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Confirmation

Preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation takes place at St. Michael the Archangel through two different avenues.
 
Adolescents: Preparation takes place in the 8th grade religion class, either in the school or in the Religious Education program. Additionally, there are approximately three meetings which are required outside of regular class attendance at which a parent and/or sponsor must attend with the candidate for Confirmation. Service hours are also a part of the preparation for reception of the sacrament of Confirmation. Please contact Kathy Nold at ext. 235 for information.
 
Adults: Adults who are baptized Catholics but have not yet been confirmed or adults who are not Catholic but wish to become Catholic either through baptism or a profession of faith, should contact Patty Breen at ext. 207 to begin preparation for the sacrament.
 

2020-2021 Confirmation Kick-Off

2020-2021 Dates or Remember

  • 10/7/20: Kick-off Meeting
  • 1/12/21: Applications Due
  • 2/21/21: Rite of Acceptance
  • 3/19/21: Retreat
  • TBD: Confirmation with the Bishop at 6:30 PM

Confirmation Preparation for Adolescents

 
Those students who wish to be Confirmed are invited to enroll in the Confirmation Preparation Program. Following are the requirements for the program:
 
  • Confirmation Sponsor
  • Application
  • Service Hours
  • Confirmation Name and Saint Report
  • Rite of Welcome
  • Confirmation Retreat
  • Confirmation Night

Confirmation Sponsor

Candidates will choose a Confirmation sponsor to act as a guide throughout their Confirmation preparation, as well as a witness during the Confirmation Mass.  The Confirmation sponsor should be an individual with whom the candidate feels a trusting bond.  This person must be a positive example of a Roman Catholic adult. 

In order for a person to be a worthy Confirmation sponsor, the individual must satisfy the following:

  • NOT be the parent of the candidate
  • Be at least 16 years old by February of the sacramental year of the candidate
  • Be a practicing Catholic who is currently registered in a Catholic parish
  • Be a responsible person of faith and a positive role model
  • Be able to attend the Confirmation Mass of the candidate
  • Be willing to make the commitment to continue the faith journey of the candidate after the Sacrament of Confirmation

Examples of appropriate sponsors who are mature members of the faith might be older siblings, relatives, close family friends, teachers/staff members from school, etc.  If you have any questions about appropriate sponsors, please contact your child’s Theology teacher (Mrs. Parker or Ms. Buttigieg) or email Mrs. Nold at knold@livoniastmichael.org.

 

Application

The Confirmation Application, Sponsor Application, and $25 sacrament fee is due no later than January 12, 2021.   The link for the online application will be posted here by the end of October.

Service Hours

In light of the constraints of COVID-19, Mrs. Parker (our school Theology teacher) has created a wonderful “Growing in Our Faith” activity grid from which students may choose ways to solidify their faith during the 8th grade year.  Students must complete four activities by December 15, 2020 (Semester 1) and four more activities by April 20, 2021 (Semester 2).  I will place this activity grid sheet with the explanation sheet onto our website, as well, on the Sacrament of Confirmation page.  I am requiring that our school, religious education, and homeschool 8th graders all complete this long term activity in lieu of the traditional service hours. You are welcome to complete additional service hours, if you wish.
 
 

Confirmation Name and Saint Report

Each candidate will be responsible for choosing a Confirmation name and writing a detailed report about the life of this Confirmation (patron) saint.  Students will select and research a saint based on areas of mutual strength and interest.  Students may choose their baptismal name to show continuity between Baptism and Confirmation, or students may choose a different saint name to show a new beginning in his or her faith journey.  Either way, the candidate should feel a connection to this saint, which is more important than the attractiveness of the saint’s name. This project will begin in the second quarter. Please include the name of the 8th grader’s Confirmation saint on the Confirmation candidate’s application.
 

Rite of Welcome

Our Rite of Welcome for our Confirmation candidates and sponsors is currently scheduled for Sunday, February 21, 2021. Typically, this event would include noon Mass at St. Michael followed by a short retreat in the cafeteria.  More information will be forthcoming.

Confirmation Retreat

Confirmation Retreat is scheduled for March 19, 2021.  More information will be forthcoming.

Confirmation Night

At this time, a Confirmation date is not available for the Class of 2021.  We should receive this date from the Bishop’s office within the next several weeks.  The dates we are hoping to receive would be in April or May of 2021.    Confirmation is typically celebrated on a weeknight at 6:30 pm.  Candidates and their sponsors should be in the cafeteria by 6 pm.  Students must wear their Sunday best (dresses; dress shirt and tie).  A suit jacket is not required.  Students will wear gowns over their attire during the Mass.  The Mass is typically about an hour and a half.  Immediately following the Confirmation Mass will be an opportunity to take pictures with the bishop and priests.  No pictures are allowed during the Mass.