June 17, 2017

2017-18 Confirmation 2 Requirements


CONFIRMATION 1 REQUIREMENTS 2016-17: All Confirmation 1 requirements must be completed before a confirmation candidate will be enrolled in Confirmation 2     

  • Baptism Certificate                                      
  • First Communion Certificate (if already received)
  • Confirmation 1 Fees

Grace Passes: All of the above activities are required for all Candidates.  However, there are times when illness, family or other obligations can prevent a Candidate from attending a scheduled activity.  Therefore, each Candidate will be given 3 Grace Passes to be used during the year.  In order to use this pass, a parent must call Marc Leon prior to the event.  Once a student uses 3 passes, it is expected that he/she will be at every scheduled activity.  Grace Passes cannot be used for Confirmation 2 Retreat.

Confirmation 2 Overnight Retreat – January 26-28, 2018

SERVICE HOURS:  Each Confirmation candidate must complete 20 hours of service work per year. Service Hour Sheets must be completed and turned in no later then April 15, 2018.

SUNDAY MASS ATTENDANCE: The Mass and the Eucharist are the very center of our Catholic faith. The obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses and to avoid unnecessary work on those days is a responsibility for all Catholics. We expect all of our Candidates to understand and accept this rule, which is based on the Third Commandment. The Confirmation classes will attend 12:30pm Mass together on the days of their Confirmation workshops.

YOUTH MINISTRY PROGRAM:  Each year Confirmation Candidates will be expected to attend at least three Youth Ministry Nights (Revelations) and/or Revelations events of their choosing.

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: All students are required to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during both the seasons of Advent and Lent.

 LETTER TO THE BISHOP: Confirmation 2 Candidates are required to write a letter to the Bishop indicating a desire to receive, and reasons for wanting to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. It should be a statement of future commitment to study the faith and to advance the cause of Christ Jesus through His Church. Specific guidelines for the letter will be discussed on March 25, 2018. The Bishop Letter is due no later than  April 15, 2018.

CONFIRMATION INTERVIEW: is held at the end of the process, to make sure all requirements are completed.   This is also a time for you to evaluate the process – so that we can make it more meaningful for future students and sponsors.  We want to know what helped you in your journey and what didn’t and how you might fix it!

PARENTS – We would like your final recommendation as to the seriousness of intent of your son/daughter’s Confirmation commitment.   We would also like to have your evaluation of the process.   Did we help your family grow in understanding of the Catholic faith and traditions?  How could it be better for future families?

SPONSORS – We need to interview you at the end of the process to get your final recommendation for Confirmation for this candidate. 

The purpose of the interview is to give us a chance to see if there is a “missing link” or two that we can help fill in before the young person is confirmed.  The interview is not a test or a pop-quiz.  It is a conversation.

Confirmation 2 interview dates and times:

  •   Sunday, April 15, 2018 (2pm-?) – PLC                Or
  •   Sunday, May 6, 2018 (2pm-?) – PLC

CONFIRMATION MASS AND REHEARSALS: The Confirmation date is set for Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 3pm in the church. Sponsors and Candidates are asked to report to Fr. Martin Hall by 2:15pm. The Confirmation Mass Rehearsal we be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10 – 11am in the church. Sponsor and Candidates are required to attend the rehearsal. Sports and recreational activities are not an excused absence from the Confirmation Mass Rehearsal.

VIRTUS REQUIREMENT: All parents are highly encouraged to complete the VIRTUS training program (child protection and safety). VIRTUS is a three hour in-person training that is held throughout the year at St. Joseph Parish and at other parishes in the Archdiocese. You can find out more about VIRTUS and register for training on the VIRTUS website: www.virtus.org