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1 Adolescent Confirmation Preparation Candidate and Parent Handbook St. Edith Stein Catholic Church 3311 North Fry Rd / Katy, TX / Confirmation is the final Sacrament of Initiation in which the confirmed are sealed with the Holy Spirit and are drawn fully into active participation in the life of the church. At St. Edith Stein, our adolescent Confirmation program will prepare you to receive the Sacrament and assist you in becoming full active participants in the community. If you have any questions please contact the Director of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelisation Chazz Sheffield at or 1

2 Due Dates October 11, 2015 *Saint Report Due* March 30, 2016 *30 Service Hours Due* *Service Project Verification Form Due* *Confirmation Sponsor Verification Form Due* Class Dates Sundays from 4pm to 5:45pm 2015 Sep. 27 Oct. 11 Oct. 25 Nov. 8 Nov. 22 Dec Jan. 10 Jan. 24 Feb. 14 Feb. 28 Mar. 13 Apr. 10 Apr. 24 Retreat Dates September 20, 2015 Retreat #1 1 7pm in Youth Room (includes 6pm Mass) February 5 7, 2016 Retreat #2 (Weekend Retreat) Confirmation Mass (May 2016) Confirmation Mass: Date (TBA) Confirmation Rehearsal: (Thursday before the Confirmation Mass 7:00 8:00pm) 2

3 Eligibility for Confirmation Preparation Be a baptized Catholic who has received first communion Be at least a Junior in high school and at least 15 years old Must have attended one year of faith formation classes or catholic school o If you don't have one year of faith formation classes or catholic school you must attend weekly faith formation classes or be enrolled in catholic school Family must be a registered member of St. Edith Stein parish Registration for Confirmation Preparation Completing the necessary paperwork o Adolescent Confirmation Registration Form o Copy of your Baptismal Certificate o Payment of $160 Attendance Required for Confirmation Confirmation Classes o If you are more than 15 min. late it will count as an absence o Candidates can only miss 3 classes without penalty o If Candidates miss 5 confirmation classes they will be automatically withdrawn from classes and will not be confirmed. 2 Retreats (one is overnight) Confirmation Rehearsal Confirmation Mass Classes Catechists will lead a class on the core teachings of Confirmation. These classes will give the Candidates a firm understanding of Confirmation and will prepare them to receive the Sacrament. Retreats All Confirmation candidates are required to attend 2 retreats; 1 being a day retreat at St. Edith Stein and 1 being a weekend retreat with the Confirmation Class. If a candidate is unable to attend the overnight retreat scheduled for St. Edith Stein, the candidate is responsible for attending another confirmation retreat with another parish. If a candidate is unable to attend the day retreat a makeup will be given for them and their sponsor to complete at home. General Conduct Candidates should model Christian morals and values in their dress, speech, and actions. Candidates should be respectful of adult instructors and one another. Candidates should arrive on time for sessions and plan to stay for the entire session Candidates should participate fully in the sessions. Cell phones should be turned off Personal electronics and homework should be left at home. Confirmation Patron Saint At Confirmation, you will choose a patron saint a holy man or woman whose life you admire and would like to emulate. You will be taking this person s name when you are Confirmed. Choose a patron saint as you would choose a close friend someone you look up to, have something in common with, and feel comfortable talking to when you need assistance. You may choose to keep your baptismal saint or choose another saint at this time. Once you have chosen a patron saint, please answer the following questions in a 1 page Paper. 1. What saint have you chosen? When is his/her feast day? 2. What virtues (gifts) did this saint practice in his/her life? 3. How is this saint a model for you today? 3

