By signing us with the gift of the Spirit, confirmation makes us more completely the image of the Lord and fills us with the Holy Spirit, so that we may bear witness to him before all the world and work to bring the Body of Christ to its fullness as soon as possible.
(Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Christian Initiation, General Introduction 2)
Sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation is a two-year process. Children are to be in religious education or faith formation classes one year prior to the year in which the sacrament is to be celebrated.
Preparing students for the Sacrament of Confirmation involves a partnership among the youth, their families, parishioners, catechists, and staff.
In sixth grade, the foundations of faith formation are presented in a classroom setting with an emphasis on Church history, prayer, sacraments, and an ongoing exploration of sacred scripture. As the formal confirmation preparation process begins, students strengthen their faith by delving deeper into Catholic teachings and traditions. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of sacred scripture and the sacrament of Confirmation. Throughout the year, students are encouraged to develop their understanding of their commitment to the promises made for them at Baptism, and to discern the meaning of Confirmation in their lives. Students of high school age who have not been confirmed for whatever reason and wish to enter into preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation may contact Toni Armstead.
Basic Program Requirements
- A Roman Catholic Baptismal certificate
- Family must be verifiable parishioners
- Student must attend parish Religious Education program in fifth grade or enrolled in a Catholic school, parish or private.
Specific Requirements for Confirmation
- Registration in the Confirmation program
- Completion of two years of Religious Education in a parish program or in a Catholic school.
- Attendance at all sacramental preparation classes, special sessions, and retreats
- Regular attendance at mass.
- Parent participation at scheduled meeting(s)
- Affirmation of baptismal name or selection of confirmation name
- Completion of Saint Reflection
- A journal/photo album of activities and personal reflections must be kept and brought to each group gathering.
- A testimonial of faith must be prepared by the candidate. The candidate may be asked to read their testimonial during a parish liturgy, prior to the reception of the sacrament.
- Attendance at a Catholic church with a different cultural tradition, e.g. Tridentine (Latin), Byzantine Rite, Polish, Vietnamese.
- Attendance at the worship service of a temple or synagogue; and a Christian church other than that of a Catholic denomination. This does not excuse you from attending mass that weekend.
- Selection of sponsor
- Sponsor must be a confirmed Catholic 16 years of age or older.
- Sponsor must be active in his/her faith and Christian life
- Sponsor may not be the candidate’s father or mother (preferably, the sponsor is someone outside of the immediate family).
- Sponsor and candidate must share at least two family events with each other.
- Sponsor must support the candidate during the journey or preparation through ongoing dialogue, notes of encouragement, and willingness to listen to the concerns and hopes of the candidates.
- Sponsor must pray for and with the candidate.
- A completed Registration Packet includes the registration form with sponsor information, the retreat permission form, baptism certificate, if not baptized at Loyola, and fee. Both the Registration Form and Retreat Permission Form require the parent’s/guardian’s and child’s signatures.
Requirements for Confirmation Service Hours
The objective of the service requirement is to inculurate a faith that does justice, to form confirmation candidates who are men and women for others in the Jesuit tradition.
Confirmation Candidates must complete 10 hours of Christian/community service of their choice prior to the reception of the sacrament.
- Community service hours already performed of no more than (5) five for the school year can be credited towards the total (10) ten hours and (5) of the service hours must be work done with the vulnerable; poor, sick, elderly, or differently abled or service done through St. Ignatius Loyola parish, i.e. parish outreach activities to the community, serving at the Elders’ Lunch, etc.
- Service must be for an individual or group other than the student’s family.
- Completion of a Confirmation banner.
Should you have any questions, please contact Toni Armstead.
Each year, St. Ignatius of Loyola provides a preparation program for baptized, Catholic adults who have received First Eucharist; participate in the church regularly, but who never celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. The yearly preparation begins in mid Fall with monthly Tuesday evening meetings through May. Confirmation is celebrated in late Spring. For further information contact Margaret Wright.