THURSDAY- NOVEMBER 9, 2017 AT 7:00 P.M.
Preview Video for St. Patrick School Student Confirmation Resource- CHOSEN
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The St. Patrick has set 8th grade as the minimum age for Confirmation. Those enrolled in the 8th grade during the 2016/2017, who successfully completes religious education requirements through St. Patrick School or St. Patrick Religious Education Program (PREP) for the 2016/2017 school years, will be eligible for Confirmation on Thursday, November 10, 2016.
Each candidate must complete a Candidate Information Sheet. Those not enrolled at St. Patrick School must also enroll in St. Patrick’s Parish Religious Education Program. All candidates must supply a copy of their baptismal certificate with the Candidate Information Sheet.
It is acceptable to use the candidate’s baptismal name, if it is that of a recognized saint of the Church. Using the baptismal name for Confirmation is acceptable because it highlights the relationship between the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. If the candidate chooses to take a new name for Confirmation; it should be a name selected from the list of recognized saints of the Catholic Church. Names of saints are chosen to serve as patrons and models for those being confirmed. Candidates should choose a patron whose Christian life and virtues can be imitated. Candidates may also choose the saint who celebrates their Feast Day on the candidate’s birthday.
For PREP STUDENTS- Saint Name Essay
St. Patrick School Students- See Sr. Doris for details on Saint Project
LETTER TO THE ARCHBISHOP
One of the steps of the Confirmation process in the Archdiocese of Louisville is a personal letter written by the Confirmandi (youth) to the Archbishop. The Archbishop reads each letter before your Confirmation.
The letter requires some prayerful discernment on the part of the youth.
Your letter will be approved by your teacher and then given to the Confirmation Coordinator.
The following components need to be in the letter to Archbishop:
1. What does Confirmation mean to me?
2. What did I do to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation?
3. Which service experience had the biggest impact on me?
4. Why did I choose my sponsor?
5. What is my Confirmation name and why did I chose it?
6. What will I do in the future to live out my Confirmation Commitment?
SERVICE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Confirmation candidates are expected to bear witness to the Gospel message by choosing and carrying out service experiences. Such an experience is a concrete action performed in answer to the Gospel’s challenge to love our neighbor as Jesus loves us. It is hoped that such experiences can be the beginning of a lifelong effort to witness the Gospel message of service to others. Service means not receiving payment or reimbursement for your efforts.
Jesus said, “Here I am among you as one who serves.” Luke 22:27
Before making a commitment to a service project, students should:
Service Ideas Within the Community
Visit the elderly in a nursing home
Assist senior citizens with chores
Volunteer Work at the Hospital
Volunteer work at the food pantry
Tutor after school for a younger student
Volunteer at the Homeless Shelter
Walk a 5k for a Cause
Service Ideas Within the Parish
Serve at Mass
Volunteer for Adoration
Join Youth Ministry Planning Team
Volunteer with Green Thumbs
Help Setup/Clean up for Parish Events
Volunteer to help a Teacher
Help with Fish Fries
STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WRITE AN ESSAY ABOUT ALL OF THEIR SERVICE EXPERIENCES AND HOW THESE PROJECTS HELP THE STUDENT GROW IN THEIR CATHOLIC/CHRISTIAN FAITH.
Please see the Button for Service Experience Essay requirement.
On behalf of the Community of St. Patrick, we welcome your family to the Confirmation Program and pray that you and your daughter or son will have many growing experiences into the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Confirmation completes the process of initiation into the Holy Catholic Church and sets the newly confirmed on the way of Discipleship.
Parents, you are the primary faith educators of your child. Over the coming months, candidates will be doing much reflecting, sharing, praying, celebrating, caring and growing in the sacramental knowledge of our faith. St. Patrick is committed to supporting these young people every step of the way.
CONFIRMATION PRAYER FOR CANDIDATES
God, our father, we ask you to bless all candidates
who are now preparing to receive the spirit of your
love in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
May the gifts within each one
be touched by your Holy Spirit
and become blessings for our parish family.
Bless, too, our parents, our sponsors, our teachers
and Catechists, and all those who have been the
reflection of your son’s love for us.
This we ask you through Christ, our Lord.
WHAT IS CONFIRMATION?
Confirmation is a sacrament in which those who have been baptized receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit, whom the Lord sent upon His apostles at Pentecost. It is a sacrament that celebrates God’s special strengths and gifts in those who have been baptized.
In 1972, the Church published The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). The RCIA stresses the connection between the three sacraments of Christian initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.
Confirmation is a parish community celebration. It provides an opportunity for members of the parish family to renew their baptismal commitment. Confirmation time in the parish is a time when the community celebrates the gifts of the Holy Spirit among them.
It is not enough for the candidates (those eligible and preparing for Confirmation) to sit back and learn about faith from the words of a catechist or from a book. They must go out and see for themselves how the Holy Spirit is at work in the community. Confirmation preparation is the chance for them to find how the gifts of the Holy Spirit are at work every day. This also helps the candidate to be open to receiving these spiritual gifts in a special way at their Confirmation.
Pentecost saw the Holy Spirit given to the fledgling group of people that was the Church. Peter and the others had experienced both the presence of the Risen Jesus and His Holy Spirit. These remarkable experiences fired them to begin immediately spreading the Good News that Jesus was Lord. He had risen from the dead. God is the God of welcome and love, and the power of God is available to everybody through the coming of the Spirit.
ROLE OF THE CANDIDATE
As candidates continue preparing for Confirmation, they must:
Parents play a vital role in their children’s continuing initiation into full membership in the Christian community. Parents of Confirmation candidates:
Sacrament of Confirmation
“Jesus called the children to himself and said, “Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of god like a child will not enter it.”
It is important to begin to prayerfully consider who you will select as your Confirmation Sponsor. The Sacrament of Confirmation is the final Sacrament of Initiation and is intimately associated with Baptism, the first Sacrament of Initiation; so choosing one of your Baptismal Godparents may work for you or another significant Catholic person in your life who will support you on your faith journey. Your sponsor will have to fill out the “Sponsor Information Form” and the Sponsor Affidavit form that must be completed and signed by their Pastor.
In accord with Canon 874 of the Code of Canon Law, the Confirmation Sponsor must meet the following criteria:
In order to be Confirmed, students must make a retreat. In past years we provided a separate Confiramtion Retreat for our Candidates. This year, we are allowing any student that goes on the annual 8th grade girls retreat or the 8th grade guys retreat to use these retreats for the retreat requirement for Confirmation. If student do not go on their class retreat they are able to attend the the PREP Confirmation Retreat as an alternative. If none of these retreat dates work into your schedule, then a retreat given by another parish's Confirmation Class is an option. The retreat must occur before our Confirmation date.