What is Confirmation?
Requirements – Complete 3 Community Services
Has your child completed their three required community services for Confirmation? If not, get them started now by signing up for the 3 Confirmation Community Service Events below!
Parents…Register Candidates Here
While parents selected godparents for their child’s Baptism, the child being confirmed selects their Confirmation sponsor. When choosing a sponsor, there are a few requirements. The sponsor must be 16 years or older, cannot be your parent, and must be a confirmed and a practicing Catholic who attends church regularly.
*If sponsor is NOT a parishioner of Madonna Church, they must submit a Sponsorship letter from their church confirming the sponsor is a practicing Catholic.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is extremely crucial in securing for each candidate a fulfilling and lifelong connection with Christ and the values of our Catholic faith.
Therefore, each Confirmation retreat at the Loyola Jesuit Center is conducted in a manner most conducive to preparing your students to receive and understand the Sacrament as deeply as the Lord intends them to.
Through the use of multimedia educational tools, bonding exercises, creative reinforcement, and a special emphasis on self-exploration and reflection, we aim to foster within them an earnest desire to strengthen their relationship with the Lord.
I have incorporated the specific themes you requested into the development of this retreat. Reconciliation is optional and can add about forty extra minutes to the length of the retreat depending on the size of your group.
A very special part of our program includes quiet time for each candidate to read a prewritten, personal letter. Ideally, these letters should be written by each student’s sponsor.
If that is not possible, a parent may write the letter instead. In the event that a student does not get a letter from either a sponsor or parent, we ask that a teacher write one, so no child is left out.
It is preferable that these letters will be a surprise to the students. At the very least, all letters must be sealed and not viewed by the students prior to the retreat.
Please try to address the following questions or as many of them as possible, thanks:
- Qualities or talents that make the candidate special
- How the writer has seen God work in both their own life and that of the candidate’s
- Any spiritual advice they would like to pass along
- Hopes for the candidate’s future, regarding both faith and general happiness
The writers should feel free to add anything they feel relevant or important. These letters will not be read by anyone other than the candidates themselves. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.