Confirmation formation within the Good Shepherd Unit is comprised of 3 Years . The Programs followed and Requirements for each year are as follows;
Year 1 - Level 7 -
Program : Catholic Youth ALPHA - 9 Formation Sessions from Sept - Dec
Year 2 - Level 8 -
Program : Dynamic Catholic - 9 Formation Sessions from Jan - April
PLUS; 1. Community Service - 5 volunteer hours within community for NO pay 2. Church Service - 5 volunteer hours within the church community for NO pay 3. One 3-5 hour Retreat Net Retreat (www.netcanada.ca/)
Year 3 - Level 9 -
Program : Chosen - 15 formation Sessions Oct - April ( intermittent)
Requirements: Mass whenever possible
PLUS; 1. Community Service - 5 volunteer hours within community for NO pay 2. Church Service - 5 volunteer hours within the church community for NO pay 3. One 3-5 hour Retreat in the Fall (www.netcanada.ca/) 4. Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation - 2 times , Advent and Lent 5. Attendance at the Mass of Chrism at the Bascilica on the Mon of Holy Week 6. Attendance during Holy Week. 7. Confirmation Rehearsal 8. Celebration of The Sacrament of Confirmation 9. Baptismal certificate ( by December ) if not baptized within the Good Shepherd Pastoral Unit. 10.Name of one sponsor or two sponsors by the end of November. See "Role of the Sponsor" under the CONFIRMATION link at the left.
In the past, all above PLUS requirements ( now completed in three years) in were to be completed during the Year 3 Level 9 Confirmation Journey year.
As we recognized over the years that these requirements created more stress on families the programs were adjusted to better serve families and their children and their busy lives.
The adjustment was made , more importantly though , to assist the youth in the understanding that their faith is a journey , a "life-long" journey of formation . It is not a course to only receive information, complete and get " done" or " get it over", with the Sacrament of Confirmation as the prize or graduation.
The youth travel for three years together and are formed in their faith in community with one another. It is a slow steady process so the combination of the journey, through shared experience, and the faith education will meld and become ingrained in who they are as Christian youth. Our goal is not to get them to the Sacrament of Confirmation , it is to get them to eternal life in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 119:105 :" Your word is a light to my feet and a lamp to my path"