Confirmation

To all candidates for Confirmation, parents and sponsors

Welcome to this exciting program of preparation!

Confirmation for 2017 is scheduled for Sunday, May 7 at the 11:00 AM Mass.

The Archdiocese of Atlanta has set the 10th grade as the year for the Sacrament of Confirmation to be celebrated. In order to be confirmed, you must show proof of two years of religious education, whether it is through a parish-sponsored religious education program (PSR) or Catholic school attendance. Candidates receiving the sacrament must be in 10th, 11th or 12th grade.

Candidates must also participate in formational preparation, which is only offered through the parish. This consists of sessions beginning in August and ends with a ceremony in May. Candidates are also required to attend a retreat in each year of preparation and participate in parish youth activities.

 Confirmation Sacramental Preparation: Year 1

  • Attend Sunday Youth Group sessions (no more than five absences per year).
  • Attend weekly mass with participation in the sacraments.
  • Complete two hours of Eucharistic Adoration.
  • Attend one retreat, preferably the Confirmation Retreat with the Mary Our Queen Youth Group. However, an Archdiocese retreat such as Search, Catholic Youth Eucharistic Retreat or a Catholic School Retreat can be substituted if the candidate cannot attend the Mary Our Queen retreat.
  • Participate in one of the following Church Ministries: Usher, Lector, Choir, Altar Server — preferably for the 5 p.m. Sunday Teen Mass. (This service will be performed once every four to six weeks, depending on the number of teens in the Confirmation Program.)

Confirmation Sacramental Preparation: Year 2

  • Attend weekly Sunday Youth Group sessions (no more than 5 absences per year).
  • Attend weekly mass with participation in the Sacraments.
  • Attend one retreat, preferably the Confirmation Retreat with the Mary Our Queen Youth Group. However, an Archdiocese retreat such as Search, Catholic Youth Eucharistic Retreat or a Catholic School Retreat can be substituted if the candidate cannot attend the Mary Our Queen retreat.
  • Participate in one of the following Church Ministries: Usher, Lector, Choir, Altar Server — preferably for the 5 p.m. Sunday Teen Mass. (This service will be performed once every four to six weeks, depending on the number of teens in the Confirmation Program.)
  • Complete 20 hours of community service (see requirements below).
  • Choose a Confirmation Sponsor by the Parent/Candidate/Sponsor session. The candidate is responsible for ensuring that their sponsor completes the Sponsor Information Sheet, if not a member of Mary Our Queen Parish. The Sponsor must have the sheet signed by their pastor, certifying their qualification as a Practicing Catholic.
  • Choose Confirmation name and be prepared to explain the history of your saint and why you chose this saint.
  • In order to receive the sacrament of Confirmation in the fullness of grace, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is encouraged within 30 days prior to reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
  • Attend two hours of Eucharistic Adoration. Eucharistic Adoration can be done in multiple sessions. Note that at least one hour of Eucharistic Adoration will be earned if attending a Mary Our Queen Retreat.

Service Hour Requirements

Total of 20 hours prior to Confirmation.

  • Community–Must attend at least two different community service projects that involve community outreach to the poor or afflicted. There are many service opportunities offered by Mary Our Queen- some examples include; CCD assistant, helping the Rosary Makers Guild, joining the Pro-Life Group, participating in the Living Rosary, etc. (at least six hours in this category)
  • Church–Participation in at least two different Mary Our Queen functions, including but not limited to Fish Fries, School of Religion, assisting in parish cleanup days, assisting with a church reception, participating in the Living Stations of the Cross, etc. (at least four hours in this category)

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To receive additional information, please contact:

Deacon Jim Stone
Director of Religious Education
E-mail: jstone@maryourqueen.com
Phone: 770.416.0002

Or:

Amanda Walker

Youth Minster

E-mail: awalker@maryourqueen.com

Phone: 770.416.0002