Confirmation

Registration for Confirmation is now open for the 2024-2025 Session.

Immaculate Conception Confirmation Registration Information

Confirmation Coordinator: Kevin Anacta kanacta@theimmaculate.org

The 2024-2025 Confirmation Program Registration Period is May 19th – June 25th, 2024.

Online Candidate Registration Forms received after June 25th will incur a $50 late fee. Forms received after August 1st, 2024 will be deferred until the next year as our program will have begun.

 

Registration for Immaculate Conception’s Confirmation Program is a 3 Step Process:

Step 1:

Complete the Online Candidate Registration Form (be prepared to provide dates and locations for your child’s Baptism and First Holy Communion) by June 25th, 2024.

Step 2:

Help your child choose his or her Confirmation Sponsor and have the Sponsor fill out the Online Sponsor Form.

  1. The Sponsor Form must be completed by Monday, August 1st.
  2. Have the sponsor complete a Sponsor Verification form which is e-mailed to them once they register online.
  3. Information to help your child choose his or her Confirmation Sponsor can be found on the Confirmation page on our website: www.theimmaculate.org/church/confirmation

Step 3:

Attend the Parent & Candidate Meeting on either July 14, 2024 or August 11, 2024 (whichever works better for you) from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the Parish Hall.  This meeting is mandatory for both parents and candidate.  At this meeting you will submit the following:

a. The program fee of $200 

  • 1. Payment can be a check made out to “Immaculate Conception” with “CONFIRMATION- YOUR CHILD’S NAME” in the memo.  

b. A copy of your child’s Baptismal and First Communion Certificatesif these Sacraments were not received at Immaculate Conception in Towson.

c. Completed forms for the Worthy of the Call training.  This training is mandatory for teens volunteering in the Archdiocese and will happen during this meeting, and part of their preparation will include volunteer work.  For this training we need a completed Volunteer Form which will be provided for you at the Parent-Candidate Meeting.

What is Confirmation?

Confirmation increases and deepens the grace first received at Baptism.  It is the second Sacrament of Initiation following Baptism but is frequently received after First Holy Communion.  It enables us to better approach God as Father, strengthens our bond with Christ, “increases the gifts of the Holy Spirit in us,” binds us more closely with the Church, and “gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith by word and action.” (CCC, 1303)

Confirmation Preparation has Two Stages:

Remote Preparation

The year of religious education prior to immediate preparation received through either Catholic school, parish religious education or approved home school program 

Immediate Preparation

The yearlong program focused on the Sacrament’s meaning and ritual which provides formation not simply for participation in the Rite of Confirmation but for beginning to live out the sacrament for the rest of one’s life.

THIS is the Confirmation Program we have registration open for.

 

What the Archdiocese Requires of Immediate Preparation:

The Archdiocese of Baltimore requires all parishes to include certain components in the immediate phase of Confirmation preparation.  Each requirement of the Confirmation Program at Immaculate Conception fulfills one of these components.  

Confirmation Requirements:

Candidate Requirements to Register for the Confirmation Program:

Every candidate is required to meet the following requirements:

» Be a rising 9th-12th grader.  Immaculate Conception confirms in the 9th grade year, but any high schooler who has not been confirmed is welcome to join us.

» Attend Sunday Mass weekly and Mass on Holy Days of Obligation

» Have been baptized as a Catholic (if your child was baptized in another Christian faith, please consult with the Confirmation Coordinator).

» Be a parishioner of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in good standing

      • If you attended ICS or Family Faith Formation at Immaculate and are not a parishioner and would like to receive Confirmation at Immaculate Conception, you must request a letter of permission from your parish pastor which also states that you are a parishioner in good standing. This letter can be mailed to Kevin Anacta at 200 Ware Ave. Towson, MD 21204 by August 1st.
      • If you are new to the parish (within the past year), please reach out to  Kevin Anacta.

» Completed the Remote Preparation for the Sacrament meaning having been enrolled in religious education at a Catholic school, religious education program or an approved Catholic home-school program one year prior to registering for the Confirmation Program.

Candidate Program Requirements:

All dates and assignments are required.  Failure to attend the Confirmation Sessions and complete the assignments by their due dates may result in deferring reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

We understand that emergencies happen.  One Session absence is allowed in the case of an emergency and a makeup meeting will be assigned.

» Attend ONE Confirmation Parent & Candidate Meeting on either July 14, 2024 or August 11, 2024 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the Parish Hall 

» Rite of Welcome and Sponsor and Candidate at Sep. 15th 5:30-8:30pm (sign in beginning at 5:00pm)

» ALL 6 Confirmation Sessions on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 6:45-8:30pm starting in October 

» Complete Service Project of 5 hours, at minimum, of service to family, 2 hours to Parish and 5 hours of community service and complete a 250 word essay about the experience

» Choose a Confirmation name (Saint or Blessed) and complete a 250 word essay explaining your choice

» Confirmation Overnight Retreat (date will be announced at the Parent and Candidate Meeting)

» Complete an Interview with a Priest at the end of the program which allows for guidance, encouragement, discussions of faith, content, ownership of faith and continued growth.

