Confirmation Preparation

Our new Chosen Confirmation program is one yearlong experience of teen faith formation and sacramental preparation. Teens are encouraged to grow in their personal faith. We invite teens to look at their life experiences and recognize and respond to God’s constant loving presence and God’s call in their lives. Our goal is also to help teens grow in their understanding of and connection to the Church.

  • Our Chosen Confirmation Preparation has three main parts:
      • Sessions
        • Sessions meet Sunday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. from late September through April. Occasionally we meet at a different date or time for speakers or sessions that we do in collaboration with other parishes. Check our calendars for dates and times.
        • Sessions are a combination of large and small group formats that include teaching, discussion, prayer, reflection and fellowship through the use of use of speakers, multi-media, activity, discussion, music and liturgy.
        • Sessions meet primarily in the parish school



    • Community Service
      • Through community service we encourage teens to adopt a lifestyle of faithful service to others as disciples of Jesus.
      • 25 hours of meaningful community service
      • Up to half of their hours can be earned starting in the summer.
      • Students track their hours and turn them in to their small group leaders when they are finished. Click here for Record of Hours form (PDF)
    • Retreat

A Chosen retreat is offered two times throughout the course of the year.

  • The retreat is a time set aside for prayer & reflection to help confirmation candidates focus on their interior spiritual life and their personal relationship with Jesus, and to help them discern their response to God’s outpouring of love and how they will live out this Sacrament as a regular part of the parish.
  • Teens have consistently reported the retreats to be the highlight of their year, standing out as major turning points in their faith.
  • Retreats are scheduled for mid-November (Camp Gray) and late January (Durward’s Glenn).
  • Retreats are off site. We leave from the parish by bus at 8 a.m. on Saturday and return by about 2:30 or 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Sacraments are movements of God in our lives.
    • But sacraments also presume that movement and change are also going on in the life of the person experiencing the sacrament. All sacraments are both rituals/ceremonies and ways of life, which precede and follow the ritual.
    • Each individual teen is responsible to determine his or her readiness through prayer, reflection and dialogue with their family, sponsors and catechists. The age of the person cannot be the main determining factor of readiness.
    • Confirmation is not about deciding to be Catholic. By virtue of one’s baptism, they are already Catholic. Confirmation, a sacrament of initiation, completes baptism. Confirmation is more about a teen responding to God’s generous outpouring of love and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
    • Confirmation is also not Catholic graduation! This is a pivotal and important step in a young person’s life that seals in them the graces given to them at Baptism and strengthens them for the journey ahead!
    • “Confirmation strengthens us to defend the faith and to spread the Gospel.” – Pope Francis

 

  • For celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation a teen should:
    • Be able to freely request the Sacrament of Confirmation and give reasons for doing so.
    • Regularly attend and participate in Mass and the sacraments of Eucharist & Reconciliation.
    • Have an adequate understanding of the Catholic faith.
    • Be open to growth in their faith and opportunities for Christian service.
    • Be able to recognize that he/she is a unique individual with gifts to offer, and begin to assume the responsibility for ministry and service to the parish, the Church and the world.
  • In addition to the above, each teen is expected to:
    • Regularly attend and participate in the program (this includes Catholic HS students).
      • There will be make-up opportunities for each session missed.
      • Teens will be confirmed their Freshman year of high school
    • Carry out 25 hours of Community Service each of the two years.
      • Up to half of the hours can be done in the summer.
      • Teens are to keep track of their hours on the Service Hour Sheet (click for PDF)
    • Attend a Confirmation Retreat:
      • Teens attend one of the two Confirmation Retreat weekends. Teens must attend the entire retreat and not arrive late or leave early.
      • There is an additional fee for the retreat.
    • Turn in a copy of their Baptismal Certificate:
      • If the teen was not baptized at St. Maria Goretti, they are to obtain a baptismal certificate and turn it in to the Religious Ed. Office in the school.
      • For those baptized at St. Maria Goretti, please provide the date of baptism to the RE office.
    • Choose a Sponsor and Confirmation Name
      • Teens are not allowed to use their baptismal birth or middle names as a Confirmation name.
      • Teens must take the name of a canonized Saint in the Church.
    • Teens are to meet with their Sponsors six times:
      • Teens should meet with their sponsors for prayer and discussion three times before Christmas and three times after Christmas.
      • Materials to help you and your sponsor with your discussions will be mailed to you both.
    • Write a Letter to the Pastor and the Bishop:
      • Teens state in their own words why they want to be confirmed, how and where they have grown in their faith over the last two years, and how they plan to continue to serve the church and others through their confirmation.
    • Attend the Confirmation Practice.
      • After the bishop notifies the parish of our Confirmation date, we will schedule a date for practice.
      • The teen should be at the practice. Their sponsor is invited to come if they can. If the sponsor cannot attend the practice, then one of the parents is asked to attend and pass the information on to the sponsor.