Confirmation

Come Holy Spirit, come! 

WELCOME TO CONFIRMATION PREPARATION FOR 2020-2021
for Parishioners of St. Gabriel Catholic Church

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18


Dear families,
Our 9th grade Confirmation preparation will begin late September 2020 for students who are St. Gabriel parishioners and meet eligibility requirements (see below).   This program is also for high school teens who have not received any sacraments (Rite of Christian Initiation for Teens).  

In Confirmation, the baptized person is "sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit" and is strengthened for service to the Body of Christ. Confirmation deepens our baptismal life, which calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. (USCCB)

THANK YOU FOR BEING BE PATIENT WITH US AS WE EVALUATE AND ADJUST PLANS IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19.   As teens prepare for Confirmation, we want them to feel welcomed, encouraged, and challenged to grow in faith in a non-judgmental environment.   At the end, we hope each candidate will have an open heart to the sacramental grace received in Confirmation, have an understanding of the basic teachings of our Catholic fatih, and become a disciple of Christ, led by the Holy Spirit.

Important information about Confirmation preparation is provided below.  We look forward to helping your students prepare for this beautiful sacrament!  Check out our FAQs.

Peace in Christ Jesus,

Adrian Quintero
Director of Youth Evangelization

email here
704-362-5047, ext. 208

"As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook, and they were all filled with the holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”   Acts 4:31


PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION BELOW BEFORE REGISTERING!

 

Registration closed September 18

 

Confirmation Eligibility 

Families must be registered parishioners of St. Gabriel Catholic Church to participate.  

Current 9th grade students are eligible if they have been:

 
  • Baptized (baptism certificate required)
  • Received First Eucharist
  • Completed 8th grade Faith Formation or attended Catholic school for 8th grade

Current 9th through 12th grade students who have not completed the first year of faith formation required by the Diocese of Charlotte to receive the sacrament of confirmation need to contact Adrian Quintero for additional details.

Current 9th through 12 grade students who need to receive all of the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, First Eucharist, Confirmation) need to contact Adrian Quintero to inquire about becoming Catholic through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Teens (RCIT).

What does the Confirmation process involve?

Preparing for Confirmation involves these key elements.  SCROLL DOWN TO FIND MORE DETAIL.

 
  1. Register for Confirmation preparation:  by September 18 
     
  2. Attend the parent and candidate initial meeting: September 20 or September 21   RSVP here 
     
  3. Attend on-campus or in-home small group sessions - 2 meetings per month, October - May  View schedule
     
  4.  Provide a copy of the student's baptismal certificate:  due October 31  Upload here
     
  5. Select a faithful, practicing Catholic sponsor:  eligibility form due January 15   Sponsor Agreement Form   Sponsor Eligibility Form
     
  6.  Write a "Saint Reflection Paper":  due January 15  Submit here
     
  7.  Participate in 3 service opportunities: complete form for each service opportunity you complete Submit here
     
  8. Attend the REQUIRED student retreat:  April 23-25 at Camp Caraway
     
  9. Attend the Confirmation rehearsal and Mass Rehearsal May 13 or 14.  Mass date TBD.

Fees for Confirmation Preparation

There are two fees for Confirmation preparation.  Please contact Adrian Quintero for financial consideration.

 
  1. A $100 registration fee paid with online registration.
  2. A weekend retreat fee - amount to be determined.

Parent and Candidate Initial Meeting:  "Why Am I Here?" -  September 20 or 21

Candidates and ONE parent need to attend ONE of the following meetings (both sessions cover the same content).   Please - one parent only to limit the number of people at the meeting.   

Sign up here for the date you will attend.

Sunday, September 20
6:30 to 7:30 pm
St. Gabriel School Cafeteria
OR
Monday, September 21
7:00 to 8:00 pm
 St. Gabriel School Cafeteria
 

Confirmation Preparation Options:  On-campus or In-home 

 Please refer to our COVID-19 Precautions Document for detailed information on how we will minimize the risk associated with our On-Campus and In-Home Small Group Models.

On-Campus: Sessions willl be held on Sundays, 3:00 - 4:30 pm in the St. Gabriel School Cafeteria             

In-Home Small Groups:  Organized by adults who want to serve as catechists and host sessions in their homes.  Groups will meet twice a month, October through May, following our topic schedule.  

  • Minimum of 5 students that the organizer invites to participate (the parish does not assign students to in-home groups).  
  • Must have 2 adult catechists who have completed all diocesan Volunteer Forms and are up-to--date on Protecting Gods Children (Virtus)
  • To register for the In-Home Small Group on the online form, indicate the name of the catechist on the In-Home Small Group Information line.

Attendance: Candidates must attend all sessions. In the case of illness or unforeseeable conflict, two absences will be allowed with make-up work completed.

COVID Precautions and Guidelines

 On-campus and in-home groups will follow CDC guidelines for wearing masks, social distancing, sanitizing hands and high-touch surfaces, and remaining at home in case of symptoms, exposure, or positive test results.   

On-campus participants will follow additional procedures for drop-off, pick-up, use of program materials, and seating.  

SEE OUR COVID PRECAUTIONS AND GUIDELINES HERE

COVID LIABILITY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND RELEASE - completed as part of online registration

Confirmation Curriculum & Session Topics

The curriculum used for each session is taken from Chosen: Your Journey Towards Confirmation by Ascension. We will only use the sessions based on the schedule. All video and workbook content is available for online access for parents and students. 

