Confirmation

Welcome! On behalf of St. John's we welcome you, your Confirmation candidate, and your entire family to the Confirmation preparation process at St. John's. We are excited to journey with your family and your teen towards the Sacrament of Confirmation. This is a special time of spiritual formation for your teens; one that we hope will strengthen your entire family.

With that being said we are here to help with that process as much as possible! We want to make sure that we are providing all of the tools, experiences, and communicaiton necessary to make this as meaningful of a process as possible. On this webpage you will find important information that you will want to refer back to throughout the year.

Parents, as you continue ministering to your family, your parish, and the community, we ask you to be especially faithful in the following areas: attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation, support a parish ministry with the gift of your time, and be true to the Biblical call to tithe. In addition to worshiping at St. John's your family has the opportunity to give their time, talent, and treasure to many ministries this faith community has to offer like serving as Gift Bearers, volunteering in the Sunday Nursery, or visiting the homebound to name a few. It is your example that will have the greatest impact on the faith of your child.

May the blessings of our Heavenly Father be poured out upon your candidate and your entire family during this process! 

 

Confirmation Class

 

Confirmation classes meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Download the 2016-2017 Religious Education calendar here.

Confirmation is necessary for the completion, increase, and deepening of baptismal grace. By the sacrament, those confirmed become more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. They become more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and action as true witnesses of Christ, to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of the Cross. They share more completely in the mission of Jesus Christ, belonging totally to Christ and are enrolled in his service forever. (Catecheism of the Catholic Church: 1285, 1294, 1296, 1302, 1303)

"Preparation for Confirmation should aim at leading the Christian toward a more intimate union with Christ and a more lively familiarity with the Holy Spirit - his actions, his gifts, and his biddings - in order to be more capable of assuming the apostolic responsibilities of the Christian life. To this end catechesis for Confirmation should strive to awaken a sense of belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ, the universal Church as well as the parish community. The latter bears responsibility for the preparation of confirmands." (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1309) 

 

Confirmation Sponsor

A Confirmation sponsor is a person who encourages, assists, and walks the faith journey with a Confirmation candidate to help them embrace, fall in love with, and actively practice the Catholic faith before and after Confirmation. A confirmation sponsor agrees to share in the Church’s teaching ministry. They take a serious interest in the candidate’s spiritual life. The candidate will request the help of a sponsor who will assist the candidate in leading a Christian life in harmony with the sacrament of Confirmation. The sponsor will present the Candidate to the Bishop at Confirmation.

The Sponsor Certificate for Confirmation is to be completed by the pastor from the sponsor’s home parish. This certificate states that the sponsor is in good standing with the Catholic Church.

Sponsors must

  • be a Catholic in good standing
  • be at least sixteen years of age
  • be baptized & confirmed
  • have made their first Confession & received the Eucharist
  • not be bound by canonical penalty
  • not be the mother, father, adoptive or foster parent

 

DOWNLOAD SPONSOR CERTIFICATE HERE

The signed Sponsor Form is due Wednesday, November 16th, 2016.

 

Confirmation Name

Candidates may choose a Confirmation name. They may use their baptismal name, emphasizing the connection between the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, or they may choose the name of a saint. The saints intercede for us to God and help us along the way. In light of this truth, it has been a long-standing and venerable custom to choose the name of a saint whom the candidate desires to imitate or to whom they are especially devoted. This saint will make intercession on behalf of the candidate.

We will be working closely with the saints this year, every week we will introduce new saints during the class that candidates can take a closer look at. In order to facilitate some thoughtfulness about this process, final decisions on Confirmation Names will not be due until Wednesday, February 1st, 2017. During these months of confirmation preparation, candidates should reserach the Saint they have chosen to be named after. Pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit to be with you in this decision making process. 

 

Saint Essay

After choosing a Confirmation name, candidates should write an essay about their chosen saint. The essay must be in the candidate's own words and should include the following information as available:

  • Who is the saint? (When and where did they live, family life, job, etc.)
  • Does this saint have a feast day? When it is? Why is it this day?
  • If the saint is a patron of something, what is he/she the patron of and why?
  • What have you learned about this saint through your research?
  • What stands out to you about the saint's life? 
  • What qualities present in the saint's life made an impact on you? 
  • Why did you select this saint to represent your faith journey?
  • How can this saint be a model for you and others on being a disciple of Christ?
  • Why does the life and example of this saint attract you or challenge you?

Essays are to be 2 pages typed, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font. Make sure to include your name. Include the resources from which you obtained your information (website, book, etc.)

The Saint Essays are due on February 1st, 2017.

 

Letter of Intent

Each candidate is asked to compose a letter to the pastor near the end of the Confirmation preparation journey to state their intent of wanting to be confirmed in the Catholic Church. The candidate must be the one to request the Sacrament of Confirmation. Within the letter Confirmation candidates should express how the Confirmation preparation program has helped him/her, why he/she seeks the sacrament, and what it is they are planning to do once they are confirmed to continue to grow in their faith.

  • Letters of Intent should be written to Fr. John Lanzrath
  • An outline to help candidates write their letter will be handed out in class
  • The Confirmation Letter of Intent is due by February 22nd, 2017

 

Confirmation Retreat

This year we will be hosting the Diocesan Retreat Team (DiRT) for our Confirmation Retreat. DiRT leaders are young adults from around the Diocese of Wichtia who are formed to lead Confirmation retreats throughout the year. During the Confirmation retreat students will experience prayer, ice breakers, small groups, music, talks and presentations, lunch, adoration, and confession. There is no cost to attend this retreat. We will need help from parents in providing lunch for the retreatants.

Confirmation Retreat Date

  • Saturday March 4th, 2017
  • 9:00am-1:30pm
  • St. John's - Clonmel

 

Confirmation Interview

What is the Confirmation Interview?

We would like to take a few minutes in the month leading up to the Sacrament of Confirmation to sit down with each one fo the candidates in order to talk about the preparation process they have gone through. This gives us the ability to know where Candidates are at and whether they are truly ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation

In order to help ease the nerves of the candidates, the questions used will be sent home, allowing them the chance to review and fully prepare. Reviewing the questions with their Confirmation sponsor is a great way to help strengthen the candidate-sponsor relationship.

Interviews will take place during the month of March.

Candidates will receive a list of dates and times available to schedule an interview. The Candidate will be expected to schedule their interview by the designated deadline.

 

Confirmation Rehearsal

The Confirmation rehearsal will be held for candidates and their sponsors. It is very important for both the candidates and their sponsors to attend the rehearsal. We will be walking through the Rite of Confirmation in order to familiarize the candidates and sponsors with the roles they will play on the day of Confirmation.

Confirmation Rehearsal will be Saturday, April 1st, 2017 @ 2:00pm

 

Rite of Confirmation

The Rite of Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 @ 10:30am

Candidates and sponsors should arrive in the parish center by 9:45am. A group picture will be taken at 10:00am. Following Mass there will be a reception in the parish center. Individual photos of the candidate with the bishop may be taken at the reception following Mass.

Dress Code for the Sacrament of Confirmation

Ladies                                                                                                                        Gentlemen

  • Dress shirt, skirt, or dress pants, or modest dress                                                     - Dress pants (no jeans)
  • Dress shoes (no flip flops)                                                                                          - Dress shirt with collar (tie preferred, no tshirts)
  • Skirt/Dress must be to your knees or longer                                                              - Dress shoes (no sneakers)
  • Tops/dresses must have sleeves. No strapless or spaghetti straps.

 

 

Important Dates to Remember

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