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Title: Sacrament of Confirmation

Sacrament of ConfirmationCandidate Parent
  • Father Tom Welcome
  • Christine Johnson, RE Coord Welcome
  • Catechist Introductions
  • Candidate Expectations
  • Parent Expectations
  • Typical Class
  • Website Review
  • Questions and Answers

Fr Tom Welcome
Christine Johnson, RE Coordinator Welcome
Candidate Expectations
Free-will Decision
  • No candidate should be coerced into the formation
    process, as this not only defeats the purpose of
    the program
  • Creates an atmosphere that could negatively
    affect others
  • Candidates who wish to receive the sacrament of
    Confirmation accepts what it means to be
    confirmed and will participate fully in the
    process as well as take seriously what it means
    to be a member of the Church

Free-will Decision
  • Candidates, together with their families, are
    asked to fully discuss
  • what it means to be confirmed and
  • program expectations and requirements
  • Candidates unsure of the decision may enroll in
    the next preparation program

Attend Classes
  • Confirmation classes are intended to complement
    the faith formation that takes place both within
    the candidates families and at the Mass
  • Confirmation classes take place in the Chapel
    Conference Room, weekly, prior to Mass, 0900 am
    to 1015 am, from September through the
    Confirmation Mass
  • If 10 minutes or more late the candidate will not
    be allowed admittance to the class and will count
    as an absence
  • Candidates coming in late are disruptive to the

Attend Classes
  • In "The Classroom" web page you'll find all
    classroom work and homework for the next week
  • If you have any questions contact your classroom
  • Candidates will bring to class, every Sunday, the
    following materials  (1) Faith First manual, (2)
    Catechism of the Catholic Church, (3) a Bible,
    and a (4) Three-ring binder to retain handouts
    and other class materials
  • Candidates with four or more unexcused absences
    will be dis-enrolled from the program unless
    there is a serious medical or family reason

Sunday and Holy DayMass Attendance
  • The Mass and the Eucharist are the center of our
    Catholic faith
  • The obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day
    Masses is expected of all candidates
  • If away from the parish, it is expected they will
    seek out another Catholic church in which to
    attend Mass
  • The Eucharist is central to the Catholic life
  • Central means by which we nourish our faith and
    worship God
  • It is through hearing the Scriptures read and
    discussed that we learn more about our faith and
    about God

Sunday and Holy DayMass Attendance
  • Candidates should make every effort to
    participate in the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday,
    Good Friday and the Easter Vigil)
  • This is the holiest time of the year for our
  • The services on these days are rich in the
    traditions of our faith
  • We will discuss with the candidates how they can
    fully participate in the Triduum during class

Baptismal Certificate
  • Baptism is necessary before one can receive any
    other sacrament
  • All church records are kept at the church of
  • If you do not have a copy of your child's
    Baptismal Certificate, you must write or call the
    church it took place in and request a copy
  • Candidates must submit a copy of their Baptismal
    Certificate when possible (not Baptismal record)

Baptismal Certificate
  • Please make sure the certificate includes the
    address of the Church the Sacrament took place in
  • This will enable use to update your child's
    Sacramental record in our Church

Baptismal Certificate
  • If your child was baptized in a military Chapel
    and you do not have a copy of the certificate
  • You can request the certificate by internet
    (preferred method)
  • You can also write or call
  • Archdiocese for the Military Service, USAPO Box
    4469Washington DC  20017-0469
  •       Phone  (202) 719-3605      Fax 
    (202) 269-1002

Choose a Sponsor
  • You'll be required to have a sponsorsomeone who
    will guide you and share the story of faith with
  • A good sponsor will make this process a little
    easier and even more fun
  • Requirements for the Sponsor
  • The individual must be Catholic who is practicing
    his or her faith
  • 16 years of age or older who has received the
    sacrament of Confirmation and the Eucharist

Choose a Sponsor
  • Candidates may wish to choose one of their
    baptismal godparents to be their Confirmation
    sponsor, emphasizing the important relationship
    between the two sacraments
  • Parents should not be sponsors of their children
  • It is the sponsors role to support the candidate
    and his/her parents
  • The Church discourages candidates from choosing
    one of their parents to be their sponsor

Choose a Sponsor
  • A sponsor may be a relative, friend or someone
    from our parish
  • Your sponsor should be prepared to assist the
    person being confirmed in their preparation,
    during the ceremony, and afterward in the
    life-long journey toward Christ

