LEVEL 9 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE 2017-18 

Fax baptism certificates to 

902-566-5949 Att: Karen

* All confirmation candidates who were not baptized within the good Shepherd Pastoral Unit Family of Churches, are required to provide a baptismal certificate from the church where your child was baptized in order

to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

PLEASE submit or fax these prior to beginning confirmation sessions.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

 SESSIONS


Program:  Chosen

Time frame : September- April


October 2017

Mon 02nd  Confirmation Prep session : # 1 , 6:30-8:30 pm

Mon 16th  Confirmation Prep session : # 2, 6:30-8:30 pm

Mon 23rd Confirmation Prep session : # 3, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Mon  30th  Confirmation Prep Session : # 4,  6:30-8:30 pm

November 2017

Mon  06th  Confirmation Prep Session : # 5,  6:30-8:30 pm

Mon  13th Confirmation Prep Session : # 6, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Mon  20th  Confirmation Prep Session : # 7, 6:30-8:30 pm 

Mon 27th   Confirmation Prep Session : # 8, 6:30-8:30 pm 

December 2017

Mon  03rd  Confirmation Prep Session : # 9, 6:30-8:30 pm 

January  2018

OFF


February 2018

WEDNESDAY 14th    Ash Wednesday

Mon  27th  Confirmation Prep Session :# 10 , 6:30-9:00 pm


March  2018 

Mon 5th Confirmation Prep Session  ( ADMIN) :# 11, 6:30-9:00 pm

Mon 12th- MANDATORY Reconciliation 6:30- ( candidates may 
leave immediately after they celebrate the sacrament with the Priest)

Mon 26th - Mass of Chrism- Basilica 7:00 pm (At the Basilica - all Candidates to attend6:30-8:30pm

( all candidates and parents to attend as many of the masses that is possible during Holy week below ) 

Thursday 29th Holy Thursday - Washing of the Feet / Holy Oils

Friday 30th Good Friday-Veneration of the Cross

Saturday 31st Sat Vigil - Candle-light Service


April  2018  

Sunday 01st Easter Sunday

Mon 12th Confirmation Prep Session :# 12 ( Decision Point # 10) 6:30-9:00 pm ( please have sponsors names to submit on this evening) See role of the sponsor requirements below.

Tentative ( subject to change depending on Bishops schedule) 
*** Confirmation rehearsal  
SAT April 28th, 11am -12pm 

Candidates /Sponsors/ Parent (s) in attendance please!

Sacrament of Confirmation : 

Possible CONFIRMATION date  

April 30th, 2018   6:30 PM- 9:00pm


Choosing a Confirmation Sponsor


A sponsor is someone who journeys with the candidate during his/her preparation for the sacrament.  In making this choice, the church recognizes that your sponsor is a partner in the your formation, and asks you to be conscious of their influence, trusting they will act in your best interests and in Jesus’ name.  The sponsor will be asked to formally present you to the Bishop at the time of the Confirmation ritual in April.   

What the Catholic Church Says about sponsors… 

The role of a sponsor is to "see that the confirmed person acts a true witness to Christ and faithfully fulfills the obligations connected with this sacrament."  The criteria the church asks for is that a sponsor… 

Must be at least 18 years of age; 
Must be a Confirmed Catholic and already have received the Sacraments of Baptism and First Holy Communion and lead a life in harmony with the Faith and the role of a sponsor as mentioned above; Must be in good standing with the Catholic Church;  

One of the Candidate's godparents may be elected as the sponsor for the Sacrament of Confirmation. 
Parents are not permitted to be sponsors for their own youth as in Baptism the parents accepted responsibility for the faith development of the child and in Confirmation the youth must ask and accept responsibility ( free will choice ) for their own faith without aid of the parent. 
The sponsor should be someone with whom the candidate feels comfortable talking about faith and religion. 
The sponsor is not required to attend sessions, but will be asked to interact with the Confirmation candidate on a regular basis in regard to their Confirmation preparation.  So they should be aware of the session and retreat schedule. 

