VISION: The Cathedral’s Confirmation program seeks to form disciples who are grounded in their faith and are capable of talking about it with their peers.
GOAL: Our Confirmation process is one that focuses on and considers the formation of our youth so that they can integrate their faith and the practice of it in the world today. We aim to help the candidates feel comfortable living that faith in a world that often challenges it.
PROCESS: The elements of our process are listed below. More information is listed further down the web page.
We encourage you to sign up for Youth Ministry emails to learn more about service opportunities, youth group offerings, and more. If you have questions about any of the below, please contact Chris McCullough at [email protected].
You are invited to register your child! The Confirmation program begins with the start of 8th grade and continues through the Spring of 9th grade. While most families will be ready to begin Confirmation preparation in 8th grade, some young people may choose to wait. Any youth who are high school aged are welcome to join in the Confirmation preparation when they feel ready for this two year formation process.
These gatherings will involve a focus theme for each meeting which will be explored through music, ice breakers, witness talks, reflections questions, small group discussions, and closing prayer. Candidates may only miss ONE Connect Night.
Each confirmation candidate will be given a journal which will be used all throughout the confirmation process. The journal will be used during each connect night as well as on retreats. They will be a place for them to process the questions that we will be using for discussion.
One of the special parts of Confirmation is choosing a saint’s name. As a symbol of becoming a new person in Christ, it is a tradition that each candidate takes a saint’s name. You are to choose a saint that you admire. That saint’s name will become your Confirmation name.
1. Research the lives of the saints. Look for a saint who is the patron of an activity that interests you or of a profession you think you might pursue. Visit https://www.catholic.org/saints/patron.php to explore patron saints.
2. Pick a saint you admire and whose name you want to use for your Confirmation. Write a one to two page reflection on that saint and why you chose that person.
3. Treat this like you would any homework assignment. It should be typed, Times New Roman, double spaced, and 12 font.
4. Turn in your paper by way of the link below.
This is an important part of your Confirmation. Please put time into this reflection, so your experience can be meaningful and special.
There will be a Confirmation retreat offered every Fall and every Spring. All retreats are held at Msgr. O’ Dwyer Retreat House, located at 15523 York Road, Sparks Glencoe, MD 21152. Times and dates vary from year to year. Please check the “Confirmation Events” tab at the side of this page for this year’s retreat dates or click on the “2021-22 Retreat” registration button below.
All Confirmation students must attend one retreat before they receive their Confirmation. As this is a retreat offered to all high school students, regardless of their involvement in the Confirmation program, all 8th grade students must wait until they are in high school to attend.
Each candidate is required to choose a sponsor. This person should be a confirmed Catholic in good standing who, like a godparent, can be a guide for the candidate’s life and a place of counsel.:
All second-year candidates and their sponsors are encouraged to attend the Sponsor/Candidate Night. If the sponsor lives out of town and cannot attend this meeting, please contact us to talk about alternatives to this event.
We encourage that all candidates and their sponsors do a service opportunity together. Opportunities for the 2021-2022 year include:
Loaves and Fishes (every fourth Sunday
- Candidates for Confirmation will be required to perform the following service:
- One service event with youth ministry
- One service event with or for the parish community. Opportunities include:
- Haiti Carnavale, Halloween Bingo, Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, Lenten Fridays, Loaves & Fishes, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Live Stations of the Cross, Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School
- One service event with a parent
- One service event for the global community (or an outside community)
- Regular participation in liturgical events, minimum of four times (this includes serving at Mass as an altar server or usher)
- Larger service events, such as Vacation Bible School, may count towards two of the requirements
Part of the Cathedral’s policy for all those who volunteer is to be trained with the child and youth protection program called “Worthy of the Call”. There is a training for all candidates on Sunday, September 12 from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM for all confirmation candidates in the parish center. It is required for all who serve at the Cathedral.
This class is for any adult baptized Catholic who has received his/her first communion and been catechized in the faith, but has not been fully initiated through the sacrament of Confirmation. The Sacrament is celebrated twice during the year; once on Pentecost Sunday and the second in the fall, normally during October.
Candidates will need to get a copy of their baptismal certificate and find a person to sponsor them. Preparatory classes are offered in the Cathedral’s Parish Center meeting rooms five weeks prior to the celebration of the sacrament. One does not need to be a Cathedral parishioner to participate in the preparatory classes. If you have questions or need more information, contact Chris McCullough at [email protected].