Confirmation

Grades 7 – 12 (see below for detailed requirements)

At Good Shepherd, preparation for Confirmation is a two-year process which typically occurs during 7th and 8th grades with Confirmation taking place in Fall of the 9th grade year.

If your Middle or High Schooler has not yet received First Reconciliation or First Eucharist, preparation for those sacraments will have additional requirements. First Reconciliation and First Eucharist will take place in the Spring of their second year of preparation.

Contact Miguel DeAngel with any questions about grades 7 – 12 sacramental preparation.

Adult Confirmation

For those who are already baptized Catholic, but never received the Sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist, Good Shepherd offers a 10-week session of small group meetings to prepare for these Sacraments. Contact Joan Sheppard for a list of the upcoming sessions.

Confirmation Preparation

Confirmation preparation is a two-year process focused on the candidate’s experience of Mass, Scripture, Service and Fellowship with their fellow Confirmation candidates as well as the larger Good Shepherd community.

Here are the specific requirements that must be met in Year 1 and Year 2 in order for the candidate to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

  • If Year 1 requirements are not met, the student must re-register in Year 1 the following year;
  • If Year 2 requirements are not met, the student must re-register in Year 2 the following year.

Confirmandi 2022

Group A

  • Retreat: September 17, 2022, 12 – 6:30 pm
  • Reconciliation Service: September 25, 7:45 – 9pm
  • Rehearsal: October 18, 2022, 7:30 – 9pm
  • Confirmation Mass: October 29, 2022, 10:30 am Mass – Arrive 9:30 am

Group B

  • Retreat: September 24, 2022, 12 – 6:30 pm
  • Reconciliation Service: October 2, 2022, 7:45 – 9pm
  • Rehearsal: October 19, 2022, 7:30 – 9pm
  • Confirmation Mass: October 29, 2022, 1:30 pm Mass – Arrive 12:30 pm

Year One Student Requirements

1. Mass and Gospel Weeklies (year-round)

  • Parents must attend the Quarterly Gospel Weeklies meetings and pick up their child’s packet.
  • Families must attend Mass on a weekly basis and complete the Gospel Weeklies activities for that week.

2. Small Group Meetings (year-round, beginning in October)

Small Group meetings begin in October and will meet 3 times a month, both in-person and online. During the year, small groups will also go through the ALTARATION program. Students will actively participate in a Small Group consisting of a group of their peers and two adult mentors.

  • Active Participation is defined as being present in the Group (in person or virtual meetings as determined by the Small Group Leaders) and engaging in the discussion.  If virtual, students will have their cameras on.

3. Confirmation Saint Name (by April 30, 2023)

  • Year 2 Students must turn in their Confirmation Saint Name to their Small Group Leader according to the Group’s meeting schedule. (Small Group Leaders will inform the students what date the students will discuss their chosen Confirmation Names.) 
  • Candidates may choose to keep their baptismal name, signifying that they are confirming the faith that was given to them at Baptism; or, Candidates may choose the name of a patron saint, or one of the great men or women of the Bible, who serves as a role model and guide.

Resources to help you choose a Saint

  • Choosing a Confirmation Saint – Check out this video to hear some Good Shepherd Young Adults and Father Tom talk about what saint they chose for their Confirmation and why;
  • Biggest and Best List of Confirmation Saints – A Lifeteen blog post that explains why we choose a Confirmation saint and offers a long list of potential saints organized into interesting categories.

4. Diocesan High School Rally and Middle School BASH (October 23, 2022 and April 22, 2023)

Year 1 and 2 students attend the Diocesan High School Rally or Middle School BASH Events (depending on their age) which take place on October 23, 2022 (Rally) and April 22, 2023 (BASH). More information will be available closer to the events.

5. Service

There are no service hour requirements, but practicing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy is an important part of the Faith and will be a topic in the Confirmation interview.

6. Sacrament of Reconciliation

All Year 1 students are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during their first year of preparation. This may be done at any regular weekly offering at Good Shepherd or at one of our special Evenings of Reconciliation (Advent and Lent).

7. Other Year One Requirements

  • Baptismal Certificate – must be turned in no later than September 30, 2022.
  • Confirmation Sponsor – Year 1 students must choose their Confirmation Sponsor and submit his/her Name and Sponsor Letter before April 30, 2023
    • Year 1 students should watch this video on Choosing Your Sponsor and read the Sponsor Eligibility Requirements before choosing a sponsor.
    • Sponsors must submit confirmation no later than April 30, 2023 that they meet the requirements to be a Confirmation Sponsor:
      • If your Sponsor is a registered parishioner of Good Shepherd, have them complete and submit the Good Shepherd Sponsor Information Form;
      • If your Sponsor is registered at another parish (not Good Shepherd), they must submit a Sponsor Eligibility Letter from the parish where they are registered.
      • Sponsor Information Form or Sponsor Eligibility Letter must be submitted to the Parish Office or via email to Jessica Campos.  You must include “Confirmation Sponsor Letter” in the subject line of your email.

Year 2 Requirements

1. Mass and Gospel Weeklies (year-round)

  • Parents must attend the Quarterly Gospel Weeklies meetings and pick up their child’s packet.
  • Families must attend Mass on a weekly basis and complete the Gospel Weeklies activities for that week.

2. Small Groups and Anointed in the Spirit (year-round, beginning in October)

Small Group meetings begin in October and will meet 3 times a month, both in-person and online. During the year, small groups will also go through the Anointed in the Spirit program. Students will actively participate in a Small Group consisting of a group of their peers and two adult mentors.

  • Active Participation is defined as being present in the Group (in person or virtual meetings as determined by the Small Group Leaders) and engaging in the discussion.  If virtual, students will have their cameras on.

Year 2 students will complete the assignments in the Anointed in the Spirit textbook as provided by their Small Group Leader.  The chapters will be discussed during the Small Group meetings.

3. Diocesan High School Rally and BASH (October 23, 2022 and April 22, 2023)

Year 1 and 2 students attend the Diocesan High School Rally or Middle School BASH Events (depending on their age) which take place on October 23, 2022 (Rally) and April 22, 2023 (BASH). More information will be available closer to the events.

4. Service

There are no service hour requirements, but practicing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy is an important part of the Faith and will be discussed in the Confirmation interview.

5. Interview

​​The Confirmation Interview is an opportunity for each candidate to articulate their understanding of the sacrament of Confirmation, why they want to be confirmed, and how they think God may be calling them to put their faith in action moving forward.

  • ​Candidates will sign up to be interviewed by their Small Group Leaders in September 2023.

6. Sacrament of Reconciliation

All Year 2 Candidates will participate in a Reconciliation Service at Good Shepherd at a future date.

7. Retreat

All Confirmation Candidates will participate in a Confirmation Retreat – the culmination of your two years of preparation, and a Spirit-filled celebration of your Small Group and Good Shepherd community. 

  • The Retreat will be held at Good Shepherd in late Summer/early Fall of 2023 (date TBD).

8. Confirmation Rehearsal

All Candidates and their Sponsors must participate in the Confirmation Rehearsal in October 2023 (date TBD).

9. Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation

If the Candidate has completed all of the requirements listed above, he or she will be eligible to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at Good Shepherd in October 2023.

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