7th Graders


CONFIRMATION 2021-2022: Spark Notes for 7th Graders

As many of you know, Confirmation is a two-year preparation. Students have already started preparing for the Sacrament. This will continue for this school year and through next year as you focus even more intently on the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Over the next year, our goal as a faith community (pastor, pastoral staff, parishioners, parents, and family) is to spiritually prepare the young people who present themselves for Confirmation.


The presumption is that candidates who present themselves for Confirmation have received prior appropriate catechetical formation (religious education). Our expectation is that the candidate will be participating Religious Education classes during this next school year (2021-2022) as well as this year (2020-2021).  The formation required is not to make the youth jump through hoops to get things done, but to encourage a way of life.


Each candidate must have an individual sponsor. The sponsor accompanies the candidate on his or her journey of preparation, presents the candidate to the Bishop, and helps the candidate to understand the fullness of life in Christ. The sponsor should be someone who is significant in the Catholic lifestyle of the candidate. The Baptismal godparent can be the sponsor for Confirmation, but the sponsor cannot be the Candidate’s mother or father.


Each candidate will choose 3 Spiritual Experiences to help enhance their own Spiritual journey.  Ideas for spiritual experiences will be given out later but can be found on the website. For each Spiritual Experience, the students should include a written or typed reflection.


Each candidate will participate in one of two Confirmation Retreats here at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. They are typically offered on towards the end of January/beginning of February. More information will come closer to that time.


Candidates are asked to choose a Confirmation name so start thinking about this now.  The Confirmation name can either be the Candidate’s own baptismal name (if the name of a saint) or the name of a saint whose life he or she greatly admires.  Each Candidate will do research on their chosen Confirmation name and write a report on that saint.  


Each candidate will participate in an interview prior to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.  These sessions are typically scheduled for mid-late March. A parish staff member will conduct the interview, which we anticipate will last 15 minutes.  This is an opportunity for individual discussion and continuing formation.  More information to come.


 If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Youth Ministry Office at stephanie.snyder@ourladyofmtcarmel.org or at (630) 852-3303 ext. 6.