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The Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation is a two year program beginning with students in eighth grade. The Sacrament of Confirmation takes place typically in the spring of ninth grade. The purpose of this preparation is to assist young men and women to come into deeper understanding of how the Holy Spirit works in their lives, in the life of our church, and how they can interact with the Holy Spirit to lead a life which will draw them into a closer relationship with our Lord Jesus.
Confirmation Year One
Confirmation is a celebration of individual’s coming to a conscious awareness of the Holy Spirit in their lives and choosing to make a commitment to work with that Spirit as Roman Catholics. It is also the celebration in the life of the community of a new influx of the Holy Spirit, of welcoming that Spirit, and of being open to how that new influx may change the community.
Therefore, St. Helen Parish Confirmation preparation program is designed to help our young people come to a deeper understanding of how the Holy Spirit works in their lives and in the life of the church, and of how they can interact with that Spirit to lead a life that will draw them into a closer relationship with our Lord Jesus.
The following are requirements for participation in the St. Helen Parish Confirmation program.
I. The candidate’s family must be a registered member of St. Helen Parish.
II. The candidate must have reached the eighth grade.
III. The participant is to have already received the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist.
IV. Each candidate is expected to be involved in regular participation in communal faith experiences as well as Sunday Mass.
V. A willingness to participate in continued shared faith experiences after Confirmation.
VI. Possess a sound developing maturity
VII. Ability to articulate a genuine request to learn about the sacrament.
VIII. Desire to live a Christian life committed to the life and mission of the church community.
IX. Interest in further exploring the Catholic faith.
Confirmation, like all sacraments, is a sign of God’s grace. It is God’s plan to share His divine life in the sacraments. The celebration of Confirmation brings a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit, with increases and deepens Baptismal grace, and strengthens the gifts of the Spirit and bonds to the Church.
God has entrusted Confirmation, like all sacraments, to the Church. In this sacrament, God is working to bring candidates closer to His Church.
Please complete the Confirmation - Year One Information Sheet and return it to the Religious Education office along with a copy of the candidates Baptism Certificate and $50.00 fee.
Jesus said, “Come follow me. Do as I have done.”
St. Helen Parish does not believe that the youth are the future of the Church, rather they are the Church NOW. To begin developing a closer relationship with Christ, today’s youth need to know there is a place for them in Parish Life.
Year One Confirmation Candidates are to accumulate a minimum of 50 points in service to the Parish. They are to complete these points by the end of June.
The student can choose for themselves what they would like to learn more about or become more involved in this year. We encourage them to try something new.
Our hope is by being exposed to Parish Life, the Confirmation Candidate will begin to realize that they are part of something much bigger then themselves and that they truly can make a difference in the lives of many (and, yes, they may even have fun in the process!).
LISTED BELOW ARE SAMPLES OF MINISTRIES AND EVENTS WITH A POINT VALUE
Youth Group (attendance at 8 meetings) = 25 pts.
Youth Group (attendance at ALL 16 meetings) = 40 pts.
Kiwana's Service Saturdays = 15 pts. each, dates TBD
Youth on a Mission Summer Trip = 30 pts.
(NEW) Altar Server = 25 pts.
(Renewal Comitment) Altar Server = 25 pts.
5pm Choir or other choir = 30 pts. (all school year)
Lector = 40 pts. (all school year)
Living Stations = 30 pts.
Nursery Volunteer (12 week commitment) = 25 pts.
Nursery Volunteer (24 week commitment) = 40 pts.
CCD Teen Assistant (full year) = 40 pts.
CCD Teen Assistant (12 weeks) = 25 pts.
Happy Birthday Jesus Event (4 hours) = 20 pts.
Harvest Festival Volunteer (set up / tear down, or several shifts in a booth) = 30 pts.
Fundraiser Volunteer or Other (K of C Breakfasts, Parish dinners, etc.) = 20 pts.
Respect Life Ministries = 25 pts.
Outreach Office (food pantry) = 25 pts.
VBS Teen Helper = 25 pts.
Prayer Group Assistant (all year) = 25 pts.
** If there is a different ministry or event not listed that the student would like to participate in please call Religious Education Office at 562-5954 to speak to the Director to clear it first. These requirements are NOT intended to produce stress on the student or family. Please feel free to talk to us if you have concerns or special circumstances that prevent your child from participating fully. We will be happy to work with you. Please turn your service sheets in to the Religious Education Office by the end of the 2018 school year.
Choosing a Sponsor
The Sponsor’s role is to “walk and talk” with the candidate through the process of preparation. If the sponsor is to walk, talk, share, and help along the journey, then this person needs to be present in the candidate’s life. It is highly desirable that the sponsor and candidate talk at least once a week, even if it is by phone.
Sponsors are not to be chosen until the second year of the process. During the first year of preparation, the candidate is to reflect upon his/her choice of sponsor and be prepared at the beginning of Year Two to work with the individual.
A further qualification is that the sponsor be a practicing Catholic and one who has celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation. Also, it is recommended that the sponsor be an older person who has some experience with his/her faith and is able to have a clear perspective from which to speak. The sponsor cannot be the mother or father of the candidate.
As we enter Year Two of the Confirmation preparation process, the candidates will work closely with their sponsor to reflect upon the candidates understanding of the teachings of the church, the type of relationship he/she desires with God, and how best to improve that relationship.
Sessions are kept to a minimum this year. The time is designed for the candidate and sponsor to work together in discussion and preparation of the candidates’ readiness to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. Since it is the sponsor who assumes the responsibility of presenting the candidate to the parish and the bishop, we want the sponsor to be as comfortable as possible in this recommendation.
Please complete Confirmation - Year Two Information Sheet and return it to the Religious Education office along with a $100.00 retreat and robe fee.
Contact: Paige Fies, Director of Religious Education, 772-562-5954