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Sacrament of Confirmation


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Dear Parents,

Greetings to you from the Pastoral Team of St. Mary’s Church. During the next school year your child will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in the late fall. As a Parish, we are looking forward to sharing with you this journey of faith as your child prepares to receive this Sacrament.

It is not too early to begin helping your child to prepare for the sacrament even though it is some months away.
First, we would like to offer a few remarks about the sacrament itself and then offer some practical ways preparation can begin at home.

Confirmation is the Sacrament in which one is enriched by the gift of the Holy Spirit and bound more perfectly to the Church. It strengthens us and obliges us to be witnesses to Christ by word and deed. It is the Sacrament by which one enters into full membership in the Catholic Church.

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives us the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply as children of God, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us to bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.

A Christian does not live as a child of God through his or her own efforts alone but through the grace of God. We see this in a practical way when we look back on our own lives and the lives of others, even the lives of the saints. Therefore, it is our duty to seek the grace that God offers us in order to live our lives as Christians in the way that God intends.

The best way of preparing your child for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is by participating in Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday each week. Participating in the Eucharistic life of the community is both a privilege and an obligation of Confirmed Catholics. This is also an important way that parents demonstrate to their children the importance they place on the faith they are handing on to their children. Worshipping as a community we build up the Body of Christ. If your family has not been attending Mass regularly in the past, we are confident that by doing so you will notice many benefits by the time Confirmation approaches.

Here are a couple of areas you might want to discuss with your child over the summer in preparation for the reception of Confirmation.

1. Choosing a Sponsor
You can begin thinking about a sponsor for your child if you have not already done so. The sponsor must be a practising Roman Catholic who has received the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation. The sponsor may be either male or female and at least 16 years of age. He/she should be a good role-model in the Faith.

2. Choosing a Confirmation Name
In both the Old and New Testament, when God had a new mission for someone, He often gave them a new name. Even without a new name, your name has always told others who you are.

There are two options when deciding on a Confirmation name. First, because Confirmation is the strengthening of the work that God began in your child’s life at Baptism, it is recommended that you give first preference to using your child’s baptismal name for Confirmation. This shows the integral link between Baptism and Confirmation. Second, you can choose a new name for Confirmation. The name should be that of a saint you admire or the saint name of someone you know and look up to as a Christian role-model.

There are many helpful websites available to assist you in gathering information about the saints. Here are two.
1. www.catholicforum.com/saints
2. www.catholic.org/saints

Baptismal Certificate

In order for your child to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, you will be asked to provide the school with your child’s baptismal certificate.

If your child has not been baptized and you wish him or her to receive Confirmation, please contact us as soon as possible to begin the process of preparation for Baptism.

With these words, be assured of our thoughts and prayers for you and your families. Have safe and relaxing summer.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Tom, Father Eric, and Sister Loretta

St. Mary’s Pastoral Team


 


 
 

Dear Parents,

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred by Bishop William McGrattan on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2016 at the 5 p.m.. Mass in St. Mary’s Church.

If you wish your child to receive this Sacrament, there are 2 things you will need to do:

1. You must attend ONE of the 2 Parent Meetings which will be held at St. Mary’s School gym on the following dates: MONDAY, SEPT.12 at 6:30pm and THURSDAY, SEPT. 15 at 6:30 pm.

If you do not come to one of these meetings, your child WILL NOT receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please make arrangements to attend one of these meetings. By coming to the meeting, you are saying that your child’s reception of the Sacrament is important to you and your family and that you support your son/ daughter in the preparation which is done at the school. If for some reason you are unable to attend any one of the 2 meetings, it is your responsibility to immediately let either the Parish Office or the school know that you cannot come.

2. Please complete the Sacrament Information Form and return it along with a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate. If you do not have your child’s Baptismal Certificate, you will need to contact the parish in which your child was baptized and obtain one (We can help you do this). Then bring it to the Parish Office. If your child has not been baptized and you wish him/her to receive Confirmation, please contact the Parish Office as soon as possible to begin the process of preparation for Baptism.

Confirmation is the Sacrament by which one is enriched by the gifts of the Holy Spirit and bound more perfectly to the Church. It strengthens us and obliges us to be witnesses to Christ by word and deed. It the Sacrament by which one enters into full membership in the Catholic Church.

A Christian does not live as a child of God through his or her own efforts alone but through the grace of God. We see this in a practical way when we look back on our own lives and the lives of others, even the lives of the Saints. Therefore, it is our duty to seek the grace that God offers us in order to live our lives as Christians in the way that God intends.

The best way of preparing your child for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation is by participating in Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday each week. Participating in the Eucharistic life of the community is both a privilege and an obligation of Confirmed Catholics. This is also an important way that parents demonstrate to their children the importance they place on the faith they are handing on to their children. Worshipping as a community we build up the body of Christ. If your family has not been attending Mass regularly in the past, we are confident that by doing so you will notice many benefits by the time Confirmation approaches.

As a Pastoral Team, we are here to help you and your child to know Jesus Christ and to love and follow Him more nearly. Let us know how together we can help.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Tom Lynch, Fr. Eric Mason, Sister Loretta LaPointe and Valerie Finley (Secretary)

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