Confirmation Journey

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 711:00 am- 12:00 pm

Program : Catholic Youth ALPHA - 9 Formation Sessions from Sept - Dec

SCHEDULE 

Oct  14th          Welcome session

OCT 21st           

OCT  28th      

NOV  04th        

NOV  18th

NOV 25th        

Dec 02nd ( First Sunday of Advent)

Dec 09th


Year 2 - Level 8 - 11:00 am- 12:00 pm

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                 

SCHEDULE  

Jan 06th

Jan 13th

Jan 20th

Jan 27th

Feb 03rd

Feb 10th

Islander Day Weekend

Feb 24th

March 03rd   

                                              

Year 3 - Level 9 -  

Program : 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. Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation - 2 times , Advent and Lent           4 Attendance at the Mass of Chrism at the Bascilica on the Mon of Holy Week                5. Attendance during Holy Week.                                                                                                    6Confirmation Rehearsal                                                                                                                  7. Celebration of The Sacrament of Confirmation                                                                      8. Baptismal certificate ( by December ) if not baptized within the Good Shepherd Pastoral Unit.                                                                                                                                        9.Name of one sponsor or two sponsors by the end of November. See "Role of the Sponsor" under the CONFIRMATION link at the left.


SCHEDULE and PARENTS LETTER 

ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

KAREN MACCANNELL

Fax baptism certificates to # 902-566-5949 Att: Karen

* All confirmation candidates who were not baptized within the good Shepherd Pastoral Unit Family of Churches, are required to provide a baptismal certificate from the church where your child was baptized in order to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

PLEASE submit or fax these by the end of November.


Sponsors must be chosen by the end of November and names submitted ( to above)


CONFIRMATION PREPARATION SESSIONS

October 

Mon 29th  Confirmation Prep session

November

Mon 05th   Confirmation Prep session

Mon 12th Confirmation Prep session

Mon 19th Confirmation Prep Session 

Mon  26th   Confirmation Prep Session 

DECEMBER

Mon 3rd    Confirmation Prep Session

Mon 10th    Confirmation Prep Session

Mon 17th    Confirmation Prep Session

Also, in December 

Reconciliation 6:30-9:00 TBA

January 2019  OFF

February 2019 

Mon 4th    Confirmation Prep Session

Mon 11th    Confirmation Prep Session MANDATORY

One date for Reconciliation MANDATORY

March  2019 TBA 

Wed 6th   Ash Wednesday

March Break

April

( all candidates and parents to attend as many of the masses that is possible during Holy week ) 

Mon 15th: Mass of Chrism- Basilica 7:00 pm (At the Basilica - MANDATORY all Candidates to attend) 6:30-9:00 pm 

Mon 18th Holy Thursday - Washing of the Feet / Holy Oils

Mon 19th Good Friday-Veneration of the Cross

Mon 20th Sat Vigil - Candle-light Service

Mon 21st Easter Sunday

April  2019 (Tentative)         

MANDATORY  Saturday April 27th *** Confirmation rehearsal  SAT   11am -12pm  --- Candidates /Sponsors/ Parent (s) in attendance 


SACRAMENT CELEBRATION 

Mon April 29th ( Tentative)   , 6:30-9:00pm

Celebration for the Sacrament of Confirmation and reception to follow


Role Of The Sponsor


Choosing a Confirmation Sponsor

A sponsor is someone who journeys with the candidate during his/her preparation for the sacrament. In making this choice, the church recognizes that your sponsor is a partner in the your formation, and asks you to be conscious of their influence, trusting they will act in your best interests and in Jesus’ name. The sponsor will be asked to formally present you to the Bishop at the time of the Confirmation ritual in April.

What the Catholic Church Says about sponsors…

The role of a sponsor is to see that the confirmed person acts a true witness to Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations connected with this sacrament. 

The criteria the church asks of Sponsors …

* Must be at least 18 years of age;

* Must be a confirmed Catholic and already have received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and lead a life in harmony with the Faith and the role of a sponsor as mentioned above; Must be in good standing with the Catholic Church;

* One of the Candidate's godparents may be elected as the sponsor for the Sacrament of

Confirmation.

* The sponsor should be someone with whom the candidate feels comfortable talking about faith and religion.

* The sponsor is not required to attend classes, but will be asked to interact with the Confirmation candidate on a regular basis in regard to their Confirmation preparation. So, they should be aware of the session schedule.

