confirmation year 1 - St. Perpetua
Welcome to your first year of Confirmation preparation! We hope this is a time for you and your family to grow closer to Jesus, to each other, and to His Church. Our group sessions will not begin until January of 2021, but, if you would like to get a head start, here are some suggestions:
Start thinking about choosing your Confirmation Saint. There is some information below to help you with this process.
Start thinking about choosing your Confirmation Sponsor. Again, there is some information below to help you (Sponsor Form also attached below-make sure your sponsor has his/her parish sign it).
Attend your Confirmation Orientation (may be virtual or live) on January 10, 2021, or January 14, 2021.
Feel free to reach out with questions or concerns:
Whether times are easy or difficult, there are no better friends to call on for help than our champions in heaven: the saints! All Year 1 Candidates are asked to choose a Confirmation Saint to support them during their journey towards Confirmation.
How do you decide which saint to choose? All the saints are wonderful and inspiring! We suggest that you spend some time researching and choosing a saint, so that you will find a saint that is special to YOU. Your catechists are available to answer questions or provide suggestions if needed: looking for a Patron Saint for athletes? (Saint Sebastian). Are you a musician? (Saint Cecilia) Do you want to meet a young saint? (Saint Jose Sanchez del Rio or Saint Therese of Lisieux).
We sincerely hope that all our candidates enjoy this experience of choosing a saint and getting to know him or her better. Please don’t hesitate to contact your Faith Formation catechists if you have any questions, or contact us here at the Faith Formation Office email@example.com.
To help you get started, here is a video from Father Mike Schmitz (Ascension Presents) about how we can rely on the Communion of Saints:
Just as our friends in heaven help us, so do our friends on earth. Each candidate is asked to select a confirmation sponsor.
What is a Confirmation Sponsor?
The role of a sponsor is to walk with the candidate and guide him or her to become a disciple of Christ. The candidate should feel very comfortable discussing issues of faith with his/her sponsor. Ideally, it is someone living nearby, so that the candidate and sponsor can interact on a regular basis, although we realize that this is not possible for everyone. In Year 2, confirmation sponsors will play an active role in the formation of each candidate by attending service projects and sessions with them; keep this in mind.
All sponsors MUST be:
A practicing Roman Catholic who has received all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist, Confirmation). Don’t ask someone who only goes to Mass twice a year: you are looking for someone who can guide you in developing your faith.
Age 16 or older when chosen as a sponsor
If married, the sponsor must be married in the Catholic Church.
The above requirements are from the Diocese, so we really can’t bypass them.
We are attaching the Sponsor Form. When you choose your sponsor, have them fill out the form, have their own parish sign it, and then return it to the FFM office: Holy Trinity Parish, FFM, 3111 Tierra de Dios Drive, EDH, CA 95762.
You are all in our daily prayers, and we look forward to a time when we can be together in person again!