St. Joseph Parish
Confirmation - 2012-13
For Confirmtion Candidates - RETREAT is Sunday August 25th...
If you do not know your child's time...contact the religious formation office.
(this is not for 8th graders starting preparation...they are not candidates yet!)
Confirmation date is still a mystery...we are waiting to hear from the bishops office!
Welcome to a busy year of Confirmation Preparation!
With the hectic schedules that families have today, we’ve organized these guidelines to give you most everything you’ll need to know and have regarding your son/daughter’s preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. You’ll find explanations of:
- The overall calendar of key Confirmation events.
- An outline of how to choose a sponsor.
- An outline regarding the content of required papers.
- Christian service.
Please look this information over and keep it handy for future reference. Pay particular attention to the Schedule of Events. You will be sent e-mail reminders before each event, so please make sure we have your current e-mail address.
If, during the course of the year, you have any questions or concerns, please call Laura Rector. The processes and activities that we require for Confirmation preparation are meant to be helpful in learning about, and growing in our Catholic faith. It is not meant to cause stress or unhappiness, so, if your child is experiencing difficulty, please call.
On behalf of St. Jospeh parish, we want to thank you for encouraging your son or daughter to take this next step in their journey of faith. For them, it will no doubt be a time of questioning and discovery. And for you, this is the perfect time to pause, and think about this being a great opportunity to deepen your own faith, and to live as a model for your child(ren).
Yours in Christ,
Director of Religious Formation
Classroom instruction following the Religious Formation Calendar.
A confirmation small group service project plus 2+ or more times helping in some way here at St. Joseph’s is a great way to help the youth understand that we all need to work together to keep our parish life and community vital.
Service Lifestyle Paper.
Attend a “Call to Serve” workshop scheduled for August/September 2013.
Make up work or make up sessions, after 3 missed classes.
Baptism verification and Registration Form for Confirmation Preparation.
Specified prayers memorized with parents.
Sponsor information sheet and interview questions.
Spiritual reflection paper – “Why I want to be Confirmed” or ‘Why I Don’t Want to be Confirmed”
No more than 3 absences without explanation. Proper formation requires instruction and community. Attendance is very important.
MAKE UP SESSION IS REQUIRED IF ANY OF THE TABLE SESSIONS ARE MISSED.
Attendance for the full length of class.
Appropriate behavior not only during class, but also while doing service activities and while on retreat.
A sponsor or a parent who will take an active role with the candidate during this time of preparation.
The catechists have read and understand the code of conduct, and have talked with the candidates regarding it. If the candidate is unable to meet this code of conduct, their parents will be phoned and they will be asked to come pick up their child. If the behavior continues, a conference will be scheduled to determine the candidate’s continuation in the Confirmation preparation program.
Show respect to all adults.
Show respect to your peers.
Listen when others speak.
On ways they live the lifestyle already.
What ways they would be willing to live this out in the future.
How they see their parents/sponsor carrying out this lifestyle.
Who they know personally as someone who really lives out such a lifestyle, what it is they do, and what they would need to do to be more like them.
Information about their 2 or more experiences with helping out at St. Joseph’s, any additional service and their intended group service project.
Finally, attention given to scripture passages, both Old and New Testament or teachings in class as to why such a lifestyle is necessary to be a “true” Christian.
This paper is due by the last class.
Saturday at 5:00 PM
Sunday at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:00 Noon
Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Wednesday & Friday at 9:00 AM
Holy Day Mass as Published
Sacraments And Pastoral Concerns
Sacrament of Baptism
The sacrament of baptism is ordinarily celebrated on the second and fourth Sundays of the month following the 12:00 Noon Mass. Please call the Parish Office at 248-446-8700, at least two months in advance in order to make arrangements. There is a required Baptismal prep class which is normally offered on the second Monday of each month. Please call the Parish
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
(RCIA) is the process whereby new members are initiated into the Catholic Church through the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and eucharist, and baptized Catholics may complete their initiation. For information, call Cathy Borsh, Pastoral Associate, Ext. 109.
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Sacrament of Marriage
Please call the Parish Office at least 6 months before the proposed marriage dates in order to arrange for the necessary preparation. An appointment is necessary before a wedding date may be scheduled.
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Interpeter for Hearing Impaired at 5:00 PM Mass on the third Saturday of each Month.