Confirmation

One-in-the-Spiirt

Artist: Ms. Pat Pesce, Ascension Catholic School (Oak Park, Il) Assistant Principal and Art Teacher

Preparation Grades 6-8

Be Sealed with the Spirit

WHAT IS THE SACRAMENT CONFIRMATION?

This Sacrament of Initiation allows the Confirmandi to reclaim membership and ownership of the Church and the community they joined at Baptism. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1303, the following are the 5 Spiritual effects of the Sacrament of Confirmation:

  1. Child of God: It roots us more deeply as children of God
  2. Closer to Christ: It unites us more firmly to our Savior Jesus Christ
  3. Gifts of the Holy Spirit: It increases the gifts of the Spirit in us
  4. Fully Catholic: it rends our bond with the Catholic Church more perfect
  5. Defend the Faith: It gives us a special strength to spread and defend the faith as true witnesses of Jesus Christ

WHEN DOES ST. ANNE OFFER CONFIRMATION?

At St. Anne parish the traditional process for Confirmation begins in 6th grade. Content builds throughout 7th grade DASH RE, and greatly deepens in their 8th grade year. After three years of faith formation, a student receives Confirmation traditionally in the Fall of a student’s freshman year.

CAN A “NON-TRADITIONAL AGE STUDENT” JOIN THE PROCESS?

Working with students of a “non-traditional” age will vary based on the year and number of students who come forward to be confirmed.  We have many families who come to us whose child/children need to receive one or more Sacraments – including Confirmation. After listening to the background of the teen, and taking into account their age and previous background, we place into one of three different options to best honor their faith formation and their intellectual level.

HOW LONG IS PREPARATION?

Per Diocesan guidelines, students must be enrolled for at least two consecutive years in either a religious education program (or a Catholic school if you are a transfer family) in order to receive the Sacrament.  For St. Anne Parish students need to be enrolled in our religious education program in 6th & 7th grades before preparation for Confirmation which is the entire focus of the 8th grade year.

WHO DIRECTS PREPARATION?

Confirmation is facilitated by our Director of Jr. High Religious Education/Youth Ministry and is included in a student’s enrollment in DASH JHRE.
QUESTIONS? Contact:  Ms. Julie  Krakora  – 630-554-1425  JHDRE@stanneparish.org

BASIC REQUIREMENTS?

Checklist for Year 1 (6th grade) Students

  • Faithful participation and presence at weekly Mass
  • Attendance at RE classes in accordance to RE handbook
  • 6 hours of Service (turned in when completed or at end of year)
    link to 6th grade service hours

Checklist for Year 2 (7th grade) Students

  • Faithful participation and presence at weekly Mass
  • Attendance at DASH sessions in accordance to RE Handbook
  • Student & Parent attendance at one of the Confirmation Rite of Enrollments days
         from 3:30 – 6pm on either   Nov. 4, 2017  OR  Nov. 18, 2017
  • “All About Me” parent/child project  due in late Fall
  • “Who Influences Me?” Scripture reflection (w/parent help) due in Spring
  • 12 Service hours If you are seeking ideas you can look below to the 8th grade Discipleship hours
    link to 7th grade service hours log
  • 3 Faithboosters (preferred from different experiences, and spread out throughout the year; as in, one turned in Dec, February, and April)
    link to Faithboosters 



Checklist for Year 3 (8th grade) Students

Link to Confirmation Handbook

  • Faithful participation and presence at weekly Mass
  • Attendance at DASH sessions in accordance to RE Handbook
  • Student & Sponsor attendance at required meeting on:
    September 24, 2017 meeting from 4 – 5:30pm
  • 16 Discipleship hours (enacting the Works of Mercy or Catholic Social Teaching)
    link to Discipleship hours
    link to 8th grade service log
    link to 8th grade service reflection form
  • 6 Faithboosters (Due each month November – April, ideally from different experiences)
    link to Faithbooster ideas
  • Monthly Conversation starter sheets with Sponsors
  • Personal faith Creed written and turned in
  • Saint reflection (format given in the Spring)
  • Attendance at #iNfUSed Confirmation retreat in summer (August 2018)
  • Final letter requesting Confirmation (format given in the Spring)

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