Confirmation at St. Charles

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.    

pdf Confirmation Packet 2016-2017 (1.09 MB)

  pdf Confirmation Sponsor Form - SCB Parishioners (237 KB)

pdf Confirmation Sponsor Form - non-SCB Parishioners (230 KB)

 

Calendar

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

 - All Baptismal Certificates, Sponsor Recommendation Forms, and Information Forms must be turned in to the office by October 3rd or 4th, 2017 to ensure Confirmation

Date

1st year

2nd year

August 26, 2017

Parent meeting 10 am

Parent meeting 10am

September 16, 2017

 

Retreat 8am-1130

October 3/4, 2017

Sponsors name and email only due

Sponsor form, Baptism Certificate, and Confirmation info Form Due

November 1, 2017

Holy Day of Obligation

Holy Day of Obligation

November 11, 2017

Retreat 830am- noon

 

December 5/6, 2017

Saint Reflections due

Saint Reflections due

December 8, 2017

Holy Day of Obligation

Holy Day of Obligation

December 12/13, 2017

Old Testament test

Old Testament test

March 27/28, 2018

 

Saint Banners due

April 3/4, 2018

First 4 Service Reflections due

All service reflections due

April 10/11, 2018

 

Letter to Arch bishop due

April 17/18, 2018

New Testament test

New Testament test

May 1, 2018

 

Confirmation- 7pm

Service Guidelines

 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. 

pdf Service Guidelines (479 KB)                          pdf Community Service Reflection   (300 KB)

pdf Parish Service Reflection (302 KB)                 pdf Family Service Reflection (302 KB)

 

1st Year Confirmation Prep Service Log

2nd Year Confirmation Prep Service Log

 

*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 Saints and Confirmation

History behind Choosing
a Confirmation Name

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?

  pdf Saint Reflection (271 KB)

  pdf Saint Banner (300 KB)

Saint Resources:
Collection of Saint Stories
Saint Stories for Youth

 

Service Opportunities

Community

Parish

Open Door Mission
On the 3rd Saturday of each month, the Social Justice ministry prepares and serves lunch at the Open Door Mission in North Omaha.  Volunteers must be at least 12 years old.   For more information, contact Ed Carlin at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.  
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Jake LaRue at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 402-312-9387.

 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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. 

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Jake LaRue at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 402-312-9387.

Resources

  • General Topics
    • YouCat - a new youth version of the Catechism, in Q&A format
  • The Saints
    • Butler's Lives of the Saints
  • Q&A Books
    • Did Adam and Eve Have Belly Buttons? - Matthew Pinto
  • Dating and Relationships
    • If You Really Loved Me by Jason and Crystallina Evert
    • Pure Womanhood by Crystallina Evert