Young people begin preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation during their seventh grade year in a catechetical setting (i.e., Religious Education Program, Catholic School, Home Study). This sacramental formation provides for a child to receive an adequate knowledge of the Catholic faith in order to experience and understand the sacrament they will be celebrating. In the following year in addition to the catechetical setting, candidates for Confirmation will also participate in our parish's One8 program.
One8 is a dynamic program that prepares Candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation by helping them to integrate their catechesis into their active faith lives as opposed to simply learning it as a lesson. This is accomplished through a series of sessions that take place outside the typical classroom environment, encouraging Candidates to enter into dialogue about their personal faith life with adult and peer leaders. These sessions aid our Candidates in learning how to communicate their faith, live it more fully, and promote the reality of the Church as a community of believers.
In accordance with the policy of the Diocese of Trenton, proximate (immediate) sacramental formation for Confirmation will occur predominately outside of the traditional religious education/classroom model that the Candidates have been participating in for most of their lives. In addition, all Candidates will receive proximate formation together as a larger parish community.
- September Session
- October Session
- November Session
- December Session
- January Session
- February Session
- March Session
- April Session
Sunday, September 24, 2017
This session concludes with Parish Mass at 5:00pm
Mark your calendars to join us for our parent/candidate meeting on Sunday, September 24 at 3:00pm. We’ll gather together in the Spiritual Center for an opportunity to talk about some of the logistics of this year’s program as well as to prepare ourselves spiritually for this monumental year. We’ll conclude our time together on that day with 5:00pm Mass. Please email Kait (email@example.com) with any questions. All candidates must attend and bring a parent/guardian.
Parent Connect: September
Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our Parent/Candidate meeting. If you were unable to attend, please contact Kait (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get the necessary information! Please continue to check out this section of the bulletin for future updates including ways to get your Candidate talking about One8 sessions at home with your family! Parents, if you haven’t already, please don’t forget to subscribe to our email list by texting “ParentConnect” to 84576. Sponsors can also join an email list with support for them by texting “Sponsor” to 84576.
One8 Sessions 1 & 2
Sunday, October 22, 2017
This session concludes with Parish Mass at 5:00pm and includes a snack for all candidates.
Check back later in the year for more details about October.
Parent Connect: October
Credo In this session, we talked about the existence of God and the implication this has on our lives. Teenagers will likely have a discussion with someone who does not believe in God or who challenges their belief in God at some time during high school. This afternoon, we began to give Candidates some practical reasons why there is a Creator and that Creator is God. We also challenged them to make an important distinction; we challenged them to ask if they just believed there was a God or if they believed in God. Belief in God requires trust and self-surrender, whereas belief that there is a God doesn't necessarily require our response. Teens discussed how they lived their lives currently and struggles they faced with living a life trusting completely in God. The question of how fully we believe in God is an important one and is worthy of further discussion after this session. Some questions you can use to continue the conversation with your Candidate are:
Have you ever been in a discussion with someone about the existence of God? What happened?
If someone were to ask you why you believed in God, what would you tell him or her (This is a great time to share reasons why you believe in God and some of your faith experiences with your son or daughter.)
Why? In the later portion of the day, we discussed the relationship our faith has to the Sacrament of Baptism. If you had your son or daughter baptized as an infant, chances are good that they do not remember this important sacrament. Baptism is our gateway to life in Christ, and it plants the seed of faith within us. Take time this week to talk with your teenager about his or her Baptism. Talk about the day, the people who were there, the priest who baptized them, and the church they were baptized in. Give details so they can visualize this significant event in their life.
If there are pictures from their Baptism, use this as an opportunity to show him or her pictures from the day.
Most importantly, take time to discuss with your son or daughter why you chose to have them baptized and how you chose his or her Godparents. Don’t underestimate how powerful it can be for your teenager to hear this story; your witness of faith will speak volumes
Sponsor for ConfirmationWe are asking Candidates to have chosen their sponsor by January 19. In order to secure a spot as sponsor, two items must be completed:
- Candidate/family must complete the online form found here: https://goo.gl/forms/a0J3MseST7YYAfFC2
- If sponsor is *not* registered at St. Paul Parish, sponsor must request/obtain from their home parish a letter of eligibility for sponsorship.
Please note the following:
- Eligibility requirements for sponsors are listed below. Siblings who meet the requirements may serve a a sponsor. Parents may not.
- If a sponsor is not able to attend the Confirmation Celebration for some reason, a proxy sponsor may be chosen. The same requirements of eligibility apply to the person chosen as a proxy. If a proxy is necessary, please contact Kait directly (email@example.com)
Requirements for Sponsors:
According to Canon Laws (cc. 872-874, 893:1), sponsors for the sacrament of Confirmation must be:
- 16 years of age or older
- Fully initiated Catholic (having received Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist)
- Leading a life in conformity with the faith and the role of a sponsor
- Not bound by a canonical penalty (e.g., invalid marriage)
- Not a parent of the one to be confirmed
- The same as the sponsor (or godparent) for Baptism
- Male or female (i.e., female candidates may have male sponsors; male candidates may have female sponsors)
Confirmation NameHere are some details about the choice of a name for Confirmation.
- May retain baptismal name or choose new name (Diocese of Trenton. Parish Religious Education Administration Manual, Section 507:A. rev. 2012).
- New name must be name of a recognized saint of the Church (Diocese of Trenton. Parish Religious Education Administration Manual, Section 507:A. rev. 2012).
- Newly chosen name does not need to be gender consistent (Diocese of Trenton. Parish Religious Education Administration Manual, Section 507:C. rev. 2012).
Please note: Candidates choose ONE name for Confirmation. For example:
My name is Kaitlyn Christine. When I was confirmed, I took the name Rose. I was confirmed as "Rose" (not "Kaitlyn Rose"). Had I chosen to retain my baptismal name, I would need to specify whether I would use "Kaitlyn" OR "Christine" as my Confirmation name. There is only one Confirmation name. When candidates receive their confirmation certificate, it will have their first name, confirmation name (if different than their first name), and last name.
This year’s Confirmation program is a tremendous success and we can't do it without those who worked so hard with us throughout the entire year. We want to continue to grow for the 2017-2018 year and are offering vary ways for parishioners to support our Candidates with different degrees of time and commitment. Training and support is offered for all of the positions - if you feel God calling you to any one of these roles but are intimidated due to lack of experience, step out in faith and trust God (and the training!) will equip you for these ministries! Anyone interested (don’t worry! You’re not committing to anything yet!) please email Kait (firstname.lastname@example.org)
(for teens and adults)
Teens - You can do this! Any high school teens (entering 9-12th grade this fall) are strongly encouraged to consider serving in this capacity. Teen leaders facilitate a discussion with their small group of Candidates at each of our sessions (questions/topics provided in advance). Service hours available.
Adults - You have the easy job! Each small group will have an adult leader as well as their teen leader. Adults are responsible for taking attendance at each group meeting and general supervision. Adults are also asked to help support the teen leader in the facilitation of the discussion.
Being a part of the leadership team is the biggest commitment there is to make to our program. We’re looking for dedicated group leaders who will prioritize our monthly sessions. If you feel called to this ministry but aren’t able to commit, please contact Kait about the possibility of being a substitute leader.
We need some prayer warriors on our side! This team would get together (at their convenience) prior to each of our sessions to offer prayer for the Candidates, for the Leadership Team, and for all involved in our program. This is the most important team that we’re assembling this year and likely the most flexible in regards to time commitment. Please conducer making a commitment to pray for us in a very intentional way as we embark on another year of preparation.