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Grades 11 - 12 Confirmation
Confirmation is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation, that is, along with Baptism and Eucharist, Confirmation was received upon entering the faith either as an infant or as an adult. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults preserves this orientation. However, for the Church of Green Bay, Confirmation is celebrated throughout the diocese when the Confirmands are in high school. Our practice at St. Francis and St. Mary Parishes is to prepare the Confirmation students of the two parishes combined during their high school junior year and confirm them as seniors.
Parent/Confirmation Student Meeting:
The meeting is held in December. See online calendar for more details.
Class materials are developed by Mike Lotto, Director of Religious Formation. Included here is the competency minimum that each Confirmation student ought to know and will be examined on.
Students are expected to attend all preparatory classes, Retreat and Interview. Any missed classes will have to be made up.
Celebration in September following the Spring preparatory classes.
Printer Friendly Confirmation Guidebook:
This is the link for a printer friendly Confirmation Guidebook.
Religious Formation Registration Forms:
Families must fill out standard Registration Forms (Registration Form, Enews, Permission Form and Registration Fee Form). Forms can be found under Registration Forms tab on website.
Requirements to be Confirmed:
The Diocese of Green Bay has established in accordance with Canon Law a number of duties that Confirmation students must undertake, besides knowing the various prayers and teachings that St. Francis/St. Mary require in the Competency below.
Confirmation Information Form
When you print out the Confirmation Guidebook, this Confirmation Information Form is included, but you can also print it out alone. Please return the form with your sponsor information by October.
(Church name, address, city, state & zip code)
If you were not baptized at St. Mary or St. Francis, De Pere, you will need to obtain a baptismal certificate from the parish where you were baptized for our records.
Mother's Maiden Name:
Chosen Confirmation Name:
Print your name as you would like it on the Confirmation certificate:
Name of Sponsor:
City, State and Zip Code:
Relationship to Candidate:
A sponsor needs to be:
- Fully initiated into the faith, having received Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation.
- Be a practicing Catholic.
- Is not one of the candidate's parents.
- If possible, is from this area so that he/she can personally be in touch with the candidate throughout the confirmation program.
Please have the name of your sponsor as soon as possible.
Each Confirmand must have a sponsor who is Catholic, Confirmed and attends Mass regularly. However, the sponsor cannot be one's parent.
Preparatory classes must be attended. Each Confirmation student must also attend a retreat during this preparation time. See online calendar for date and time of retreat.
See online calendar for dates and times of interviews.
Candidate will be examined as to their knowledge of Catholic teaching as provided below. (The printer friendly version of the Confirmation Guidebook also contains this information)
Sign of the Cross:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. (For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever.) Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Prayer of Praise (Glory Be):
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
Act of Contrition:
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Amen.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Four Mysteries of the Rosary:
The Joyful Mysteries (Monday, Wednesday)
- The Annunciation
- The Visitation
- The birth of Our Lord
- The Presentation in the Temple
- The finding of Jesus in the Temple
The Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday, Friday)
- The Agony of Jesus in the Garden
- The Scourging at the pillar
- The Crowning with thorns
- The Carrying of the cross
- The Crucifixion
The Glorious Mysteries (Saturday, Sunday)
- The Resurrection of Jesus
- The Ascension of Jesus into Heaven
- The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles
- The Assumption of Mary into Heaven
- The Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven
The Mysteries of Light (Thursday)
- The Baptism of the Lord
- The Wedding at Cana
- The Proclamation of the Kingdom and Call to Repentance
- The Transfiguration
- The Last Supper and Institution of the Eucharist
- Sacraments of Initiation
- Sacraments of Healing
- Anointing of the Sick
- Sacraments of Vocations
- Holy Orders
The Theological Virtues:
- Charity (Love)
The Cardinal Virtues:
Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
- Fear of the Lord
Fruits of the Holy Spirit:
- Long Suffering
The Two Great Commandments:
*You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and with all your mind.
