Confirmation at St. Irene Parish
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
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?
First and Second year candidates attend classroom sessions (see calendar) approximately 9 times between September and April.
Parents are asked to attend orientation with their candidates. Class sessions begin at 4:45 (prior to 5:00 PM Mass) for attendance and preparation. Candidates and parents attend Mass together. Following Mass, candidates attend a general class session (parents are invited to attend class sessions as volunteer or student themselves) followed by breakout sessions until 7:15. Snacks and drinks will be available, but formal meal time has been eliminated.
If you have any questions, comments, or would like to volunteer your time and talent, send an email to confirmation@StIrenes.org
St. Irene Church
181 East Street - Carlisle, MA USA