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Confirmation Preparation

Youth Confirmation is a 2-year program (normally grades 9-10). Both adults and young adults receive the sacrament of Confirmation at St Irene's.

The Level 1 Schedule and the Level 2 Schedule of the 2016-2017 confirmation preparation program are available as downloadable PDF files.

Lessons take place on Sundays following 5-6 pm Mass. Each calendar entry is added to St Irene's online Parish calendar as well. The online calendar will be updated throughout the year, should any changes occur.

Registration forms for enrollment in St Irene's Confirmation program are available in MS Word and Adobe Acrobat PDF formats.

For more information about the Confirmation program, read on after the picture below.

Confirmation

Bishop Kennedy

About Confirmation at St Irene's

If you have any questions, comments, or would like to volunteer your time and talent, send an email to confirmation@StIrenes.org

Why is Confirmation Important?

The Church invites young Catholics to stand up before their families, their parish, their bishop, and their God and state for themselves the commitment – made for them at Baptism – to live the Catholic faith. In response, they are given, through the bishop and the prayers of the community, the gift of the Holy Spirit who empowers them to live out their faith.

At what age will candidates be confirmed?

Although age is not a determining factor, Confirmation requires the development of maturity and self-determination. Most candidates are confirmed as sophomores, juniors, or seniors, depending on when they, their parents, and their pastor agree that they have developed and demonstrated readiness to make that commitment.

What yardstick is used to decide if a person is ready to be confirmed?

The Archdiocese of Boston has provided four readiness criteria for parishes to use in making this decision:

Worship: "Regular participation in Sunday Eucharist."

Service: "A life of service, assisting those in need."

Community: "Personal desire to belong to the Catholic Church and the local parish."

Message: "Commitment to Christ and the faith of the Church.

What does the Confirmation Program do for the Candidate?

The Confirmation Program, like any catechesis, aims to deepen the relationship between the catechumen and Jesus Christ. The Program prepares the candidates for full initiation into the Church by learning about the faith, understanding the obligations and responsibilities of being Catholic, and preparing to join the Catholic community.

What does the program ask of candidates?

Honest participation in class sessions, retreats, and projects, and most importantly, the practice of the Catholic faith in their lives.

What does the program ask of parents?

Parents are asked to continue being role models in the faith and to participate in the program in a volunteer capacity.

What does the program ask of the parish?

Prayer and support for candidates and families returning to weekly worship.

Celebration of the Rite of Enrollment – for the decision to begin attending weekly Mass

Celebration of the Rite of Enrollment – for the decision to seek Confirmation that year.

Special prayer support for individual candidates during the final stage of preparation.

Parents are asked to continue being role models in the faith and to participate in the program in a volunteer capacity.

Program Logistics

Level 1 (9th Grade) and Level 2 (10th Grade) candidates attend classroom sessions approximately 12 times on Sundays between September and April.

Each Confirmation class begins with attendance at the 5:00 pm Mass. Candidates will go directly to the Parish hall for class until 7:30 pm. The Chosen by Ascension Press is the curriculum, which St. Irene’s uses for the 2 year Confirmation preparation program. Classes will meet in both general session and breakout formats. Confirmation takes place at the end of level 2, generally at the end of April or beginning of May. The exact date will depend on scheduling we receive from the Archdiocese.

Questions?

If you have any questions, comments, or would like to volunteer your time and talent, send an email to confirmation@StIrenes.org

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