CONFIRMATION 2022 - Registration Closed
Per Diocesan rule, Confirmation preparation cannot begin until a young person is in high school (9th grade) and must be a two-year program so that Confirmation is received no earlier than 10th grade. At St. Andrew, our two-part program begins in November of one school year and continues until the end of October the next (thus, the program lasts about one calendar year). The gatherings take place on Sundays, 3pm, usually twice a month.
At St. Andrew, our Confirmation Preparation Gatherings require each candidate to attend with a companion, someone they feel comforable with engaging the material. Ideally this companion would be their Confirmation Sponsor. As geography and/or other circumstances don't always permit the sponsor to attend the gatherings, another companion can be chosen, for instance a parent or older sibling. The candidate should not attend any gatherings without a companion as the discussions and activities are organized around these pairs.
We have a Fall Confirmation here at St. Andrew Church. For a few years we've requested and received the last Monday in October as our Confirmation date. Each year we request dates from the bishop in the fall and receive our official date for the following year in either late December or early January. Thus, around new year's time we will know our official Confirmation date for the next fall.
Registration for Confirmation takes place separately from Family Faith Formation (the program for families with elementary and middle school aged children).
Registration for new candidates (those who have not already been in Confirmation preparation) will take place in October & November for the new group that begins preparation in November.
If you have younger children and register for Family Faith Formation, there is a place in that registration to tell us that you have a new Confirmation candidate. If you check that box, we will put you on a list to be notified when Confirmation registration opens. If you aren't in Family Faith Formation but would like to be on that notification list, simply contact the Faith Formation Office at 239.574.2411.
2022 Confirmation Registration opened October 4, 2021 and closed November 12.
Initial $30 per candidate at time of Registration. Another fee will be assessed Fall 2021 for the second part of Confirmation preparation.
Open Period: October 4 - November 12 (There will be NO registrations accepted after Nov 12.)
Registration is a Two Step Process.
Step 1: Parish Registration
If you are not already a registered parishioner at St. Andrew Church (in our database with updated information and regularly receiving pre-printed tithing envelopes), then you must register in the parish first.
You can so so online here (in English).
Si necesita hacer una inscripción en español, clic aquí.
Feel free to complete this step now (even if outside the Confirmation Registration window) if you need to do so. You will then be ready on October 25 to complete Step 2.
Step 2: Confirmation Registration
Online with immediate debit/credit card payment.*
Registration link appears here when open.
* If you cannot pay with a debit/credit card or all at once, please contact the Faith Formation Office (239.574.2411) to make alternative arrangements. We are happy to help you register during our office hours (Mon-Thurs 10a-4p) or by appointment if you need to either pay by an alternative method (check or cash) or need to discuss financial assistance. Please never allow financial burden to prevent you from registering.
Introduction (November - December)
In these first two months, we begin with the paperwork! Specifically, we invite candidates to explore, research, choose, and report on a chosen Saint Name as well as make that most important Confirmation-related decision: who will be the sponsor? Once the saint name and sponsor are in place, the real preparation is ready to begin.
Part One (January - May): The Search
What is this journey in between the event we call “birth” and the one we call “death”? Is the journey taking you somewhere, or are you leading yourself to some kind of destination – a destination that could extend beyond your last breath? What do you want from your life during the in between? The questions are there. And, the answers are too.
We will be using this Formed.org video course to explore these important questions, candidate and sponsor/adult together.
Summer Conversations (June - August)
During the summer months, the candidates participate in two conversations, one with their companion and one without, in which we reflect on the journey so far and look ahead to what's coming.
Part Two (August - October): Decision Point (Selections)
Author and speaker Matthew Kelly created Decision Point as the very first thing his company Dynamic Catholic did in hopes of re-energizing Catholicism in the United States. We will be using selections from the video-based curriculum as well as the journal workbooks to engage with the material in our gatherings.
Click here to download the standard Confirmation Paperwork packet to be completed at the beginning of the preparation program.
For more information email Jerry Harrington ([email protected]) or call the Faith Formation Office at 239.574.2411.