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CONFIRMATION DIOCESAN POLICY

 

Effective July 1, 2010, the Diocese of Richmond established the following normative policies regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation for adolescents who have received the Sacraments of Baptism and the Eucharist.  These policies are intended to be faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church while be sensitive to the current state of parish-based youth ministry and religious education programs across the diocese.  Listed below are some of the expectations set forth by the Diocese:

  • In order for an adolescent to begin preparing for Confirmation, he or she must be currently enrolled in the 10th grade and at least 15 years of age.Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation will occur in the spring of the year in which the candidate has completed the preparation.

  • Elements of the Preparation Program:It is necessary that all pastors, catechetical leaders, youth ministers, and catechists follow the prescribed elements of the preparation program.Other requirements should not be invented, nor should mandatory elements be omitted.

  • Adolescent Catechesis:Preparation for Confirmation be a separate and distinct program from the parish youth ministry or religious education program.

  • All Candidates seeking Confirmation be concurrently enrolled in a religious education program during the year in which they prepare for the sacrament.Enrollment in a religious education program is defined as one of the following: Participation in a systematic, parish-based religious education program or enrollment in a diocesan or private Catholic school

  • Place of Catechesis:All instruction that pertains to the core Confirmation preparation should take place at the candidate’s home parish.Those enrolled in non parish-based religious education (ie. Home school or Catholic school) must prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the program at the home parish.

  • Collaboration with Local Parishes:Parishes are encouraged to work together to facilitate instruction, retreats, and other events in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

 

          Click Here for the Diocesan Confirmation Page

 

ST. ANN'S CONFIRMATION PROGRAM

 

St. Ann’s Confirmation Preparation consists of 5 events (plus full participation in "Living Life"):

  1. A Fall Day Retreat at St. Ann Parish                

  2. A Weekend Multi-Parish Confirmation Retreat 

  3. A Spring Day Retreat at St. Ann Parish            

  4. A Confirmation Celebration Rehearsal              

  5. The Confirmation Celebration                           

 

Please note that participation in all three retreat experiences is required. Casual environments are created, material is presented in various formats, and guest speakers often appear.  Students are encouraged to ask questions and actively engage in disucssions.  The goal is to create a fun and faith-filled experience that the students will enjoy as they talk about matters of faith and religion, and open themselves to the movement of the Holy Spirit.

 

Advanced notice of any conflicts will help to make alternative arrangements for make-up retreats/sessions. 

 

 
Youth Confirmation Preparation & Celebration
Elise Chapman
Youth Minister

Youth Confirmation

"I ask you... to be revolutionaries... The Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity
and the joy that is so characteristic of you."   -Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2013
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