St. Vincent’s follows the Catholic Diocese of Ft. Worth Guidelines for Confirmation.
- Youth who are in 10th grade or above are eligible for Confirmation preparation. This Sacramental program begins with a required parent meeting on Sunday Oct. 7th at 2pm. That same day the youth attend a meeting at 5:00pm. Meetings are in the Activity Center.
- Every student needs to register for St. Vincent’s Religious Education prior to registering for Confirmation. These are two separate registrations. You cannot register for Confirmation until you have finished registering for Religious Education and paying the fee.
- All classes are held on Sunday mornings from 10:15-12:15pm to allow youth to attend 5:30pm Mass on Saturday or Sunday 9:00 or 12:30pm.
- Classes are : Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 10, April 7
- A required retreat is held Friday March 1-Sunday March 3, 2013. Chartered buses leave St. Vincent’s at 6:30pm to go to Camp Hoblitzelle, in Midlothian. The retreat fee is $113 which includes the bus, lodging and all meals.
- If youth cannot attend their parish retreat, they must find another Catholic Church’s Confirmation retreat to attend before April 15th.
- Confirmation practice and rehearsal will be Saturday April 20 from 10-noon. This is for the Sponsor and the candidate. (A proxy may be used.)
- Confirmation Mass will be Thursday night 7:00pm April 25, 2013
- Confirmation class is held in one room with many tables. It is a large group presentation and small group discussion.
- Youth are divided into groups by a lottery and will stay in their group all year.
- Each group will work together on one project at St. Vincent’s sometime during their Confirmation preparation time.
- Each youth must serve 30 hours of Christian Ministry Service. 15 hours may be served prior to the student entering 10th grade. CMS is not community service; it is a time to serve the poor and needy that requires our help. It is also a time to discover where you can serve in our own church.
- Each youth will have a Sponsor. A sponsor must be at least 16 years old and a practicing Catholic. This person should have a good relationship with the Confirmation Candidate and provide opportunities for prayer and discussion.
- The sponsor has a packet that also needs to be filled out for each student. A letter from their home parish stating that they are a fully participating Catholic needs to be sent to St. Vincent’s.
- Throughout the year parents will be asked for various things. Post cards and email will be employed to contact everyone. One example is the letter that the youth read on retreat. It is from the parents. We have a deadline for that letter to be safely filed away to be given out at retreat. Late letters have no guarantee of being filed correctly however hard we try. So please pay attention to deadlines.
Rite of Christian Initiation adapted for Teens (RCIT):
- This is a time of discovery and learning about the Catholic faith. Some youth have not had the opportunity to be fully alive in their faith.Some may have been Baptized, some may not have been Baptized. Some have received their sacraments, some have not. These youth come together to learn anew about their faith. In addition to this course, the youth also attend their age appropriate RE class. For example, if a youth is in 10th grade and has been Baptized, but has not received Reconciliation or Eucharist, that student would attend Confirmation Class on the scheduled Sundays along with the RCIT classes on the scheduled Sundays (They do not conflict.) The youth is kept with his peer group for RE but also studies with the RCIT group. The schedule is youth friendly and geared to busy teens. 7-9th graders would do their RE class on Wednesdays and RCIT on Sundays.
- Youth are welcome and registration is in the fall.