*You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37,39)
The Ten Commandments: (Exodus 20:2-17)
- I am the Lord your God; not have strange gods before me
- You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God in vain
- Remember to keep holy the Lord's day
- Honor your father and mother
- You shall not kill
- You shall not commit adultery
- You shall not steal
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
- You shall not covet your neighbor's wife
- You shall not covet your neighbor's goods
The Beatitudes: (Matthew 5:3-11 or Luke 6:20-26)
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, the kingdom of heaven is theirs
- Blessed are they who morn, they will be comforted
- Blessed are the meek, they will inherit the earth
- Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, they will be satisfied
- Blessed are the merciful, they will be shown mercy
- Blessed are the clean of heart, they will see God
- Blessed are the peacemakers, they will be called the children of God
- Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, the kingdom of heaven is theirs
The Corporal Works of Mercy:
- Feed the hungry
- Give drink to the thirsty
- Shelter the homeless
- Clothe the naked
- Care for the sick
- Help the imprisoned
- Bury the dead
The Spiritual Works of Mercy:
- Share knowledge
- Give advice to those who need it
- Comfort those who suffer
- Be patient with others
- Forgive those who hurt you
- Give correction to those who need it
- Pray for the living and the dead
Precepts of the Church:
- Assist at Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation, doing no unnecessary physical work on those days.
- Confess serious sins at least once a year.
- Receive Holy Communion frequently and, at a minimum, during the Easter season.
- Fast and abstain on the days appointed.
- Contribute to the support of the church.
- Observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage and give religious training to one's children by word, example and use of parish schools or catechetical programs.
- Join in the missionary spirit and work of the Church.
- Avarice (Greed)
- Wrath (Anger)
- Sloth (Laziness)
Four Marks of the Catholic Church:
The Liturgical Calendar
- First Sunday of Advent (The Sunday falling on or closest to Nov. 30)
- Second Sunday of Advent
- Third Sunday of Advent
- Forth Sunday of Advent
- Holy Family (The Sunday after Christmas)
- Epiphany (The Sunday between Jan. 2 and 8)
- Ordinary time, 33 or 34 weeks in duration, begins after the Feast of Epiphany and continues until Ash Wednesday. It resumes again after Pentecost before First Sunday of Advent.
- Baptism of the Lord (Sunday following Epiphany)
- First Sunday of lent (Sunday following Ash Wednesday)
- Second Sunday of lent
- Third Sunday of lent
- Forth Sunday of lent (Laetare Sunday, from 1st word of Introit prayer)
- Fifth Sunday of lent
- Passion Sunday
- Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil)
- Easter Sunday
- Second Sunday of Easter
- Third Sunday of Easter
- Forth Sunday of Easter
- Fifth Sunday of Easter
- Sixth Sunday of Easter
- Seventh Sunday of Easter
- Pentecost Sunday
Ordinary Time II
- Trinity Sunday (Solemnity of the Holy Trinity)
- Body and Blood of Christ (Solemnity of Corpus Christi)
- Christ the King (34th Sunday in Ordinary Time)
Letter to the Bishop
The Bishops of our Diocese ask that we have our Confirmation students write a personal letter to them. This communication is confidential between you and the Bishop.
Write your letter to the Bishop explaining your reasons why you wish to be Confirmed next fall. Since we do not know which Bishop will be celebrating Confirmation in fall, we address the Bishop as below.
Below is a sample letter that you might follow. Write it out on your computer or print one on a clean white sheet, legibly.
In more than one paragraph, describe how you've come to reach your decision to be Confirmed. Give some examples of experiences that have spiritually influenced you. Tell Bishop about your prayer and faith life. Tell him about yourself, your family, what you enjoy doing. Think back over your Religious Formation classes and mention discussions or teachings that really stood out for you.
Please thank Bishop for coming to St. Mary Catholic Church or St. Francis Xavier Parish to confirm you.
