Confirmation Class Info

Important Dates & Information

Confirmation Informational meeting & Enrollment Mass

Saturday, September 25
Meeting @ 4pm; Mass @ 5pm

Sponsor Selection forms due in Parish Office

Forms due in Parish office by Friday, October 22
Online form is available at right.
(Additional sponsorship form for sponsors from other parishes must be received by Friday, February 25)

Confirmation Sponsor Breakfast

Saturday, October 30
9am, Life Center
Candidate and sponsor

Confirmation Name

All candidates must submit their Confirmation Name to the parish office by Friday, January 14.
Online form is available at right

Confirmation Retreat at Damascus

Friday, February 25 – Sunday, February, 27
Depart from Our Lady Friday at 6pm
Return to Our Lady Sunday at 1pm
Cost $150 per student due Friday, January 28 
Online registration form will be available soon.
(Please note: PSR families have already paid $50 of this in your registration fees)

Candidate Interviews

Father Joe will be meeting with each candidate individually prior to Confirmation. We will do our best to schedule these during the school day or during PSR for all candidates.

Service Experience Forms

Each student should keep their Service Experience Reflection sheets together in a binder. These should be neatly organized and ready to share with Father during your scheduled interview. 

Confirmation Practice

We have requested a Monday evening for Confirmation. So practice will be the Sunday before.
Sunday, March 20 – 1pm, Church
Mandatory for Candidate and Sponsor

Rite of Confirmation

Monday, March 21 – 7pm, Church

Choosing a Sponsor

Confirmation sponsors must be people who fully live out their Catholic faith, who will model the roles of priest, prophet, and king and inspire you with ways to practice these roles too. Don’t forget to consider your baptismal godparents. Because of the connection between Baptism and Confirmation, a godparent often makes a wonderful Confirmation sponsor. Spend some time in prayer and consider discussing your ideas with your parents. They can help you decide who to ask. 

Choosing a sponsor whose witness is empowered by the Spirit is an important part of Confirmation formation. Ideally, Confirmation sponsors act as mentors—role models in the faith—inviting you into greater participation in the life of the Church.

The guidelines for sponsors are outlined in the Code of Canon Low, Canons 892 and 893. They are:

  • A sponsor sees that the person to be confirmed acts as a true witness to Christ, faithfully fulfilling the obligations connected with Confirmation.
  • A Confirmation sponsor is preferably one of the baptismal sponsors – your Godparents.
  • A sponsor should be at least 16 years of age and a fully-initiated Catholic – they have received all three sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
  • A sponsor must leads a faith-filled life.
  • Parents may not be sponsors.

As you begin to think about who to ask, you will want to consider these questions:

  • Who do you respect and trust?
  • Who do you think could help you as you prepare for Confirmation?
  • Who do you think could help you as you continue to grow as a Catholic after your Confirmation?

Once you have selected a sponsor, please have them complete the Confirmation Sponsor Selection form and return it to the parish office. 

Please note that if a sponsor is from another parish they must also have the Confirmation Sponsorship Form completed by their home parish and sent to our parish office.

Choosing Your Confirmation Name

Your name gives you an identity; it tells others who you are. When you were born and baptized, your parents chose your baptismal name – your first and middle names. If you do not know why your parents chose your name, ask them – there is probably a story!

The tradition of taking on a new name to show a new role can be traced back to the Old Testament. When Abram was called to lead his people to believe in the one God, his name was changed from Abram, meaning “father of many” to Abraham, meaning “father of many nations.” This continues in the New Testament when Simon’s name was changed to Peter, meaning “rock” because he was to become the rock upon which Jesus founded His Church.

Now that you are about to begin your own new role through the sacrament of Confirmation, it is time for YOU to choose the name you will take as a sign of your growth in faith. You could focus on the link with your Baptism by using your baptismal name for your Confirmation or you could choose a different name that reflects the person you’d like to become. Talk to family, friends, your sponsor, and everyone about how they chose their Confirmation name. Do research online following the links below. In the process, you will learn more about biblical heroes and saints: people who lived the Catholic faith fully, whose lives gave a prophetic witness to the truth. This could be a saint’s name or the name of a model Christian person whom you admire – a grandparent, family friend, etc. 

Your Confirmation name should reflect your new role as a mature Christian. Perhaps you would like to take the name of a person whom you admire. Many Confirmation candidates, recognizing the growing bond of love with their family and take a parent or grandparent’s name. Please remember that your confirmation name must be a Saint’s name, a variation of that name or a Holy name. In addition, you can only choose one name.

Here are a few good web sites for browsing when choosing your Confirmation name:

Catholic On-Line: https://www.catholic.org/saints/

Catholic Information Online: http://www.cin.org/saintlink.html

RCL Benzinger: http://saintsresource.com/saints-index-alphabetical

Sisters of Carmel Patron Saint Index: https://www.sistersofcarmel.com/catholic-patron-saint-index/

Remember, in choosing a saint:

  • Choose a saint that you want to be like. Maybe he or she had the same struggles as you and had a way of working with these struggles that you admire.
  • You may want to ask your parents which saint you were named after and look up that saint. See if your life reflects his or her life.
  • Saints were ordinary people who strove to do God’s will. A TV interviewer questioned Mother Theresa: “What are you trying to do, become a saint?”  She responded, “Yes. Shouldn’t we all strive for that?”
  • Prayerfully choose your saint. Ask God to help you in making your choice.

Confirmation names must be chosen and submitted online here by January 14, 2022 or before.

