Confirmation Guidelines for Teens 2014-15
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church & Newman Center
According to new Diocesan Confirmation Guidelines, as you will see set forth below, St. Francis will be making changes to our Confirmation program for this year. If your child will be 13 years of age by Easter of 2015 they may be eligible to be Confirmed. We anticipate 2 Confirmation classes, one for middle school students and one for high school students, and will be a one (school) year program. However, this will require more volunteer help; if you are interested in being involved in guiding the youth of our parish please contact me in the parish office at 288-6180. – Classes will meet beginning at 6pm on Sunday evenings.
“Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit, incorporates us more firmly into Christ, strengthens our bond with the Church, associates us more closely with her mission, and helps us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.” (CCC 1316)
- Young people receiving the sacrament of Confirmation must have reached their 13th birthday by the reception of the sacrament.
- Young people must be active members of the Church as noted in the Precepts of the Church.
- You shall attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days….
- You shall confess your sins at least once a year.
- You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.
- You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.
- You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church. (CCC 2042)
- It is expected that all Confirmation candidates participate in parish Confirmation formation. This includes public school, Catholic school, and home school youth.
- As the primary catechist, parents are expected to be involved in the Confirmation process.
- Parents must attend appropriate catechesis before or during the candidate’s catechetical formation for the sacrament of Confirmation. The content of this catechesis should include:
- the theology of the Sacraments of Initiation;
- the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian disciple; and
- the significant role of the parent as promised during the Rite of Baptism.
- Parent formation should include a minimum of two catechetical sessions, on-going formation, and support throughout the Confirmation process.
- Sunday Mass attendance, in addition to classes and one retreat, is an expectation in Confirmation formation.
- The candidate for the sacrament of Confirmation is expected to have participated in yearly ongoing faith formation since his / her reception of First Eucharist to assure a continuous, systematic, age appropriate catechesis (Please notify the DRE or priest if this is not the case so provisions can be made if applicable).
- The free-standing, parish-conducted, one (school) year Confirmation formation program must be distinguished from the ordinarily required one year prerequisite foundational religious education program.
Confirmation Preparation for Non-Catholics
If you are seeking Confirmation for yourself or your child who is not currently Catholic, please go to our Becoming Catholic - RCIA/RCIC page for more information.