All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by water and the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their Helper and Guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgement and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.
-RITE OF CONFIRMATION
The Confirmation program at Holy Angels is now a two year program concluding in the spring of our student’s sophomore year. Fr. Dan has drafted a beautiful letter to the parents of our young people outlining the changes to this year’s Confirmation program. Also attached to this letter are the expectations for those entering the confirmation program. Download your copy here.
Confirmation letter to 9th grade parents
Within the Confirmation Handbook you will find details and dates for the Confirmation process at Holy Angels. There is also the check list of expectations for you to keep track of at home. Lastly, there is also the service form for keeping track of events through the year.
If you would like to register your teen for our Confirmation program please fill out this form and return it to Julie Karpowicz in the Holy Angels Office.
If you just need a new service hours sheet you can download that here.
If you lost your Confirmation Checklist for your personal record download a new one here. Put it on the fridge.
Adults over the age of 18 who are seeking the sacrament of Confirmation should contact Lynette in the Holy Angels Office. Lynette@holyangelschurch.com or 440-708-0000
Chosen sessions are meetings that a specifically engineered to imparting the faith on our teens. These nights will use materials from the Chosen Confirmation preparation program. These nights are mandatory, teens that miss a Chosen Session will need to attend a makeup session. A full calendar of these sessions is made available each fall on the Holy Angels website.
Remember, this sacrament should be the teen’s choice, and should be an opportunity for them to exercise some responsibility for their Catholic faith. The teen’s sponsor should not be chosen by the parents, but in fact by the teen. This will give the teen a sense of ownership, and let them see for themselves other adults that take their faith seriously.
A proxy can stand in for both the rehearsal and liturgy so long as they meet the same canonical requirements as the actual sponsor.
Because of the intrinsic relationship between Baptism and Confirmation, candidates usually retain their baptismal name for the celebration of the sacrament. If the candidate’s name is of Christian origin, the candidate is asked to become familiar with the life and witness of this saint. If the candidate’s name is not of Christian origin, the candidate may desire to choose a saints name for Confirmation and be confirmed by that name.
A custom exists wherein a candidate with a Christian baptismal name chooses an additional name for Confirmation. The Bishop allows for this custom. Candidates desiring to practice this custom are asked to become familiar with the life and witness of this saint.
Confirmation can be a frustrating process for some parents and teens. Our staff and core team offer up their valuable time and gifts to help our teens prepare for Confirmation and we want to respect that. However, some of our candidates make it really apparent that they don’t want to be there. All candidates will have a three strike policy when it comes to classroom discipline. On the third strike, they will have to postpone their Confirmation and begin the program again the following year. We encourage our teens to commit for a year and if they do not want to proceed to the final stage of preparation, then they can make a decision to delay their confirmation. Confirmation will also take a big commitment from parents, friends and family. We know that dealing with teenagers is tough, especially when it comes to faith. If it remains a major battle in your household, step back for a bit and re-evaluate. If your teen isn’t ready, then they aren’t ready. Ultimately it should be their decision. There are other opportunities to be confirmed in the future but your involvement in this process will make a big difference.
Includes, Student Workbook, Parent Guide, Sponsor Guide
If your family is in need of financial assistance for this program please contact Alex Yates at Holy Angels.