CONFIRMATION INFORMATION 2016 - 17
The Confirmation Parent Meeting is . At least one parent is expected to attend. At the meeting, there will be inportant information to review as well as papers to distribute.
Confirmation Candidate Information Sheet -
Confirmation Fee Form with payment -
Sponsor Form from theSponsor's Parish - due
The Confirmation Retreat is scheduled for March , 2017 for the Confirmandi only, and they are to report by 8:45 am to McGettigan Hall. Students will be spending time in Church, therefore, proper attire is necessary. Our plan for the day is to begin by practicing in Church in the morning, followed by recess (pretzel will be provided).
Then we will have a guest speaker that will spend the rest of the day with the students. A pizza lunch, water and a snack will be provided. Dismissal will be at 2:15 pm. Please make sure arrangements have been made with your parent (s).
Retreat Schedule for Confirmandi:
8:45 am Arrival at McGettigan Hall
9:00 - 10:00 Practice in Church
10:00 - 10:20 Snack, Bathrooms, Recess in McGettigan Hall
10:20 - 12:00 Activities and Reflection
12:00 to 12:15 Lunch
12:20 - 12:30 Recess in Hughes School Yard
12:30 - 2:10 Activities and Reflection
2:10 - 2:15 Directives from teachers
2:15 pm Dismissal
Confirmation is scheduled for Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 3 pm. with Bishop Senior celebrating.
Confirmandi along with their sponsors are to arrive in McGettigan Hall by 2:00 pm. Sponsor directives will be given in the hall at 2:15, and the Confirmandi group picture will also be taken promptly at 2:15 pm. All sponsors and confirmandi have assigned seats in church. Parents are asked to go directly to the church because seating is limited, and is on a first come basis. The Confirmandi Procession begins at 2:45 into church.
Please make sure you arrive in your pressed Confirmation robe - boys need to wear dress pants, shirt and tie underneath the robe, along with dress shoes (NO sneakers), and girls need to wear a skirt or dress and dress shoes (NO sneakers).
Students are preparing by reviewing Questions and Answers on their Catholic Beliefs on a daily basis, and learning about the sacrament through Confirmed in The Spirit - Loyola Press, music, saint projects, prayer, group discussions, memorization, questions, art, cooperative learning, and video.
Loyola Press Copyright 2014:
Understanding the Sacrament of Confirmation
Confirmation is the sacrament that completes the grace we receive in Baptism. It seals, or confirms, this grace through the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit that we receive as part of Confirmation. This sacrament also makes up better able to participate in the worship and apostolic life of the Chruch. Like Baptism, Confirmation is received only once in a person's life.
The Effects of Confirmation are:
*it roots us more deeply in the divine filiation (as sons of God)
* it unites us more firmly to Christ
* it increases the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in us
* it renders our bond with the Church more perfectly
* it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit 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
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1303)
Through Jesus, we receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation:
Wisdom helps us recognize the importance of others and the importance of keeping God central in our lives.
Understanding is the ability to comprehend the meaning of God's message.
Knowledge is the ability to think about and explore God's Revelation and also to recognize that there are mysteries of faith beyond us.
Counsel [Right Judgment] is the ability to see the best way to follow God's plan when we have choices that relate to him.
Fortitude [Courage] is the courage to do what one knows is right.
Piety [Reverence] helps us pray to God in true devotion
Fear of the Lord [Wonder and Awe] is the feeling of amazement before God, who is all-present, and whose friendship we do not want to lose.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1831)
Every building needs a firm foundation. For Catholics, the firm foundation for our lives of faith is formed by the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Through the Sacrament of Confirmation, those who have been baptized are sealed with the Holy Spirit, showing that they fully belong to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church.
God is at work in the Sacrament of Confirmation, giving his guarantee that he is with his people and will protect them forever. Those being confirmed, in turn, are telling the world that they accept the invitation to live as followers of Jesus Christ. All this happens through the power of a very mysterious yet very real Person: the Holy Spirit.
OPEN YOUR MINDS AND HEARTS, AND INVITE THE HOLY SPIRIT INTO IT!