Sign your name.
Everyone must write a letter. Please bring it to class. Thank You!
Confirmation Service Hours
All Confirmation students are required to do 10 hours of service prior to their being Confirmed in September. Volunteering to help at the various service agencies in the area such as ringing bells for the Salvation Army or helping to sell magazines for a school fund raiser can all be counted towards these required hours. These hours must be unpaid and done for the good of family or community. They need not necessarily be done for the church, though we need your help with many of our Religious Formation projects. Please have the service forms signed by parents, sponsor or overseers and returned to verify 10 hours of work.
Possibilities for Accomplishing the Hours:
- Call Mike Lotto at 337-2333 ext. 210 to help with RF classes after school on Wednesdays or Sundays.
- Helping your parents or grandparents with spring cleaning.
- Serve a dinner at Paul's Pantry or help separate the donated food for an evening.
- Contact the Golden House or like facility to see what opportunities they might have for volunteer help. 435-0100.
- Baby-sit for a poor family for free. Or baby-sit and give the money to a collection for the poor.
- Maybe you'd like to work on a crew for a day framing a house, or painting and clean-up. Call Habitat For Humanity: 593-3921.
- Go to a nursing home and talk to their residents.
- Contact the parish office if interested in helping with the annual Parish Picnic.
- Volunteer to walk the dogs at the Bay Area Humane Society or help clean kennels. 469-3110.
- Your sponsor might have ideas for volunteering together at some event.
- Many schools and churches earn money for their operating expenses by selling food and drink at Packer Games. Get on board with one of them.
- Volunteer at school for any of their service opportunities.
- Call St. Francis at 336-1813 or St. Mary at 337-2330 to volunteer as lector, server, choir member or to water flowers during the summer and clean-up in Spring.
The Sponsor Handbook
(To be given to your sponsor for his/her full participation in your Confirmation)
THE SACRAMENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Old Testament looked forward to the day when God would bring forth his reign of peace over the earth. To accomplish this, the prophets foretold that God would send his chosen into the world, his anointed one upon whom the Spirit of God would rest. Of course we know that Jesus was this chosen one. But Jesus followed a long line of others in the Old Testament that were chosen by God, anointed with oil and inspired by the Spirit to perform some mission of God's.
Like Jesus, King David, the prophets and many others, we too become christs, which is the Greek word for Messiah or one who is anointed to carry out a mission from God. Through Confirmation with its anointing with sacred oil and our personal reception of God's Spirit, we are to set off into the world to accomplish a mission. What is our mission? To bring about God's kingdom through our daily works.
This is a very Catholic understanding of our faith. We believe that everything we do that is not immoral further expands God's kingdom here on earth. We have this assurance from Jesus with his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) and The Judgment of the Nations (Matthew 25). We are a community of believers that recognizes that our everyday labor advances the welfare of people on earth. Workers in papermills, on farms, in schools, etc., in all the multiple forms of making a living manufacture the material needs that others need in this modern world of ours. Providing for those needs is certainly one of our missions from God. Another is the vocation in life we choose to lead. The Church states that how we make our living, if we decide to marry and raise a family, even if we find that we have athletic abilities so that we choose to play football on weekends comes from God and is therefore good.
So as adolescents approach the beginning of adulthood, it is fitting that the Sacrament of Confirmation is offered to them at this time. They face a future of tremendous opportunities and choices. They will come to understand in coming years the plan that God has established for them in the world. And as Baptized and Confirmed Christians, like the prophets of old, they will step into this new life knowing that God's Spirit is with them to counsel their choices, fortified by the anointing in oil they received on their day of Confirmation.
It is important that our young people know that they are not alone. Such freedom of opportunity sometimes intimidates even the most confident. Each Confirmand has family to go to, of course, but sometimes a new life course calls for a new confidant to accompany one on this new road. And that, dear sponsor, is you. At least during this period of discernment and questioning which is part of the preparation for the sacrament. In many ways, the sponsor is a stand-in for the community. St. Paul expresses this idea when he says, "Therefore I urge you, be imitators of me."
