A calendar has been included in the registration packet with the dates and times of both our Oneight nights options. Please look it over and decide which schedule will work best for you. The Confirmation Schedule Preference sheet is due no later than October 8th.
2. Mass attendance is mandatory - The Church considers that a candidate for Confirmation both know and practice their faith. Therefore, all confirmation students must fully participate in the Confirmation program. This means that all students are expected to attend Sunday Mass each week as well as complete the entire program. This way all students become reasonably educated in the faith and participate in parish life. Confirmation preparation without regular Mass participation would be insincere. It’s like trying to play in the big game of the season or perform in the end-of-year concert without ever having come to practice. We would prefer that students in the Confirmation Program attend the Sunday Family Mass at St Brendan's @ 10a or St Ann's @ 10:30a. However, we understand the need to occasionally attend another Mass time with your family during the weekend to accommodate the needs of your family, school and sports schedules.
3. Absences - Candidates are expected to attend ALL Oneight Nights. Each candidate is expected to attend every Oneight night to move forward in the program and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The only valid excused absence is for a medical reason or family emergency. If an Oneight Night is missed, the candidate is responsible for contacting Paula Skalinski email@example.com as soon as you realize there is a conflict so that you can discuss your options. In the email please include the phone number that you can most easily be reached.
4. Parish-based Service - Service to others is an important part of the faith formation process. All Confirmation candidates are required to perform a minimum of 5 hours of Parish-based service to Saint Ann parish or their home parish. In this packet you will receive a list of service opportunities available at Saint Ann’s. We ask that you choose assignments from the list and turn it in on or before your first class (you may drop off at rectory (if no one is home drop in to the mail slot located on the front door). Assignment to these service assignments will be on a first-come first serve basis. If you already volunteer at another parish please let Paula Skalinski know so that you will receive credit for your service.
5. Retreats - Retreats are such an important part of the Confirmation process; they are even important in life. How many times do we look forward to a vacation from school or from our everyday lives? We go to the beach, or the mountains, the Cape, Disneyland, just about anywhere to “get away” and recharge our batteries. Retreats are intended to do the same. They give people the chance to “get away” from things that prevent them from focusing on our Lord. Retreats allow candidates to go away to have fun, relax, but more importantly, to recharge the spiritual battery. When you return from retreat, you can be guaranteed that your life will be changed.
There are 2 MANDATORY retreats that you are required to attend before you are able to be Confirmed. The first in the 9th grade Confirmation Retreat "Altaration" which is scheduled for October 18th from 2:00p to 6:00p at St Brendan's in Father Lane Hall. The second is the 10th Reconciliation retreat. It is scheduled 2 weeks prior to Confirmation, this year it will held on November 1st from 12p to 3p at St Ann's in the lower school hall.
We hope that all candidates will be able to attend and share in this experience together as one community. We realize that sometimes, unavoidable conflicts occur. If you have a conflict that cannot be rescheduled and are unable to attend any of these retreats, it will be your responsibility to locate a parish that will take you on their Confirmation specific retreat and receive a written letter signed by their Confirmation Coordinator that you attended the retreat.
6. Parent Involvement - All students and parents new to the program are required to attend the candidates first session “Why Confirmation”. This session gives an overview of the to the preparation process for the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is the first session for the 7th grade class or any students new to the program.
This program totally relies on the volunteers to make it possible. With this in mind, we ask all parents consider taking on a volunteer role within the Oneight program. If you are interested in becoming a core team member please contact Paula Skalinski via email firstname.lastname@example.org .
7. Sponsors - Your sponsor serves you in three ways;
1. First, your sponsor serves as a role model for you in faith. Because of this, the Church requires that a sponsor be at least 16 years of age, be fully initiated in the Church (has received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist), and be a practicing member of the Catholic Church. He or she does not have to be the same gender as you.
2. Second your sponsor is a companion on your faith journey, supporting you in prayer and in your search for the Holy Spirit. Your sponsor can best help you if he or she is someone whose Christian lifestyle you admire, someone with whom you feel comfortable, and someone who has the time and willingness to be involved with you in this process.
3. Finally you sponsor witnesses for you before the entire Church. Standing by you as you are Confirmed, he or she proclaims by that gesture that you are ready and willing to accept the responsibilities and privileges of being a fully initiated member of the Catholic community. Since Confirmation is so linked with Baptism, consider choosing one of your Godparents for your Confirmation sponsor. As with Baptism, your sponsor is someone other than your parents because he or she will assist you in your continued faith journey.
So in short your sponsor should ideally be one of your Godparents (this will complete the meaning of our baptism), lead a life in harmony with the practice of the Catholic faith, Baptized and Confirmed Catholic, be at least 16 years old and cannot be your mother or father.
Sponsors are required to attend the 9th grade the Oneight session “Called to Witness”. This Oneight session helps the candidates and their sponsors to begin the final phase of the process for the Sacrament of Confirmation together. It emphasizes the importance of the candidate and sponsor relationship. If your sponsor is unable to attend, a parent may sit in as a substitute.
8. Name - Here at Saint Ann’s we ask that you choose a name of a Saint from Sacred Scripture or our Tradition to take as part of marking this day with newness.
9. Letter to Father Flavin - Father Flavin would like the 10th Grade students to answer the following questions in a neatly handwritten or typed letter. The letter should be turned in no later than October 1, 2015.
- What Saint name have you chosen?
- Tell me a little about your Saint.
- Who have you chosen for your sponsor and why?