Eligibility for Confirmation
- Students who have been baptized as Catholic and have made their First Eucharist.
- Have completed Grade 10 Academic and Faith Formation Classes.
- Completed the Candidate Information Form as well as other required documents.
- Have completed Direct Preparation Class.
- Have written a letter to the Bishop requesting the Sacrament of Confirmation.
- Have completed 15 hours of community service.
- Have attended the Confirmation Retreat.
- Have participated in the Rite of Becoming a Candidate.
- Students of Notre Dame must meet eligibility requirements with the exception of completing Grade 10 Faith Formation classes which they are allowed to opt out if they so desire.
- Candidates from other Parishes who did not complete the 10th Grade Faith Formation at Our Lady of the Rosary and who wish to be confirmed at Our Lady of the Rosary in October 2016 must provide written documentation that they have completed the Grade 10 Faith Formation program elsewhere in order to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation here.
Preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in October, 2016 consists in the following components:
- Direct Preparation Religious Education Course
This Direct Preparation Religious Education for Confirmation Class consists of 6 hours of classroom participation. It is a variety of lectures and discussion groups. During this course, each Candidate will prepare a letter to be sent the Bishop of Syracuse, outlining the reasons that the Candidate is requesting the Sacrament of Confirmation. This year we have scheduled two sessions 1) June 28 & 29 from 9am-12noon, 2) August 2 & 3 from 9am-12noon. Click here to view Time Schedule
- Spiritual Retreat
Each Candidate must attend a Spiritual Retreat to deepen awareness of the responsibilities that he/she is undertaking after being fully initiated into the Catholic Church by receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Candidate will also grow in awareness that being called by God to the Sacrament of Confirmation, God will continue to be with the Candidate throughout life. In addition, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available for all Candidates. The retreat this year is on September 11th and will be held at the Good News Centers. Click here to view Time Schedule
- Community Service
To be of service to others is a major component of living our Catholic faith. "Love one another as I have loved you." Thus, each Candidate is asked to demonstrate the willingness to put our love for one another into practice by performing 15 hours of community service either through parish ministries or service projects in the community.
The Rite of Becoming a Candidate
The Candidates for Confirmation will publicly state their intention to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation to live their lives as witness to the Catholic tradition of faith, hope and charity. The Confirmation Sponsors (or their proxy) will publicly state their intention to mentor these Candidates to live a holy life according to Christian values. After Mass, there is a gathering of Confirmation candidates, their parents and sponsors to review the Confirmation process and answer questions. Click here to view Time Schedule
A sponsor will be an important part of your preparation for Confirmation. At your Baptism your parents chose two sponsors for you. To emphasize the connection between Confirmation and Baptism Confirmation seals your Baptism— you may choose one of your baptismal sponsors as your Confirmation sponsor. However, you may choose another person. You are asking them to journey with you as you deepen your life in the Spirit, to be a friend and mentor during the preparation process and beyond.
Go to the "Confirmation Sponsor" section of the parish website to read the requirements for being a sponsor. Download the PDF file "Confirmation Sponsor Pledge. If the person you have selected does not meet all the requirements, please discuss this with Father Joe Salerno. Other options may be available so that the person who you selected can be approved as a Sponsor. In essence, a sponsor is a companion to someone on a faith journey
After completing the form, the Sponsor should give the Confirmation Sponsor Pledge to the Candidate or family who will return it to the parish as part of registration process.
If your sponsor is not able to sign the Confirmation Sponsor Pledge, please discuss this with Father Joe Salerno
It is recommended that the candidate for Confirmation retain his/her baptismal name as a witness to the intimate relationship between Baptism and Confirmation as Sacraments of Initiation. However, candidates may choose to take the name of any other saint whose life has special meaning for them.
Young men are expected to wear shirts, dress slacks and ties. Sport jackets and/or suits are encouraged. Young women are expected to wear dresses (or skirt and blouse) that cover the shoulder and fall to the knee or dress slacks and a nice blouse. Deep necklines or extremely short skirts are not appropriate for this service.