4 Confirmation Sponsor Qualifications A Confirmation Sponsor must be: A Baptized and Confirmed Catholic At least 16 years old Must be in a valid marriage (if married) Someone other than the candidate s parent Living their faith and is willing to spend time sharing their faith with the candidate Someone that you admire and enjoy talking to. Confirmation Sponsor Responsibilities Candidates are responsible for sharing with their sponsors the following Requirements: Meet at least three times to go over the 3 sessions in the Confirmation Sponsor Guide with the candidate (Meetings may be in person, over the phone, via , or through other correspondence) The sponsor will need a Confirmation Sponsor Guide. (It can also be found on our website ( 1) You will then see the documents on the left side of the page. Be present at the Rite of Confirmation and Rehearsal (Parents must attend if sponsors are unable to do so.) Parish or Community Service Hours By our baptism, we are all called to use our different gifts to share in the mission of Jesus: in the Church there is diversity of ministry, but unity of mission. Confirmation is, if nothing else, our response to God s gracious call to follow Him. We follow Christ when we imitate his example by loving God above all else, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. As followers of Jesus, we believe that ministry is not something that we do rather, it is who we are. Candidates are asked to offer 30 hours of Service to St. Edith Stein Parish or the Community during their time of preparation. Candidates are responsible for keeping track of their hours. A Service Hours Log is included in this handbook. Either this log or a letter from their ministry leader confirming that they have completed the required number of service hours. Service to the Poor Project In addition to 30 Service Hours Candidates are responsible for completing 1 Service Project. St. Edith will provide some opportunities throughout the year. If the candidate knows of a service project that is not provided by St. Edith Stein and wants to take part in it please get approval from Chazz Sheffield before starting it. 4

5 Confirmation Candidate Service Hours Log Candidate Name: Due March 30, 2016 with 30 or more hours Date Hours Service Leader Signature 5

6 Confirmation Service Project Verification Form This is Due March 30, 2016 Candidate Name: _ Name of Service Project: Location of Service Project: Day and Time of Service Project: What did you learn about serving? Name of Service Project Supervisor (Print) Phone # Service Project Supervisor Signature of Service Project Supervisor Date 6

7 Registration Adolescent Confirmation Registration Form *In addition to this form you must also attach the following* $160 Tuition You must have a zero balance from the previous year in order to register Full payment is expected at the time of registration If you cannot pay the full payment at the time of registration please contact Chazz Sheffield to Schedule a meeting with Father Kulma to see about a payment plan Please make all checks payable to St. Edith Stein Catholic Church A copy of the Candidate s Baptismal Certificate Sacrament If we don t receive a copy of the candidate s Baptismal Certificate your child will not be considered registered in Confirmation Classes Participants Information Participant s Name (As it is on your Baptismal Certificate) Participants Name Cell # Address City/Zip Code Grade Entering in Age Sex Participants E Mail Place of Birth:(Country) (City) (Birth Date) Parent/Guardian Contact Information Parent's Full Name (As it appears on Birth Certificate) Father/Guardian E Mail Cell # Mother/Guardian E Mail Cell # Special Needs / Medical Information Please list any special needs or medical conditions you would like us to be aware of (allergies, illnesses, etc.) Emergency Contact Please provide us with the name of another adult who we can contact in case of an emergency. (Must be someone not participating in the event). Name: Phone #: Relation: 7

8 *See Other Side* Photography and Video Consent (Please initial one of the following if participant is Under 18) I give permission for pictures or video of my child to be used for materials promoting/advertising for the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization. I DO NOT give permission for pictures or video of my child to be used for materials promoting/advertising for the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization. Sponsor Name: (First) (Last) Please Verify The Following about the Sponsor: Baptized and Confirmed Catholic? ( ) Yes ( ) No Over the age of 16? ( ) Yes ( ) No Is someone other than the Candidate s parent? ( ) Yes ( ) No Married in the Catholic Church? (If married) ( ) Yes ( ) No ( ) Not Married Permission / Liability Release / Acknowledgment (Confirmation) My child has my permission to attend the Confirmation classes at St. Edith Stein and my permission to leave the premises with the individual I indicated for my Emergency Contact. I furthermore release the Staff, Catechists and Aides at St. Edith Stein from any liability for injuries received while on church property. Our sig natures also certify that we have received the Candidates and Parents Handbook, and that we understand the contents. We agree to uphold the program guidelines in order to participate in the Right of Confirmation. Parent Signature X Candidate Signature X 8

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