Who Can Receive the Sacrament?
Children should be registered and attending Parish Sacramental Preparation Programs for at least two years before receiving this sacrament.
Adults are received into this sacrament through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Please contact the RCIA Director or one of the parish priests for information.
Confirmation for Children
The Confirmation Prep Program is run under the Religious Education Office. The ordinary age for the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Diocese of Harrisburg is 8th grade. Two years of religious education (York Catholic or Religious Education program) is required for Sacramental preparation by the Diocese. The program for High school students is run under St. Joseph Religious Education in connection with the Youth and Young Adult Ministries Office. For information and important dates required, please see below.
Director of Religious Education
- Confirmation Parent Meeting: Choose ONE to attend: Tuesday, September 11 from 6:15-8:30pm OR Wednesday, September 19 from 6:15-8:30pm. At least one parent is required to attend a Parent Meeting session in September. Required for ALL Confirmation Candidate parents, regardless of child’s school/grade. All your questions about Confirmation requirements and procedures will be addressed at this meeting. You are expected to attend the session, even if you have had a child confirmed in the past, to ensure that you are up-to-date on any changes and dates for this year.
- PAPERWORK: Registration Form and fee are due.
Sponsor Information Form and Sponsor Certificate of Eligibility: Due by October 27, 2018
Retreat Options (Must attend at least one)
Fan the Fire Youth Rally: Saturday, November 17, 2018 (9:30AM - 8:30PM)
Confirmation Class Retreat: Saturday, December 15, 2018 (10AM - 4PM)
Ignite Lenten Retreat: March 15-17, 2019
Gown Order Form: Due by December 15, 2018
Saint Essay: Due By April 5, 2019
Service Hours Form (20 hours total): Due by April 30, 2019
Letter to Bishop: Due by April 5, 2019
10 AM Liturgy - May 9, 2019 at 6pm
2 PM Liturgy - May 10, 2019 at 6pm
Confirmation Liturgy: May 11, 2019 at 10am OR 2pm (times will be assigned)
Registration for Confirmation Prep
Confirmation Registration is due before the Confirmation Parent Meeting. All families are asked to register for Confirmation Prep, regardless of child’s school or age. Please submit the registration form available here along with the registration fee of $45.00 prior to the Confirmation Parent Meeting. Checks may be made payable to St. Joseph Church.
This preparation fee helps to cover the cost of the retreats with nationally recognized speakers, paper supplies, postage, and any costs associated with the Confirmation Liturgy, including gowns. The fee can be reduced or waived if too burdensome for any particular family in need. No one will be denied reception of the sacrament based on an inability to pay the fee. Please call the Religious Ed Office if needed. Confidentiality will be strictly adhered to in this matter.
Confirmation Prep Policies:
Choosing a Confirmation sponsor is an important process, please click on the links below for more information about sponsor qualifications and paperwork:
Confirmation Saint Name
Each candidate needs to choose a Confirmation Name. The Church recommends that the candidates choose their baptismal name, but if they want a different Christian name, it must be that of a recognized Saint.
All candidates must write a one-page report about the Saint whose name they chose. Please help them to research and choose a name over the summer. See How to Choose a Confirmation Saint Name and Essay Instructions for more details and specific instructions.
Letter to the Bishop
Each student preparing for Confirmation must write a letter to the Bishop.
Our Definition of Service: Christian service is seeking to be the first to serve (not to be served) and to give your life for others. By our baptism, we are given the mission to serve others as Jesus did. When I serve, I am being a “Christ” for others by giving my whole life to them the way He did for everyone during His life and on the cross. My Baptism makes me a sharer in Christ's mission of salvation, which I carry out when I serve others and share the Gospel Message. This is who I am as a baptized Catholic Christian!
(Pope John Paul II: Vocation to Service #3)
Jesus said: “The Son of Man has not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mt 20:28).
Please help your teen keep this in mind when he/she is doing his/her outreach hours. This is how we should view service of any kind, big or small. In one day, Jesus cured and taught crushing crowds, miraculously multiplied loaves and fish to feed the multitudes, walked on water and calmed a storm, and took a boat to the next town to continue teaching and curing. All in one day - with little or no rest and food! (Mark 6:30-56). Jesus suffered silently without complaining during his life and throughout His Passion and Crucifixion. He never thought about himself. He always thought about others and their needs. It was never “It’s all about me” with Christ. The ultimate example of sacrifice and giving of himself for others was his way of the cross and crucifixion.
Not all of us will have an opportunity like firefighters and soldiers to actually die for others. But through service, you do put your life on the line like Christ by dying to yourself and giving everything you have and all of who you are.
We are called to follow Christ’s example by serving and being selfless like Him without regard to our comfort, busy schedule, or bodily needs. It’s not about us. It’s about serving others. As a witness of Christ, you bring Christ to these people, and they should see the compassionate, sacrificing Christ in you.
When you do your service, whether in the parish community or elsewhere, you are called to imitate Christ and participate in His work of salvation by giving your life so people can get to heaven. Your suffering and sacrifice lead to salvation of others since you share Christ’s mission. Be the Jesus for others. At Confirmation, the candidate is sealed with the character of a witness of Christ. As preparation for a life of witness and service that the Sacrament of Confirmation affords, each candidate is asked to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of service.
Please log your service outreach hours using this form. If you are looking for organizations to serve, check out our Parish Service Resource List.
High School Requirements
Confirmation Parent Meeting: At least one parent is required to attend a Parent Meeting session in September. Required for ALL Confirmation Candidate parents, regardless of child’s school/grade. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the Confirmation preparation program and expectations, to answer questions, to address concerns, and allow the pastoral staff to interact with Confirmation parents. Please choose ONE of these times to attend: 1) Tuesday, September 11 from 6:15-8:30pm; 2) Wednesday, September 19 from 6:15-8:30 pm. You are expected to attend the session, even if you have had a child confirmed in the past, to ensure that you are up-to-date on any changes and dates for this year.
Religious Education Requirements for High School Students: All high school students attending public schools will receive Religious Education during the gatherings of the IGNITE Catholic Youth Ministry (Grades 9-12) of St. Joseph & St. Patrick Parishes. IGNITE events are held at various days and times of the month and candidates are expected to attend at least twice per month. Please visit the IGNITE website for details. All York Catholic H.S. students and high school age home schooled students will receive Religious Education as part of their existing curriculum, but are welcomed and encouraged to attend any IGNITE Youth Ministry event.
***ALL high school students (no matter what school they attend) will be required to attend ONE IGNITE Youth Ministry Retreat as part of their Confirmation preparation.
Formational Requirements for High School Students:
- Confirmation Name
- Saint Reports
All students will write a report about the Saint whose name they chose for Confirmation (please do not write a report on a Saint different from your Confirmation name). The report must be at least one typewritten page. The purpose is for the students to have the opportunity to examine the life of their Saint in order to make the selection of their name spiritually meaningful. Reference information will be made available in their RE classes and at YCHS to assist the candidates in this project. Saint info can also be found online at: www.saints.catholic.org/stsindexb.html1#B. This report is due by the IGNITE Fall Retreat or Fan the Fire youth rally (the retreat you attend is the retreat the report is due by).)
- One required IGNITE Youth Ministry Retreat
- Letters to the Bishop
- Service Outreach (20 hours)
Administrative Requirements for High School Students:
- Baptismal Certificate
Students not baptized at St. Joseph Parish in York, PA and who are NEW to the parish will submit a copy of their baptismal certificate (NOT birth certificate) to the Religious Ed Office no later than September 19, 2018.
- Sponsors and Sponsor Certificates