PREPARING FOR CONFIRMATION AT HOLY FAMILY

Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit!

Contact

Maureen Cochran
Phone: 847-907-3439

Teens celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation at Holy Family

Listen to this message about Confirmation from our Pastor, Fr. Terry Keehan

To confirm means to affirm, make definite, ratify, approve, validate, and recommend.

In the sacrament of Confirmation, God marks us with an indelible seal.  The seal of the Holy Spirit signifies our enrollment in God’s service. With this gift, God affirms our essential goodness and reaffirms our role as partners in the great work of salvation.

“I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last”   John 15:16b

This deeply personal affirmation of who we are, (and whose we are), is given to instill in us a longing for a deeper and more intimate connection with the Lord; a sincere desire to belong to Christ and the community Christ raises up to build the Kingdom of God, the Church. 

In response to God’s trust in us, the sacrament of Confirmation also celebrates our public commitment to become compelling witnesses of the gospel, sharing with all the good news of God’s great love. This divine seal is a public endorsement by our God through the community of faith (the Church) of the truth and authenticity of our experiences of God’s presence within and among us, completing the work done on our behalf at Baptism.

See the documents below for details about our Confirmation Preparation Process.

  1. Regular attendance at weekend liturgy – Celebrating the Eucharist is at the heart of our lives as Catholics and essential when preparing to receive a sacrament. Teens can attend any of our weekend liturgies – 5:00 pm on Saturday, 7:30, 9:00 or 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on Sundays

      Note: Our 4:00 pm Sunday Mass is geared especially to the Teen Faith Community.  

  1. Two years of formal religious education are required prior to receiving the sacrament. This is an Archdiocesan Policy. To fulfill this step teens are asked to
  • Participate in our Teen Faith’s Flame Program – teens can join an in-person small group facilitated by a Catechist and Peer Ministers or complete the online program.
  • Teens attending a Catholic High School, are welcome to join a FLAME small group, but are not required to so.
  1. Teens wishing to be Confirmed must be baptized Catholics. This is required by Canon Law.
  • Please submit a copy of your teen’s Baptismal Certificate to the Parish Office, by September 13, 2021.
  • If you were baptized at Holy Family all we will need is the month the baptism took place
  • If your teen was baptized in another parish, please contact that parish and obtain a copy of their baptismal certificate.
  1. Those wishing to be confirmed must be a registered parishioner in a Catholic parish (Archdiocesan Policy) Please have this step completed by August 30, 2021.
  • If you are registered at a parish other than Holy Family, we will need a letter verifying that fact from your home parish.
  • Registering at Holy Family is a simple two-step process. For more information, contact Sue Geegan, sgeegan@holyfamilyparish.org.
  1. Parent-Teen Presentations – The confirmation candidate and at least one parent will attend two presentations during each year of preparation.
  • During 2021-22 both FLAME I and FLAME II candidates and at least one of their parents are asked to attend the following sessions. Sponsors are welcome but not required to attend.

2021-22 Presenters: Terry Nelson-Johnson and Laura Field 

  • Baptism as Holy Ground – Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Confirmation – Faith Affirmed – Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  1. Participation in The Rite of Welcoming by all Confirmation Candidates, their families and the Confirmation Sponsor (if available). Sunday, October 3 at the 4 pm Mass
  2. Participation in the Third Scrutiny by the Confirmation Candidates, their families and the Confirmation Sponsor (if available). Sunday, April 3 at the 4 pm Mass
  3. Each confirmation candidate is asked to engage in 20 hours of community service, per year.
  4. Confirmation candidates are asked to participate in a retreat each year of their preparation. In-person and digital formats are available.

    Note: Participation by teens in retreats offered by their Catholic High School will fulfill this step.

    Teens must document their participation by completing the simple Retreat Participation Form

    (available Holy Family’s website).

  1. Attendance at one of the Pizza with the Pastor sessions (once during Year II)
  2. Sponsor-Candidate Activities Confirmation candidates and their Sponsors are asked to complete five

      (5) short activities over the two-year preparation process, two (2) in Year I and three (3) in Year II.

      These are available on line.

  1. Two years of formal religious education are required prior to receiving the sacrament. This is an Archdiocesan Policy.
  • Teens attending a Catholic High School, are welcome to join a FLAME small group, but are not required to so.

*Catholic High School Students are asked to register for the Confirmation Program in the Fall of

   their Freshmen year.

  1. Regular attendance at weekend liturgy – Celebrating the Eucharist is at the heart of our lives as Catholics and essential when preparing to receive a sacrament. Teens can attend any of our weekend liturgies – 5:00 pm on Saturday, 7:30, 9:00 or 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on Sundays

      Note: Our 4:00 pm Sunday Mass is geared especially to the Teen Faith Community.  

