It is Holy Family’s hope that at the end of the 2-year Confirmation preparation process teens will…
- know they have a home at Holy Family and within the larger Catholic Church,
- believe that the Holy Spirit leads our church and is an advocate in their lives, and
- have participated with their households in…
- regular Sunday worship and liturgical ministry,
- service to the wider community,
- faith formation sessions, and
- community life events.
Requirements – click each section below to learn more
Family Information Session – before beginning Year 1
We require each family (BOTH parents AND teens) to attend one Family Information Session at the start of the program, before beginning Year 1. We’ll review the Confirmation preparation process and requirements, as well as offer time for Q&A. Please plan to join us for the following session:
- Tuesday, September 14, 7-8pm
All sessions will take place in the Holy Family St. Joseph Center, located across the street from the parish Pastoral Center. The exact address for the St. Joseph Center is 1524 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, 91030. There will be signs directing you to the building entrance once you park. Please sign up using the link below to let us know you plan to attend:
Forms & Payment
There is a $300 fee for the two year process. The price increases to $350 after November 1st. If you are not parishioners at Holy Family, there is also an additional $50 fee. (We also kindly ask that you have your pastor write us a letter giving his support of your family going through the process with us.) Checks can be made out to “Holy Family Church” with the memo “Confirmation registration” and mailed to Holy Family at 1527 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030. Or you can pay online by going to the Holy Family Giving page and scrolling down to “Youth Ministry.”
There are a number of important forms that you will need to complete before beginning the process and before attending a retreat. Please visit our Forms page by using the button below.
Family Interviews – 3 total
We ask each family to sit down with us for an informal conversation to…
- Interview #1 – get to know each other at the start of the program. Please Click Here to select a date and time for your interview/meeting.
- Interview #2 – check-in at the mid-point of the process, and
- Interview #3 – before receiving the sacrament at the end of the process.
Please contact Sally to schedule an interview – 626-403-6148 or email@example.com.
Year 1 Sessions – 6 total
There are 6 formation sessions required for each Confirmation year (for a total of 12 sessions over 2 years). Teens and parents/guardians can attend either on Sundays. You can switch between days of the week or choose to only come to Sundays or Tuesdays.
Year 2 Sessions – 6 total
There are 6 formation sessions required for each Confirmation year (for a total of 12 sessions over 2 years). Teens and parents/guardians can attend either on Sundays or Tuesdays. You can switch between days of the week or choose to only come to Sundays or Tuesdays.
Liturgical Ministry – once a month
Being involved in Mass as a Liturgical Minister not only allows each teen to actively participate in the celebration by sharing their gifts, but it enriches the experience of the Mass for the entire community.
We ask each teen to be involved in a Liturgical Ministry. There are many ways to participate, including being…
- an altar server,
- an usher,
- a greeter,
- a lector,
- a choir member,
- a video ministry team member, or
- a 5:30 Mass Liturgy Committee member.
To learn more about each way of serving and to sign up, please click the button below.
Service Project & Reflection – 1 project; at least 4 hours
Serving others is one essential way that we put our faith into action.
We ask each family to complete at least one service project. A service project can be almost any activity for four hours (in a row or over separate dates). The teen candidates then complete personal reflections about their time of service and turn them in at least one month before being confirmed (or sooner–no need to wait!). We highly recommend that teens complete their reflection right after their time of service. Please use the reflection guide below.
Each family’s plans for service will be discussed at the first Family Interview. The opportunities to serve in our community are endless! The numerous ministries at Holy Family Church and the needs of our local communities provide various options for candidates and their families to find meaningful ways to serve together.
Don’t know where to begin? Check out a list we’ve compiled of local organizations who need your help! Click below.
Retreats – 1 per year
Teens will have the opportunity to select at least one retreat per year to attend during their two-year journey. This will allow each candidate to unplug for a short time in order to spend quality time with themselves, their peers, and with God. Please click below for more information about upcoming retreats.
Rites & Rituals – 4 total
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. We will post these dates below and in each respective year’s schedule page as soon as the dates are determined. Please click below to learn more about the details of the day of the Sacrament of Confirmation Mass or for other rites/rituals during Year 1 or Year 2.
Youth Ministry Activities – 4 total
As a way to help teens experience the community of faith they are becoming fully initiated into, we ask that they attend at least 2 Youth Ministry activities each year.
Sponsor – chosen by December of Year 1
Confirmation can be a great experience, and hopefully you (Confirmation teen) have thought a lot about what this sacrament means and how the Holy Spirit will affect your life. You’ll be required to have a sponsor—someone who will guide you and share the story of faith with you. A good sponsor will make this process a little easier and even more fun.
If all has gone as planned, the best person will be one of your baptismal godparents. The Catechism (#1311) and Canon Law (#892-893) both tell us that you need a sponsor. Having godparents helps us to see how Baptism and Confirmation are connected. In some cases, teen candidates no longer know their godparents. Maybe they just live too far away. You might need to choose a new sponsor.
Some advice, teens: look for someone you trust, whose faith you admire, and who will be there for you. He/she must be…
- a confirmed Catholic
- at least 16 years old
- a practicing member of the Catholic Church
- not your parents
This means you can choose a relative, friend, or someone from your parish as your sponsor. Please choose a sponsor and have them fill out the form below by December 1st of Year 1 and plan to attend the Sponsor Retreat on December 19th.
Parents/Guardians – at least 4 of 6 sessions per year
We believe making disciples is the primary function of Confirmation preparation. A few years ago a group of committed parents, catechists, and youth ministry people gathered to make plans for a meaningful and enriching confirmation prep process. Over and over again we read, discussed, and discovered that if you want teen disciples, work with the teens AND their families. Discipleship begins at home.
Faith formation is part of what we do as Catholic families of faith. We ask parents/guardians to attend 4 of the 6 Adult Sessions each year that happen at the same time as teen sessions.
Parents/guardians who would like their teens to prepare for the sacrament of Confirmation make a commitment to their teen, to the parish community, and to themselves to be a part of this preparation process. This includes:
- Keeping your teen and all those preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation in prayer,
- Attending Adult Sessions (up to six each year),
- Helping your teen participate in a liturgical ministry, and
- Volunteering as a Confirmation small group leader or Youth Ministry core team member.
Please contact Sally if you are interested in being on the team for Confirmation or Youth Ministry – firstname.lastname@example.org.