Confirmation 2016

The date and time for Confirmation for 2016 has been set for November 6th at 11:00 a.m.

Confirmation is the last of the three Sacraments of Initiation that your child receives. As with the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Communion, there are requirements that the students need to meet.

Requirements for those in 9th and 10th grades for the 2016/17 school year:

  • The Confirmation candidate, and his or her parents, need to be registered members of St. Francis Xavier Parish or St. John the Baptist Parish, and a practicing Catholic (at least one parent).
  • Each Candidate is to sign a “Candidate Commitment” form.
  • Attendance at Sunday Mass. All Catholics are obligated to attend Catholic Mass on Sundays (includes Saturday evening Mass) and on holy days of obligation. Confirmation candidates must get a signed copy, by a priest or deacon, of the weekly bulletin as proof of attendance.
  • Attendance at Confirmation sessions.
  • Mandatory attendance at the Confirmation retreat. If a candidate wishes to attend a different retreat (TEC for example), he or she must get approval to replace the retreat arranged for St. Francis Xavier Parish and St. John the Baptist Parish with the one he or she is choosing. Proof of attendance at that retreat must be provided. If the candidate does not attend a retreat, then that candidate cannot and will not receive the sacrament of Confirmation until this requirement is satisfied.
  • At least 20 hours of service work is required. The Diocese of Superior’s letter on Confirmation states: “Service is an important element of Christian living… Service is an integral component of the confirmation process.” The 20 hours of service is broken down into two parts: 10 Parish hours and 10 community hours. More hours are encouraged.
  • Baptismal Certificate. If your son or daughter was baptized in a parish other than St. Francis Xavier Parish or St. John the Baptist then they must have a baptismal certificate from that parish.
  • A sponsor must be chosen by October 21. The sponsor must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church, and at least 17 years old. The candidate’s parents cannot be his or her sponsor. If the sponsor is not a member of St. Francis, a letter of recommendation from the individual’s pastor is required.
  • A Confirmation name is optional. If the candidate wishes to choose a Confirmation name, that name is to be that of a saint. There are a number of Catholic internet sites which are excellent sources of information about the saints.
  • Each candidate will have an interview with Fr. Chris. A signup sheet will be provided so that the candidates can make an appointment. It is important that the appointment is kept or the office is notified that the candidate cannot keep the appointment.
  • Letter to the Bishop. The Diocese of Superior’s Guidelines for Confirmation describes the letter:
    “Each candidate is to write a letter to the Bishop requesting to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and to give his or her reasons for the request. The letter introduces the candidate to the bishop; therefore it should give the candidate’s personal feelings concerning the sacrament, the Church, and his or her faith life.”

Disciplinary policy

  • Disruptive or disrespectful behavior in the class could become a barrier for Confirmation. The Sacrament of Confirmation is an important sacrament which should not be received if the person is ill-prepared for it. Disruptive or disrespectful behavior is an indication that he or she is not spiritually mature for the sacrament. If necessary, Confirmation will be delayed until the candidate is ready to receive this sacrament.
  • A letter will be sent to the parents of anyone who seriously violates disciplinary policy. If the problem reoccurs, a parent must attend with the Candidate at the next session. If a problem occurs again, delay of the sacrament of Confirmation may follow.