Sacrament of Confirmation

The sacrament of confirmation strengthens the baptized and obliges them more firmly to be witnesses of Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith.  It imprints a character, enriches by the gift of the Holy Spirit the baptized continuing on the path of Christian initiation, and binds them more perfectly to the Church.

(Code of Canon Law 879)

 

 

​Our Lady of Mercy Parish administers the Sacrament of Confirmation in High School (Grades 9-12). Teens are invited to the preparation program when they are ready. Please see the requirements below for high school teens. Generally, the program below will take 2 years to complete, so teens should consider beginning the L.I.G.H.T. program in their Freshman year, however teens and parents should understand the time commitment before enrolling. We will do everything possible to help families in this process. Information meetings for L.I.G.H.T. (and the Sacrament of Confirmation) will be announced. It is highly suggested you attend one of these meetings so you understand the program!​

Confirmation Letter of Intent

A Letter of Intent and Registration form is made available on January 1st  every year for teens to enroll in the next Confirmation preparation program.

Please contact Dave for details or questions at DaveM@olmercy.com 331-707-5371.

Links

NEW! L.I.G.H.T. Guidebook 2019-2020

Sponsor Guidebook 2019 – Candidates should give this guidebook to their sponsor

Family Guidebook 2019 – Information on the Sacrament of Confirmation

Sacrament of Confirmation Program Requirements – Detailed listing of all the requirements to receive the sacrament

Sacrament of Confirmation Checklist – For students to keep track of their requirements. Helpful Hint: Please PRINT this form off and use to keep track of your completed requirements.

Requirements for Teens NEW TO L.I.G.H.T.

Before entering the Sacramental Program, students are required to complete the following:
(Please note that students do NOT have to complete this all in one year, they may complete requirements at their own pace.

  • First, please attend Teen Alpha and the Overnight
  • Have a Faith Conversation with a priest or youth ministry mentor (usually held after Alpha)
  • Complete the 4 “Basics of Our Catholic Faith” Mini-Courses: Being Catholic, Morality and Justice, Meeting Jesus in Scripture, and Prayer and Worship
  • Complete 3 service projects and 3 discipleship credits/projects.

Teens who have already started L.I.G.H.T.

All teens who have already started the L.I.G.H.T. program during the 2017/18 OR 2018/19 year, You have the following options for meeting the requirements to enter the Confirmation Preparation Program:

Option One

  • Attend Teen Alpha & Overnight in the Fall – highly recommended.
  • Complete the four “Basics” mini-courses.
  • Complete 3 service projects and 3 discipleship credits/projects.

Option Two

  • Complete the four “Basics of Our Faith” courses.
  • Complete two “Electives of Faith” 500 level courses.

19-501: Character Counts on Sunday, February 2, 2020 from 9:00 AM to Noon

19-502: Bible Unplugged on Sunday, March 8th from 2:00-5:00 PM

  • Complete the youth ministry Lock-In (date TBA), Alpha Overnight or a retreat with another local church. (This replaces the Search Retreat requirement, so teens who have already attended a Search retreat have fulfilled this requirement.)
  • Complete 3 service projects and 3 discipleship credits/projects.

 

Once the above requirements are met, the Confirmation Preparation Program requires the following:

Starting January 1st, please return the Sacrament of Confirmation “Letter of Intent” and “Course/Retreat Registration Form” by the established deadline. Once all the necessary forms and paperwork are turned in to the Youth Ministry Office, candidates will be notified that they are registered in the Confirmation Preparation Program.

  1. Attend the Opening Session: Seder Meal & Presentation for Candidates, Sponsors & Parents.
  2. Attend all five sessions of the Confirmation Preparation Course (offered in the Spring Quarter of each year). The themes presented include: Baptism, Life Long Faith Formation, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Jesus Christ and His call to Discipleship, the Mission of the Church, Community of faith, Chrisms and Gifts of the Spirit, Confirmation Rite and signs & symbols of the sacrament.
  3. Participate in the Harvest Saturday Food Drive and Collection (Can be done before entering Confirmation preparation program and will count as a service project.)
  4. Attend the Discovery Retreat after preparation classes are completed (offered in the Summer).
  5. Interview for Candidate & Sponsor/Parent – generally held in late summer/early fall (about 15 minutes in length).
  6. Rehearsal and Ceremony (held each Fall) with a Bishop presiding.

***Family and Sponsor Guidebooks will be given out to families at the Opening Session with additional information.

Contact Us

Jean Rehmer
Religious Education Secretary Grades 6-12
RCIA Coordinator
JeanR@olmercy.com
(331)707-5375

Dave Miserendino
Youth & Young Adult Ministry Director
DaveM@olmercy.com
(331)707-5371