This program is designed for students who are in 8th -12th grade. Like all Sacraments, there is not a correct age or time to receive a Sacrament but there is some preparation that needs to complete before taking on the responsibility that comes with the Sacrament. Here at St. Patrick’s, we do require students to be at least in the 8th grade before they begin preparing for Confirmation but the program is open to anyone in the 8th – 12th grades. Chosen: Your Journey Toward Confirmation takes young people on a journey through the entire Catholic faith in all its richness and vitality. Teens will be captivated by the story, from Creation all the way through salvation history, and they will come to see how the sacraments, prayer, and discipleship are the keys to a happy life.
Classes this year will be offered on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm. We will begin the first week of October and run through May of 2023 when we will take a recess for the summer and then resume with a retreat in the Fall after Palm Beach County Schools return from Summer break. Confirmation for the Class of 2023 will be held in September of 2023.
If you are already registered for the Class of 2022 you do not need to re-register for this Fall.
CHOSEN: Confirmation Preparation – Mondays 6:30-8:00 pm
CHOSEN: Your Journey toward Confirmation is designed for students who are in 8th -12th grade. Like all Sacraments, there is not a correct age or time to receive a Sacrament but there is some preparation that needs to be completed before taking on the responsibility that comes with the Sacrament. At St. Patrick’s, students are required to be at least in the 8th grade before they begin preparing for Confirmation. The program is open to anyone in the 8th – 12th grades. CHOSEN takes young people on a journey through the entire Catholic faith in all its richness and vitality. Teens will learn the story of salvation, from Creation all the way through salvation history, and they will come to see how the sacraments, prayer, and discipleship are the keys to a happy life.
In order to participate in the program, this year Candidates for Confirmation must apply to the program by August 31, 2022, to be considered for Confirmation in 2023. To complete the application process Candidates must register online using the REALM Faith Formation Form, submit a student essay and a parent essay, provide a copy of their Baptism Certificate, choose a sponsor and complete an interview with the program coordinators.
Before registering, please read through this checklist and have these items prepared:
- A copy of your Baptism Certificate and the information of your Baptismal Church.
- An activated and updated family REALM account with St Patrick.
- Be sure to include a recent profile picture added to your REALM account.
- A Student Essay: Please answer one of the following questions in a three-hundred-word essay or more. The essay’s purpose is to help the Confirmation mentor get a better sense of where the candidate is starting this part of the faith journey. Please be honest; there is no right answer.
- What type of Christian man or woman do you envision being in the future?
- What steps do you need to take to get closer to God?
- A Parent Essay: Please answer one of the following questions in three hundred words or more. The purpose of this essay is to help the Confirmation mentor get a better sense as to where your intentions for this Sacrament meet those of your child. Please be honest; there is no perfect answer.
- How have you shared with your teen the importance of this sacrament?
- What is the hope or vision you have for your child after he or she receives this sacrament?
- The name and contact information for your sponsor.
- What are the requirements for a sponsor? – The Confirmation sponsor must be a confirmed, practicing Catholic. It cannot be a parent; however, the sponsor can be a grandparent or godparent. This should be someone the candidate trusts in seeking out faith advice and direction. While the popular choice is a family member or family friend the decision is up to the candidate.
- What does a sponsor do during preparation? – A sponsor’s role is very limited during preparation. We ask that they do two things: a) Pray for the candidate and b) Check in on their preparation. A sponsor’s main duties will pick up where the mentor leaves off.
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Each Candidate for Confirmation must have someone who sponsors their final stage of initiation into the Church. This should be a person who is willing to present the candidate to the Church and affirm that they are ready for Confirmation. A sponsor should be someone who is a model and exemplifies the Catholic faith to the candidate. The function of a Sponsor is not a social role of honor given to a relative or family friend simply because they are relatives or friends. It is about the child or adult who is going to receive this once-in-a-lifetime sacrament of the Church. Sacramental Sponsorship implies a knowledgeable understanding of the Catholic Faith, and willingness and intention to help the one being sponsored with their religious training by word, deed and example.
A Sponsor has three primary roles:
- To assist the candidate in preparing for Confirmation.
- To present the candidate for Confirmation.
- To help the Confirmed person to live out his or her Christian Faith, fully.
A Sponsor must have the following qualifications:
Canon Law: 873 and 874 summarized, concerning Baptismal and/or Confirmation Sponsors:
- He/She must be knowledgeable of the fundamental truths of the Faith and be a Practicing Catholic** who regularly attends Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation and is free to receive the sacraments according to the Church’s tenants.
- The Sponsor must themselves have received the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
- He/She may not be the child’s mother or father; or in the case of an adult, the wife or husband of the one to be Baptized or Confirmed.
- He/She must be at least 16 years old and have the use of reason.
- If he/she has children of their own, they have fulfilled their Catholic parental obligation toward raising them in the Catholic Faith.
- He/She must not be bound by any Canonical impediment or penalty legitimately imposed or declared.
During the Catholic sacrament of Confirmation, God the Holy Spirit comes upon the candidate to bestow numerous spiritual gifts and “confirm” the faith given you in Baptism when Original Sin was wiped away. Before Confirmation, the candidate chooses a saint whose name they want to take. This new name, imposed by the bishop during Confirmation, becomes a part of the candidate’s full name. It comes after their first and middle names and before their last name. Here is a step-by-step process you may find helpful in choosing a Saint Name.
- Find a list of canonized saints in the Roman Catholic Church by reading a book or doing online research. Saints are people who have lived holy lives and are now in heaven as members of the Church Triumphant. Their life stories provide examples for others on how to overcome spiritual obstacles on Earth.
- Pray to the Holy Spirit, and ask Him for help in finding a saint whose life you’d like to imitate. This saint will be bonded with you spiritually, and in essence, becomes your heavenly patron who intercedes for you before God. Think about the specific virtues those saints exhibited, such as patience, perfection, diligence, humility, mortification, meekness, obedience, prayer, charity, or simplicity. Find a virtue that connects with you.
- Before you are Confirmed, pray to the saint whose name you will be using as your Confirmation name. Ask this saint to intercede for you, to help you make the right moral choices, and overall to be a powerful spiritual guide for the rest of your life.
Confirmation Mass Dress Code:
Please remember that this is NOT a graduation ceremony and that it is the final sacrament of initiation into the Catholic faith. As such, please dress appropriately and modestly out of respect for the sacrament and those around you. The dress code that is outlined online is as follows:
- Dress Pants
- Dress Shoes – No Flip Flops
- Button Down Long Sleeve Shirt with Collar
- Jacket and Tie are optional
- Dress/Skirt/Dress Pants – NO dress should be shorter than their knees.
- Dress Shoes or Sandals – NO Flip Flops
*The students will be required to wear the provided robe over their clothing for the entire Mass and pictures with the Bishop in the Church.