Dear Families, It's time to prepare your child for the sacrament of Confirmation. This is a wonderful time for your family and for our parish as we celebrate the completion of the initiation process that began at Baptism. In the sacrament of Confirmation, we receive God's grace and are strengthened by the Holy Spirit. We look forward to watching your child learn, pray, and work together over the next several months.
Confirmation Mass Saturday, April 20 | 5 p.m. | St. John
Parent Info Meeting August 27 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Favret Hall Registration Deadline September 24, 2024
All events below are mandatory: Confirmation Preparation Sessions October 8 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Favret Hall October 15 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Favret Hall November 5 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Center November 12 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Center December 3 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Center December 10 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Favret Hall January 7 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Center January 14 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Favret Hall February 4 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Center March 3 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Favret Hall
Confirmation Retreat April 6 | 1-6 p.m. | Jesuit Spiritual Center 5361 S. Milford Rd, Milford, OH 45150 No meals provided, please eat ahead of the retreat. Concludes with Mass at JSC. Conf. Rehearsal April 14 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Church
Confirmation April 20 | 4:15 arrival | Chapel April 20 | 5 p.m. Mass | Church
Mass Dress Code Policy
When fixing your hair, we recommend leaving your forehead uncovered so when anointed, you don’t have oil in your hair. Do not wear sneaker, sandals, flip flops or other casual shoes. Do not wear casual jeans, pants or shorts.
A modest dress (dress must be no higher than 1 inch above the knee)
Modest skirt with blouse (skirt must be no higher than 1 inch above the knee)
Dress pants with blouse
If back and/or shoulders are not covered, a sweater, light dress jacket or shawl is required
Ladies, Please No:
Skirts or dresses that fall well above the knee
Tight, backless, or low cut dresses
Anything exposing the abdomen
Dress pants with a belt
Dress shoes with socks
Dress shirt with a collar and shirt tucked in
Tie (suggested, but optional)
Jacket (suggested, but optional)
Gentlemen, Please No:
Sagging pants without a belt
T-shirts or graphic tees
Attendance Policy Each of the preparation sessions are mandatory and must be attended. If you are going to miss a session, make sure you e-mail ahead of time. There will be mandatory make-up sessions for those who miss a session. The schedule for make-up sessions will be posted on the website and sent to families in September. If you know that you will miss more than two sessions due to conflicts, please contact Joe to discuss your options. The confirmation interviews are included in the mandatory sessions.
Behavior Youth participants will:
Project an image of Christian consideration, sensitivity, and respect to everyone and to the property around them through language, dress, and behavior
Refrain from inappropriate touching and verbal harassment
Respect other persons and/or property
Refrain from actions that could result in injury to themselves, others and/or damage to property
Keep their personal belongings with them at all times
Report problems of any kind to a trusted adult
Health and Safety We are conscious that the health of one candidate affects the health of every candidate when we meet in person. If you suspect you have any contagious illness, be it COVID or a cold, DO NOT attend that evening's meeting. Email Joe as soon as you can, and make up work will be giving to you. For teens who are immunocompromised, please contact Joe Neidhard and we will set up adaptive measures.
Weather If inclement weather forces the cancellation of a meeting or retreat, an e-mail will be sent out to all participants and parents. We will also be sending emails or updating our Facebook or website with this information. Please make sure to check these sites on bad weather dates.
Long ago, when Baptism and Confirmation were celebrated together, a new name was chosen to indicate that this person was no longer the same person he/she was before, but that they had assumed a new Christian lifestyle. Except for the RCIA process (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, where we bring people into the Catholic Church) we no longer celebrate Baptism and Confirmation together. Instead, we celebrate Confirmation as a continuation and finalization of the initiation process. To show unity in the initiation process, the Church encourages us to use our Baptismal name for Confirmation. However, you may choose to use a “Confirmation Name” instead.
This name should be:
A Christian name that holds special meaning for you
The name of a saint or a good Christian role model
The bishop or his representative will speak your name as he anoints your head with the Chrism at the Confirmation Mass. Please have your confirmation name submitted by February 5.
Letter of Intent
Each Candidate will need to bring a handwritten letter to the Pastor stating their intent to be confirmed. These are due 5 days before Confirmation.
At St. John, we want all candidates to have participated in two (2) service events. These two service events can be done with our parish or another agency. We do not require a specific number of hours. We encourage students to participate in the liturgy at St. John. These will count as an experience of service. You can assist with the mass in one of these ways:
If the candidate is already serving as an Altar Attendant, Eucharistic Minister, or in some other position frequently, they only need to do 1 other experience of service. After completing service events, candidates must fill out a questionnaire describing service performed as well as how the service impacted them. The form can be found at the top of this section.
Examples of Service: Nursery Worker (at church); Soup Kitchen; Our Daily Bread; Share-A-Lunch; Reach Out Lakota; Project Restore; Scouting Service Projects; Catechist Aide (PSR, etc.); Helping Elderly Neighbors; Service/Volunteer opportunities at your school; Warm Welcomes
NOTE: Doing household chores or being paid to help a neighbor is not service! If you have any questions about service, please contact Joe Neidhard.
St. John Youth Ministry will provide many service opportunities (at least 1 per month) that you are invited to attend. You will receive alerts to upcoming service events you can participate in.
A sponsor is the person chosen by the candidate as a representative of the Catholic Church community to support the candidate on her/his journey. Each candidate must choose a sponsor who will help him or her prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation. You need the support and presence of your sponsor. When choosing a sponsor, keep in mind that the sponsor must take an active part in the process. Please carefully read the following descriptions of the requirements, role, and participation of the sponsor.
Should be at least 16 years old
Must be a confirmed Catholic
Must have already received the Sacrament of Eucharist
Must lead a life in harmony with the faith and the role of sponsor (practicing Catholic)
May NOT be the parent of the candidate
Does not have to be the baptismal sponsor
Does not have to be the same sex as the candidate.
Role of the Sponsor
To journey with the confirmation candidate through the discernment and preparation process
To present the candidate to the bishop for anointing
To support the newly Confirmed young adult as she/he continues on their faith journey
Assists with the service experiences if possible
Participates in the confirmation celebration liturgy
Sponsor Night We ask that all sponsors attend the final confirmation meeting with their candidates March 3 at the Parish Center. We can make accommodations for out-of-town sponsors to Zoom into this meeting, otherwise make-up work will be assigned.
Are you interested in changing the lives of Catholic teens? Would you like to get to know the teens of our parish? Do you want to share your faith life with them? If so, we would love to have your help with this year’s confirmation ministry!
Our confirmation ministry begins in October and finishes in April with Confirmation. For full details on dates and events, please see the Confirmation Schedule page. If you are interested in assisting with the Confirmation program or have any questions, please contact Joe Neidhard for more information. Volunteer Opportunities: There are a variety of volunteer opportunities to assist in leading, presenting or assisting in the administration of the Confirmation program and events.
We have a job for YOU! (Parishioners, parents, grandparents, older siblings, etc.) We need multiple volunteers to make this preparation happen. Please prayerfully consider helping.
Mentor - In charge of assisting a catechist at each Confirmation session. Will be in charge of helping to lead discussion, prayer, and any other activities.
Catechist (and Catechist substitute)- You will be teaching a lesson to the youth during Confirmation prep. You will only need be responsible for 1 lesson throughout the entire duration of sessions, but you will present it to five different groups of candidates.
Please Note: Because of the nature of our process, we are seeking people for Mentors & Catechists who will commit to being here for EVERY meeting.
Please contact Joe Neidhard in the Parish Office if you have any questions.