How to Choose a Sponsor
  • Look for someone you trust, whose faith you
    admire and who will be there for you
  • Look for someone who knows you well and is
    willing to serve as a Christian guide and role
    model for you
  • Choose your sponsor carefully and with thought
  • If you continue to have difficulty then pray
    about it

How to Choose a Sponsor
  • You may want to invite your sponsor to visit the
    Sponsor Info page on the parishs website
  • Sponsors are invited and encouraged to join the
    candidates for the Confirmation rehearsal session
  • If a candidates sponsor is unable to be present
    at the Confirmation Mass, a proxy may stand in
    for him/her

Write a Letter to Your Sponsor
  • Candidates will be required to write a letter to
    their sponsor detailing why they chose him or her
    and what will be expected of them as a sponsor
    during the upcoming year of preparation

Confirmation Interview
  • Father Tom will meet with each of the candidates
    throughout the year
  • Prior to Confirmation he will interview each of
    the candidates to assess their preparation and
    readiness for the sacrament. Candidates should
    be prepared to answer the following questions
  • Why do you want to be confirmed?
  • Why did you choose your sponsor?
  • What saint did you choose for your Confirmation
    name?  Why?
  • What is the most important part of Mass?
  • Father may also assess your general knowledge of
    our faith (e.g., sacraments, commandments,
    beatitudes, prayer and devotion, etc.)

Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • All students are required to receive the
    Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent
  • It is desired that all candidates and their
    sponsors be in a state of grace at the time of

Choose a Confirmation Name
  • A Confirmation name is consistent with the
    Church's tradition of assigning new names to the
    faithful when they accept a new ministry (i.e.
    religious, St. Peter, St. Paul)
  • Choosing a Confirmation name gives the candidates
    the opportunity to reflect on the life of a saint
    they wish to emulate

Choose a Confirmation Name
  • Confirmandi are asked to check into reasons for
    their baptismal name if they are not already
    aware of the reason
  • One may keep the baptismal name to emphasize the
    fact that Confirmation is a sealing of the
    Baptismal Commitment
  • Candidates may choose a new name as a sign of
    growth in faith

Write a Saint Research Report
  • A saint research report will be required of each
  • In the report candidates will explain their
    choice and report information about the saint
    that they have chosen
  • Each saint is known for particular qualities or
    virtues. Candidates will explain how, by
    imitating this saint, he or she can become a
    better Christian

Eucharistic Adoration
  • The Eucharist is the center of our Catholic
    Faith.  We have the opportunity here at the Moody
    Chapel to sit quietly with Jesus, exposed in the
    Blessed Sacrament
  • This is a time of quiet prayer, reflection and
  • To help candidates with their prayers and
    reflection, you can bring the bible, a prayer
    book, or a book of readings or reflections of a
    Saint or other holy person
  • Some people find it helpful to reflect on the
    hymns after all hymns are prayers

Eucharistic Adoration
  • Each candidate will be required to participate in
    Eucharistic Adoration at least three times during
    the year while he/she is preparing for
  • Candidates should plan on spending at least a
    half hour at Adoration
  • Each family is strongly encouraged to participate
    in Adoration with the Confirmandi as a family

  • Prayer is a vital part of the Christian life
    and therefore a vital part of preparation to
    receive the sacrament of Confirmation
  • Candidates will have numerous opportunities to
    discuss and explore prayer, with a particular
    emphasis on discussing and exploring the role
    prayer plays and can play in their daily lives
  • Each session begins and ends with a prayer
  • Candidates may be asked to lead the opening and
    concluding prayer

Community Service
  • The Church teaches us that it is the
    responsibility of the baptized to live the Gospel
    in the world
  • Christians actively preach and spread the Gospel
    when they participate in both civic and
    parish-based activities in a manner consistent
    with Jesus example and teachings
  • Candidates will be expected to complete 20 hours
    of community service before the final retreat
  • If you and your family are involved in, or plan
    to take part in, a service project which will
    help to fill a need in the lives of others
    food, clothing, shelter, educational assistance

  • There will be two or three retreats
  • Retreats are mandatory for all candidates (sports
    recreational activities are not an excused
    absence from the retreat) 
  • First Retreat Held on a Saturday (6 hours) for
    the candidates
  • Explore other religions
  • Compare and contrast with Catholicism
  • Second Retreat Tentative day trip to the
    Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Savannah, GA
  • Third Retreat Overnight retreat held close to
    the Confirmation ceremony (TBD)

