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Confirmation

confirmation

Confirmation for high school teens at St. Clement’s is a two-year process.  The Confirmation Preparation Program uses the YDisciple and Decision Point programs as the foundation for its teachings.  Please click those links to view their websites.

By participating in regular sessions, confirmation candidates will be involved in seminars, small group processing, special Confirmation rituals, action events, a Confirmation retreat experience and Christian service.  They will be stepping out of the classroom to begin the journey of living their Catholic faith.

2nd Year of Confirmation Preparation – 2017 Calendar

Confirmation is parish-centered

St Clement’s Parish Registration

Youth who attend a Catholic high school are prepared for the Sacrament of Confirmation at their parish not in their high school religion classes.  Because parishioners at St. Clement’s Parish come from a large geographic area, the teens attend high school in many various schools – both private and public.  This allows St. Clement’s confirmation candidates to form communal bonds as brothers and sisters in the Lord as they prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. All teens are expected to participate in the two years of Confirmation preparation at St. Clement’s Parish.

Requirements

Diocesan – In order to approach the Church for the Sacrament of Confirmation, diocesan policy requires that a candidate be baptized, in at least 10th grade, and not younger than 15 years of age.

Parish –At St. Clement’s we confirm candidates who are in the 11th or 12th grades; proof of baptism is necessary prior to attending confirmation sessions.

  • It is expected that all candidates attend weekend Mass on a regular basis.
  • Teens currently attending a public high school or being home-schooled are encouraged to be active in a parish faith formation process prior to coming forward for Confirmation preparation.
  • If a candidate is absent for more than 20% of the preparation sessions in Level I or Level II the candidate and a parent will be asked to meet with the process director to evaluate his/her candidacy for Confirmation at this time.
  • A more detailed explanation of the confirmation process will be available at the orientation.

Confirmation Sponsor

Sponsor Registration Form

 

A sponsor is chosen by the candidate early in the first year of Confirmation preparation. The sponsor is a person of the Catholic faith, who will accompany the candidate on his/her spiritual journey in the Catholic faith.

We encourage the sponsor to be participate in the formation of their Confirmandae.  The following link allows the sponsor to receive the video catechesis content direct from Decision Point as their confirmandae prepares for the Sacrament. CLICK

The Confirmation sponsor must be a (1) confirmed Catholic in good standing who is (2) able to receive Holy Communion without impediment, (3) and is at least 16 years of age. (4) The sponsor must NOT be the candidate’s parent.

Because our process involves active reflection sessions between the sponsor and the candidate and attendance at various prayer services, it is highly preferred that the sponsor lives locally.  The sponsor should also be someone who feels comfortable sharing and talking about spiritual matters.  If you have further questions about the role of sponsor please contact us.

Confirmation Registration

Link to the Faith Formation Registration Page.

Contact Information

Contact us with your questions and concerns; we are here to support you – teens, sponsors, parents and families.

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Fran Fay, Administrative Assistant for Confirmation Preparation
(518) 587-3611 ext. 29 or email: fay.f@scpny.org

Confirmation Core Prep Team

The Confirmation Core Team for our high school youth in the parish volunteer their time, and commit themselves to walking the Christian path as a living example of the teachings of Christ.  This ministry often requires not only a commitment of time each week, but also a commitment of love and dedication to teaching our faith to the young people of our community.

It is important for the youth of our parish to not only have the support of their parents in their spiritual growth, but to also have good examples of adults who put their faith into practice every day.  Our Core Team answers this call every week by preparing lessons and relevant materials for the teens to lead them closer to Christ.

To explore volunteering for this ministry, and training for it, call Randy Rivers at the parish offices