Confirmation Program (High School)

Pentecost Stained GlassPreparation 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 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 special responsibility for the preparation of the confirmands (CCC 1309)

Confirmation is a gift and is offered to those who have been properly prepared and who freely choose to be confirmed. Parishes have the responsibility to provide adequate opportunities to prepare for celebrating this sacrament.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

Attendance at a Catholic high school for at least two years prior to the sacrament

OR

If not enrolled in a Catholic high school, attendance for at least two years prior to the sacrament at weekly Parish School of Religion (CCD) classes.

PARISH ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS

You must be a member of St Rita Parish OR you must obtain a letter of permission from the pastor of the parish of which you are a member. This letter must be forwarded to the Confirmation Coordinator at the parish office.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS:

A copy of the candidate’s Baptismal certificate

A letter of permission if not a registered member of St Rita Parish

A completed registration form which can be found here: Registration form (Confirmation)

Due date to be determined.

PREPARATION REQUIREMENTS:

In addition to the religious educational requirements, called remote preparation, Confirmation preparation also consists of a deeper, more explicit program specifically designed for the Confirmation candidate. This is called proximate preparation.

Informative meeting for Students and Parents August 28, 2016 at   7:00 P.M. in the Community Room.

Seven seminars, (approximately 90 minutes each) on seven Monday evenings, beginning at 7 p.m. See the attached calendar for dates and topics. Any missed seminars must be made up. This will consist of meeting with Mrs. Erin to review the missed material and a short essay.

A typed paper with your chosen Confirmation name, a brief biography of the saint you have chosen and a brief reflection on why you chose this saint. Due at the last seminar.

CHOOSING A SPONSOR:

Your sponsor must be at least 16 years old, a confirmed practicing Catholic who can act as a spiritual and moral role model for you. Your sponsor may be one of your Baptismal godparents, but not one of your parents. Sponsor form  – Date due: To be announced.

Participation in the life of the parish community: regular Mass attendance, reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, involvement in parish ministries and activities.

DATE OF CONFIRMATION

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on April 27, 2017  in St Rita Church. Bishop Gregory Aymond will be the minister of Confirmation.

ST RITA CONFIRMATION SEMINAR DATES

DRESS REQUIREMENTS

The reception of the Sacrament is a holy event taking place in a sacred institution. Therefore dress should reflect respect for your body and for the Church. Boys are required to wear dress pants, shirt and tie. Girls are required to dress modestly. This means, no cleavage showing, no tight dresses, and dress length to be no shorter than right above the knee. Those not dressed appropriately the night of Confirmation will not be allowed to receive the Sacrament.

FEES:

Supply fees to be determined.

For further information, please call Erin Maffe at the church office. 737-2915 ext 1206.