"But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul."
The Holy Spirit, whom you received when you were baptized, will work in a powerful and unique way for you. If you pray and cooperate with this grace you will begin to identify the special gifts you have been given, not just for your benefit, but to build and strengthen the faith of others.
Please see below for more information.
Dear 8th Grade Students and Parents,
Sometime in the fall of 2020 you will receive the sacrament of Confirmation. The Holy Spirit, whom you received when you were baptized, will work in a powerful and unique way for each of you. If you pray and cooperate with this grace you will begin to identify the special gifts you have been given, not just for your benefit, but to build and strengthen the faith of others.
We would like to ask you to begin to prepare for this gift in the following ways:
1. Pray for the grace to grow closer to Christ each day.
Prayer is such an important part of our faith formation throughout our entire lives.
We can never pray too much!
This will give us the information needed in order to communicate with you all year long.
Please fill in as much of the form as possible.
3. Choose a patron saint to be with you on your journey.
A patron saint is a person who has died and is in heaven. The Church, through careful examination of their lives, has determined that these people lived in a heroic way and were examples of how to love the way Jesus loved, some even dying for their faith.
Choose your hero in faith and ask that saint to intercede (pray) for you each day.
You will take this saint's name as your Confirmation name.
4. Choose a Confirmation sponsor.
A Confirmation sponsor is someone who is a fully initiated and practicing Catholic.
This person cannot be your parent, but should be a mentor and friend in faith.
Why now? Because like your patron saint, you need this person to be praying for you every day.
You need this person to share this time with you. The sheet below will assist you.
5. Submit your Permission/Emergency Medical Form and Confirmation fee.
The fee for Confirmation is $50. This fee helps to cover our retreat, mailings and other
expenses related to Confirmation at the Cathedral. This payment should be made
payable to St. Andrew and should be brought to the October 16 meeting along with the
release/emergency medical form below, or given to Kathy Bitzer at PREP.
6. If you did not receive the Sacraments of Baptism or First Communion at St. Andrew
or St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, please submit a copy of your Baptismal Certificate
to your registered parish.
This gives us the information to notify your place of baptism about your reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
7. Attend the Confirmation Retreat on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
For your planning purposes, students from PREP, PRP and SASEAS School will join together
for a retreat at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at Milford on Saturday, March 7 from 9-3pm. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to be together.
8. Participate in 2 service projects of your choosing.
Each Confirmation candidate will participate in 2 service projects of their own choosing,
followed up with a written reflection for each one. Please have at least one of the reflections completed by April 1, 2020 and the second completed by September 1, 2020.
We encourage partnering with your sponsor for at least one of these projects.
9. Attend the Confirmation rehearsal with your sponsor on Saturday, October 24.
Both the Confirmation candidate and their sponsor will need to attend the rehearsal. If the sponsor is not available to attend the rehearsal, a parent can stand in.
CONFIRMATION: SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2020
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. The three of us will be praying for you!
Kathy Bitzer, Catherine Fasano and Elizabeth Riesser
Your St. Andrew/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Confirmation Team