* The Sponsor will need to be present at the Ritual Rehearsal and the Rite of Confirmation.

* How do I officially register someone as a Confirmation Sponsor?

In order to register someone as your Confirmation Sponsor, basic contact information and some background sacramental history needs to be submitted. 

* This registration can be done on-line using the following email: karen.assisi@ hotmail.com Once this information is submitted the sponsor may be contacted by the Director of Catechetics .


What Do Sponsors Do?

*Build a positive relationship with your youth

*Nurture and support the your youth’s faith life.

*Invest quality time with the candidate.

How do the sponsor and the candidate begin their work together?

*Here are some activities to begin the process of crossing paths together. Use these as starter ideas to learn to work together as Sponsor and Candidate.

*Without telling each other, find ways to discover each other’s Baptism anniversaries. Call parents, relatives, etc.

*Take a road trip together to some different churches to experience what is the same and what is different in different churches.

*Individually interview different people, at any of the three parishes in the Good pastoral Unit to which the youth belongs, who are active members and compare notes. *Why are they doing the ministry they’ve chosen? How did they learn about that ministry?

*Take a training class together (i.e. Conflict Resolution, CPR, Liturgical Ministry Training, etc.)

*In preparation for any particular Sunday, read and study the Gospel reading ahead of time. 

*Each of you try to come up with three specific resources you might use (or assets you might be required) to take action on what you feel that Gospel is asking us to do.


Sponsors Prayer for Candidate 

All powerful God, the Father our Lord Jesus Christ, 

by water and the Holy Spirit 

you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life in Baptism.

Send your Holy Spirit upon_________ 

to be a Helper and Guide. 

Give ________ the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, 

the Spirit of right judgement and courage, 

the spirit of knowledge and reverence. 

Fill_________ with your Spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. 

I ask this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord . 

Amen 


Parents Prayer for Candidates

Creator Spirit,

strengthen my child with your gifts of grace, 

to love and serve as a disciple of Christ. 

Grant that s/he may grow into the fullness of the stature of Christ. 

Fill her/him with the joy of your presence. 

Increase in her/him the fruit of your Spirit: 

the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of courage,

the spirit of love, patience and gentleness, the spirit of wonder and awe  

and true holiness.

Amen


Candidates Daily Prayer

Spirit of the Living God,

I come before You to honour You and to praise You

for the many wonderful ways You are present in me and in the world. 

I thank You for gifting me to learn about You and to enjoy the gift of my life.

I ask You to be with me as I journey in faith towards my Confirmation. 

Help me to use this special time of preparation 

to become a more alive and responsible member of my parish community. 

I ask this prayer in the name of Jesus,

my brother and friend.

Amen 



SCHEDULE and PARENTS LETTER 

ST. ANNE'S 

ANDREA DAWSON

LEVEL 9  CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE  2018-19

Fax baptism certificates to # 902-566-5949 Att: Karen

* All confirmation candidates who were not baptized within the good Shepherd Pastoral Unit Family of Churches, are required to provide a baptismal certificate from the church where your child was baptized in order to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

PLEASE submit or fax these by the end of November.

Sponsors must be chosen by the end of November and names submitted ( to above)

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION SESSIONS

October 

Sun 14th  Confirmation Prep session

Sun 21st   Confirmation Prep session

Sun 28th   Confirmation Prep session

November

Sun 04th   Confirmation Prep session

Sun 18th Confirmation Prep session

Sun 25th Confirmation Prep Session 

DECEMBER

Sun 2nd    Confirmation Prep Session

Sun 9th    Confirmation Prep Session

Sun 16th    Confirmation Prep Session

Also in December December 

Reconciliation 6:30-9:00 TBA MANDATORY at St Francis of Assisi

January 2019  OFF

February 2019  

Sun 3rd    Confirmation Prep Session

Mon 11th    Confirmation Prep Session MANDATORY at St Francis of Assisi

Also, One Monday date for Reconciliation MANDATORY at St. Francis of Assisi

March  2019 

Wed 06th    Ash Wednesday

March Break

April

( all candidates and parents to attend as many of the masses that is possible during Holy week ) 

Mon 15th: Mass of Chrism- Basilica 7:00 pm (At the Basilica - MANDATORY all Candidates to attend) 6:30-9:00 pm 