The Sponsor will need to be present at the Ritual Practice ( Rehearsal) and the Rite of Confirmation.  

How do I officially register someone as a Confirmation Sponsor? 

In order to register someone as your Confirmation Sponsor, basic contact information and some background sacramental history needs to be submitted.  This can be done on-line using the following email: karen.assisi@ hotmail.com Once this information is submitted the sponsor may be contacted by the Director of Catechetics .

What Do Sponsors Do? 

Build a positive relationship with your youth 
Nurture and support the your youth’s faith life. 
Invest quality time with the candidate.     

How do the sponsor and the candidate begin their work together? 

Here are some activities to begin the process of crossing paths together.  Use these as starter ideas to learn to work together as Sponsor and Candidate.  

Without telling each other, find ways to discover each other’s Baptism anniversaries.  Call parents, relatives, etc.  
Take a road trip together to some different churches to experience what is the same and what is different in different churches. 
Individually interview different people, at any of the three parishes in the Good pastoral Unit to which the youth belongs, who are active members and compare notes.  Why are they doing the ministry they’ve chosen?  How did they learn about that ministry? 
Take a training session together (i.e. Conflict Resolution, CPR, Liturgical Ministry Training, etc.)  
In preparation for any particular Sunday, read and study the Gospel reading ahead of time.  Each of you try to come up with three specific resources you might use (or assets you might be required) to take action on what you feel that Gospel is asking us to do.

Sponsors Prayer for Candidate 

All powerful God, the Father our Lord Jesus Christ, 
by water and the Holy Spirit 
you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life in Baptism.
Send your Holy Spirit upon_________ 
to be a Helper and Guide. 
Give ________ the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, 
the Spirit of right judgement and courage, 
the spirit of knowledge and reverence. 
Fill_________ with your Spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. 
I ask this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord . 
Amen 

Parents Prayer for Candidates



Creator Spirit,
strengthen my child with your gifts of grace, 
to love and serve as a disciple of Christ. 
Grant that s/he may grow into the fullness of the stature of Christ. 
Fill her/him with the joy of your presence. 
Increase in her/him the fruit of your Spirit: 
the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of courage,
the spirit of love, patience and gentleness, the spirit of wonder and awe  
and true holiness.
Amen

Candidates Daily Prayer

Spirit of the Living God,
I come before You to honor You and to praise You
for the many wonderful ways You are present in me and in the world. 
I thank You for gifting me to learn about You and to enjoy the gift of my life.
I ask You to be with me as I journey in faith towards my Confirmation. 
Help me to use this special time of preparation 
to become a more alive and responsible member of my parish community. 
I ask this prayer in the name of Jesus,
my brother and friend.
Amen 


THE PRAYER PROCESS

STEP 1      GRATITUDE
Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today. 

 STEP 2     AWARENESS
Revisit the times in the past twenty-four hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-yourself. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them

 STEP 3     SIGNIFICANT MOMENTS 
Identify something you experienced in the past twenty-four hours and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person). 

STEP 4       PEACE
Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or Him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.

STEP 5    FREEDOM
Speak with God about how He is inviting you to change your life so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself. 

STEP 6    OTHERS
Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.

STEP 7     PRAY THE OUR FATHER


Celebrating Confirmation


The rite for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation usually takes place at Mass “in order that the fundamental connection of this sacrament with all of Christian initiation may stand out in a clearer light. Christian initiation reaches its culmination in the communion of the Body and Blood of Christ. The newly confirmed therefore participate in the eucharist, which completes their Christian initiation” (Introduction 13). The bishop is the ordinary minister of Confirmation. For pastoral reasons he may delegate a priest to administer the sacrament.

Sacrament of Confirmation

Presentation of the Candidates

After the Gospel the bishop and the priests who will be ministers of the sacrament with him take their seats. The pastor or another priest, deacon, or catechist presents the candidates for confirmation, according to the custom of the region. If possible, each candidate is called by name and comes individually to the sanctuary. If the candidates are children, they are accompanied by one of their sponsors or parents and stand before the celebrant.

