Confirmation Preparation

Update - June 29, 2020

We have received our new Confirmation dates as well as the new guidelines for the Confirmation Ceremony from the Archdiocese. We are so excited that the wait for your teens is over and they will be able to receive their Confirmations sooner than we thought would be possible.  This is certainly a sign of great hope and joy for the Church!

As you can imagine many changes and safeguards have had to be put into place in order to safely celebrate this wonderful sacrament, so please read all of the following information:

Confirmation Dates -  We will be celebrating Confirmations on Thursday, July 9 at 5:00pm and 7:00pm and Friday, July 17 at 5:00pm and 7:00pm.  Due to social distancing measures, each Confirmation is strictly limited to 25 students.

All Registrations are complete.  If you are interested in switching ceremony dates or times, please contact Matt to see if there is any room to switch or to be added to the wait list.

Attendance and seating - Again due to safety measures and social distancing, each student will be able to bring up to 5 members of their household and their sponsor.  Each family will be assigned one row, where their household will be able to sit at one end and their sponsor, appropriately distanced, at the other end.  No additional family or friends will be able to attend.  

Sponsors -  If your sponsor is unable to attend, a parent can stand in as proxy for your sponsor and your original sponsor will still be recorded as your official sponsor.  If you would like to change your sponsor, please let Matt know so he can update our records.

Live Streaming - We have just upgraded our live streaming capabilities so each ceremony will be live streamed, so those who cannot attend will be able to participate.  Our new system includes a new camera installed behind the sanctuary facing out towards the congregation which will be able to capture great views of your teen being confirmed.  Recordings can be downloaded afterwards so you can have a permanent memory of this joyful occasion.  

Ceremony -  The ceremony will look a little different than normal.  It will be a standalone ceremony and not part of a Mass.  The ceremony will consist of - Confirmation Readings (2 Readings, Psalm, Gospel and Homily), the Conferral of the Sacrament and the Prayers of the Faithful.  For planning purposes, the ceremony will last approximately 45 minutes.

Photos - Due to safety and cleaning measures that will have to take place after the ceremony, pictures will not be able to be taken inside of the Church after the ceremony.  

Masks - Masks will need to be worn by everyone while in the Church (except for those with medical issues that prevent a mask from being worn).

Arrival - Please arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of the Ceremony

Practice/Rehearsal - We will create a brief video of the logistics of how everything will work that we will send out the week of Confirmations so everyone will know what to do.  We will also go over everything right before the ceremony as well.  There will not be an in person rehearsal prior to the ceremony.

Confession -  Students will have the opportunity to go to Confession before their Confirmation any time during our normal parish confession times.  Currently Fr. Bob and Fr. Tom are hearing Confessions in the Church on Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm.  Please check our website or social media accounts for updates to confession times.

Questions - If you have any questions about anything, please don't hesitate to reach out.  We are still primarily working remotely, so please email Matt or call him on his cell phone at 419-450-1857.

The Program

The Confirmation Preparation program is for teens in grades 9 and 10 who are ready to prepare for Confirmation. They will prepare through Sunday night sessions, retreats, guest speakers, service and liturgies. Confirmation will take place in the Spring of grade 10.

Confirmation 1 (9th Grade) will meet on Sunday nights beginning the end of September from 5:00 - 6:30 pm.

Confirmation 2 (10th Grade) will meet on Sunday nights beginning the end of September from 6:45 - 8:15 pm.

*Note - There will be some events that will occur outside of the normal class times, i.e. retreats, guest speakers, youth Masses and service projects. The full schedule will be posted in August.

Register for the Confirmation Preparation Program

Our Confirmation Program is for students in 9th and 10th grade. 9th grade students will attend Confirmation 1 and 10th grade students will attend Confirmation 2.

Program Cost

$125 per student, which includes all retreat fees.