Our community will begin a new year of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation for teens and high-school students in September 2017. By receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation those who have been baptized will continue their growth in faith and further their initiation into the one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church. Confirmadi receive the Holy Spirit, which Jesus sent to his first disciples at Pentecost. The Holy Spirit forms the faithful to me more like Jesus and to build up His kingdom in the world. Confirmandi will be marked with the Sacred Chrism as a seal which cannot be removed as a sign of their faith and love for God. Teens who walk through this preparation process will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at 12:00 Mass on Sunday, April 22, 2018 with Bishop Donald Hanchon.
Teens who want to prepare for Confirmation are to be/have:
• Reached at least the 8th grade level in faith formation or religion class;
• Be baptized Roman Catholic;
• A current, registered member of St. Regis Catholic Parish;
• Attended faith formation classes or a Catholic School from 1st through 8th grade (If some of these years were skipped, we will deal with it on an individual basis);
• Enrolled for the current 2017-18 academic year in a Catholic school or Parish Faith Formation program.
Please read below regarding the preparation process for teens to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2018.
Confirmation Parent and Teen Introductory Session – Teens with at least one parent MUST attend ONE session; please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, September 10, from 1-2 PM in the Church; OR, Wednesday, September 13, from 7-8 PM in the Church.
Confirmation Registration Packets – By Monday, October 9, teens must return completed registration packets to the Parish Office in person or via email to email@example.com. For organization and record keeping, it is imperative that full completed packets be returned on-time, complete with all necessary baptismal records, to the Parish Office Center.
Sponsor Packet – Teens will receive a packet of materials to complete with their sponsors. Packets must be completes and returned at the January 21 Enrollment Mass (see below).
Rite of Enrollment – Teens, and their families and sponsors will attend 12:00 Mass on Sunday, January 21 to participate in the Rite of Enrollment, receive a blessing for their ongoing preparation, and pass out prayer cards to invite our community to pray for them. Completed sponsor packets must be returned at this Mass.
Stewardship Christian Service Packet – By Monday, February 5 teens must turn in completed stewardship packets to the parish office or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For organization and record keeping, it is imperative that full completed packets be turned in on-time to the Parish Office Center.
Confirmation and Discipleship Retreat – Teens who are preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation at St. Regis in April 2018 and ALL St. Regis Catholic School 8th graders must attend 1 of 3 retreat sessions; choose from, Sundays, February 11; March 4; or, March 11. All retreat sessions have the same format: St. Regis Parish 12:00noon Mass; 1:30pm lunch and retreat at Manresa Jesuit Retreat Center in Bloomfield Hills; retreat sessions end at 5:00pm at Manresa. Transportation is not provided; teens must arrive to each part of the retreat on-time. Retreat session are for teens only; not for sponsors or parents. Sponsors and parents are encouraged to attend 12:00noon Mass at St. Regis with their tees.
Interviews with Fr. Buersmeyer – Each teen with their sponsor and parents will participate in an interview to assess their readiness for the sacrament of confirmation with Father Dave. Interviews are TBD at this time, but will take place from February 20 – March 2, 2018.
Mass and Rehearsal
Monday, April 16: Students and sponsors or parents attend 6:45 p.m. Mass followed by 7:30-8:30 p.m. Confirmation rehearsal in the church.
Sunday, April 22: Archdiocese of Detroit Bishop Donald Hanchon will anoint the sacrament of Confirmation on Roman Catholic students who have been preparing to receive this special sacrament this year at our parish 12:00 Mass.
There are many more students in our school who have also been practicing to grow in faith and discipleship this year. All 8th grade students are invited to attend and take part in Confirmation Mass on Sunday, April 22. Roman Catholic students will receive the sacrament of Confirmation, and any other 8th graders who attend will receive a special blessing. If a student who is not receiving the sacrament of Confirmation wishes to attend 12:00 Mass on April 22 to receive a blessing, he or she must RSVP to Sarah Hogan at email@example.com, and attend Confirmation Mass practice on April 16 (please see above.)
For more information please contact Director of Evangelization and Catechesis Sarah Hogan at 248-646-2686 x4011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Father of all families, you have called catechists to serve your family in truth and love. Let your Spirit enlighten their minds and strengthen their hearts so they can be a path of Christ’s love to families, especially those in need, the homebound and aged, the disabled and disheartened. Amen.