SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION DETAILS

This page is designed to help those who are making their Confirmation have all of the necessary information about the Sacrament of Confirmation – time to arrive, dress code, tickets, and more. Please read below and reach out to us if there are any questions or there is any more information you need!


CONFIRMATION TIME

The Sacrament of Confirmation with Bishop David Malloy will take place here at St. Mary’s at the following times:

Sunday, April 22nd at 2:00pm

Sunday, April 22nd at 4:30pm

Students are assigned to one time or the other. If you did not receive the email letting you know what time your Confirmation Mass is, please email Patti Kuffner, Youth Ministry Secretary, at youthministry@stmaryhuntley.org and she can tell you. 


CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL

Confirmation Rehearsal will take place the Sunday prior to Confirmation in the Church at St. Mary’s. Each student needs to attend Confirmation Rehearsal together with his or her sponsor (a parent may attend in place of the sponsor if the sponsor is unable to attend), and the Rehearsal takes place at the following times:

Sunday, April 15th from 3:00-4:00pm (for the 2:00pm Mass)

Sunday, April 15th from 6:30-7:30pm (for the 4:30pm Mass)


CONFIRMATION TICKETS

The Church has a limited number of seats, and so in order to appropriately and fairly utilize the space the students will receive tickets for Confirmation. The student and his or her sponsor do not need a ticket, and each student will receive six tickets for those guests other than themselves and their sponsor: parents, siblings, grandparents, etc. There are additional tickets available for those who are in need of more tickets above and beyond those six; they are limited, and will be given as we are able to those who fill out the form below requesting more tickets. If you have not received tickets you requested or have questions, you may email Jason at jason.stmaryhuntley@gmail.com


CONFIRMATION DAY

The day of Confirmation, we would ask that all teens arrive in the Church 30 minutes before their Mass begins in order to find their seats. The students and sponsors will be seated in the middle two sections (you will know your seat from the rehearsal) and the rest of your family will have open seating in the Church. Confirmation Mass is a little bit longer than a normal Mass, so you can plan on about 90 minutes, including the group picture taken at the end of Mass.


THE MASS

Confirmation takes place in the context of the celebration of Holy Mass together with our Bishop. We ask that each person maintain the appropriate reverence for this Liturgy! This is a very special occasion, and one that we want to honor by giving the proper reverence and dignity towards the Holy Mass and the great gift of Jesus Himself becoming present to us in the Eucharist. There are two additional parts of this Mass that will take place which will be special for our Confirmation Candidates! They are:

RENEWAL OF BAPTISMAL PROMISES

Most of us were baptized as babies, and our parents made our Baptismal promises for us since we couldn’t make them for ourselves. Confirmation completes our Baptism, so now, at your Confirmation, it’s time for you to renew your Baptismal promises yourself, which will happen in the following way…

Bishop: Do you renounce Satan, and all his works, and all his empty show?

Confirmandi: I do!

Bishop: Do you believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth?

Confirmandi: I do!

Bishop: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered death and was buried, rose again from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father?

Confirmandi: I do!

Bishop: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who came upon the Apostles at Pentecost and today is given to you sacramentally in Confirmation?

Confirmandi: I do!

Bishop: Do you believe in the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting?

Confirmandi: I do!

Bishop: This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Confirmandi: Amen!

ANOINTING WITH CHRISM

This is the moment that it all happens! You approach the Bishop, together with your sponsor he dips his thumb in chrism (i.e. oil), and he confirms you with the following words…

Bishop: [Confirmation Name], be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Confirmandi: Amen!

Bishop: Peace be with you.

Confirmandi: And with your Spirit.


DRESS CODE

As this is a special day where the Bishop will be present, it is important that the teens and their sponsors dress in a way that reflects the spiritual significance of this occasion. Both the teens and the sponsors should be in their “Sunday Best”, which means they should dress appropriately and modestly. The following are some guidelines to help in knowing what is and what is not appropriate:

Women

Shoulders covered, no spaghetti straps, no strapless, no low-cut shirts, no mid-riffs showing, dresses and skirts should come down to the knees.

Men

Collared shirt (not a polo shirt), dress pants, dress shoes, and a tie if possible. Suit coats are optional but encouraged.

Everyone

No flip-flops, no gym shoes or sneakers, no t-shirts, no jeans.