Confirmation Level Two

Children's Faith Formation

 

Confirmation Level Two
2017-2018
Program Policies

Amended March 2017

General policies for the Children's Faith Formation apply to the Confirmation Program with the addition of the following:

COHORTS: Candidates will be assigned to a group of peers, facilitated by two adult catechists, and remain as a group for the two year process.


CURRICULUM: The two year Confirmation process is based on the DVD based series, CHOSEN, by Ascension Press.

PREPARATION: Candidates are expected to bring their textbooks to each session. Catechist can give assignment at their discretion. 

CLASSTIMES: There are Seven (7) CHOSEN sessions in Level 2.
Unless otherwise noted, Tuesday sessions occur 6:15 pm to 8:30 pm
                                   Saturday sessions occur 9:00 am to 11:15 am

ATTENDANCE: The flexibility of this program is possible with full attendance. Therefore:

  • Tardiness (beyond five minutes) warrants nonparticipation.
  • Early dismissal will not be allowed
  • Missed workshops must be made up.
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation will be offered only if all requirements are completed.

DISMISSAL FROM SESSIONS

  • In cases where this code is violated, the candidate will receive a SINGLE verbal warning by the catechist.
  • Afterwards, the candidate will be escorted to the office, and the parent will be contacted to pick up their child.
  • the candidate will be required to make up the workshop.

MISSED SESSIONS

  • Due to illness or unforeseen circumstances, candidates will be offered opportunities to make up missed sessions.
  • After both sessions are completed for a given month, CHOSEN catechiists will be asked to facilitate a makeup session.  Once secured, parents will be contacted, via email, on date and the time of the makeup session.
  • The director may intervene if there is an abuse of the makeup policy.
  • A candidate may be allowed to begin the second year, with the understanding that all requirements for both years must be fulfilled in order to receive the sacrament.

SERVICE REQUIREMENTS


There are two (2) ways to complete this requirement 
1. Corporal Works of Mercy. The candidate will complete a minimum of 15 service hours through a combintion of option, including but not limited to

  • Not-For-Profit organization/event (e.g. Feed My Children, Phil’s Friends, Roselle Relay)
  • non-profit community agency (park district, library, or animal shelter)
  • specified St. Walter parish events (Giving Tree, Women’s Advent Tea). Submit a vounteer request form to secure the commitment  A volunteer request can be found in the appendix.

These organizations or ministries have their guidelines for volunteerism. They can terminate their commitment if the candidate is not completing the tasks given. The CFF staff will not serve as an intermediary. 

Use the Corporal Work of Mercy form to track the hours as they are accumulated. Hours must be completed by the first session in August. 

OR

2. Helping St. Walter Children’s Faith Formation. The candidates will complete a full commitment to one of the following children’s ministries.

  • Bible Camp: Five day full participation, including orientation meetings
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Full participation, based on scheduling, September- May
  • Catechist Assistant: Full Participation, based on scheduling, September-April

The candidate must abide by the norms of each ministry and supervision of the adult in charge. Failure to meet the commitment will require additional independent service hours, based on the director’s discretion. Request forms are in the appendix.

RETREAT: All candidates must fully participate in one of three retreat opportunities. The retreat begins with attendance at Mass with his or her family, followed by an afternoon of various activities design to enhance the Sacrament of Confirmation. The sponsor will be expected to participate in the latter part of the candidate’s retreat. Details will be sent closer to the candidate’s requested retreat selection.

CONFIRMATION INTERVIEWAll candidates will be scheduled for an interview to discuss their experience of sacramental preparation, and consider ways of continuing the faith journey. Interviews will occur in January. A copy of the interview protocol will be made available to serve as a point of conversation. 

CONFIRMATION MASS: Three dates submitted for the Confirmation Masses. The selection is left to the discretion of the bishop’s office, An addition date may be given. Once we receive the actual date, we will immediately contact you with the pertinent information.
 


CHOSEN SESSIONS
Level Two 2017-2018

Tuesday Sessions occur: 6:15-8:30 pm
Saturday Sessions occur: 9:00-11:15 am
 
Session 1: Tuesday, August 22, Saturday, August 26
     ** Corporal Works of Mercy Forms are due 

     ** Explanation of Saint Report is discussed and guidelines given

Session 2: Tuesday, September 26/ Saturday, September 30 
     ** Saint Reports are due

     ** Sponsor Meeting, Rite of Enrollment (Sponsors participation required)

Session 3: Tuesday, October 24 Saturday, October 28

Session 4: Tuesday, November 28/ Saturday, December 2
     ** Interview protocol is distributed and discussed

Session 5: Tuesday, January 23/ Saturday, January 27
     ** Interviews will be scheduled January/February

Session 6: Tuesday, February 20/ Saturday, February 24
     ** Sacrament of Reconciliation

Session 7: Tuesday, March 20 All Newly-Confirmed, including Saturday cohorts
     ** Prayer. Celebration. Hospitality by SWYM (St Walter Youth Ministry)
 

Dates requested for Confirmation: March 3, March 10, March 17


 
Corporal Work of Mercy Completion Form
 
 

SAINT REPORT

 
HELPING CFF Form

 

Parish Sponsored Request

 

SPONSOR Form

 

 
 
VERIFICATION FORM - LEVEL TWO