Please turn in a wallet size photo of your candidate to the parish office. The photo will be used by the catechists to familiarize themselves with the candidates prior to the start of the program.
If the candidate was not baptized at St. Joseph Parish, (s)he must provide a copy of the baptismal certificate to the parish office in order for registration to be considered complete.
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 Preparation has Two Stages:
Remote Preparation: The year of religious education prior to immediate preparation received through either parochial school, parish religious education or other programs. Most often, this is completed during eighth grade.
Immediate Preparation (St. Joseph's Confirmation Program): The program focused on the sacrament’s meaning and ritual which provides formation for full, conscious, and active participation in the Rite of Confirmation.
What the Archdiocese Requires of Immediate Preparation:
The Archdiocese of Baltimore requires all parishes to include certain components in the immediate phase of Confirmation preparation. Each requirement of the St. Joseph’s Confirmation Program fulfills one of these components
Every candidate is required to participate in ALL of the following:
Candidates are required to attend all 6 learning sessions. If an emergency arises and a session has to
be missed please contact Page Naimoli, Director of Confirmation, at
expected to be completed. If a candidate misses a third session they cannot continue in the formation program this year. Make-up work will be due at the next session. If it is not turned in, the candidate will be expected to come early at a later session to complete the make-up work.
Selection of a Confirmation Sponsor
Sponsor form available at https://www.stjoefullerton.org/sponsor-page.html
Form must be turned into the Parish Office or at the first session
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 transmitting 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:
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:
-It is strongly encouraged that the sponsor attends Session #1 if possible
Service Hour Packet & Log & Additional Information at https://www.stjoefullerton.org/service-hour.html
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!
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
-These hours must ALL be COMPLETED by the last session.
-All Confirmation service hours are the candidate’s responsibility NOT the parents! Candidates need to seek
out the service opportunities, make the appropriate phone calls and perform the service. Parents, sponsors and families are encouraged to use this opportunity to mentor their candidate and seek opportunities where they can volunteer with their candidate.
What are some service ideas?
-Reference the Community Service Information at: https://www.stjoefullerton.org/sacraments/confirmation/service-hours
-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. Once participants are registered, parents will receive e-mails about some of the opportunities available through the parish.
Some upcoming service opportunities: see expanded list in the service packet pdf
-Summer Bible School
-CLOW (Children’s Liturgy of the Word at 10:30 mass)
-Faith, Family, Fellowship Sundays
-Greeter/Usher at 10:30 or 12:30 masses
Remember to keep notes to help write your Service Reflection.