Confirmation of Teens

Are you an adult looking to receive Confirmation?

 

Confirmation of Teens:
Confirmation of Teens is offered for those young adults, grades 8 through high school, wishing to complete their Initiation into the Catholic Church. The two-year preparation process usually begins in grade 7, and is completed at the end of the eighth grade year. The sacrament is traditionally celebrated during the Easter Season. These parishioners (from Sts. Joseph and John School, St. Joseph PSR, and other area parochial schools) take part in a 2-year, parish-based preparation process for the reception of this sacrament. Contact the Faith Formation Office for more information.

Confirmation Preparation 2021

The Sacramental Intent form for Confirmation 2021 was emailed to our PSR students and our SJJ students on September 17th. A copy is available here as well. You must return the Sacramental Intent Form, the fee and a copy of your child's Baptismal Certificate (unless the parish already has it on file) no later than October 15, 2020 to receive regular email communications from us.

Please check your email regularly!! Email will be our primary means of communicating with our Confirmation group!!  


The Culture Project
At the Sacramental Parent Meeting, Linda and Fr. Joe mentioned that we will be hosting speakers from The Culture Project at our Sunday evening By Teens For Teens Faith Nights which the confirmandi are expected to attend. "The Culture Project (TCP) missionaries partner with Catholic schools and youth ministry teams to speak about human dignity and sexual integrity. TCP offers students an encounter with young people who are a living witness and demonstrating a life of counter-cultural virtue". Here is the letter regarding the Culture Project that all parents received at the meeting. Here is the link to the news release announcing the Diocese's relationship with The Culture Project.  Here is the link to the Diocese of Cleveland page concerning The Culture Project (TCP). Here is an article from Northeast Ohio Catholic Magazine (Sept. 12, 2019) about CTP. Here is an article about the specific team of missionaries who will be working here in Cleveland. If you would like to know more about The Culture Project, go to: www.thecultureproject.org. 

Confirmation Sponsors
A Confirmation Sponsor is someone who:

  • is over the age of 16
  • has been fully initiated in the Catholic Church (has been baptized in the Catholic Church, received First Communion and has been Confirmed themselves)
  • is a practicing Catholic who participates in the sacraments regularly (attends Mass and receives Eucharist)
  • if married, is in a valid marriage (was married by a Catholic priest or deacon)
  • strives to live out their commitment to Christ and to the community life of the Church every day

The candidate's parent cannot be their sponsor. We no longer require Confirmation Sponsors to get a sponsor certificate from their home parish. The form that tells us who your sponsor will be, and what your confirmation name will be is here. This form is due to the Faith Formation Office of St. Joseph Church by March 3rd.

Appropriate Dress for Confirmation Mass:
Confirmation is a significant event in every Catholic's faith journey. We expect the attire worn by both the Confirmation Candidates and their Sponsors to be respectful and to reflect the importance of this occassion. Boys and men are asked to wear dress pants or uniform pants, dress (non-athletic) shoes, a shirt with a collar and a tie. Girls and women are asked to wear skirts or dresses no shorter than just above the knee, or dress pants. Make certain all aspects of your outfit are church-appropriate. Contact the Faith Formation Office if you have questions.

Confirmation Service Component:
Service to God and one another are essential to being Catholic christians. Information on Catholic Social Teaching is available here. Students preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Joseph Church are asked to participate in at least 4 service experiences, to reflect thoughtfully on those experiences, to put those reflections into writing and to turn them in to the Faith Formation Office. The Confirmation Service Experiences Overview is available here. Once you have completed your service experience, prepare answers to the questions here. If you have questions about the service component of your preparation, contact Linda Zvoncheck in the Faith Formation Office. NOW is a great time to get started with service!!

Service Opportunities (Updated 3-25-2020)
During Governor DeWine's stay-at-home order, we do not advise you to look for service opportunities outside your home. Instead, how about making Easter cards or thinking-of-you cards for nursing home residents or patients at the VA Hospital? Send your cards to the Parish Office and Linda will get them to their destination. 

Additionally, how about praying a Rosary for those who are working to relieve the suffering of others? Certainly our first responders, doctors, nurses and clinicians need our prayers at this time. Or say a Rosary for those who are battling this virus! How about watching the Sunday 10:00 AM Mass the parish is live-streaming? Weekly Mass can be accessed by following the links here. Never underestimate the power of prayer! And yes, this too is service!

On-Going Service Opportunities (Updated)
There will be many opportunities to serve during the coming year - but do not procrastinate!! Read the parish bulletin and check the parish website regularly to see what upcoming events need volunteer assistance. Read the newspaper to see what is happening in the greater communities of Strongsville and Cleveland. It is your responsibility to find the opportunities to fulfill the service requirement for Confirmation. Start this summer!!

If you are interested in getting to know other Catholic teens, check out the By Teens, For Teens Youth Ministry page. 

 

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