CONFIRMATION UPDATE – Summer 2017
As summer marches on, the St. Michael Faith Formation department is busy planning our upcoming Confirmation Retreat and making sure we are ready to help you and your candidates celebrate the gift of Confirmation. Please take some time this summer to discuss with your candidate how this past year’s classes and activities have helped him or her learn about their changing role in the church. Confirmation is the final sacrament of initiation and an invitation to the Holy Spirit to strengthen (or confirm) the gifts God has given each individual to be His minister in the world. Here, only a few short months away from the sacrament it is time to ask: Does your son or daughter feel prepared to receive the sacrament in the fall?
Although classes have ended, that does not mean that preparation has to stop! Bishop Burbidge prepared a list of questions and answers for Confirmation Candidates. It is a good review of the basic concepts that Catholics should be familiar with and practical “real life” questions that would serve as good discussion topics. These questions should not be viewed as a list to be memorized but as a tool to help understand the teachings of the Church.
We want to offer all the support possible to our youth as they approach the sacrament. We have made a change this year, and are only requiring interviews for those who have missed 5 or more classes. If your candidate missed 5 or more classes, you will receive a separate email inviting you to sign up for the interview. At least one parent must attend these interviews with the candidate. Additionally, although not required, we know that some candidates may still have questions or wish to discuss their faith so interview slots are available for anyone who would like a chance to talk with Monsignor and Deacon Mark in preparation for the sacrament. Please reply to this email and we will forward a sign-up genius link to you. Again, while open to everyone, this interview is only required if you missed 5 or more classes.
Our Confirmation Retreat is scheduled for either Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9-3 OR Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 9-3. Please click on this link to reach the sign-up genius and select one date.08
We will have a mandatory Confirmation Rehearsal on Monday September 25, 2017. There will be two sessions: one at 6:00 pm and one at 7:30 pm. We will be providing additional details soon.
The dates for Confirmation 2017 are Friday, September 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 9:30 am. Candidates with a last name that begins with the letters A-M attend Friday evening. Candidates with a last name that begins with the letters N-Z attend Saturday morning.
Confirmation Forms Now Due
Every candidate for Confirmation must submit a copy of their Baptismal Certificate (if they were not baptized at St. Michael), a Confirmation Data form and a Confirmation Sponsor Form. You can download using the links below. Please have your child bring the forms to class as soon as they are complete. If you have not yet submitted your forms, please do so as soon as possible.
*Please note: Registration after August 15th will incur a late fee of $25 per registrant.*
For information on the 2017-18 Confirmation Program, click here (and see page 2).
Current Confirmation candidates are not required to register for Faith Formation in the 2017-18 year.