Confirmation brings to completion the grace received through Baptism. By this sacrament the baptized are more perfectly bound to the church and are enriched by the strength of the Holy Spirit. The gifts bestowed during this sacrament strengthen us to bear witness to Christ and build up his kingdom here on earth. Just as Jesus shared in Mat 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” he also calls upon us to accept the same mission at our Confirmation.
Our parish communities Confirmation Preparation process will be family based, and is designed to help each one of us to grow in reverence and understanding of the sacredness of this ancient tradition and the importance of how this sacrament, in particular, equips us all to handle daily life as a Christian.
Our goal this year is to work with families to assist them as a primary part of the process in instructing and preparing their teen for the sacrament. A central part of everyone’s preparation for the sacraments is their regular participation in the Sunday Mass, as well as participation in Youth Ministry events. Therefore, especially during this year of Confirmation Preparation, I encourage you to make the regular Sunday celebration of Mass a family priority. Our 8:30 AM liturgy at Ascension Church will be an integral part of our preparation year.
As part of your preparation, eighth grade families, are invited to an event, Monday, October 25 at 6:00 PM, in Mersinger Hall. At this get together, the preparation process will be explained; a schedule and materials will be distributed, but most importantly, this gathering with give teens and families an opportunity to meet Elisa Esasky, our Pastoral Associate of Faith Formation and Evangelization, face-to-face and allow her to answer any additional questions you might have as our year begins.
When will the Sacrament of Confirmation take place?
The celebration of the sacrament for our 2021-22 Sacred Heart and Ascension eighth grade confirmation class will be, Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 7:00 PM in Sacred Heart Church with Bishop Larry J. Kulick.
How do we begin the preparation process for the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Glad you asked. Save the date and attend our Confirmation Parent/Candidate Gathering, Monday, October 25, 2021, at 6:00 PM in Mersinger Hall. A letter was mailed to all families where our parish records indicated an eighth grader is in your household. If you did not receive a letter, please reach out to Elisa Esasky in the Parish Office.
What if I have questions?
Please don’t hesitate and reach out to Elisa Esasky, Pastoral Associate of Faith Formation and Evangelization, in the Parish Office at 724.523.2560, ext. 12, or email her at [email protected].
Save the Date
Monday, October 25, 2021
6:00 to 7:00 PM
Mersinger Hall615 Division Street
Please bring your Confirmation Information Sheet that was included in your letter with you to this gathering.
The Confirmation Information Sheet includes key elements needed for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation, including a space for your Confirmation Sponsor information. Please note that your chosen sponsor must be eligible to serve in this role. If you are unsure, please refer to the qualifications listed to the right.
Confirmation Sponsor Eligibility
The Diocese of Greensburg has official qualifications of Confirmation Sponsors, as well as several guidelines and/or recommendations. Your Confirmation Sponsor should be a great example of what it means to be Catholic. They should be someone who will pray for you and be your support system. Confirmation equips us to handle life as a Christian, but it won’t always be easy. Your sponsor should be someone you know will be there for you through life’s trials and triumphs.
Qualifications of Confirmation Sponsors
- Be designated by the candidate, by the parents or guardians.
- Have the qualifications and intention of performing the role of sponsor.
- Be at least 16 years old.
- Be a fully initiated Catholic (received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist).
- Lead a life of harmony with the faith and role of a sponsor (i.e be a member of a Catholic parish, attend Mass on Sundays and holy days; not be in an irregular marriage, etc.).
- Not be bound by canonical penalty.
- Not be the father or mother of the one to be confirmed.
Our diocese continues the practice of requiring proof of eligibility for sponsorship (in accord with the qualifications above) from the parish in which the sponsor is registered. Have the eligibility form to Elisa Esasky, Pastoral Associate of Faith Formation and Evangelization, by January 3, 2022.
Confirmation Preparation Schedule
The following dates, times and locations list our upcoming Confirmation Preparation Schedule. These preparation sessions are family based. Teens and at least one parent are asked to attend. *Each teen must also select one Confirmation Retreat to attend. Two options are listed below.
|October 25, 2021||Gathering Event||6:00 PM||Mersinger Hall|
|December 19, 2021||Candidate/Parent Session||9:30 AM||Mersinger Hall|
|January 8, 2022||Confirmation Retreat|
|9:00 AM to 12:00 PM||Changed to Virtual Retreat|
|January 16, 2022||Candidate/Parent Session||9:30 AM||Mersinger Hall|
|February 13, 2022||Candidate/Parent Session||9:30 AM||Mersinger Hall|
|March 12, 2022||Confirmation Retreat|
|9:00 AM to 3:00 PM||Our Lady of Grace Church|
|March 20, 2022||Candidate/Parent Session||9:30 AM||Mersinger Hall|
|April 19, 2022||Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation||7:00 PM|
Candidates must arrive by 5:45 PM – Bishop Kulick will meet with all candidates prior to Confirmation.
|Sacred Heart Church|
Corporal Works of Mercy | Family Service Project
No Time Is Better Spent Than in Service to Others
As part of the preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation, we are asking each eighth grade confirmation candidate and their family to incorporate the Corporal Works of Mercy into some form of service for our parishes or broader community. Throughout the next few months, as a family, develop a way of showing how you can live out the Works of Mercy and serve your home parish and community at large.
At our March 2, 2022, session, we will include a celebration of the service work you and your family have completed. At that session, please bring your personalized poster depicting how you fulfilled the service opportunity of your choosing.
Your personalized poster should be:
- No larger than 3′ x 4′ – poster board, foam board, etc.
- Visibly and clearly depict your family name on the poster.
- Include photographs of your acts of service.
- A brief write up/description of the service work completed (share with us what you’ve done).
- Additional depictions if you so desire; these could be hand drawn accounts, logos, thank you notes, testimonies, etc.
Past Confirmation Service Projects have included, but are not limited to, visits to the Ronald McDonald House, 5K runs/walks; chemo kits for hospital patients; handmade blankets for the elderly, neighborhood fall clean ups, clothing drives, and sponsored sports clinics.
We highly encourage you to select a service work that inspires YOU and revolves around YOUR passions in life. The sky is the limit.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Elisa Esasky, Pastoral Associate of Faith Formation and Evangelization, by phone or email.