Sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation is a two-year process. Children are to be in religious education or faith formation classes one year prior to the year in which the sacrament is to be celebrated.
Preparing students for the Sacrament of Confirmation involves a partnership among the youth, their families, parishioners, catechists, and staff.
In seventh grade, the foundations of faith formation are presented in a classroom setting with an emphasis on Church history, prayer, sacraments, and an ongoing exploration of sacred scripture.
In eighth grade the formal confirmation preparation process begins. Students strengthen their faith by delving deeper into Catholic teachings and traditions. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of sacred scripture and the sacrament of Confirmation. Throughout the year, students are encouraged to develop their understanding of their commitment to the promises made for them at Baptism, and to discern the meaning of Confirmation in their lives.
Students of high school age who have not been confirmed for whatever reason and wish to enter into preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation may register for the confirmation program & indicate their grade.
Basic Program Requirements
- A Roman Catholic Baptismal certificate
- Family must be registered in the parish
- Student must attend Religious Education in seventh and eighth grades (in a parish program or in a Catholic school)
Specific Requirements for Confirmation
- Registration in the Confirmation program (due July 11th, 2016)
- read and agree to the Program Information & Covenant.
- Completion of two years of Religious Education in a parish program or in a Catholic school (See guidelines for R.E., Holy Trinity School, and Private Catholic School Students)
- Attendance at all sacramental preparation classes, special sessions, and retreats
- Parent participation at the two parent meetings
- Affirmation of baptismal name or selection of confirmation name
- Completion of Saint Reflection
- Selection of sponsor
- Sponsor must be a confirmed Catholic 16 years of age or older.
- Sponsor must be active in his/her faith and Christian life.
- Sponsor may not be the candidate’s father or mother (preferably, the sponsor is someone outside of the immediate family).
- It is best if the Sponsor is local and willing and able to meet with the candidate regularly.
- check out Who is a Sponsor?
- A completed Registration includes sponsor information, the retreat permission form, baptism certificate, and fee. Both the Registration and Retreat Permission Form require the parent’s/guardian and child’s signatures.
- Completion of Service to Others log & Reflection
- The objective of the service requirement is to challenge confirmation candidates, as they prepare to become full members of the Catholic Church, to live their faith and work for a just society.
- Requirements for Confirmation Service Hours
- Confirmation Candidates must complete 20 hours of service and write a reflection by May 7th. Hours count starting June 1st of the previous year. For 8th grade candidates that is June 1st before your 8th grade year.
- 15 of the service hours must be work done with the vulnerable; poor, sick, elderly, or differently abled.
- Our parish has many service opportunities that meet this criterion.
- 5 of the service hours may be service done for Holy Trinity parish or for your school. Examples of these types of service are: donut ministry, liturgical ministry, or parish/RE office volunteer.
- Service is an activity that is supervised by an adult, non-relative (over 21) where students help at non-profits, in their schools, or at Holy Trinity.
- Service may not occur in a for profit business.
- There can be no monetary compensation for service performed.
- Service must be for an individual or group other than the student’s family.
Should you have any questions, please contact Sara Seligmann, Director of Youth Ministry, at 202-903-2814 or firstname.lastname@example.org