HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC  CHURCH  
Faith Formation 

PIECES OF THE PUZZLES

REQUIREMENTS INFORMATION
The following is a list of certain “pieces” which “make-up” the Confirmation program “puzzle.”  They are intended to help each teen develop a commitment to faith and prepare for life ahead.
 1. PRAYER LIFE
The candidates are encouraged to deepen their relationship with Christ though their regular personal prayers, meditations, Bible readings, and family prayers. It is strongly encouraged that Confirmation Candidates and family members attend Eucharistic Adoration every Friday night through Saturday morning in the Church.
 2. LITURGY AND RITES   
The candidates are encouraged to deepen their relationship with Christ though their regular personal prayers, meditations, Bible readings, and family prayers. It is strongly encouraged that Confirmation Candidates and family members attend Eucharistic Adoration every Friday night through Saturday morning in the Church.
  • Year I         Prayer Service & Ritual of Commitment           * October 15, 2017            2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Year I & II    Parish Reconciliation Celebrations                  * See calendar                 7:00pm
  • Year II        Prayer Service & Ritual of Support                * November 5, 2017            2:00pm-6:00pm     
  • Year II        Teen Integrity & Ritual of Acceptance               * April 29, 2018                  2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Year II        Confirmation Mass                                 * May 18 or May 11 or 14     (Tentative),  5:30pm
 3. CONFIRMATION RETREATS
Retreats are such an important part of the Confirmation process; they are even important in life.  Retreats are intended to give people the chance to “get away” from things that are not allowing them to focus.    Confirmation Retreats allow the teens to go away to play, to pray, but more importantly, to deepen their love in Christ through fellowship, praise and reflection.  When you return from these retreats, you can be guaranteed that your life will be changed.
The 3 days WEEKEND RETREAT is MANDATORY for reception of Confirmation.  If you are unable to attend your own assigned retreat, contact Faith Formation Office in advance to locate a parish with a retreat that you can attend. 
  • Year I          “Planted for Life” Retreat at Outdor Education Center, Irvine   * November 17-19, 2017
  • Year II         “Alive in Spirit”  Retreat in Doyle Hall                                    * January 14, 2018
  • Year II         “Free the Fire” retreat at YMCA, Big Bear                               * March 2-4, 2018
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 4. YOUTH DAY
Youth Day is held annually on the Thursday of the Religious Education Congress weekend.  All High School students, from all walks of life, are invited to come together to participate in morning and afternoon workshops, culminating in a Youth Rally.  Confirmation Candidates must attend at least one Youth Day in either year of the two-year program.  This event will have a separate release form and fee.
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 5. CATHOLIC YOUTH FELLOWSHIP
The CYF program is designed to create a place where teens get support, grow in faith and friendship while learning to apply their Catholic values and beliefs into their daily lives.  A typical CYF meeting has prayers, games and activities that reinforce the Gospel message. These meetings give the candidates a chance to build lasting friendships with peers that have similar values.  CYF meetings are held every other Sunday from 7:30pm-9:30pm.  Check our website holyspiritcyf.com for special events, meeting times, service opportunities, and fundraising opportunities for Youth Ministry.
 
Confirmation candidates are required to attend at least 2 CYF NIGHTS each year.  See calendar  
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 6. STEWARDSHIP, SERVICE & OUTREACH
Stewardship is an important part of any persons’ commitment and obligation to a group or organization.  Stewardship is composed of three areas: Time (service), Treasure (financial responsibilities), and Talent (using your abilities to make the group better).  In order to better understand what WE are responsible for in our Church and community, every Confirmation Candidate will have to show that they are fulfilling their share of the responsibility.

This year we are requiring that all Confirmation Candidates serve in the following ways:
A.  In a Liturgical Ministry (lector, band, usher, hospitality, Mass clean up, or altar server for Youth Mass).
B.  Support a parish ministry with the gift of your time and talents
C.   Perform service projects during the year. 
In addition, parents and sponsors are expected to work with their teen to complete a personal Service Project. 
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7. SAINT PROJECT/ CONFIRMATION NAME
As Catholic Christians we are called to be saints, to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect and to have a deep, intimate union with Christ.  Candidates will choose a name to be confirmed under.  The name should be a Saint’s name or the name of a person from Scriptures who modeled what it truly means to pursue holiness.  See the guidelines for the Saint Project on page 10.
 
 Year I candiates:  Saint’s Reports will be turned in and presented by January 27, 2018.
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8. SPONSORS
Sponsors are people who you can rely on during your faith journey.  They should be people with a deep commitment to the Catholic faith and who are active, confirmed members of their parish.  They should be willing to listen to you, help you answer questions, and be willing to share their faith.  Sponsors are expected to maintain REGULAR contact with their candidate to not only pray, but to socialize and develop a stronger relationship.  Sponsors are encouraged NOT to be family members.
 
Year I candidates: should pray & discern on their choice of sponsor and submit by Feb. 1. 
Year II candidates:  should already have a sponsor.
Confirmation Sponsors will be required to attend the large group workshops with their candidate.  Please take the time to do more than the required events with your candidate.  They need more from you and have chosen you for a reason - they see God in you!


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9. CONFIRMATION INTERVIEW
The Priests, Catechetical Leaders, Youth Minister, and Catechists will conduct interview at each year of Confirmation preparation to ensure that the candidate is truly prepared and committed to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
 
Confirmation candidates are to sign up for the interview schedule as follow:
  • Year I  The 2 weekends of February 11 or 25, 2018
  • Year II  Janurary 25 or Feb. 5.  Both Service    
            Projects and the Bishop letter must be turned in

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