View Session Topics and Schedule/Calendar here

Catechists Needed

 Volunteers are needed for our program!  Contact Adrian Quintero for details.

Copy of Baptismal Certificate:  Due October 31

USING THIS ONLINE FORM, each candidate must submit a copy of their baptismal certificate.

If your teen was baptized at St. Gabriel, you may contact Carolyn Tillman for a copy of your certificate. 

Due October 31, 2020.

 

Confirmation Sponsor:  Agreement Form and Eligibility Form due January 15

 Who can be a sponsor?   A sponsor must be a faithful, practicing, confirmed, and mature Catholic, who is at least 16 years of age, and is in good standing with the Church.  According to Canon Law, parents cannot serve as a sponsor for their child. 

Need help choosing a sponsor?   Candidates may use this online worksheet to assist them in identifying an individual that meets the above requirements and would be a good choice as a spiritual mentor who is willing to share his/her faith.

Sponsor Agreement and Eligibility Forms:  Due January 15
Sponsors must complete these: 

 

1.  Complete the online Sponsor Agreement Form by January 15

2.  Download the Sponsor Eligibility Form, for completion by the sponsor's parish, and return to St. Gabriel Catholic Church per instructions on the form by January 15. 

Saint Reflection Paper:  Due January 15 through online form

Each candidate must complete a 250 to 300 word reflection paper on the life of a saint. Traditionally, the candidate takes the name of the saint for their confirmation name. This name is used by the bishop during the Rite of Confirmation.

PLEASE USE THIS ONLINE FORM for more information and to submit your reflection paper.

Due January 15, 2021.

Service to Others

Each candidate is asked to participate in three service opportunities during the course of the confirmation process. Service to others is an integral part of our call to live out our Catholic faith.

Pray and reflect on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy to help you determine the types of service you are being called to be active in. Remember, service is less about you and more about Christ and our neighbor.

Please complete the online Works of Mercy Form for each service opportunity you participate in. A list of examples of service is available on the Confirmation Forms section of the website.

**FORM COMING SOON**

REQUIRED Weekend Confirmation Retreat:  April 23-25, 2021 

Each candidate is required to attend the weekend retreat April 23-25, 2021 at Camp Caraway, 4756 Caraway Mountain Rd, Sophia, NC 27350.  Mark your calendars!

Registration information for the retreat will be emailed January 2021.  There is a separate cost for the retreat, amount to-be-determined.  

The retreat is an important component of the confirmation process and a highlight for the youth, giving them an opportunity to follow the example of the Apostles (Acts 2:42).  The weekend retreat will go over specific Confirmation content and it is imperative that ALL candidates plan to attend. 

Confirmation Rehearsal/Evening of Reflection and Mass:  Date TBD

MASS:  Traditionally there have been two confirmation Masses that candidates are divided between. We expect this to be the same for 2021. The Mass date is TO BE DETERMINED by the Diocese of Charlotte in 2021.

REHEARSAL/EVENING OF REFLECTION:  Candidates will be assigned to ONE REHEARSAL DATE based on which Confirmation Mass they will be attending.  Parents and sponsors are required to attend the rehearsal/evening of reflection with candidates. 

Ministry Center/Church
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Rehearsal I: Thursday, May 13  
or
Rehearsal II: Friday, May 14
 

Confirmation Preparation FAQs

  1. Is the Confirmation Weekend Retreat still required due to COVID-19? We understand the uncertainly of where we will be in April 2021 based on COVID-19, but for now we will keep the retreat as part of the confirmation process that all candidates are asked to participate. In the event that it is not possible to have a weekend retreat due to COVID-19, we will provide an alternative.
     
  2. Do the service hours my teen completed this past summer fulfill the service project requirement for confirmation? We will honor service hours completed based on the previous model for this year. The most important aspect of service is not an accumulation of hours but the participation in loving others through our service and the development of a servant heart.
     
  3. When will the confirmation Masses take place at St. Gabriel? Each year the Bishop's Office schedules and publishes confirmation dates for each parish. Traditionally, the notification of the dates have taken place sometime in January/February 2021. We will notify all families as soon as we receive St. Gabriel dates for confimation.
     
  4. Will there be a Zoom option for Confirmation preparation? We are offering two different options for the confirmation process, an on-campus (St. Gabriel school cafeteria) and in-home small group. Please contact Adrian Quintero by email if you have any questions or concerns due to COVID-19.
     
  5. Based on the two-year faith formation requirement to receive a sacrament, is my teen required to attend 8th grade faith formation this year due to COVID-19? We are providing an in-person youth ministry model of faith formation for 7th and 8th grade beginning in October on Wednesday evenings, 6pm to 7:30pm. We ask that teens in 8th grade participate a minimum of once-a-month to fulfill the first-year requirement of faith formation for the diocese. If you have concerns due to COVID-19, then please contat Adrian Quintero at adrian@stgabrielchurch.org.
     
  6. My teen is in the confirmation process, can my teen participate in the high school youth group even though they haven't been confirmed? Absolutely! All St. Gabriel high school teens are invited and encouraged to belong to the youth group that means Sunday evenings after the Sunday 5pm Mass at the St. Gabriel School. 
 

 

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