Confirmation was held April 1st 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Anthony’s Parish

Congrats to all the Candidates and their Families!

Community Service Project 

  • Over the course of spring and summer, candidates are asked to complete 30 hours of community service.
  • Oct.17 LT night will be focused on candidates sharing their experiences with this community service project with the larger group.

 

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This past year GSP Life Teen group of 16 students prepared for the sacrament of Confirmation by using the Dynamic Catholic Program that included doctrine, worship, community and service.

“Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation,” whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.  For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.” -Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1285

  • Click here  Bishop Barron on the Sacrament of Confirmation.  This 10minute video from August 2016 gives some great insight into this important Sacrament. 

Doctrine:

During a series of Sunday night Life Teen nights students will participate in the Decision Point Confirmation preparation created by Dynamic Catholic.  See Life Teen page for weekly schedule and here link to the program that is 100% available on line for teens and families to participate in together as an added element of preparation. http://dynamiccatholic.com/confirmation/view-program/

Essential Doctrinal Elements

  •   Understand the meaning of confirmation as a sacrament of initiation and its relationship to baptism and Eucharist.
  •   Understanding of the sacramental life of the Church and the importance of the Eucharist as source and summit of the Catholic faith.
  •   Familiarity with Scripture as the inspired Word of God and to use the Bible for study and prayer.
  •   Acceptance of the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes as foundations of the moral teachings ofthe Catholic Church.
  •   Specific instruction on the Church’s teaching on human sexuality.
  •   Promotion of justice and service as a response to the Scriptural principle of the preferential option for the poor and the tenets of the Beatitudes.
  •   Understanding the elements of the Creed as the Church’s profession of faith.
  •   Emphasis on the need for faith as a human response to God’s free offer of grace.
  •   Awareness that the response to God’s offer of grace is a life expressed through prayer andpersonal and social moral living.
  •   Vocation and Discernment of God’s call to the ordained or religious life  or The vocation of marriage

Worship:

  • Weekly participation in Sunday Eucharist and participation in  addition worship through events such as: Praise and Worship Nights, Adoration of the Blessed Sacraments and Stations of the Cross throughout the year.
  • A Saturday March 18th Good Shepherd Parish for candidates and sponsors.

Community:

  • Through this programs students are introduced to various GSP ministries when parishioners come to LT nights and share their faith journey. Students are welcome to participate in events with the Net Group, and island wide youth christian ministry.

Service:

  • Student will participate in an island community service event where they are given the opportunity to live out their faith by giving their time and energy to a local cause. Through the year, students participate in GSP events as community service, such as The Christmas Tea.

Confirmation Names

The candidate may choose a confirmation name. The baptismal name is always an appropriate name for confirmation in order to show the relationship between baptism and confirmation. If a special name is chosen it should be the name of a recognized saint. If the baptismal name is not that of a saint then a name of a saint may be considered for the confirmation name.

Parents and Guardians

Parents or guardians are the primary educators of and witnesses of the faith. They support and encourage their children by regularly participating at Sunday Mass as a family and by loving and nourishing one another in faith, especially through example. Parents and guardians should take an active interest in the parish preparation for the sacrament of confirmation.

Sponsors

To emphasize the unity of baptism and confirmation it is appropriate, where possible, to choose one of the baptismal godparents to again serve as sponsor. Both parents and sponsor should be instructed about their roles early in the two-year preparation for the sacrament.  The role and qualifications for the sponsor and the godparents are defined in Canon Law 32.

The sponsor should be:

  • A fully initiated Catholic who is living a life in harmony with Church teaching.
  • Not under canonical penalty.
  • At least 16 years of age or in an exceptional case if the Pastor or minister deems that there is just cause to permit a younger person to serve in the role.

For Parents and Sponsors

~ Please feel free to call or email Erin Lambert, youth minister, if you have any questions at 508-693-0342 or  erin@goodshepherdmv.com.