2020-2021 Confirmation

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Registration Deadline: March 26, 2021

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At-Home Digital Prep Sessions

Session 1 (Week of April 3): The One (Who is God

Session 2 (Week of April 10): The Holy (Who is Jesus)

Session 4 (Week of April 24):  The Apostolic (Who are the apostles and why are they important

Session 5  (Week of May 1): The Church (What is the Church & what does it mean to be a part of the Church

Session 6  (Week of May 8):  The Mark (What does Confirmation mean for your soul & why is it important in your life

Virtual Confirmation Retreat

Weekend of May 15 – 18.  This is a two-hour retreat and can be done all in one sitting or divided up throughout the weekend. Perhaps consider finding a special place to complete the virtual retreat. There are 4 days allotted for the completion of the virtual Confirmation retreat.  It’s important to finish the retreat with a few days to spare before the scheduled Confirmation Masses.

Welcome to Your Confirmation Year – God Calls the Good Enough and That’s Each & Every One of Us!

A very warm welcome to students in their grade 8 year as you consider the Sacrament of Confirmation and God’s unique plan for your life!  Wow!  What an incredible time.  I think many people misunderstand the Sacrament of Confirmation.  We are Catholic by virtue of Catholic Baptism.  The Sacrament of Confirmation does not make us “more Catholic” but fully initiates us into the Catholic faith.  When you were baptized as a child your parents promised to raise you in the faith of the Church when they said “yes” to this question from the Rite of Baptism for Children: “You have asked to have your child baptized.  In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training him/her in the practice of the faith.  It will be your duty to bring him/her up to keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbour.  Do you clearly understand what you are undertaking?”   At Confirmation, YOU will say your own “YES” – taking responsibility for your own faith journey – accepting the torch passed from your parents – taking up the light of your own baptismal candle to walk always as a child of the light – a follower of Jesus.  The very good news is that you are not left on your own, unaided. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are with you every step of the way and you already have lots of tools for the task!  You were anointed for the journey through the sacrament of Baptism; you are ongoingly strengthened and nourished through the Eucharist; and in the Sacrament of Confirmation you will receive a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to strengthen you for the challenges you will encounter on your journey of life & faith.  These gifts – wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord – are tools we can all use! Confirmation is the third and final Sacrament of Initiation into the Catholic Church that you will receive – the other two being Baptism and Holy Communion. It’s kind of like a pilot earning their wings so they can fly on their own.  Get ready to SOAR!

It has been said that God does not call the perfect, God perfects the called; or similarly, God doesn’t choose the qualified; He qualifies the chosen.  God calls the “good enough” and that is each and every one of us.  We don’t need to be perfect disciples or followers of Jesus, we need to be intentional disciples – truly desiring to “keep God’s commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbour.

In my younger years I used to want BIG signs from God – a booming voice letting me know what His will for my life was.  Now I’m much more prepared to listen for the still small voice.  It is always God who acts first in the sacraments – who invites us into a deeper relationship with him.  Whether God is speaking to you with a loud voice or whispering your name, I ask that you prayerfully consider God’s invitation to the Sacrament of Confirmation.  God has given you a unique set of gifts and talents, just the right personality for what he has planned for your life.  And your gifts – big or small – are needed to build the kingdom of God on earth and transform our world.  We are all the “good enough” that God has called and will equip.  Are you ready to get started?  Read about this year’s exciting Confirmation preparation program on the next page.

Confirmation Preparation Program Outline 2021

we are very excited this year to be partnering with Hopestone Catholic Formation to offer a new and innovative Confirmation Preparation Program, “The Mark”.  This is a Toronto based virtual program and the content is excellent.  The program is comprised of 6 at home sessions (1 per week) and a 2-hour virtual retreat to be completed at home at the conclusion of the 6 sessions.  Candidates will have a week to complete each session.  Each week’s session will take about 40 minutes to complete – about 25 minutes for the video lesson and 15 minutes or so to complete some reflection questions.  (Session #5 is longer and includes an OUTSTANDING church tour with His Eminence Cardinal Collins).  We strongly encourage Confirmation candidates and parents to participate together in this preparation program and in discussing the reflection questions following each video.  You are also very much encouraged to include your sponsor in the preparation program via Zoom or Google Meets (or such platforms) through the wonder of screen sharing.

The design of this program is such that each candidate’s progress is tracked.  Videos cannot be skipped or fast-forwarded.  As the Confirmation program director for St. Michael and Sacred Heart parishes, I will receive weekly updates from Hopestone  on each candidate’s progress and  with your discussion question answers.   Your answers will be kept confidential so please answer openly and honestly.  Please  feel free to use the discussion question platform as well to pose any “wonderings” you may have and I will do my best to respond to your questions.

Schedule of Sessions

The different sessions focus on the first line of the Nicene Creed – the foundation of our Catholic faith: One Holy Catholic & Apostolic Church.  The outline for each session is:  Prayer – Talk – Testimonial – Journal/Questions.  See the schedule below for the dates of each session.  Each week’s session will be released on Saturday of each week.  Please plan a schedule for yourself to complete each week’s session in a timely manner.  You have the entire week to finish each session at a time that suits you, your parents & sponsor best.