Homily or Instruction

The bishop then gives a brief homily.

Renewal of Baptismal Promises

After the homily the candidates stand and the bishop questions them:

Bishop: Do you reject Satan and all his works and all his empty promises?

Candidates: I do.

Bishop: Do you believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth?

Candidates: I do.

Bishop: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, 
his only Son, our Lord, 
who was born of the Virgin Mary, 
was crucified, died, and was 
buried, rose from the dead, 
and is now seated at the right 
hand of the Father?

Candidates: I do.

Bishop: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, 
the Lord, the giver of life, 
who came upon the apostles 
at Pentecost 
and today is given to you 
sacramentally in confirmation?

Candidates: I do.

Bishop: Do you believe in the holy 
catholic Church, 
the communion of saints, 
the forgiveness of sins, 
the resurrection of the body, 
and life everlasting?

Candidates: I do.

Bishop: This is our faith. This is the faith 
of the Church. 
We are proud to profess it 
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

All present: Amen.

The Laying On of Hands
“The laying of hands on the candidates by the bishop and the con-celebrating priests represents the biblical gesture by which the gift of the Holy Spirit is invoked” (Introduction 9). The con-celebrating priests stand near the bishop. He faces the people and with hands joined, sings or says:

Bishop: 

My dear friends: in baptism God our Father gave the new birth of eternal life 
to his chosen sons and daughters. 
Let us pray to our Father that he will pour out the Holy Spirit to strengthen his sons and daughters with his gifts and anoint them to be more like Christ the Son of God.

All pray in silence for a short time.
The bishop and the priests who will administer the sacrament with him lay hands upon all the candidates (by extending their hands over them). The bishop alone sings or says:
 

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 judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. 
Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. 
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

The Anointing of Chrism

“The anointing with chrism and the accompanying words express clearly the effect of the giving of the Holy Spirit. Signed with the perfumed oil, the baptized receive the indelible character, the seal of the Lord, together with the gift of the Holy Spirit that conforms them more closely to Christ and gives them the grace of spreading ‘the sweet odor of Christ’” (Introduction 9). The deacon brings the Chrism to the bishop. Each candidate goes to the bishop, or the bishop may go to the individual candidates. The one who presented the candidate places his right hand on the latter’s shoulder and gives the candidate’s name to the bishop; or the candidate may give his own name.

Bishop: Dips his right thumb in the Chrism and makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of the one to be confirmed, as he says: 

(Name), be sealed with the gift 

of the Holy Spirit.

Newly confirmed: Amen.

Bishop: Peace be with you ( name ).

Newly confirmed: And with your Spirit.

General Intercession

The general intercessions, or prayer of the faithful, follow.

CONCLUDING RITES

Blessing

Instead of the usual blessing at the end of Mass, the following blessing or prayer over the people is used.

Bishop: God our Father 
made you his children by water 
and the Holy Spirit: 
may he bless you 
and watch over you with his 
fatherly love.

All: Amen.

Bishop: Jesus Christ the Son of God 
promised that the Spirit of truth 
would be with his Church for ever:
may he bless you and give you 
courage 
in professing the true faith.

All: Amen.

Bishop: The Holy Spirit 
came down upon the disciples 
and set their hearts on fire with love: 
may he bless you, 
keep you one in faith and love, 
and bring you to the joy of God’s 
kingdom.

All: Amen.

Bishop: May almighty God bless you, 
the Father, and the Son, and the 
Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Prayer Over the People

Instead of the preceding blessing, the prayer over the people may be used.

Deacon or other minister: Bow your heads and pray for God’s blessing.

Bishop: Extends his hands over the people 
and sings or says:
God our Father, 
complete the work you have begun and keep the gifts of your 
Holy Spirit active in the hearts 
of your people. Make them ready to live his Gospel and eager 
to do his will. May they never 
be ashamed to proclaim to all the world Christ crucified living and reigning for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

Bishop: And may the blessing of 
almighty God 
the Father, and the Son, and the 
Holy Spirit 
come upon you and remain with 
you for ever.

All: Amen.