Confirmation

Confirmation Mass…

The Candidates and their Sponsors will gather in the Crusader Commons prior to mass. All family and friends will wait for them in the church. The Mass usually will last for an hour and half with the Bishop confirming each candidate. After the Mass is over, all families and their friends are invited to a reception in the school gymnasium where the Bishop will be available for pictures and to meet the families.

Confirmation Rehearsal…

Candidates, their families and sponsors (if available) will gather in the church the week prior to confirmation. There will be an abbreviated prayer service for the candidates followed by a rehearsal. If the sponsor cannot be there we ask that an adult take his/her place when it comes time for the Candidate to receive the sacrament.  The Candidates and their Sponsors will gather in the Crusader Commons prior to mass. All family and friends will wait for them in the church. The Mass usually will last for an hour and half with the Bishop confirming each candidate. After the Mass is over, all families and their friends are invited to a reception in the school gymnasium where the Bishop will be available for pictures and to meet the families.

Attire…

The dress of everyone at this liturgy should be appropriate for a sacramental celebration. Young men are requested to wear dress shirts and dress slacks, with an option to wear suit coats or ties. Young ladies are requested to wear dresses, skirts, or  dress slacks. Please, no jeans, t-shirts, shorts, sweat suits, formal gowns with spaghetti straps or strapless gowns, bare backs, bare midriff, mini skirts, halter tops, or plunging necklines. Shoes need to be neat and clean (no sneakers). The sponsors should also abide by this dress code.
(Bishop Rhoades has asked the Confirmation students not to have makeup on their foreheads during the Confirmation Mass. The chrism has to be applied directly to the skin, and makeup both impedes that and ends up mixing with the remaining chrism that is used for subsequent candidates).

Spiritual Preparedness…

The sacrament of Reconciliation/Penance is encouraged before Confirmation to take some time to celebrate the sacrament and receive a blessing from one of the priests.  Sponsors are also invited to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation before or after the rehearsal.

Service Hours…

A total of thirty service hours is needed before the Candidate graduates.  This can be done prior to confirmation or before the end of the graduating school year.

Extra Studies…

Have the Candidate share his Candidate book by asking them to name the 7 gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit, the symbols used for the Holy Spirit, the two essential elements that confer the Holy Spirit on an individual.  Also the 4 steps in the Rite of Confirmation, the event at Pentecost, the responses they will need to make when receiving the sacrament.