Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation Preparation

The goal of our program is...

  • to help young people understand the Sacraments of the Church and understand their call to live out the Grace of the Sacraments;
  • to ensure that young people have an understanding of the teaching of the Catholic Faith they are confirming in;
  • to help young people understand that service is a lifetime call that is connected to their vocation;
  • to support parents in their role as primary Catechists.

The vision of our program is...

  • to empower young people to live as Disciples of Christ;
  • to draw young people into responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of their Catholic Faith Community;
  • to foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person.

St. Mary of False River begins preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation in 9th grade.  The candidates attend various retreats and activities that enable them to discern receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation by the time they are in the 11th grade.  These activities are outlined in our High School Confirmation Handbook.

As part of this process, the candidates are asked to perform service hours each year.  Service hours flow from our understanding of our Christian faith which leads to service.  It is best for candidates to have different experiences of Service; therefore, St. Mary's has adopted a block program.  Our hope is that this system will be more meaningful to our young people.  Candidates will need to complete four blocks of service.  It is recommended that students serve two hours in each block.  Click here for Service Hour Card.

  • BLOCK 1 - Direct service to the poor, elderly, or handicapped.
  • BLOCK 2 - Direct involvement/service with St. Mary of False River Catholic Church.
  • BLOCK 3 - Direct service to school and community.
  • BLOCK 4 - Direct service to family.

"What I have done for you, you also should do for one another." (John 13:15)

Candidates will also choose a sponsor.  Candidates are asked to choose someone who is a model of Catholic faith and will challenge them to live out their faith.  Sponsors must meet the following Canon Law guidelines:

  • Be chosen by the one to be confirmed.
  • Have the qualifications and intention of performing the role of sponsor.
  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Be a fully initiated Catholic (received sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).
  • Leads a life in harmony with the faith and role of a sponsor (i.e., be a member of a Catholic Church Parish, attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days, not cohabitating or in a marriage not considered valid in the Catholic Church).
  • Not be bound by a canonical penalty (unable to receive Sacraments).
  • The sponsor cannot be the mother or the father of the one to be confirmed.

Candidates will choose a Confirmation name.  It is appropriate to use your Baptismal name  because of the connection between Confirmation and Baptism, but is not required.  If the candidate chooses to select another name, choose the name of a Saint or Blessed whose life you would like to model or who inspires you.  It is important to take time to learn about the Saint you choose.


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