Confirmation *


Candidate Requirements

Candidate Sponsor Selection

Parent Catechesis

Works of Mercy

Saint Name Selection

Confirmation Process

Retreat (Required)

Sponsor Responsibilities/Time With Sponsor

Rite of Enrollment (Required)

Confirmation Interview with Staff (Required)

Why do We Confirm?

At Confirmation, the Baptized become more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.  They, as witnesses of Christ, are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. 

Candidate Requirements 
1319 A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs. (Catechism of the Catholic Church)

Your child should have received the Sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist in the Catholic Church or made a Profession of Faith in the Catholic Church if they were baptized in another faith denomination.

Your child should be over the age of seven.  Seven is considered the age of reason in the Catholic Church.

Your child should be in a state of grace.  This means that they are free from mortal sin and pleasing to God. Your child should celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to Confirmation.

Your child must intend to be Confirmed.  They must desire to commit to the preparation process with the end goal being Confirmation.  This is not something that you choose for them.

Your child must be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness of Christ.  In order to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, your child must have a significant background in Catholic Religious Education.  This should include yearly participation in a Catholic school or Parish Religious Education Program.  This background is necessary so that they understand who Jesus is and what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

This discipleship must occur within the ecclesial community (i.e. parish) and within temporal affairs (the secular world).  Thus your child must train for a life of service ministry in the Church and world.

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 Candidates Sponsor Selection

Please choose someone who is truly a role-model of the faith.  The sponsor should be selected prior to the retreat.  Ideally, the sponsor will be able to meet with the candidate and participate fully in the formation process.  Once the sponsor is selected there is a sponsor form that they should complete and turn in to our office.  Forms are due October 10, 2019.   To access the form, please click here.  We ask for a letter of good standing from the parish of the sponsor.  If the sponsor is a parishioner of Saint Joseph, Sylvania, we will confirm good standing.   

Requirements and Considerations for the selection of a Confirmation Sponsor 

"The sponsor's function is to take care that the person confirmed behaves as a true witness of Christ and faithfully fulfills the duties inherent in this Sacrament."  Canon 892

The following requirements are necessary in order for a person to fulfill the role of the sponsor: 

  1. The sponsor must not be younger than 16 years of age.
  2. The sponsor should have received the three Sacraments of Initiation:  Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist in the Catholic Church
  3. The sponsor should participate in the Mass on Sundays and Holy Days in the Catholic Church, and receive the Sacraments of Eucharist and reconciliation regularly
  4. the sponsor should actively strive to live out their commitment to Christ and to the community life of the Church.
  5. If married, the sponsor should be validly married according to the laws of the Catholic Church.
  6. The sponsor should not be the father or mother of the candidate. 

Sponsor Responsibilities / Time Spent Between Sponsor and Candidate 
Complete the Sponsor Pledge and Secure a Letter of Good Standing from your parish (if not Saint Joseph Sylvania) by October 10, 2019.

The Sponsor should pray with and for the candidate.  This prayer time should take place leading up to the Sacrament and after the Sacrament.

The Sponsor should engage in works of mercy with their candidate.  This should also be done leading up to the Sacrament and following the Sacrament.

The Sponsor should witness to their candidate (both in word and deed) their experience of God acting in their life as well as how the gifts of the Holy Spirit have helped them in their practice of Christian discipleship.  (This would ideally be done in an ongoing manner, but could also be done during a scheduled meeting.)

The sponsor should complete a faith-sharing packet that is sent during the formation process - usually during Advent.

If possible, the Sponsor should attend the following events:

  • The Parent-Catechesis Opportunities - September 29th or 30th and November 3rd or 4th
  • The Rite of Enrollment - January 5th or 11th, 2020
  • The Confirmation Liturgy - February 16, 2020

 Saint Name Selection
At Saint Joseph Parish we have a tradition that Confirmation candidates choose a saint name at the time of their Confirmation.  If the Baptismal name is that of a saint, this is the ideal Confirmation name.  If the candidate feels a strong connection with another saint, it is acceptable to choose that name.  Name selections must be made by December 10, 2019.  Please access the name form here. 

