Preparation for Confirmation involves:
Participation in weekend liturgies and in the faith life of the parish community
Participation in TYM
Participation in a one-day Confirmation Retreat (Level I & II)
Participation in preparation sessions for Confirmation (Level II)
Engaging in service and demonstrating good stewardship (Level I & II)
Providing necessary documentation: data sheet, baptismal certificate, eligibility form from the sponsor, letter of commitment (Level II)
An interview with the pastor or his designated representative
Registering for our Confirmation Program is separate from Faith Formation (TYM) Registration. In order to register for the Confirmation Program at Immaculate Conception, parents of the candidate must attend the required Parent Meeting. Registration for this sacramental program will only be accepted at the Parent Meeting.
The deadlines for paperwork are very important. This allows Immaculate Conception, the Cape Fear Deanery, and the Diocese of Raleigh the time needed to process and prepare the administrative portion of this Sacrament. Below you will find a listing of required forms.
In order to register your child for the Confirmation Program, you will need to provide a copy of their baptismal certificate. If you do not have a personal copy, you can contact the parish in which they were baptized and request one.
Sponsor Eligibility Form
The Code of Canon Law is quite specific about who may be selected as a sponsor. Sponsors must be at least 16, have received the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, not be the father or mother of the one to be confirmed, and be in good standing with the Catholic Church. Each sponsor is required to complete the Diocesan Sponsor Testimony Form thus demonstrating their ability to serve as a sponsor.
Confirmation Data Sheet
So that our parish records and the information reported to the Diocese and the church of Baptism is correct, the Confirmation Data Sheet must be filled out with accurate, up-to-date information.
We are considerate of the fact that youth today are very busy with numerous commitments, but this process, too, is a commitment. If it is not a priority in your child’s life at this time, then we would respectfully suggest that your child consider waiting before pursuing Confirmation. This is not the only time that your child will be able to receive this sacrament, and it is not required that they receive the sacrament now. Confirmation should be celebrated at a time when your child truly wishes to commit the time and attention to this process. If now is not that time, your child’s decision will be treated with respect.
Attendance to all eight sessions of our Confirmation Preparation Program is mandatory. Failure to attend any session will result in your child’s Confirmation being delayed until the following year. Our program does not offer make-up classes or alternative sessions and no exceptions will be made. Excellent attendance to TYM is required of all Candidates for Confirmation. Since proper catechesis and study is required for the reception of the Sacraments, if your youth misses more than three (3) TYM Faith Formation sessions unexcused during a Sacramental year their preparation or reception will be delayed until the following year. In the event a Candidate is faced with a personal illness or family emergency that would keep them from attending a TYM session, a parent should contact the Youth Minister. Our program does not offer make-up classes or alternative sessions and no exceptions will be made.
All Prep sessions ordinarily take place on Sunday afternoons from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Brisson Hall of the De Sales Faith Formation Building. Youth should arrive on time and are expected to attend the entire session in order to be considered present.
Letter of Commitment to the Pastor
A letter to the pastor, indicating a desire to be confirmed and reasons for requesting this sacrament, is due prior to the interview. This letter should be at least one full page. Interviews with the pastor or his designated representative will be scheduled prior to the celebration of the sacrament.
Rather than having the focus on youth performing stewardship hours, ICC is encouraging that those preparing for the sacrament focus on opportunities in which they will work from start to finish on particular projects. The goal is that youth will come to take ownership over their work and faith by seeing the fruits produced from the gifts the Spirit has blessed them with. Each youth will be responsible for completing a pre-determined number of stewardship opportunities, with the focus on participating in projects from start to finish. These stewardship requirements are a commitment that must be met completely in order for them to be counted towards the requirements of Confirmation. Stewardship opportunities are counted for community service projects and events in the parish and local community. Service in a ministry that takes place during the liturgy will not be counted, as participation in the weekly liturgy is expected already. If you have a question as to whether an opportunity or project will be counted, please contact the Youth Minister for clarification.
The one-day Confirmation Retreat is an important part of this process. It is for candidates only and usually takes place in the spring.
Cape Fear Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation
The dates for the deanery celebration(s) are set according to the bishop’s schedule. Candidates and sponsors are required to attend a rehearsal.