  1. Teens wishing to be Confirmed must be baptized Catholics. This is required by Canon Law.
  • Please submit a copy of your teen’s Baptismal Certificate to the Parish Office, by September 13, 2021.
  • If you were baptized at Holy Family all we will need is the month the baptism took place
  • If you were baptized in another parish please contact their parish office and obtain a copy of their baptismal certificate.
  1. Those wishing to be confirmed must be a registered parishioner in a Catholic parish (Archdiocesan Policy) Please have this step completed by August 30, 2021.
  1. Parent-Teen Presentations – During 2021-22 both FLAME I and FLAME II candidates and at least one

      of their parents are asked to attend the following presentations.  Sponsors are welcome

      but not required to attend.

  • Baptism as Holy Ground – Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Confirmation – Faith Affirmed – Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Presenters: Terry Nelson-Johnson and Laura Field.  Check-in in the Narthex.  

  1. Participation in The Rite of Welcoming by the Confirmation Candidates, their families and the

      Confirmation Sponsor (if available).  Sunday, October 3 at the 4 pm Mass

  1. Participation in the Third Scrutiny by the Confirmation Candidates, their families and the

     Confirmation Sponsor (if available).  Sunday, April 3 at the 4 pm Mass

  1. Each confirmation candidate is asked to engage in 20 hours of community service, per year.
  2. Confirmation candidates are asked to participate in a retreat each year of their preparation.

      In-person and digital formats are available. Participation by teens in retreats offered by their Catholic

      High School fulfill this step.

  • Teens must document their participation by completing the simple Retreat Participation Form

        (available Holy Family’s website).

  1. Confirmation candidates and their Sponsors are asked to complete five (5) Sponsor-Candidate

 Activities over the two-year preparation process.  These are available on line.

  • Two (2) FLAME I Sponsor-Candidate Activities
  • Three (3) FLAME II Sponsor-Candidate Activities

 

If you were not Confirmed as a sophomore and are not enrolled in the FLAME program but are interested in being Confirmed, please contact the Teen Faith office. We require that we discuss options with all families before they can be enrolled in this special Confirmation option.

We ask junior and seniors to do the following:
  • Attend a Kairos retreat with Holy Family () or a Kairos retreat offered by their high school. If the teen has been on a high school “Quest” retreat before, that would qualify as well.
  • Attend a Pizza with the Pastor (a discussion with Father Terry about Confirmation in a small group setting)
  • In the absence of receiving formal religious education since their First Communion, we may ask the candidate to attend one of the following events below,
  • Attend Kairos 4th Day Meetings
  • Attend Faith on Fire Meetings

Upon selecting a Confirmation Sponsor, participate in three (3) Sponsor Candidate Activities. More information is forthcoming on specific dates for these activities.

  • Attend Parent-Teen Presentations – During 2021-22 all Confirmation Candidates and at least one of their parents are asked to attend the following presentations. Sponsors are welcome but not required to attend.
  • Baptism as Holy Ground – Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7:00pm to 8:30pm
  • Confirmation – Faith Affirmed – Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

           Presenters: Terry Nelson-Johnson and Laura Field. A check-in table will be in the Narthex.

Participation in The Rite of Welcoming by the Confirmation Candidates, their families and the

      Confirmation Sponsor (if available).  Sunday, October 3 at the 4 pm Mass

Participation in the Third Scrutiny by the Confirmation Candidates, their families and the

     Confirmation Sponsor (if available).  Sunday, April 3 at the 4 pm Mass

  • “The Age of Confirmation
  • The Church states that Confirmation should not be received before the age of discretion
  • (about age seven); however, it allows for the local Conference of Bishops to determine an
    age range. This leaves the question open to local custom. In August 2001, the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops set “the age for
    conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation between the ages of 7-16.” This ultimately leaves the decision up to the local bishop. In the Chicago Archdiocese, 60% of the parishes celebrate the Sacrament in 8th grade and 40% celebrate the sacrament during High School.
    Bishop Jeffrey Grob, our Episcopal Vicar, believes that each pastor should decide what is best for the individual parish and decide the age of Confirmation accordingly. Holy Family celebrates the Sacrament in high school because we feel this is the most appropriate time for Confirmation. We invite you to watch the following short videos on the benefits of celebrating Confirmation in High School.

For teens that have made the decision to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation, the components of Celebrating the Spirit are

  • Baptismal Certificate on file with Ministry office
  • Two years of FLAME classes (FLAME 1 and 2)
  • Twenty hours of community service during each year of FLAME
  • FLAME 1 Retreat
  • FLAME 2 Retreat
  • Pizza with Pastor (once during the second year of FLAME)

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