The Formation Process for the Preparation of the Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation
Christ chose to be born and grow up in the bosom of the holy family of Joseph and Mary. The church is nothing, other than “the family of God.” From the beginning, the core of the Church was often constituted by those who had become believers “together with all [their] household.” When they were converted, they desired that ‘their whole household’ should also be saved. These families who became believers were islands of Christian life in an unbelieving world.
In our own time, in a world often alien and even hostile to faith, believing families are of primary importance as center of living radiant faith. For this reason the Second Vatican Council, using an ancient expression, calls the family the Ecclesia domestica (The Domestic Church). It is in the bosom of the family that parents are ‘by word and example…the first heralds of the faith with regard to their children. They should encourage them in the vocation which is proper to each child, fostering with special care any religious vocation.
It is here that the father of the family, the mother, children and all members of the family exercise the priesthood of the baptized in a privileged way ‘by the reception of the sacraments, prayer and thanksgiving, the witness of a holy life, and self-denial and active charity.’ Thus the home is the first school of Christian life and ‘a school for human enrichment.’ Here one learns endurance and the joy of work, fraternal love, generous – even repeated – forgiveness, and above all divine worship in prayer and the offering of one’s life.
Catechism of the Catholic Church #’s 1655, 1656, 1657)
In keeping with the teaching of the Church about the Domestic (Family) Church the formation process for the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation is FAMILY BASED.
Simultaneous gatherings of parents and/or guardians and sponsors and/ or mentors (with and adult facilitator) and Candidates (with peer facilitators) providing mutual formation concerning the Holy Spirit and Confirmation
At the conclusion of the simultaneous gathers a coming together of adults and adolescents to share what was learned
The sharing of a light meal
Household gatherings of the particular family (and when possible with sponsors or mentors) with the candidate for the sacrament to share the content of the material experienced at the Adult Gathering.
The formation process for the Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation consists of eight sets of Gatherings:
1. Gathering as Church
2. Proclaiming God’s Word
3. Renewing Baptismal Promises
4. Laying on of Hands
5. Anointing with Chrism
6. Exchanging the Gift of Peace
7. Sharing the Eucharist
8. Sending Forth on Mission
Pre-requisites for admittance into the Formation Process for the Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation:
A baptismal certificate for the candidate from a Roman Catholic Church
At least two complete continuous years of Religious Education either in a Parochial School or in a Religious Education Program
Present enrollment in a Religious Education Process either in a Parochial School or in a Religious Education Program
For those not parishioners of the linked parishes of Our Lady of Mercy or Our Lady of Sorrows, a letter of permission from the Pastor of the parish where you reside.
Normally our community celebrates the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is during the Easter Season – one of the Sundays following Easter Sunday.