Session 1 (Week of April 3): The One (Who is God

Session 2 (Week of April 10): The Holy (Who is Jesus)

Session 4 (Week of April 24):  The Apostolic (Who are the apostles and why are they important

Session 5  (Week of May 1): The Church (What is the Church & what does it mean to be a part of the Church

Session 6  (Week of May 8):  The Mark (What does Confirmation mean for your soul & why is it important in your life

Virtual Confirmation Retreat: Weekend May 15 – 18.  This is a two-hour retreat and can be done all in one sitting or divided up throughout the weekend. Perhaps consider finding a special place to complete the virtual retreat. There are 4 days allotted for the completion of the virtual Confirmation retreat.  It’s important to finish the retreat with a few days to spare before the scheduled Confirmation Masses.

Confirmation Masses

Confirmation Masses will take place on Pentecost Weekend (May 22/23 – outside of the regular weekend Mass schedule) and perhaps during the week of May 24th depending on the number of Confirmation candidates. Exact dates, times & locations will be announced once we have received Confirmation registrations.  Please contact me after you have completed Session #4 to schedule your Confirmation date.

How the Program Works

Once the Confirmation registration deadline has been reached (March 26) we will forward your email address to Hopestone Catholic Formation to enroll you in the program.  They in turn will email you a link prompting you to set up your password.  Once this is done, when candidates login they will see their Confirmation Course.  One session/lesson will be posted each week according to the schedule outlined above.  You may complete each session all at once or logout and when you next login you can pick up where you left off.  Once you have completed  the Confirmation course you may print a certificate.  I recommend that you pin or bookmark your email from Hopestone so you can easily find your login link.  A PARENT email address is required for the program.  There is a place to print this email on the registration form. For families with two youth receiving the sacrament of Confirmation two different email addresses are required to keep track of each candidate’s individual progress.

Choosing a Confirmation Sponsor and the Role of the Sponsor

A sponsor is required for each Confirmation candidate.  Sponsors may ask, “What is my role as a Sponsor?”  The role of the sponsor is to help the candidate during their time of preparation for Confirmation, to present the candidate at their Confirmation Mass, and to continue journeying alongside them as they grow into a Catholic adult.  Choosing a Confirmation sponsor is an important decision.  Sponsors must be Baptized and Confirmed Catholics who are at least 16 years of age and are practising their Catholic faith.  Parents may not be sponsors for their child.  Confirmation sponsors should:

  • Have a warm and open relationship with the Confirmation candidate & be available for dialogue
  • Be a good example of Christian living
  • Encourage the candidate to participate actively in the sacraments of the Church and to grow in virtue
  • Be available to attend Confirmation in person

Completing the Registration Form

A separate registration form is required for each Confirmation candidate.  Signatures of both parents are required on the registration form.  Please print and complete the registration form. The registration form and any additional required paperwork (see A below) may be returned to us by email (smsh@dol.ca), fax (519-333-6897)or by paper copy to either parish office.  The deadline to register for Confirmation is Friday, March 26. Please note the following on the registration form:

  1. Possible Additional Paperwork Required
    1. Baptism Certificate – A photocopy (or picture) of your child’s baptismal certificate may be required.  If your child was baptized at St. Michael or Sacred Heart Church OR if your child was baptized elsewhere but received their First Holy Communion at either of these churches we will have their baptism information on file.   If your child did NOT receive either of these sacraments at St. Michael or Sacred Heart Church a copy of your child’s baptism certificate is required. If you do not have a copy of your child’s baptism certificate, please contact the parish of baptism and ask them to email or fax us a copy of your child’s baptism certificate.
    2. Parent Sacramental Consent Form  – This is only required if both parents are not able to sign the registration form. If this is the case, please have this form completed, signed and returned to us by the other parent.
  2. Request for Baptism Box – Please check this box on the registration form if the candidate has not been baptized or has been baptized in another Christian faith and you will be contacted about a few additional steps that are required.  In the meantime, continue with all steps of Confirmation Preparation.
  3. Confirmation Request for Additional Person(s) – Please check this box if someone else in your family is interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation – perhaps an older sibling or parent who did not receive Confirmation in the past – and I will follow up with you.
  4. Email Address – Communications from the parish and from Hopestone Catholic Formation will be delivered via email so it is imperative that we have your correct email address. Please fill this in carefully.  A parent email account is required.  If you have two Confirmation candidates (twins for example) we will require two separate email addresses.
  5. Permission to Share Information with Schools – Your signed consent allows us to share the parish sacramental records with the schools. This helps the schools keep their records  up-to-date and saves you from having to look for the information down the road.
  6. Confirmation Sponsor – Please see the information above about choosing a Confirmation Sponsor.

Confirmation Resource Fee

There is a resource fee of $30 per candidate to cover the cost of the Confirmation Preparation Program and this may be paid by check (payable to either church), cash or e-transfer.  If using e-transfer, for St Michael, use stmichaelbg@dol.ca; for Sacred Heart, use shsarnia@dol.ca.  In the message field please note the candidate’s name and Confirmation resource fee.  If you cannot afford to pay the resource fee, please let us know.  No one will be denied the sacrament for financial reasons. 

Email Address Test

Within 3 days of receiving your registration form I will be sending you an email to verify that we have correctly entered your email address into our contact list.  If you DO NOT receive an email within 3 days, please email me to let me know (lmoran@dol.ca).  Remember to check your junk mail inbox and adjust your settings accordingly to receive our emails and those from Hopestone Catholic Formation.

Parish Contact

For questions about Confirmation preparation or requirements, please contact me.  I look forward to working with the Confirmation candidates, parents and sponsors in preparing for this very important sacrament.

Leanne Moran
Pastoral Minister
St. Michael & Sacred Heart Catholic Parishes
519-344-2992 ext. 25
lmoran@dol.ca

 

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