A Blueprint for Receiving Confirmation

A Blueprint for Receiving Confirmation

  • First you must register your child for Confirmation with the church.

Goals:

You, as their parent and first teacher, will need to ensure that your child is ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation by first reviewing the knowledge that was needed for First Communion:

  • Your child must know the basic story of God, creation, Adam, sin, Jesus, grace, baptism, heaven and hell. 
  • Your child must know by heart: The Creed, seven sacraments, ten commandments, basic prayers – The Sign of the Cross, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, and how to say the rosary by saying the prayers and using the beads. 
  • Sin; Your child must know how to do a daily Examination of Conscience, Know the Act of Contrition by heart and how to make a good confession. 
  • Your child must know what the Blessed Sacrament is (Jesus) and show a desire to receive Jesus. 

 

Then you as a parent will need to teach your child:

  • How to pray the rosary using the mysteries
  • Knowledge of the Creed
    • Trinity
    • Incarnation/Redemption
    • Grace
    • Sacraments/Church as place of the sacraments
    • Eternal Life
    • Heaven 
    • Hell 
    • Purgatory
  • Mass 
    • Parts
    • Responses
  • Life of Confirmation
    • Prayer
    • Commandments
    • Sacraments
    • Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation

 

During the second year of Confirmation Prep we will hold monthly workshops to reinforce and highlight topics you have been teaching your children. 

  • There will also be an expectation that your child will complete 5 Saint Reports over the next 2 years:
  • Two reports in the first year to be completed and turned in at the assigned due date.
  • Two more reports will be required in the second year to be completed and turned in at the assigned due date. 
  • A 5th and final report will be due in the second year which will be a report about the Saint your child has chosen as their Patron Saint and will be the name that they will be confirmed as. 

 

  • There will also be a Community Service Hours requirement of 20 hours* over the next two years with the thought being they will complete ten hours in Year 1 and ten hours in Year 2. 

*Due to COVID 19 this requirement may be adjusted as needed.

We, as the church, will be here to back you up and give support but it will be your responsibility to teach and train your child the information needed to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Path:  How will this work: 

Year 1:

  • Work through Level 5 of the Faith and Life series. This can be done at your own pace but the general thought is that you would complete the book within the first  year.  
  • Use the Framework Booklet as a guide to help keep you on track. 
    • The framework Booklet will give you a checklist and highlight the things that your child must know in order to receive the Sacrament and things that they should be strongly aware of to live out their faith.
  • Watch the videos from Fr. Levine on prayer and the rosary to help equip you as parents when teaching your children. 
  • You will need to make sure that your child knows how to pray the rosary usings the Mysteries so your child will need to know the mysteries by heart. 
  • Your child must know the Creed and what each part represents:
    • Trinity
    • Incarnation/Redemption
    • Grace
    • Sacraments/Church as place of Sacraments
    • Eternal life
    • Heaven
    • Hell
    • Purgatory
    • Mass (Parts and Responses)

 

  • Your child must know how to do a daily Examination of Conscience, know the Act of Contrition by heart and how to make a good confession and be going to Confession on a regular basis.
    • You will be able to call to set up appointments for Wednesday Night Help Nights. 
      • You and your child will have an opportunity to have access to catechists to help you through a lesson you may be having difficulties with or a concept that you may be struggling with or just simply do not understand. 
      • You, as a parent, will have the ability to sit with a Catechist to explain content to you or give you ideas on how to teach a concept or you and your child can attend these sessions together but you will not be able to just drop your child off and come back and pick them up.
    • You and your children will need to attend any and all classes, meetings or workshops that are implemented by the parish. These are intended to help clarify and solidify any teachings and/or procedures. 
    • You can also contact your DRE for resources that are available to help teach and enhance each lesson for your child.
    • You also have access to FORMED.org where you will be able to find many lessons and talks for you as a parent as well as for your child to help explain a concept to your child. 

 

  • Adhere to projected timelines and dates: Confirmation in our parish is given on even years. Our next Confirmation Mass will be in 2022.

 

Year 2:

  • Work through Level 7 of the Faith and Life series. This can be done at your own pace but the general thought is that you would complete the book within the second year.  
  • Use the Framework Booklet as a guide to help keep you on track.
    • The framework Booklet will give you a checklist and highlight the things that your child must know in order to receive the Sacrament and things that they should be strongly aware of to live out their faith.
  • Attendance at monthly workshops that will include:
    • The Life of Confirmation
      • Prayer
      • The Commandments
      • Sacraments
      • Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

    • Regular Eucharistic Adoration/Adoration 
      • This will be an expectation
    • The Sacrament of Confirmation

 

  • Adhere to projected timelines and dates: Confirmation in our parish is given on even years. Our next Confirmation Mass will be in 2022.

 

Once again:

 Your child must know how to do a daily Examination of Conscience, Know the Act of Contrition by heart and how to make a good confession and be going to Confession on a regular basis.

  • You will be able to call to set up appointments for Wednesday Night Help Nights. 
    • You and your child will have an opportunity to have access to catechists to help you through a lesson you may be having difficulties with or a concept that you may be struggling with or just simply do not understand. 
    • You, as a parent, will have the ability to sit with a Catechist to explain content to you or give you ideas on how to teach a concept or you and your child can attend these sessions together but you will not be able to just drop your child off and come back and pick them up.
  • You and your children will need to attend any and all classes, meetings or workshops that are implemented by the parish. These are intended to help clarify and solidify any teachings and/or procedures. 
  • You can also contact your DRE for resources that are available to help teach and enhance each lesson for your child.
  • You also have access to FORMED.org where you will be able to find many lessons and talks for you as a parent as well as for your child to help explain a concept or topic. 

 

Finally:

  • Present your child to the Pastor first and then the DRE for an interview when you think your child is ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

Your children learn by example so it is important that you are leading by example. It is very hard to teach someone something and then contradict it by your actions and/or the way that you choose to live your life. To prepare your child for Reconciliation and then not go as a parent is a contradiction and causes what the church calls “scandal” or to put it simply “a confusion that may lead others astray”. To teach your child about Holy Eucharist and Who It Is and then not attend Mass on a regular basis is a contradiction. To teach your child about Confirmation and what the church teaches and stands for and then choose to disregard these teachings is a contradiction. 

This will take a commitment to conversion of heart and let God lead us to always do His Will. For some this will be easy and for a lot of us this will take a lot of time in prayer and perseverance. God loves that we will consistently try and understands that the battle is real for us. We must learn to trust in Him.