Recommended: Pope Francis' brief catechesis on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. For the video, click here. To read Pope Francis' reflection on the sacrament of confirmation, click here.
We are excited to announce that Bishop Manuel Cruz will be celebrating our Confirmation Mass on Friday evening, May 11, at 7:30pm.
Rehearsal for the Confirmation Mass will take place on Wednesday, May 9, at 7:30pm in the church. All candidates must attend rehearsal. If available, sponsors should attend with the candidate. If the sponsor is not available on Wednesday evening, a parent may stand in for the sponsor at rehearsal.
CONFIRMATION CLASSES 2017-18
Click here for Level 1 Confirmation registration (summer 2017 or fall 2017; candidates entering 9th grade in September 2017 and preparing for Confirmation in Spring 2019)
Click here for Level 2 Confirmation registration (candidates entering 10th grade in September 2017 and preparing for Confirmation in Spring 2018)
Completed registration forms may be mailed to us at 315 First Street or dropped in the Parish Center mailbox in front of the glass doors of the Parish Center, facing Westfield Avenue.
Candidates entering Level 1 (Sept 2017 9th graders) can take the class portion of their Confirmation prep during the week of June 26 - June 30. Classes will be in the Parish Center from 10am - 12 Noon, Monday-Friday. Attendance at all 5 classes is required.
Candidates can also take classes in the fall, on 5 Sunday afternoons. Classes start immediately following the 12 Noon Mass and end at 2:30 on October 1 and 22, November 19, December 10, and January 7.
If a candidate completes all 5 classes in the ninth grade, they do not need to register for classes in tenth grade. They should however register to continue in the Confirmation Preparation program using the form posted above. During this year they can concentrate on completing the other components (CYO, Service, Liturgy, Retreat) of the Confirmation program.
January 30, 2017
Dear Faith Formation families,
Registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation Preparation Program is now open. All those who will be in high school in 2017-2018, have attended faith formation classes or catholic school and have a desire to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation are encouraged to begin this process. Please note that the preparation for the Sacrament is a two year process which models the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. This process includes participation in the life of the Church through word, worship, community and service. The Sacrament of Confirmation is usually celebrated during the Easter season.
Candidates will be required to attend five classes in their Level 1 year. Two options, summer and fall, will be offered to complete this requirement. The summer program will take place June 26-30 (10 am-12 pm). The fall program takes place on five scheduled Sundays from September through January immediately following the noon Mass and ending at 2:30 pm.
Over the two years candidates will also participate in CYO, service and a retreat. In the fall of Level 2, candidates will schedule an interview with a member of the Confirmation team which is made up of the pastor, deacons, staff and catechists. A workbook will be distributed to candidates in January of their Level 1 year to help them prepare for this interview. There will be orientation meetings scheduled for the spring and fall for parent/candidate to explain the preparation process in detail.
The fee for sacrament preparation is $240. This fee covers the cost of books, resources, supplies, copies, CYO expenses and retreat for the two year process. No additional fees will be collected in Level 2. Please note that students entering 10th grade this year (Level 2) will be asked to complete their fee payment of $95 and if they did not attend a retreat in the 9th grade, the $50 retreat fee will be charged when they register for the retreat.
The curriculum used for Confirmation is a continuation of “Chosen” by Ascension Press which is used in the junior high program. Since most of the students will already have a text book, any savings generated from book fees will be gifted to St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Hillside, NJ and used as scholarships for families who are unable to pay the religious education fees.
This is an exciting time for your family as your child begins this time of sacrament preparation. Remember, the best way to prepare to receive the sacrament is by participating in the life of the Church. Please attend Mass each week and Holy Day of Obligation. There is no substitution for the Mass. As you plan your family’s schedule please include Mass as a priority.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Faith Formation at (908) 233-7455.
Director of Faith Formation
Confirmation Handbook (2016-17) – click here (for a printed copy, stop by the Faith Formation or Youth Ministry Office) The handbook is being updated for the 2017-18 year. Check back soon!
Liturgy Reflection (junior high and high school) – click here
Service Form (high school) – click here (Submit when complete; no later than April 1, 2018 for Spring 2018 Confirmation)
Sponsor Form - click here (Submit at the Rite of Enrollment Mass, March 4, 2018, Noon Mass)
Name Form - click here (Submit at the Rite of Enrollment Mass, March 4, 2018, Noon Mass)
Sample Letter of Request for Confirmation - click here (submitted at Rite of Enrollment Mass on March 4, 2018 Noon mass)