What is Confirmation?
Confirmation is one of the seven Sacraments. Along with Baptism and the Eucharist,
it is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation of the Catholic
Church. As the Holy
Spirit descended upon the disciples who were gathered on Pentecost, so the Holy
Spirit comes to every baptized person for whom the Church requests the gift of
the Holy Spirit. It secures
and strengthens him to be a living witness to Christ. The particular grace of
Confirmation is the gift of the Holy Spirit, given to equip the believer to
continue the work of Christ in the world.
Confirmation is the Sacrament that completes
Baptism; in it the gift of the Holy Spirit is bestowed upon us. Anyone who
freely decides to live a life as God’s child and asks for God’s Spirit under
the signs of the imposition of hands and anointing with Chrism receives the
strength to witness to God’s love and might in word and deed. He/she is now a full-fledged,
responsible member of the Catholic Church.
When a coach sends a soccer player onto the playing
field, he puts his hand on his shoulder and gives him final instructions. We can understand Confirmation in a
similar way. A hand is
placed upon us. We step out
onto the field of life. Through
the Holy Spirit we know what we have to do and we have been given the power to
do it. He has motivated
us. His mission resounds in
our ears. We sense his
help. We will not betray
his trust or disappoint him; we will win the game for him. We just have to want to do it and
listen to him.
What does the Sacred Scripture say about the Sacrament of Confirmation?
The Acts of the Apostles recounts the story of the original Pentecost
(Acts 2). The Jewish people from all over were gathered in Jerusalem to
celebrate the Jewish feast. On that Sunday, ten days after the Ascension of the Lord, the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary were gathered in
the Upper Room, where they had seen Christ after His Resurrection.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of
a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon
every one of them: And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began
to speak with divers tongues, according as the Holy Ghost gave them to speak.
Christ had promised His Apostles that He would send
His Holy Spirit, and, on Pentecost, they were granted the gifts of the Spirit. The Apostles began to preach the Gospel in all of the
languages that the Jewish people who were gathered, and about 3,000 people were
converted and baptized that day.
That is why Pentecost is often called "the
birthday of the Church." On this day, with the descent of the Holy Spirit,
Christ's mission is completed, and the New Covenant is inaugurated. It's
interesting to note that St. Peter, the first pope,
was already the leader and spokesman for the Apostles on Pentecost Sunday (see
In the Acts of the Apostles, we see Peter and John
traveling about to confirm new Christians by imposing hands on those who
previously ‘had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus”, so that their hearts might be
filled with the Holy Spirit.
What is Oneight?
The Oneight Confirmation Series is a relevant, engaging, and relational
approach to catechesis and
preparation for the Sacrament of
Confirmation. The name,
Oneight (pronounced “one eight”), comes from Acts 1:8, “But you will receive
power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in
Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” These
were the last words Jesus spoke to His disciples to prepare them to receive the
Holy Spirit at Pentecost and these are the words Jesus speaks to the candidates
as they prepare to receive a fuller out-pouring of the Holy Spirit at their
of this new curriculum is to provide our candidates with a solid catechetical,
relational, and experiential curriculum that prepares the hearts and minds of
teenagers to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Oneight curriculum contains 16
sessions that have been written and developed by a team of experienced leaders
in the field of youth ministry and will empower our parish to reach out to teenagers
at a crucial time in their lives. Preparing teenagers for the Sacrament of
Confirmation is an opportunity to remind teenagers of God’s love for them,
proclaim the Truth of our Catholic faith, and draw them into a deeper
relationship with Christ.
Our three year Oneight Confirmation
program begins in the 7th and
is designed to be completed in the 9th. The curriculum consists of 16 sessions
are to be completed before the candidates is allowed to attend the final
Reconciliation retreat and be presented for Confirmation. This is typically by the fall of 10th grade but may deferred until as late
as the 12th grade. Over the course of our time together,
you will have an opportunity to strengthen your faith by attending and
participating in our liturgy, by sharing and reflecting on issues of faith
during your small group sessions, and by experiencing spiritual retreats. This commitment is a holy one. We ask
you to make this time in your life a priority. We understand that there are
many other pressures and demands on your time and we have worked to give make
this program flexible to give you options so that you can make the commitment
to this program. All
requirements are listed within this booklet. We
pray that the Holy Spirit guide
you as you embark on this aspect of your journey.
The requirements for the Oneight
Confirmation program below are intended to help the Confirmation candidate
properly prepare for the spiritual formation that lies ahead.
1. Oneight Nights
We will offer 2
Monthly Schedule – The classes meet on Sunday’s at
4:15 in the lower school hall (PJPll CA). There are 4 one hour monthly
classes per year for 7th and
8th grade and 4 two
hour classes for 9th grade.
TGIF Super Fridays – The classes meet on Friday
evenings at 6:00p at Saint Brendan's in Father Lane's Hall. There are 2 classes per year for 7th and 8th grade and 4 classes for 9th grade.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com .
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” scheduled for Dec
21st for monthly students or February 6th for TGIF students. 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, 2014.
- What Saint name have you chosen?
- Tell me a little about your Saint.
- Who have you chosen for your sponsor and why?