Confirmation Packet (this includes the service hour sheet)

Confirmation Prep Sessions
6:00-8:00pm in the Family Life Center/Gym 

October 9: Ch. 2 What makes me happy?
October 23: Ch. 5 Who is Jesus?
November 6: Ch. 6 Why be Catholic?
December 4: Ch. 8 How do I get there?
January 15: Ch. 10 Why tell my sins to a Priest?
January 29: Short Lesson (Ch. 21) and Retreat Flashback
February 12: Ch. 12 Who is the Holy Spirit?
February 26: Ch. 13 What does the Holy Spirit do for me?
March 26: Ch. 14 Why have I been Chosen?
April 9: All parents and their child arrive at the Church at
 3:30pm for a special blessing of all Candidates prepared for Confirmation
April 9: Ch. 24 Where do I go from here?
 


Parent Confirmation Sessions
Sundays 6:00-8:00pm in the Parish Hall

November 13
January 15
January 29
February 5
February 12
February 19

Spirit Retreat
January 20-22

** Confirmation 2016 **
TBD @ St. Francis of Assisi


Letter to Parents and Confirmation Candidates

Dear Parents and Confirmation Candidates,

More than two thousand years ago, the first Confirmation class met in a small crowded upper room in Jerusalem. “And when the day of Pentecost had come…there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit”(Acts 2:1-4)

And now your child’s own journey toward Confirmation begins! The Sacrament of Confirmation is a wonderful gift that completes the work of grace God started in your child at their Baptism. Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, your son or daughter will be more perfectly united to the Church and Jesus Christ and given a special strengthening of the Holy Spirit, just like the Apostles and Mary at Pentecost, empowering them to better spread and defend the Gospel through their words and deeds. This strengthening of the Holy Spirit is necessary for us as Christians to live life “to the full” as Jesus wants for us. (John 10:10)

This period of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is important for you and your child. One of the biggest complaints I hear from youth ministers, Priests, and parents, is that after Confirmation teens seem to drift away from the Church. It doesn’t have to be this way. The more reverence, respect, and preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation we model as parents, the more our children will learn the power and importance of this Sacrament and our Catholic Faith.

If you are interested in understanding Confirmation better and explaining it to your child, checkout the Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 1285-1321.

This year Confirmation is TBD.

Here are some requirements to be eligible for the Sacrament of Confirmation:

+ Candidates must be in 10th grade
+ Must have attended faith formation classes one year prior to Confirmation year
+ Pick a Sponsor due November 9
+ Parents must attend 5 Parent Sessions
+ Pick a Confirmation Name due April 12
+ Attend all weekly Sunday evening classes 6:00-8:30pm
+ Attend all once a month Confirmation Classes Sundays 2:30-4:15pm Oct.-April
+ Attend the Confirmation Spirit Retreat January 20-22
+ Serve and record 40 hours of community service due April 1
+ Turn in a Letter of Intent to the Pastor due November 9
+ Turn in a copy of Baptismal Certificate due December 14 (If you were baptized at St. Francis, tell us the month and year that your child was baptized here.)

At the first Confirmation session we will be sending home more detailed information about community service hours, how to pick a sponsor, how to write a letter to the Pastor, and more. Checkout sfayoungchurch.com/confirmation for updates! We will be praying for you and walking with you on this journey!

+JMJ

Edmund Mitchell and the Confirmation Team
emitchell@sfatx.org