Parent Expectations
Parent Participation
  • As parents, you are the first and primary
    educators of your children in their faith
  • Talk to your child about what they are learning
    and help them see how these things can be part of
    their lives
  • Your affirmation, reiteration, and daily practice
    of the faith are so very necessary to prepare
    your child for this sacrament
  • Parents will attend some sessions with your child
    so that you may participate in their ongoing
    faith formation

Parent Participation
  • Set the example for your child as he or she takes
    on the responsibility of a Confirmed Catholic
  • The example of the parents prayer life and
    attitude toward Jesus Christ and His Church is
    the best teaching sons and daughters will ever
  • It is the candidates responsibility to complete
    all requirements, it is the parents
    responsibility to assist by making sure all
    assignments are done on time and that his or her
    child is at each scheduled activity

Parents Role
  • In private, let us know of any special needs of
    the child (e.g., autism, ADHD, learning
    disabilities, etc.)
  • Provide primary education of candidate in matters
    of faith
  • Assist with retreats, service work, rehearsal and
    Liturgy of Confirmation as requested
  • Be actively involved in the sacramental
    preparation of the candidate
  • Attend meetings and the celebration of the

Dont Coerce Your Child
  • Do not coerce your child into the formation
    process, as this not only defeats the purpose of
    the program but also creates an atmosphere that
    could negatively affect others

How will I know if my child is ready?
  • Through acts of conversion or growth in faith
  • Any one of the following can be a sign
  • Referring actions to Christ (seeing connections
    between scripture stories and their life)
  • Praying on their own and thinking of seeking God
    in prayer
  • Charity for others (especially for those who are
    not their friends)
  • Selfless acts
  • Questions about God
  • Spontaneous joy at learning about God
  • The desire to know more

Typical Class
Class Schedule
  • Opening prayer
  • Briefly review previous weeks session
  • Review of Sundays readings
  • How the weeks message applies to candidate
  • Weeks lesson
  • Occasional test or quiz
  • Closing prayer
  • Assign Homework for the next session (e.g., next
    weeks readings)

Catechesis Based on the Four Pillars of the
  • The Creed
  • The Creed, as the Catholic profession of faith,
    summarizes the gifts that God gives as Creator,
    Redeemer and Sanctifier. In explaining the
    articles of the Creed a catechist explores our
    common baptismal faith in the one God, the Father
    Almighty in his Son Jesus Christ, our Lord and
    Savior, and in the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier of
    the Church
  • Seven Sacraments
  • Gods plan of salvation is continually made
    present in the sacramental celebrations of the

Catechesis Based on the Four Pillars of the
  • Christian Moral Life
  • The Beatitudes and the Ten Commandments guide the
    Christian disciple in a life of virtue and
    Christian morality
  • Christian Prayer
  • Prayer is important in the life of a disciple of
    Christ. The seven petitions of the Lords Prayer
    are a means to understanding to different modes
    of Christian prayer and spirituality

Class Schedule
  • Review Knowledge Base
  • Faith First (RE program) is a building block
  • AF families are transient
  • Different candidates with different needs
  • Will provide a review of the basics for the first
    few weeks
  • Sacraments, 10 Commandments, Beatitudes, prayer
    and devotion (Act of Contrition, Nicene Creed,
    traditional prayers), laws of the church, rosary,
  • "Knowing Your Faith - short and concise
    Catechism of Catholic teachings, practices, and
    worship question and answer format is easy to
    understand excellent tool for parents and teens
    to learn more about their faith

Class Schedule
  • Faith First Education Program
  • Awarded the 2007 First Place Award for Best
    Educational Books by the Catholic Press
  • Designed around the four pillars of the Catechism
    of the Catholic Church 
  • Nicene Creed
  • The Sacraments
  • The Commandments
  • Prayer

Class Schedule
  • Faith First is designed to prepare young people
    for a lifetime of discipleship.  The program is
    designed as follows
  • Gathering as Church
  • Proclaiming the Word
  • Renewing Baptismal Promises
  • Laying on of Hands
  • Anointing with Oil
  • Offering the Gift of Peace
  • Sharing Eucharist
  • Sending Forth on Mission

Class Schedule
  • We will supplement the Faith First program will
    some additional materials such as
  • The Gifts of the Holy Spirit as received during
  • Lent and Advent activities and information
  • Learn about saints and contributions to the
  • Tour of the church
  • Retreats Other religions and how the compare
    and contrast to Catholicism, current events,
    hot topics, etc.

Website Review
  • Father Tom Welcome
  • Christine Johnson, RE Coord Welcome
  • Catechist Introductions
  • Candidate Expectations
  • Parent Expectations
  • Typical Class
  • Website Review
  • Questions and Answers
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