» Confirmation Rehearsal and Liturgy (dates will be announced in Fall 2024)

You will receive a calendar of all dates and details of all program components and requirements at the mandatory Parent and Candidate Meeting

Parent/Guardian Requirements:

» Attend ONE Confirmation Parent & Candidate Meeting on either July 14, 2024 or August 11, 2024 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the Parish Hall

Ensure that your teen participates in ALL required events and have him or her complete all assignments

» Be a good example of living the Catholic Faith. Support your teen in prayer and love, take him or her to Mass every Sunday and Holyday of Obligation, go to confession together on a regular basis, etc.

We are so excited to begin this Confirmation journey with you!  We are praying for you and look forward to gathering with you Parent and Candidate Meetings!

Please e-mail me with any questions.       

Sponsor Information

What is a Confirmation Sponsor?

Each Confirmation Candidate is required to select one sponsor to walk with him or her through  the proximate preparation and beyond.  A Confirmation Sponsor is an invaluable assistant to parents in transmitting the Faith and a unique spiritual relationship is formed. For that reason, parents cannot sponsor their own children.  A sponsor is a sort of Catholic mentor.  Sponsors should be good role models, comfortable in their faith, and able to be active in the mentoring process.  It is strongly encouraged that the sponsor chosen lives within a reasonable proximity to allow for active involvement.  A sponsors can be an older adult friend whom the candidate can trust to be open, honest, caring, and encouraging.

Who can be a Confirmation Sponsor?

A sponsor “assists an adult in Christian initiation … [a] sponsor also helps the baptized person to lead a Christian life in keeping with baptism and to fulfill faithfully the obligations inherent in it” (Code of Canon Law 872).

The Church’s Code of Canon Law (CIC 874) defines the requirements for Godparents/Sponsors for the good of the person receiving the Sacrament. To qualify as a sponsor one must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age (Canon 874, 2).
  • Have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist (Canon 874, 3).
  • Attend Mass faithfully every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation (Canon 874, 3).
  • If married, be validly married according to the laws and teachings of the Catholic Church (Canon 874, 3).
  • If single, not cohabiting with someone without the benefit of Marriage (Canon 874, 3).
  • Receive the Sacrament of Penance at least once a year, as necessary (Canon 874, 3).
  • Not have incurred any canonical penalty legitimately imposed or declared by the Church (Canon 874, 4).
  • Not be the father or mother of the one to be confirmed (Canon 874, 5).

*All sponsors must complete a Sponsor Verification Form  August 31st, 2024.

How to Choose Your Sponsor:

The role of a sponsor is that of an active mentor not of holding an honorary title.  By definition, a mentor is someone who serves as a guide, counselor, and teacher for another person.  Whomever you choose should be active in the Church, able and willing to share why his/her Catholic faith is important to him/her, and who lives close enough to help you with and be involved in your preparation.  You can choose a relative (other than a parent/guardian), friend, or someone from the parish as your sponsor.  Carefully consider your choice, pray about it, and when you think you have the right person, ask him or her to help you grow in faith by being your sponsor!

Your Sponsor Serves You in Three Ways:

1) As a role model for you in faith. Your sponsor is someone other than your parents because he/she will assist you and your parents in your continued faith formation.  The person you choose does not have to be the same sex as you. 

2) As a companion on your faith journey, supporting you in prayer and in your search for the Holy Spirit.  Someone whose Christian lifestyle you admire, someone with whom you feel comfortable, and someone who has the time and willingness to be involved with you throughout this process.

3)As a witness for you before the entire Church. Standing by you as you are confirmed, he/she proclaims by that gesture that you are ready and willing to accept the responsibilities and privileges of being a fully initiated member of the Catholic Christian community



What is Required of a Confirmation Sponsor:

The sponsor needs to be willing to meet with the candidate on a regular basis prior to Confirmation and to make a commitment to continue the faith journey after Confirmation.  The sponsor is to attend, stand witness for his/her candidate, and present his/her candidate to the Bishop at the Confirmation Liturgy.

Attendance is required at the:

Opening Mass and Sponsor and Candidate Reflection 5:30-8:30pm Sunday, September 15th, 2024

– Confirmation Rehearsal

– Confirmation Liturgy

Being a Confirmation Sponsor is both an honor and responsibility.  It is our joy to support both candidates and sponsors throughout this Confirmation journey.

We are so excited to begin this journey with you!  We are praying for you and look forward to gathering with you Parent and Candidate Meeting!

Please email me with any questions.

In Him, 

Kevin Anacta

kanacta@theimmaculate.org 

2025 Confirmation Check List

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