The Sacrament of Confirmation continues the work begun at Baptism by bringing an increase and deepening of baptismal grace to our lives. In this Sacrament, we become more perfectly united to the Church and receive special grace from the Holy Spirit, which enables us to better live out our Faith as true witnesses of Christ’s love and presence. St. Charles Borromeo’s Confirmation Preparation program is designed to draw students into a deeper communion with Christ and the Church as they prepare to receive this Sacrament. In accordance with the Omaha Archdiocesan requirements, St. Charles Borromeo offers a two-year preparation program for the Sacrament of Confirmation. At our parish, this typically takes place during the 7th and 8th grade years, though some older students who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation also may participate in this preparation program.
Confirmation preparation classes are held on Tuesday/Wednesday nights at St. Charles Borromeo. Additionally, students preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation should complete at least four stewardship and community service projects and reflections each year, a saint reflection, and must attend a retreat during their 8th grade year. Service and Stewardship Reflection forms are available on this website and should be turned in to the parish office.
Feb 10, 2017Mass Mass
|Date||7th Grade||8th Grade|
|Oct. 4/5, 2016||Sponsors Due||Sponsors, Baptism Certificates,
and info form due
|Dec 8, 2016||Mass||Mass|
|Dec. 13/14, 2016||Saint Reflection Due||Saint Reflection Due|
|Feb. 10, 2017||Mass||Mass|
|Mar. 28/29, 2017||Saint Banners Due|
|Apr. 4/5, 2017||Service Reflections||Service Reflections|
|April 12/13, 2017||Letter to the Archbishop|
|May 3, 2017||7pm - Confirmation|
Candidates for Confirmation are expected to complete 8 Service Projects throughout the two years of preparation. A general guideline for these projects is to complete 4 each year as follows:
7th Grade: 2 Community, 1 Parish, 1 Family
8th Grade: 2-3 Community, 1 Parish, 1 Family
The purpose of Confirmation service projects is for the candidates to explore the many gifts and talents God has given them and the different ways they can use these gifts and talents to love and serve Christ, His Church, and His people. As confirmed Catholics, they will be called to a deeper level of responsibility in spreading Christ’s love and truth to His people. As they prepare to be confirmed, candidates should reflect upon the ways that Christ is calling them to take on this responsibility to be living witnesses of their faith. Christ shows us through His own life that true love for others takes the form of self-giving service.
*NOTE* - When looking at the Service Log pay attention to the Service Number "#" Column ONLY. Do NOT base the log off the row numbers to the far left.
The tradition of selecting a Saint’s name for Confirmation grew out of a pre-Vatican II practice that asked Confirmandi to select a Saint’s name to be invoked during the Rite of Confirmation. However, since Vatican II, this practice is no longer a requirement of the Rite of Confirmation.
The Church strongly suggests that you use the name your parents gave to you at Baptism, because Confirmation is the fulfilment or completion of the Sacrament of Baptism. If your name has a Christian basis, we suggest that you study its meaning and learn about the lives of some of the great people who have shared your name throughout the history of Christianity. You might want to ask your parents why they gave you your name. In Confirmation, you recommit yourself to this name.
If your name does not have a Christian basis, you may want to pick the name of a Saint who represents the kind of Christian you desire to be. The Saints in Heaven are intercessors who pray with us and for us to God. They are companions on our journey. When you are in need, you may ask a friend to pray for you. Just as you ask for the intercession of your friend, you can also ask for the prayers of the Saints. The Saint you choose can be praying for you both as you prepare for Confirmation and throughout your life as you journey closer to God.
People pray to the saints to help us for many different reasons. We ask St. Christopher to pray for our safety when we travel, St. Anthony to help us when something or someone is lost, St. Monica if we have trouble with unanswered prayers, St. Martin to pray for the sick, St. John Vianney to pray for us when we are failing. Which of the saints would you ask to pray for you as you journey through life to live the life that God is asking of you?
|Open Door Mission
Canned food collections for the SVdP Pantry
Help collect canned goods once a month before Masses and pack these goods up after the 11am Mass.
A member from the parish of the SVdP conference will be there to help.
**Only 2 volunteers may sign up for each Mass. If you would like to volunteer, you must sign up ahead of time.
Parish Lenten Fish Frys
Volunteer to help at our Lenten Fish Frys and earn Confirmation hours by bussing tables or helping with trash.
If you'd like to volunteer to help out, please contact Sarah Finneran at
St. Vincent de Paul Truck Unloading
Twice a year the SVdP truck comes to St. Charles Borromeo to collect large items from parishioners to aid the needy. Helpers to unload cars and pack the truck are always needed.