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Confirmation Formation Process 
The Confirmation formation process at Saint Joseph Parish is multifaceted and intentional in structure.  We ask that families adhere to the requirements so that the children yield the maximum benefits possible.  The formation process consists of coursework, living the life of mercy, a retreat experience and ongoing mentoring by a sponsor. 

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Catechesis (Required)
Matthew Kelly Decision Point is the Confirmation Program of Saint Joseph Parish.  
 Saint Joseph Parish School uses this program as part of Religion class.  The Religious Education Program uses the Decision Point within the summer and fall Inspired Catholic Education programs.  If your child attends one of the academies and does not use Decision Point as a primary text, they are welcome to register for programming through the Office of Youth Formation to experience this great formation program. 

Decision Point Website: 

Parent Catechesis (Required)

Parents are asked to participate in two sessions as part of the process and sponsors when able.  If you have had a child confirmed last year and attended the parent catechesis, you are not required to attend.  If you are not sure if you attended previously, please contact the office and we can check the records.

Dates for Session 1
Sunday, September 29th  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, September 30th  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Dates for Session 2
Sunday, November 3rd 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Monday, November 4th 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Registration for the session of your choice is required.  

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Works of Mercy  (Required)

Candidates will be asked to show that they are living a life of Mercy.  Living the Acts of Mercy is one of the most concrete expressions of discipleship.  For examples of ways in which you can live the works of Mercy, please click HERE.  We encourage you to be able to show examples of ways in which you have practiced the Acts of Mercy when you come for your interview.  For a journal sheet to help you track examples, please click here.    We will spend an extensive amount of time on the works of mercy at the retreat.  

Service Saturdays
The second Saturday of every month the Office of Youth Formation runs a Service Saturday. A member of the department will plan a service event and publicize the event in advance.   Every Service Saturday activity is an opportunity to practice an Act of Mercy  The sign up for Service Saturdays is posted two weeks prior to the event.  Please click here to go to the sign-up page. 

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Retreat (Required) 

We will offer two (2) options to fulfill the requirement of the Confirmation Retreat.  The retreat is for the Candidate only.  The dates and times are listed below.  Please follow the link below to sign up for the retreat date of your choice.  We do have space limits for each retreat.  
Retreat Options:
Sunday, July 21, 2019  12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 7, 2019  11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Please click here to access sign up links.  Registrations are due one week before the retreat.  You will receive an informational email prior to the retreat upon successful registration.

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Rite of Enrollment (Required)

in the Rite of Enrollment the candidate professes, in front of the parish community, that they promise to continue the work of the Spirit that was begun at their baptism.  Thus it is their intent to be Confirmed in the Catholic Church.  

Please choose ONE liturgy to attend: 
January 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Mass
January 11, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. Mass 

Confirmation Interview with a staff member (Required) 

Saint Joseph Parish School students will be interviewed during a regular school day.

Saint Joseph Parish Religious Education students will be interviewed on Friday, January 31, 2020.  More details will follow. 

Candidates attending an academy will be interviewed on January 30th after school.


Sacrament of Reconciliation

All candidates should celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation prior to the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.  See bulletin and website for times.  

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Confirmation Registration Form - Due July 1, 2019

This is available in hard copy form in our office.  You may also CLICK HERE to access the form.

**You will not receive any informational emails regarding Confirmation until we have this form.  We cannot be held responsible for a lack of communication regarding required or important information if you do not submit this form by the deadline. 

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Quick Links to Forms


Sponsor's Pledge

Confirmation Registration Form

Confirmation Saint's  Name Form

Works of Mercy Suggestions

Works of Mery Reflection Sheet

Confirmation 2020

February 16th at 3:00 p.m.
Holy Rosary Cathedral