Confirmation

"Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit"

 

Confirmation Mass: Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 2pm at Queen of the World Church
Please come at 1pm and meet in the cafeteria.

Practice is Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:30pm at Queen of the World. Students and Sponsors are encouraged to attend.

Child and Youth Protection In-Service Completion Certification

Download and follow the Packet for Families (using the link below). Then fill out the form letting us know you have completed the requirement. Thank you!

In-service Packet for Families

Child and Youth In-Service Completion

This form is for submitting completion of the mandatory in-service.
    This in-service is part of our program to protect our youth. It is mandatory for completion of this year's faith formation program.

Confirmation Meeting Information

Confirmation Meeting Dates

Date Opening Session 4:30pm Night 6:00-8:00pm
September 17 Follow Me
October 1 Identity Who is God?

Who Am I?

October 15 Family Fest or Belief Family Fest The Creed
October 22 The Mass Prayer

The Church

November 12 Beauty True Beauty: Womanhood

True Strength: Manhood

November 19 Eucharist Local Fest Night
December 3 Advent Family Preparation Disciplines of a Disciple
January 7 Confirmation I Sacraments
January 28 Confirmation II Vocations
February 11 Confirmation Overview Living the Creed
February 25 Confirmation III Hot Topics

Modern Media

March 4 Confirmation IV-V “Pentecost”
Confirmation Sunday, May 20 at Queen of the World Church Sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop Persico Mass, 2pm, Queen of the World

Location and Information

Confirmation for all students from the local parishes meet at Queen of the World Church in the cafeteria. We gather at 4:30 for a “warm-up” session with mass at 5pm in the church. After mass, we meet till 8pm.

Alternative to Family Fest Day Information

Alternative to October 22 Night on Church and Prayer

Discipleship Guide Sections and Information

Click the other titles (+) for more information and direct links to formed.org – You must already be logged into your free Formed.org account to access using the direct links. Also, the Leader Guide is available on the same page as the videos. Each section will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete for a total of 4.5 hours (estimated as Confirmation Formation hours). Works of Mercy Service Hours of approximately 3-5 hours should also be completed as part of this section and logged using the WoM form on this page.

The Creed: Session One

The Creed: Session 1

Formed.org Link
The Creed: Session Two

The Creed: Session 2

Formed.org Link
Living the Creed: Session Two - The Eucharist

Living The Creed: Session 2 – The Eucharist

Formed.org Link
Discipleship Guide Sections and Information

Video Here (must be logged in to Formed.org)

Discipleship Guide Sections and Information

Leader Guide (might be helpful to follow along with videos…must be logged in to Formed.org)

Discipleship Guide Sections and Information

The Mass Worksheet (you need to fill this out and follow some instructions)

Important Information and Downloadable Files

Handbook and Sponsor Form

Sponsor Form

The Sponsor Form must be printed and filled out by each party. Please be sure to have the Sponsor get it signed/notarized by his/her pastor (either by registration or location). If you need help with a sponsor, please get in touch with a priest as early as possible.

Parent Student Handbook 2018

Discipleship Guide

This is the official guide for all nights. You received this the first Sunday in October. If you need a PDF version, please download the Discipleship Guide.

Choosing a Saints’ Name

Choosing a Saint Name for Confirmation

Confirmation Names

If the candidate’s baptismal name is that of a recognized saint of the Church, there is no need to select a new name for Confirmation. Using the baptismal name for Confirmation is preferred because it highlights the relationship between the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.

If the candidate chooses to take a new name for Confirmation, however, it should be a name selected in honor of Jesus or Mary or from the list of recognized saints of the Catholic Church. Names of saints are chosen to serve as patrons and models for those being confirmed. Candidates should choose a patron whose Christian life or virtues can be imitated.

Choosing a Confirmation Name

When you are confirmed, you will be given the option to choose a separate Confirmation name. Although there is no obligation to select a Confirmation name that is different from the name you were given at Baptism, you should choose the name of a saint for your Confirmation name.

Importance of Names

Your parents probably spent many hours thinking about what they would name you. Your name may have been chosen to honor a relative or a saint who is revered by your family or culture. While it is customary to use the names of saints as baptismal names, the Church now permits other names at baptism a long as they are not incompatible with the Christian faith. However your baptismal name was chosen, it is now a part of your history and identity.

