background image

Confirmation

HNJ’s Confirmation Preparation Process consists of various elements, which provide a framework for supporting youth and the parish as they grow as a faith community. The process includes opportunities for learning, service, and worship, which require sufficient time for growth, reflection, and maturation. The preparation time is essential to the process. Confirmation invites youth to life-long faith formation and to service in ministry. It is not a graduation from church! It is a beginning, not an end. We look forward to this journey as we explore and enrich our faith together by following Christ and being open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  

“... you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses...”    -Acts 1:8-


Confirmation 2021

INVITATION 
We welcome you and your family to the Holy Name of Jesus Confirmation Program! At HNJ, all high school teens (9th grade & above) are invited to begin the process of Sacramental Preparation for Confirmation. Teens who begin Confirmation Preparation in Spring of 2021 will be confirmed Sunday, November 7, 2021 with Bishop John Noonan. Time TBA.  

WHAT IS CONFIRMATION? 
Confirmation perfects the grace of Baptism. Baptism is the beginning of new life and Confirmation is the strengthening of new life. We receive the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. Confirmation unites us more firmly to Christ and increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us.  

WHY CONFIRMATION PREPARATION?
The Confirmation Preparation process consists of various elements, which provide a framework for supporting youth and the parish as they grow as a faith community. The process includes opportunities for learning, service, and worship, which require sufficient time for growth, reflection, and maturation. The preparation time is essential to the process. Confirmation invites youth to life-long faith formation and to service in ministry. It is not a graduation from church! It is a beginning, not an end. We look forward to this journey as we explore and enrich our faith together by following Christ and being open to the Holy Spirit.


Events & Activities 2021

MASS
Keep Holy the Lord's Day.  
The Eucharistic Liturgy is the source and summit of our Catholic faith. Regular Mass attendance is vital to the spiritual growth of every Catholic. At weekly Mass, teens experience the depths of God's love through the Word, the community, and the Eucharist.  

In person Mass Times @ Holy Name of Jesus are: 
Saturday Vigil Mass: 4:30 pm Sunday: 7:15 am, 8:45 am, 10:30 am, 12:15 PM, 5 PM Online Mass:  8:45 am on Facebook via ‘Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Community’ 
Traveling for the weekend? Visit masstimes.org to find a Mass near you! 
Required Event:  Teaching Mass – For Parents & Teens 
Tuesday, April 13 @ 6 PM 

PRAYER
The Confirmation Process is a special time in the life of our teens and the whole family. We encourage you to commit to regular prayer individually and as a family. We offer the following suggestions and encourage you to share and discuss options with other families as well… 

  • Family rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Family prayer intentions board
  • Reading the Mass readings for Sunday ahead of time each week
  • Attending perpetual Adoration or Adore Nights together
  • Participate in the St. Joseph Consecration Together, Feb. 15 - March 19

CONFIRMATION CLASSES
This semester these classes will be held on Sunday evenings from 5 PM - 8 PM and will include attendance at the 5 PM Mass.  The required meeting dates are:

  • Sunday, January 31
  • Sunday, March 7
  • Sunday, April 25

Please note there will be 4 additional classes in Fall 2021.  At that time these classes may move back to our regular time on Sunday mornings.  Details TBD. 

ADORE 
Join us for a night of Adoration, praise and worship with a guest speaker.  Event is open to all ages. Teen & Parent attend one Adore together in February. Thursdays at 7 PM in the HNJ church on the following dates: February 11 & 25 

*Please be sure to sign-in with Margie in the back of the church when you attend.

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY PRESENTATION 
This event is focused on sharing the Good News of the Theology of the Body with our young people and parents. 
Sunday evening in September or October, Date TBD 

WORKS OF MERCY PROJECT 
As Christians we are called to serve one another, to be the hands and feet of Christ to those in need. Each small group will plan and implement a works of mercy project under the supervision of their small group leader. Projects will be focused on serving a population in need. Projects will be planned during our April 25th Confirmation Class and will be scheduled to take place in May or June (small groups decide their project date).  Due to current COVID restrictions projects will likely involve partnering with a local outreach agency and collecting / donating items they need (Genesis House, Daily Bread, St. Vincent de Paul, etc.). 

CHOOSING A SPONSOR 
The Confirmation Sponsor represents the faith community at the Rite of Confirmation. This person symbolizes the support of the entire Body of Christ for you in your life as a disciple. The sponsor whom you choose joins your parents and family in journeying with you throughout the Confirmation Preparation Period. Sponsor must be selected by September 2021 (earlier is encouraged). Sponsors must be a confirmed Catholic who is 16 or older and actively practicing their Catholic faith.  The sponsor cannot be a parent. 

CHOOSING A SAINT NAME 
In the Sacrament of Confirmation, we choose a name to be confirmed under. This should be the name of a saint who models for us what it truly means to pursue and live holiness. In September 2021 you will be asked to choose your saint name and write a reflection paper. However, it’s never too early to choose your saint and begin asking for his/her intercession as you seek to live a life of holiness each day.


Important Event Meeting Dates & Times

Ongoing Commitment: Sunday Mass & Family Prayer! 

JANUARY

1/21: Parent/Teen Meeting, 7 PM 
1/31: Confirmation Class for Teens, 5 PM - 8 PM 
Register for Faith Formation / Life Teen for the 2020 - 2021 School Year 
Verify Family Registration in HNJ Parish 

FEBRUARY 
2/11: Adore, 7 PM
2/25: Adore, 7 PM

MARCH 
3/7: Confirmation Class for Teens, 5 PM - 8 PM 

APRIL 
4/13: Teaching Mass, 6 PM (Parent & Teen) 
4/25: Confirmation Class for Teens, 5 PM - 8 PM

MAY - JUNE 
*Works of Mercy Project / Collection Drive, Info TBD

AUGUST - OCTOBER 
Register for the New School Year with Faith Formation / Life Teen 
Submit Copy of Baptismal Certificate (if not baptized @ HNJ) 
4 Sunday Confirmation classes, including Theology of the Body (Dates TBD)  Submit Saint & Sponsor Information  
Submit Bishop and Pastor Letters 

NOVEMBER 
Confirmation Rehearsal & Reconciliation Service (Teens & Sponsors) Sunday, November 7, 2021 Confirmation Mass 


For further information, please contact our Director of Youth Ministry, Margie Weir, 321-773-2783, x106, email.

Adults interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation should contact Jim Curry, 321-773-2783, x111, email.