The Ritual for Candidates throughout their Confirmation Preparation

January 3, 2017

As the candidates prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, they will celebrate 3 special rites with their sponsors and the larger community at Sunday Eucharist. During the Easter season of their second year, the candidates will ask for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

IMG_0882Year One—Sunday, November 13, 2016 @ 5:30 Mass:  Welcome to the Preparation for Confirmation   The Rite of Welcome allows the candidate to bond with their sponsor and allows the community of faith to bless these teens as they embark on this journey of faith.  

Year Two— Sunday, October 16, 2016  @ 5:30 Mass:  Blessing for the Journey toward Confirmation   During the Commitment to the Journey, which marks the half way point, the  community is invited  to continue to shower the young church with blessings. The candidates are asked to persevere in their journey to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. The sponsors, once again, pledge their support with their words and actions.

Year Two— Sunday, January 29, 2017 @ 5:30 Mass:  Prayer and Blessing for Proximate Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation    The Ritual of Affirmation, for both Candidate and their Sponsor reminds them and the community to reflect on their lives and strive to prefect their lives as disciples of Jesus Christ.  (note change of date)

Year Two—  The Sacrament of Confirmation    Confirmation imprints on the soul an indelible spiritual mark, the “character,” which is the sign that Jesus Christ has marked a Christian with the seal of his Spirit by clothing him with power from on high so that he may be his witness.   We usually learn the date in the fall.

  • Family Reconciliation Service: April 23, 2017  in the Church  (usually the Sunday before Confirmation)
  • Rehearsal for candidates and sponsors: April 25, 2017  in the Church (Usually the Tuesday before Confirmation)
  • Confirmation, April 28 at 7:00 in the Church, Candidates and sponsors meet in Connolly Parish Hall at 6:00pm for photos and other preparations.  The event will be livestreamed our Holy Family’s web site. 

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