Service

When we are Baptized, as infants or children usually, our parents and godparents take on the baptismal promises on our behalf. When we are Confirmed, we renew those promises and take them on ourselves. As Baptized Christians, we are all called to bear witness to the Christian faith in words and deeds – this means that what we so and what we DO must reflect that we are following Jesus. In preparing for Confirmation, students will be tasked with working to follow Jesus’ model of service. 

Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.  

-Matthew 25:40

This model of service is such a central theme in our faith, therefore an important part of formation for the sacrament of Confirmation is learning to dedicate your time and talent to others. During this final year of Confirmation formation, students work to gain service experiences by learning more about the Works of Mercy and performing acts of service in their family, parish, school and community. We strive to help students build the virtues needed to serve others as lifelong Disciples of Christ. 

All students must complete 24 hours of service before Confirmation 2022. This allows our students to symbolically give one “day” a year back to the Lord as an expression of thanksgiving. 

For each service experience, students must complete a Service Experience reflection sheet. A copy of this form is attached and will also be available on our website.

As you read through the Works of Mercy and the service areas explained below, remember that many ways of serving cross over into different areas and different Works of Mercy. We ask that every student try to complete at least one hour of service in each of the six areas described below. Our goal is to give students an opportunity to experience different ways of serving others and help each of them discover how they can serve Jesus in their own unique way. 

The parish office will do our best to keep you informed of service opportunities that come up throughout the year. We are also working to put together some group based opportunities for the Confirmation candidates. Remember that the ideas below are not an all-inclusive list of service areas and ideas. There are many ways to serve others!

Please know that if you have any ideas or suggestions of ways to serve, don’t hesitate to follow your idea. If you have any questions about whether something ‘counts’ as service or if you need any clarification on the service expectation, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 

Remember that this is not something that can be completed in a short period of time, therefore, we encourage students to begin your service ASAP.

Works of Mercy

A good place to begin thinking about serving others is by learning more about the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. The Catholic Church has been at the center of serving the poor, sick, and imprisoned for centuries by founding hospitals, schools, churches, and serving the poorest of the poor and those in prison. The Catholic Church prays for the living and the dead and is the instrument through which God nourishes his people with his Sacramental grace. The guiding principles behind these actions are the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy which come from Christ’s teachings, like this one: 

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me’”

Matthew 25:31-40

The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise.   They “are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs” (USCCA).  They respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through this life. The Spiritual Works of Mercy have long been a part of the Christian tradition, appearing in the works of theologians and spiritual writers throughout history.  Just as Jesus attended to the spiritual well-being of those he ministered to, these Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to “help our neighbor in their spiritual needs” (USCCA).

The Saints serve as wonderful guides on how to live out the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Check out some of the Saints who lived the transforming power of mercy:

https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/religion-and-philosophy/spiritual-life/corporal-works-of-mercy-let-the-saints-be-your-guide.html

https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/religion-and-philosophy/spiritual-life/spiritual-works-of-mercy-let-the-saints-be-your-guide.html

The Corporal Works of Mercy

† Feed the hungry
† Give drink to the thirsty
† Clothe the Naked
† Visit the imprisoned
† Shelter the homeless
† Visit the sick
† Bury the Dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy

† Counsel the doubtful
† Admonish the sinner
† Instruct the uninformed
† Comfort the sorrowful
† Bear wrongs patiently
† Forgive injuries
† Pray for the living and the dead

Service Experience Areas

Works of Mercy: Feed the Hungry / Give Drink to the Thirsty 

  • volunteering at a soup kitchen
  • sorting food with Our Lady’s White Christmas
  • volunteering at Run the Race Club or Mid-Ohio Foodbank
  • organizing a food drive at your school, with a club or with an athletic team you belong to and making a donation to the Grove City Food Pantry 

Works of Mercy: Shelter the Homeless / Clothe the Naked

  • volunteering at a homeless shelter
  • helping build with Habitat of Humanity
  • volunteering at an animal shelter
  • organizing furniture drive to collect for the homeless
  • making blankets to donate
  • starting a clothing drive, coat drive, or winter hats and gloves drive at school or with a club/team
  • donating your own or your household’s clothes to St. Vincent De Paul or others in need

Works of Mercy: Burying the Dead / Comfort the Sorrowful / Visit the Sick, Imprisoned or Homebound

  • serving at a funeral Mass
  • volunteering with helping Our Lady’s Bereavement Committee
  • volunteering with Marti Hurd, pastoral minister, for funeral preparation
  • cleaning up at a cemetery
  • going to a funeral of a friend’s loved one or someone you did not know to offer support and prayers
  • visiting retirement communities or making care package for residents
  • spending time with or sending cards to sick relatives or neighbors
  • volunteering at Pregnancy Decision Health Center

Works of Mercy: Teach the Uninformed / Called and Gifted

  • tutoring (for free)
  • volunteering at your school library, public library or PSR
  • How can you use the talents and gifts God has given you to build the Kingdom? What are your passions? How do you like spending your free time?  God calls all of us to build the Kingdom by using our gifts and talents, pick something that you are excited about and get creative on how to use your passion for the service of others!  

Serving your Parish Family and your own family

(Remember you cannot receive payment for any acts of service. Also doing your normal chores that are part of being a member of your family cannot be counted. Service experiences can only be counted if they are above and beyond any normally expected tasks!)

  • volunteering at the parish festival, parish Fish Fry, or another parish event
  • serve at Mass as an altar server, greeter or singing with the choir
  • serving someone in our Parish family who needs assistance
  • assist the Landscape Committee: Contact Information in the front of the bulletin
  • help cleaning the church, contact the parish office: 614-875-3322
  • doing yard work – mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, planting flowers, etc.
  • babysitting (for free)

Questions?

If you have further questions, please contact Julie Dilley, Director of Religious Education.