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 Special Notice:  
Confirmation Mass: April 24, 2017 @ 6:30pm
Teens and Sponsors need to arrive by 5:00pm

 
Students preparing for Confirmation are required to have three years of active participation in the religious education program (grades 6, 7 and 8) or have attended a Catholic School or an approved Catholic Home School program. 
 
Confirmation I occurs during a student’s ninth grade year with the Theology of the Body curriculum, a chastity education program mandated by the Diocese of Birmingham as a part of the Confirmation preparation process.  A process of discernment takes place during Confirmation II, during the student’s tenth grade year, with Confirmation usually scheduled in the spring of the tenth grade year.
 
 
Confirmation I Requirements (9th Grade Year)
 
Attendance at Sunday Mass
 
Attendance and participation in twelve class sessions held twice a month on either Sunday from 1-2:30 or Wednesday from 5:30-7PM
 
All public school students preparing for Confirmation are required to attend the Life Teen program on Sunday evenings from 6:30-8:30PM. In cooperation with our High School Youth Ministry Program, Life Teen is the High School Religious Education program. All teens in the parish are urged to participate in the Life Teen program.
 
The church is a servant community and all accepting full membership are also accepting the responsibility to serve.  Candidates for the reception of Confirmation are asked to perform 20 hours of Christian service from the fall of the Confirmation I year through the last class of the Confirmation II year.  A completed Confirmation Service sheet should be submitted for each project with an adult signature for each service project. Additional forms may be obtained on the parish website.
 
Reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once during the Confirmation I Preparation Year.
 
  • Parental Obligation during the Confirmation I Year

Attend the Parent Meeting introducing the Theology of the Body Curriculum.  Use the Parent Guide as a means of reinforcing and discussing with your teen the information they will be discussing in their classes.
 
Actively support your child in his/her faith journey in every way possible and especially by insuring weekly participation in Sunday Mass.
 
Submit a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate to the Parish office no later than October 1st.
 

Confirmation II Requirements (10th Grade Year)
 
Attendance at Sunday Mass
 
Attendance and participation in twelve class sessions held twice a month on either Sunday from 1-2:30 or Wednesday from 5:30-7PM
 
All public school students preparing for Confirmation II may choose between the following in order to fulfill the high school catechetical component :   

 

*  5 Life Teen programs per semester on Sunday evening from 6:30-8:30PM.

OR

* 5 Adult Education classes per semester in the parish basement from 10AM to 11AM on Sunday morning.

OR

* Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching Project - turn in to Kathleen Butler.

OR

*  Attend all below

*Adoration – 2 one hour time blocks

*First Saturday Mass and Holy Hour

*Stations of the Cross (2 times) during Lent

*Parish Liturgical Music program or Parish Movie Night

*These options in bold print marked with an asterisk will require a SHORT journal reflection emailed to kbutler@stjohnbchurch.org

                 

 

*All MUST attend Life Teen Reconciliation night

 

 
The church is a servant community and all accepting full membership are also accepting the responsibility to serve.  Candidates for the reception of Confirmation are asked to perform 20 hours of Christian service from the fall of the Confirmation I year through the last class of the Confirmation II year.  A completed Confirmation Service sheet should be submitted for each project with an adult signature for each service project. Additional forms may be obtained on the parish website.
 
Attendance at the Confirmation II retreat.
 
Reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation at least once during the Confirmation II Preparation Year.
 
Attendance at the Confirmation Parent/Candidate Workshop.
 
Sponsor Certification Forms must be submitted to the Parish Office by November 1. Forms are available on the parish website.  
 
  • Parental Obligation during Confirmation II Year
Attend Parent meetings as scheduled
 
Attend and actively participate with your child in the  Parent/Candidate Workshop
 
Actively support your child in his/her faith journey in every way possible and especially by insuring weekly participation in Sunday Mass.  
 

Dress Code for Candidates and Sponsors for Confirmation
 
In general, all attire should reflect a reverence for our Lord. In caring about our clothing for Confirmation, we are seeking to glorify God even in how we dress.

Please wear the following:

Guys:

  • Dress shirt & tie.
  • Dress pants with belt.
  • Dress shoes and socks
  • Jacket optional.

Gals:

  • Dress, or skirt & blouse, sweater. Hemlines must fall to the top of the knee.
  • Necklines must be modest. Shoulders must be covered; A sweater, shrug or jacket can be used to cover spaghetti strap or bare shoulder dresses.
  • Clothing should not be “clingy.”
  • Dress shoes. (stockings optional)

No cell phones, purses, chewing gum, will be allowed at the ceremony. Please leave cell phones and purses with your parents until after the ceremony.

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Sponsor Information

Requirements of Sponsors
1. The best sponsor for Confirmation is one of the baptism Godparents if at all possible.
2. He or she must be 16 years of age or older.
3. He or she must be fully initiated (received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist), practicing Catholic.
4. He or she may not be a parent.
Role of Sponsor
1. Models the commitment to personal prayer, community worship, and ministry expected of a mature Christian.
2. Willingly shares his or her faith story with the candidate.
3. Supports the candidate with his or her faith journey of preparation through ongoing dialogue, notes of encouragement, and a willingness to listen to the concerns and hopes of the candidate.
4. Prays for and with the candidate.
5. Presents the candidate to the bishop for anointing, and with the help of the Hoy Spirit will continue to guide the newly confirmed in the future.

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Confirmation Name

There are two options concerning the choice of a Confirmation name:

1. You may use your baptismal name provided it is a saints name (per Bishop Baker). This choice shows the connection between the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. It also demonstrates your growth and maturity in the faith that you will make formal in the sacrament of Confirmation.

Or

2. You may pick a saint's name that would symbolize a new beginning in your faith life and a connection with that particular saint. Taking a new name symbolizes a new beginning in your faith life and a connection in that particular saint as well as a renewed commitment to the faith.

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Confirmation Important Dates
 
Confirmation 1 Parent Meeting
 
Sunday, August 21, 2016
7:00PM in the Parish Hall
 
Confirmation 2 Parent Meeting
 
 Sunday, August 28, 2016
7:00PM in the Parish Hall
 
Confirmation 2 Parent/Candidate Workshop
Saturday, February11, 2017
9AM-noon, Parish Hall

or

Sunday, February 12, 2017
1-4 PM, Parish Hall
 
Confirmation 2 Retreat
 Saturday, March 25, 2017
Details to follow
Plan for an All Day into event!
 
Confirmation 2 Diocesan A.C.R.E. Assesment
For all Confirmation 2 Candidates attending Public School or Home School
(Parochial school students are assessed in their weekday religion classes.)
Sunday, April 2, 1PM*
*Please arrive at 12:45pm at the school.
  

The date of the Confirmation Mass is set by
Bishop Baker of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama.
 
This year, Confirmation is scheduled for:
 
 April 24,2017 6:30pm

All students and their sponsors need to be in the parish hall by 5:00pm