Names are important in our religious tradition as well. In the Old Testament, God promised David: “…and I will make for you a name, like the name of the great ones of the earth” (1 Chronicles 17:8). “I call you by your name” (Isaiah 45:3-4). In the New Testament, Jesus tells the disciples that their names are written in heaven (see Luke 10:20) and both the Letter to the Philippians (4:3) and the Book of Revelation (21:12-14) refer to names being written in the book of life.

A Confirmation Name

Taking a new name at Confirmation can be symbolic of a new or deeper stage in your faith life. There are several Scripture stories of people whose names changed after they experience a conversion: Abram to Abraham, Jacob to Israel, Simon to Peter, and Saul to Paul. Celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation is an opportunity for you to reflect on how you want to witness to the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. If you choose a name other than your baptismal name, look to saints and holy people who are truly witnesses of faith for you. Choose the name of a saint you admire and whom you want to be your patron.

Works of Mercy Service Hours

Works of Mercy
Service Hours

Log 10 Hours Online here.

Works of Mercy Logo

WoM Hours Confirmation

Works of Mercy Confirmation Service Hours Log Form
  • This is a phone number for questions or clarification (student, parent, or supervisor phone number).
  • Please enter a value between 1 and 20.
    Please enter the number of hours served rounded to the nearest hour.
  • Enter the organization (Church, Nursing Home, etc.) or the Person that you helped.
  • Enter your supervisor if available.
  • Enter a brief description of what you did and how it impacted your faith.
    Choose the best "Work of Mercy" that corresponds to your activity.
  • Email address of the person filling out this form.
    I certify that the information I have provided is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge. Amen.

Your Confirmation Name

Confirmation Name

This is to collect students name for Confirmation.
  • Enter your chosen Confirmation name.
  • When did he/she live? Where did he/she live? What are the attributes of the saint (or living person) that you admire? What is it about their lives that you would like to use as an example for your own life?
  • Enter your parish here.

The Confirmation Retreat

Bishop Persico’s Expectations for a Confirmation Retreat

The Retreat before Confirmation is a valuable opportunity for the students to build community, receive catechesis, and experience conversion. After a good retreat, youth are more fruitfully disposed to receive the grace of the sacrament of Confirmation and more likely to continue their practice of the Catholic faith. In order to accomplish these things, the following are the Bishop’s expectations:

  • It is valuable to give the group time for joyful interaction, renew acquaintances, and build a sense of preparing for the Sacrament together.
  • The goals of the retreat are: to initiate (or deepen) a personal experience of Christian conversion; to have a change of heart (or a strengthening) regarding the sacrament of Confirmation.
  • The sacrament of Penance should be offered. Students should receive a comprehensive and compassionate examination of conscience and be encouraged to make individual confessions. This will require adequate time and a sufficient number of priest confessors. Secondary expressions (e.g. symbolic burning of written sins) should never replace sacramental confession, nor seem to the students to be a more effective way to experience God’s mercy. If used, such tangential gestures should highlight the real absolution of sin that comes with the sacrament of Penance.
  • Normally, Mass should be scheduled as part of the retreat, unless circumstances of time preclude it.
  • If possible, young people who have made a significant commitment to Christ and the Catholic faith should be invited to give witness to the young people preparing for Confirmation.
  • If possible, students should be reminded of the beauty and value of vocations to priesthood and consecrated life, in addition to marriage.
  • The retreat should never be replaced by a day of service. While such a day can be an important part of the Confirmation program, it does not achieve the goals of a retreat.
  • This retreat is a unique opportunity for parishes to evangelize their youth prior to Confirmation. Other retreat opportunities (e.g. TEC/DME, youth rallies, etc.), although warmly encouraged, should not replace this unique communal experience. The Bishop readily acknowledges that there are many creative ways to achieve the goals indicated above. He encourages those in retreat work to share their best ideas with each other for the good of the students. If Confirmation program leaders have any questions about these matters, the Bishop encourages them to speak to the diocesan offices. Promulgated September 2010
    Reaffirmed by Bishop Persico January 2013