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 5:30
Mass. The music and spirit
of this Mass are designed for teenagers (come with your friends and experience
the power of the Eucharist). Most
of our learning opportunities take place before the Sunday 5:30 pm Mass. 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. If this is the case we ask the student
present a note from their parents if they are unable to attend Mass after
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
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 scheduled
for December 6th, 2014 from 1:00p to 6:30p at Ursuline Academy. The second is the 10th Reconciliation retreat. It is scheduled 2 weeks prior to
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.
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.
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?