Mon 18th Holy Thursday - Washing of the Feet / Holy Oils

Mon 19th Good Friday-Veneration of the Cross

Mon 20th Sat Vigil - Candle-light Service

Mon 21st Easter Sunday

April  2019 (Tentative)         

MANDATORY Monday April 27th *** Confirmation rehearsal  SAT   11am -12pm 

Candidates /Sponsors/ Parent (s) in attendance 

Mon April 29th ( Tentative)   , 6:30-9:00pm

Celebration for the Sacrament of Confirmation and reception to follow


Role Of The Sponsor

Choosing a Confirmation Sponsor

A sponsor is someone who journeys with the candidate during his/her preparation for the sacrament. In making this choice, the church recognizes that your sponsor is a partner in the your formation, and asks you to be conscious of their influence, trusting they will act in your best interests and in Jesus’ name. The sponsor will be asked to formally present you to the Bishop at the time of the Confirmation ritual in April.

What the Catholic Church Says about sponsors…

The role of a sponsor is to see that the confirmed person acts a true witness to Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations connected with this sacrament. 

The criteria the church asks of Sponsors …

* Must be at least 18 years of age;

* Must be a confirmed Catholic and already have received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and lead a life in harmony with the Faith and the role of a sponsor as mentioned above; Must be in good standing with the Catholic Church;

* One of the Candidate's godparents may be elected as the sponsor for the Sacrament of

Confirmation.

* The sponsor should be someone with whom the candidate feels comfortable talking about faith and religion.

* The sponsor is not required to attend classes, but will be asked to interact with the Confirmation candidate on a regular basis in regard to their Confirmation preparation. So, they should be aware of the session schedule.

* The Sponsor will need to be present at the Ritual Rehearsal and the Rite of Confirmation.

* How do I officially register someone as a Confirmation Sponsor?

In order to register someone as your Confirmation Sponsor, basic contact information and some background sacramental history needs to be submitted. 

* This registration can be done on-line using the following email: karen.assisi@ hotmail.com Once this information is submitted the sponsor may be contacted by the Director of Catechetics .


What Do Sponsors Do?

*Build a positive relationship with your youth

*Nurture and support the your youth’s faith life.

*Invest quality time with the candidate.

How do the sponsor and the candidate begin their work together?

*Here are some activities to begin the process of crossing paths together. Use these as starter ideas to learn to work together as Sponsor and Candidate.

*Without telling each other, find ways to discover each other’s Baptism anniversaries. Call parents, relatives, etc.

*Take a road trip together to some different churches to experience what is the same and what is different in different churches.

*Individually interview different people, at any of the three parishes in the Good pastoral Unit to which the youth belongs, who are active members and compare notes. *Why are they doing the ministry they’ve chosen? How did they learn about that ministry?

*Take a training class together (i.e. Conflict Resolution, CPR, Liturgical Ministry Training, etc.)

*In preparation for any particular Sunday, read and study the Gospel reading ahead of time. 

*Each of you try to come up with three specific resources you might use (or assets you might be required) to take action on what you feel that Gospel is asking us to do.


Sponsors Prayer for Candidate 


All powerful God, the Father our Lord Jesus Christ, 

by water and the Holy Spirit 

you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life in Baptism.

Send your Holy Spirit upon_________ 

to be a Helper and Guide. 

Give ________ the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, 

the Spirit of right judgement and courage, 

the spirit of knowledge and reverence. 

Fill_________ with your Spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. 

I ask this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord . 

Amen 


Parents Prayer for Candidates


Creator Spirit,

strengthen my child with your gifts of grace, 

to love and serve as a disciple of Christ. 

Grant that s/he may grow into the fullness of the stature of Christ. 

Fill her/him with the joy of your presence. 

Increase in her/him the fruit of your Spirit: 

the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of courage,

the spirit of love, patience and gentleness, the spirit of wonder and awe  

and true holiness.

Amen



Candidates Daily Prayer


Spirit of the Living God,

I come before You to honour You and to praise You

for the many wonderful ways You are present in me and in the world. 

I thank You for gifting me to learn about You and to enjoy the gift of my life.

I ask You to be with me as I journey in faith towards my Confirmation. 

Help me to use this special time of preparation 

to become a more alive and responsible member of my parish community. 

I ask this prayer in the name of Jesus,

my brother and friend.

Amen 



DETAILS/ Clarification

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"