Confirmation Formation at Our Lady of Fatima Parish takes place during a candidate’s 8th grade year of religious education if Diocesan Guidelines for the reception of sacraments have been met. The sacrament of Confirmation is presently celebrated in the fall of the candidate’s 9th grade year of religious education. The requirements for Confirmation are as follows:
Our parish follows the diocesan guidelines for the reception of sacraments. This means that all children under the age of 18 may not enroll in a sacrament program unless they have been enrolled in, and successfully attended and completed at least one full year of formal religious education classes immediately prior to the year they are eligible to be invited to enroll in the parish Confirmation preparation program.
Our Confirmation program consists of a combination of classroom and independent work in the Confirmation text book, reflective journalism, and participation in the Confirmation sessions that are held on Saturday mornings February through May. Candidates are also invited to join the group from our parish that participates in the yearly Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage with Bishop Malooly and held each year on the Saturday before Palm Sunday.
Meeting dates and times will be announced at the Confirmation orientation meeting – date for 2017/2018 TBD. The fees for the Confirmation program cover the cost of books and supplies. A separate fee for Confirmation retreat will apply. All fees are part of the orientation packet to be distributed at the meeting. Sacrament fees are in addition to yearly PREP registration and are prorated according to the number of children for sacramental preparation in each family.
Registrations for the Confirmation Class of 2018 have begun. Families will receive registration information from the Religious Ed Office. No candidate will be registered for the Confirmation program without first being enrolled for a 2nd consecutive year in either a Catholic school or in the PREP program for the 2017/2018 school year. If the candidate was not baptized or did not make their First Eucharist at Our Lady of Fatima, then copies of those sacrament certificates are needed.
If you have any questions or need your registration form, please contact the Religious Education Office by Email: PREP@OLFNEWCASTLE.COM or 302-328-0307.