During a moment on the Confirmation retreat, a teen had this to say about the experience:

"It was one of the best moments I've ever had in my life. After the retreat I felt like my relationship with God was stronger than before and I feel closer to Him. It was nice to get together with so many people who believed in the same things I did, and all of that also strengthened my relationship with God. . . . God was there with me the entire time . . . and I felt much closer to Him. It made me realize how important faith is and how much more I can gain by devoting my time, and my life to the Lord. “

 ~Jessica 

Confirmation at St. John 

                 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: We HAVE A CONFIRMATION DATE: MAY 13TH, 2017!

     

Classes begin January 3, 2017!

Confirmation retreat will take place January 27-29, 2016 at Summit Lake Camp!

      

Requirements to be Confirmed at St. John

These are not intended to be “hoops,” but they are mile-markers that indicate the progression of the Confirmation candidate. The candidates MUST:

 

-         Have been Baptized, made their First Reconciliation and received First Communion.

-         Have a sincere desire to be confirmed.

-         Attend Sunday Mass on a weekly basis.

-         Have a basic understanding of the pillars of our faith.

-         Attend class weekly and complete make-up work for any classes missed.

-         Complete the candidate interview process.

-         Write a letter to the bishop who will be confirming them.

-         Complete a service project, coordinated by St. John (Emails go out to parents in October 2016)

-         Select a sponsor and attend the sponsor sessions (see the guidelines for sponsors)

-         Select a saint name and motto.

-         Attend the Confirmation Retreat

-         Participate in at least 2 Life Teen Life nights (not just social gatherings)

-         Attend the Group Session and Rite of Sending

-         Attend the Rehearsal on the Thursday night prior to Confirmation

   

Sponsor Guidelines

       

Sponsors act as spiritual role models and guides for the candidates while they prepare for Confirmation.  They should also take care that the confirmed person behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations inherent in this sacrament (Canon Law 892).

In order to be a sponsor a person must be (from Canon Law 874):

-         16 years or older

-         A baptized and confirmed Catholic who has also received first Eucharist and is a registered member               of a Catholic church. *Note- sometimes students believe that a person is in good standing with the                 Catholic Church. However, if a Confirmed Catholic person has married outside of the church, he may               no longer be eligible as a sponsor. 

-         Someone other than the father or mother of the one to be confirmed

-         Someone who attend Mass regularly and receives the Sacraments regularly.

 

When choosing a sponsor, your teen should begin with prayer, asking God for His guidance in making this important decision.  Some people your teen should consider asking are:

 

-         Baptismal godparents (this is a great way to demonstrate the connection between Baptism and                       Confirmation)

-         A relative

-         A family friend

-         Your candidate’s teacher or assistant

-         A member of the Edge or Life Teen Core Team

 

No matter who your child chooses, it should be someone the candidate feels comfortable talking to about spiritual matters and one who he or she looks up to as a spiritual role model. Please try to remember that this person is not someone you choose FOR your child.

Archdiocesan Guidelines for Confirmation 

The Following comes DIRECTLY FROM The "Seal of the Spirit" (Archdiocesan Regulations and Guidelines for Confirmation). We follow these guidelines closely.        

                                                   

Age

"As the ordinary norm for this Archdiocese, those in the eighth through tenth grade levels and who fulfill the expectations for remote preparation for Confirmation (see pages 10-11) are to be invited to participate in the immediate preparation for Confirmation. The implementation of this norm should be flexible enough, however, to allow for individual differences. No one is to be constrained to receive the sacrament in eighth, ninth or tenth grade" (8). 

                                  

"A minimum of one year’s consistent participation in a parochial school, religious education, youth
ministry, or approved homeschooling [for those who homeschool entirely] program with systematic and intentional adolescent cateches is components is required prior to entrance into immediate preparation" (12). This means that students who want to receive Confirmation in 8, 9, or 10th grade MUST be enrolled in some way the year prior.

                                  

**Students cannot simply expect to be Confirmed if they have not been in religious education since their first communion or have not been in any program at all even since 6th grade. 

     

A Separate Program?

Why does my child (who is homeschooled, attends parachial school or is in 8th grade religious education) have to attend a separate program for Confirmation?

                       

"The process of immediate preparation for Confirmation should be conducted as a free-standing program, and not be placed within the parish’s or school’s regularly standing program for religious education. The immediate preparation is not tied to a particular grade level. The purpose of the immediate preparation is to provide formation for full, conscious, and active participation in the Rite of Confirmation. It is successful if it invites the candidate to deeper openness to the indwelling Spirit and a willingness to witness to Christ as his disciple; and to more responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic Christian faith community.

   
Great care is exercised in the planning of this phase that the expectations not be unnecessarily burdensome, thus avoiding the error of having the reception of the sacrament appear to be a reward, or a prize, rather than a wonderful gift" (12).   

        

"Confirmation is not graduation. The preparation process is not a period to “cram” the
faith one needs for an adult life into a young person’s experience. It must be said that,
previously, parents may have received the message from pastoral leadership (or may have
perceived) that they had “completed” their duty as Catholic parents if their children had
received all of the sacraments. This is unfortunate. The Church wishes to continue to
accompany young people in their discovery of God’s call in their lives and in interpreting
appropriate responses"(17).