024-25

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Rick Urbanski
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Fr. Felix Mmuoh
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CONFIRMATION

What is Confirmation? Confirmation increases and deepens the grace first received at Baptism. It is the third Sacrament of Initiation following Baptism and Eucharist. It enables us to better approach God as Father, strengthens our bond with Christ, “increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us,” binds us more closely with the Church, and “gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action.” (CCC, 1303)

Confirmation Program for rising 9th-12th graders (17 & under)

Decision Point Website

Registration for Confirmation program 24-25

Cost for the program is $150

Documents

Confirmation Info

  • SPONSOR INFORMATION

    SPONSOR INFORMATION
    Selection of a Confirmation Sponsor
     
    What is a Confirmation Sponsor?
    Each Confirmation Candidate is required to select one sponsor to walk with them through their journey. A Confirmation Sponsor is a valuable assistant to parents in fostering the faith. For that reason, parents cannot sponsor their own children. A sponsor is a Catholic mentor. They should be good role models, comfortable in their faith, and able to be active in the mentoring process.  A sponsor can be an adult friend or family member whom the candidate can trust to be open, honest, caring, and encouraging.
     
    Who can be a Confirmation Sponsor?
    The sponsor must be a fully-initiated, practicing member of the Catholic Church, who is at least 16 years of age
    and registered at a Catholic parish.  As a reminder, the sponsor cannot be a parent.
    Fully-initiated- baptized, confirmed and receives the Eucharist.
    Practicing– attends Mass regularly and supports the mission of the Church.
     
    How to Choose Your Sponsor:
    The role of a sponsor is that of an active mentor not of holding an honorary title. By definition, a mentor is someone who serves as a guide, counselor, and teacher for another person. Whomever you choose should be active in the church, able and willing to share why his/her Catholic faith is important to him/her, and who lives close enough to help you with and be involved in your preparation. You can choose a relative (other than a parent/guardian), friend, or someone from the Church as your sponsor. Carefully consider your choice, pray about it, and when you think you have the right person, ask him or her to help you grow in faith by being your sponsor!
    Your Sponsor Serves You in Three Ways:
    • As a role model for you in faith. Your sponsor is someone other than your parents because he/she will assist you and your parents in your continued faith formation. The person you choose does not have to be the same gender as
    • As a companion on your faith journey, supporting you in prayer and in your search for the Holy Spirit. Someone whose Christian lifestyle you admire, someone with whom you feel comfortable, and someone who has the time and willingness to be involved with you throughout this process.
    • As a witness for you before the entire Church. Standing by you as you are confirmed, he/she proclaims that you are ready and willing to accept the responsibilities and privileges of being a fully initiated member of the Catholic Christian community
    What is Required of a Confirmation Sponsor:
    The sponsor needs to be willing to meet with the candidate on a regular basis prior to Confirmation and to make a commitment to continue the faith journey after Confirmation. The sponsor is to attend, stand witness for his/her candidate, and present his/her candidate to the Bishop at the Confirmation Liturgy.
    Attendance is required at the:
    -Confirmation Liturgy
    -It is strongly encouraged that the sponsor attends Session #1. It is also suggested that the sponsor spend time with the candidate attending Mass, performing service, or joining the candidate for the "Pilgrimage Project" (see attachment page).
  • SERVICE HOURS

    Confirmation is an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and becoming a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church.

    What does this mean?
    We are part of a COMMUNITY!!! A world-wide community which has been commissioned to live as Christ! We are taught to be our “brother’s keeper” and to serve the community. Jesus himself said, “whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers you did for me.” Matthew 25: 40
    Service hours are not just about getting them over with, they are about experiencing living and loving as Christ. This is why we are required to experience several types of service.

    What is Required?
    In our Archdiocese you are required to complete a minimum number of hours of service in order to be Confirmed. In our parish, these 21 hours are broken up into 3 categories:
    -7 “Family” hours
    -7 “Parish” hours
    -7 “Community” hours
    - 500 Word Reflection Paper (more information to follow)

    What counts for which category?
    Family Service: Family hours have to be OVER AND ABOVE what you NORMALLY do as part of
    your family responsibilities. If you are always in charge of mowing the lawn, then that doesn’t count for your family service hours. These hours should focus on building up and serving the family. Go out of your comfort zone. Every family is different. Discuss some extra things you can do to serve your family.

    Parish Service: Parish hours are spent in aiding the parish community of St. Joseph Church. They focus on being an active member of our parish community. Some examples of this are being an assistant for Religious Education, helping with Liturgical Ministry (that is lector, usher, greeter, altar server), and other parish- sponsored outreach and events.

    Community Service: Community hours should focus on helping the local community. Some examples are making casseroles for Beans and Bread or Our Daily Bread, serving at a soup kitchen, volunteering at a nursing home, volunteering for the Humane Society, coaching for Parks and Rec, working with literacy programs, helping with roadside clean-ups, etc.

    Sometimes you will have to make a decision which category you want your hours to go towards, this is normal. If you have any questions you can always call the Religious Education Office or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    What are the Service Requirement Guidelines?
    -You cannot accept payment for ANY of your service hours
    -You cannot “double-up,” that is, count any of your Confirmation service hours also for school hours
    etc and visa versa
    -All your service hours need to be logged and signed off on the Service Log attached to this sheet
    -All Confirmation service hours are the candidate’s responsibility. You need to seek
    out the service opportunities, make the appropriate phone calls and perform the service.
    -It is strongly encouraged for candidates to perform service with parents and/or sponsors when possible. Service is an opportunity to grow in faith together. 
    What are some service ideas?
    -Look on the St. Joseph Church website or the church bulletin for some service ideas. You can also ask friends or keep your ears open for opportunities through school.

    See list of possible opportunities in the PDF packet linked. 

    Remember to keep notes to help write your Service Reflection.

  • ASSIGNMENTS