SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION DETAILS

This information below 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!

PAPERWORK

The following are pieces of paperwork we all need from you:

  • Baptismal Certificate (due January 14, 2019)
    • Each person must submit a copy of his or her baptismal certificate. If you were baptized at St. Mary’s, you can do that by emailing Patti – youthministry@stmaryhuntley.org – and letting her know the month and year of baptism. For everyone else, please either submit a copy of the baptismal certificate yourself or bring the original to us and we will copy it for you. You can submit via email by scanning and emailing it to youthministry@stmaryhuntley.org.
  • Confirmation Saint Form (due December 10, 2018)
    • Each student chooses the name of a saint in the Catholic Church to have as his or her Patron saint in Confirmation. This is someone who you ask to pray for you, and whose example you imitate.
    • Click here for a great article on the purpose of choosing a Confirmation Saint!
    • Click here for an article with some great Confirmation Saint options!
    • Click here to submit your Saint Form
  • Confirmation Sponsor (due October 15, 2018)
    • Each person who will be Confirmed in the Catholic Church chooses a sponsor for Confirmation. This sponsor must be:
      • He or she must be at least 16 years old
      • He or she must be Confirmed in the Catholic Church
      • He or she must be a practicing Catholic (practicing means he or she is a member of the parish, attend Mass on Sundays, and has an active faith) who is a good example to you of what it means to be a follower of Christ and someone who will challenge you to follow Him in your own life
      • He or she cannot be a parent of the student, but may be (and is encouraged to be) the baptismal Godparent
    • Click here to submit your Sponsor Form

CONFIRMATION TIME

This information about date and time will be given when our date and time is assigned by Bishop Malloy!


CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL

After we have a Confirmation date and time, we will include information here and in an email to each of you about rehearsal for Confirmation!


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 may be additional tickets available for those who are in need of more tickets above and beyond those six, but we cannot guarantee that. We will give more information about this as we get closer to the Sacrament of Confirmation!


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 Ma

ss 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.


Maggie Overbeck

Director of Youth Ministry

maggie.stmaryhuntley@gmail.com

Cody Schurter

Assistant Director of Youth Ministry

cody.stmaryhuntley@gmail.com

Patti Kuffner

Youth Ministry Secretary

youthministry@stmaryhuntley.org

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