It is the practice of St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation during the 10th grade year. While in the 9th and 10th grade, regular attendance in religious education classes of the Roman Catholic faith is required. Frequent absence will be considered a serious impediment to the reception of the Sacrament (Canon 528 §1).
Knowledge of Prayers and Precepts by Heart
Roman Catholics believe that prayer is necessary to the relationship between the individual and our Almighty God. The St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish Confirmation program seeks to inspire the student to deepen their own spiritual life. We have long recognized that learning prayer by heart and memorizing the precepts are the foundation of a life in the Spirit for a young person. The program requires the committing to memory of certain Roman Catholic prayers and precepts. For your convenience, these can be found at the end of the booklet. This material is subject to testing over the course of the ministry year.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
The student, with his/her parents, is to take full advantage of the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the seasons of Advent and Lent in the two years of preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The student is encouraged to attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation shortly before receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The service projects are the organized charitable work of the students of St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish. The work is to give the students the opportunity to be in the wider community and is not meant to be individual works of mercy. The projects are operated under specific guidelines set up and monitored by the instructors of the Confirmation program. The service projects are unique because they require the student to use initiative in an area that the stereotypical teenager ignores. The students work with each other and with adults in their school and faith community as citizens working to build the Kingdom of God. The Confirmation program has set up the projects in such a way that the student personally experiences and has examples of Corporal Works of Mercy.
The regulations of an appropriate service project are:
a. The student chooses an activity that he/she enjoys.
b. The activity must be strictly volunteer; that is, no reward or compensation at all.
c. The student must work directly with an adult in the service work.
d. The student preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation complete a minimum of 15 hours of service during his/her 9th grade year
e. 1/3 of the service hours are to be done for the family; 1/3 for the parish; 1/3
for a charitable institution or for an institution for which charitable work can be done.
f. The youth do not allow themselves to be taken for granted or treated without dignity.