What Are the Sponsor's Duties?
First, Congratulations! You have been chosen by a young person to fill a special role. The two of you are about to set out on a spiritual journey. Along the way you will provide "awesome sights" for your co-traveler to ponder. You will be assisting your young man or woman in being a true witness and disciple of Jesus. At the arrival at your destination, you will represent the community in presenting your candidate to the bishop. That is why the Church requires that you yourself have received the sacrament of Confirmation. As a sponsor, you have accepted a responsibility that is considered an honor in the Catholic Church. Your special duties as a guide on life's journeys need not end at Confirmation. Hopefully this newly Confirmed person will look to you to provide for instruction and support into his/her future.
Since you become the model of the church community for your candidate, the church stipulates that you are involved in your local parish, attending Mass regularly. This only makes sense, since you've been chosen to share your faith as a sponsor. Discussing with interest and expressing the excitement that you find in being a Catholic today is a wonderful gift that you give to your candidate.
Thus, it is important to be accessible to one another. At St. Mary/St. Francis, we do not require that you live close by, but that you communicate closely with one another. Our preparation of the candidates requires some interchange of faith between you and your candidate.
Tips for Sponsors
- Participate with your young man or woman in activities, i.e., go biking, kayaking, etc. or just a plain walk, or take him or her to a movie and talk about it over a snack afterwards. Try activities that get you talking about your personal lives.
- Encourage him or her to keep a journal in which they express not only the positive, but the negative aspects of their faithlife, especially doubts.
- Share your own stories of doubts about God, faith and church. Point out that despite your doubts, you still are a faithful member of your parish.
- Suggest or even buy for your candidate some spiritual or religious reading.
- Expose your candidate to professional acquaintances in particular fields and vocations as he/she contemplate various vocational choices.
- Participate with him/her in community service activities, perhaps even keeping a photo journal of the two of you at work.
- Advocate that he or she becomes involved in parish activities, joining the choir or helping at the porkie & pancake breakfast.
- Pray together. There are so many ways of prayer, some of which can be accomplished on walks through the woods.
- Find five other adults who are willing to pray for your young person.
- Create a prayer board for your candidates bedroom upon which they can place the names of people they'd like to pray for.
- Call her or him to offer a "good luck on the exam" or to congratulate.
- Cook a meal for the candidate and a bunch of his or her friends. Make it a movie night or swim night in your back yard.
- Meet or phone your Candidate at least three times before Easter and three times during summer months before fall Confirmation.
- Write a letter of affirmation (see sample letter below) to your Candidate sometime in February or March and mail it to them.
Sample letter to Confirmation Candidates affirming them:
I am very proud that you chose me to be your sponsor. I value our friendship, that we are related and are both committed Catholics. You are a positive leader and role model for your brothers, sisters, cousins and friends. I appreciate your sincerity in church, school and work. You have an easy-going personality and show a lot of patience. I wasn't anywhere near as patient when I was your age. People like to be around you to share in your joy and laughter. Don't ever lose this trait.
I know your mom and dad love you very much. Who would spend all the time they have in following you from game to game that you played. Grandpa and Grandma sing your praises. I'm jealous of all the attention they give you.
I pray that God continues his blessings on you. You are at the entrance to adulthood. College will give you much freedom and responsibility. Make your choices carefully, recalling the teachings passed on to you by your church. God gave you great parents and a faith to comfort you. You are to pass it on to the generation you will bring into this world. That's what Confirmation is preparing you to undertake. That is what the sacrament gave me.
So, once again, thank you for choosing me. Have a great summer, but call me often to talk about whatever you're up to. Next fall come Confirmation and with it a giant step into adulthood.
Your Uncle Joe