Confirmation for Adults
The parish offers a six-week program after Easter for Catholic adults who have already received the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist (First Communion) and would like to complete their initiation with Confirmation. Please register with Sheila Noble to obtain the required paperwork and to reserve a textbook [email protected] or 703-221-4044, ext. 238.
Confirmation for Children
Our regular parish program for Confirmation is a two-year process typically beginning in the 7th grade and is conducted through our Religious Education program. Trained Catechists instruct candidates weekly in the central doctrines of our faith as they are expressed in the Apostle’s Creed and the teachings of Christ. Candidates also complete church and community service as a requirement for Confirmation.
Confirmation Preparation Goals for Children
- To develop a deeper understanding, appreciation and active participation in the Eucharist.
- To understand the major symbols of the sacrament and their meaning: laying on of hands and anointing with sacred chrism.
- To foster personal spiritual growth as well as participate in communal worship.
- To encourage a sense of discipleship and life of service both within the parish community and the wider community. For information about Confirmation for older children and adults, please visit our Rite of Christian Initiation pages.
For more information about Confirmation preparation, please contact Sheila Noble or at 703-221-4978.
Required Paperwork – Confirmation 2021
Required Paperwork – Confirmation 2022
Retreat Dates and Paperwork Deadlines
Year I (7th grade) – Confirmed Spring 2022
- Year I mini retreat with parent (all meetings will be held virtually) – Monday, October 19 from 6:30-7:45pm ORWednesday, October 21 at 6:45pm (Spanish) or Sunday, November 8 from 3:30-4:45pm.
- Confirmation Application, Signed Confirmation Contract, Copy of Baptismal Certificate – all due to the Religious Education office no later than December 7, 2020.
- Confirmation Saint and Sponsor forms due to the Religious Education office no later than February 8, 2021.
- Year I NET Retreat, Saturday January 30, 2021 (4:00-9:00pm) – candidates only – drop off in the parish center gym. (This may be held virtually, all year I candidate families will be notified by email of changes.)
Year II (8th grade) – Confirmed spring 2021
- Year II Mini Retreat with sponsor – Monday, October 19, 2020, 8:00-9:15pm OR Wednesday, October 21st, 7:00pm (Spanish) OR Sunday, November 89, 2020, 5:00-6:15pm. All sessions will be held virtually.
- Service Hours Form & Reflective Essay– due to the Religious Education office no later than January 10, 2021.
- Year II NET Retreat– candidates only – Sunday, January 31, 2021 – 1:30-6:30 pm.Drop off in the parish center gym. (This may be held virtually, all Year II families will be notified by email of any changes).
- Letter of Intent to the Pastor– due to the Religious Education office no later than February 23, 2021.
- Mandatory Reconciliation Service for all Confirmation candidates – date to be announced.
Note: Please contact Sheila Noble ([email protected]) in the Faith Formation Office with any questions regarding the Confirmation Schedule.
Confirmation Hours and Opportunities
National Preparedness Month presents lots of opportunities for groups to help educate your community on being prepared for all kinds of weather and/or man-made disasters. See below for examples of ways you can help in your community:
Disaster Community Service Ideas
Confirmation candidates should talk with their parents before beginning any of these suggested emergency community service projects.
- Keep an eye on fire hydrants and clear tall weeds or snow around them so they are easily visible.
- Do you know of elderly or disabled neighbors who might need to have a little extra help in an emergency? These neighbors may appreciate some assistance walking pets after a snowstorm.
- Pre-Disaster: Help your neighbor develop an emergency plan that includes a support network (at least three people they can call on for help) in the event of an evacuation. Help them make a disaster supplies kit including additional supplies if they have a pet. Discuss with them the importance of an out-of-town emergency contact. Tell them how to stay informed before, during and after an emergency (NOAA radio, battery/crank powered AM/FM radio tuned to WMAL or WTOP).
- Post-Disaster: You can check on your vulnerable neighbors during a power outage, shovel their walks after a snow storm, and clean-up yard debris following a heavy wind/rain event such as a tropical storm or hurricane.
- Are there any independent senior living apartments in your neighborhood? Usually these are designated for folks over the age of 55 but often house a few residents who may need extra help. Ask to meet with the management company and set up a day when you can come for a visit and follow the same process outlined above.
- Survey your neighborhood (in Prince William County) and if you find street name signs that are missing or damaged call 703-792-6268 or 703-792-5765 or e-mail [email protected] to report the problem.
- Encourage neighbors to have their address posted in large numbers that are easy to see from the street so that emergency responders can find their home quickly.
- Plan a neighborhood cleanup event to get rid of household hazardous waste, unsafe litter and debris to keep your community safe and looking great. Contact Prince William County Neighborhood Services at 703-792-7018 for details.
- Visit the Volunteer Prince William web site at: volunteerprincewilliam.org to learn about effective donating after a disaster and share that information with your troop and others.
- If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Jan can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703)369-5292 ext. 1, Shelley can help with any individual or group projects and send you weekly updates if you’d like. Shelley is at (703)369-5292 ext. 2, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703)369-5292 ext. 3. Please visit our website at volunteerprincewilliam.org. Thanks so much for all you do in our community.
- Fancy Cats Rescue Team has an urgent need for foster families to take adoptable cats and kittens into their homes for 30-60 days to provide the basic care as they prepare to be adopted in their permanent home. The person signing the agreement must be 21 so it would actually be the parent(s) entering into this agreement with Fancy Cats. Confirmation Candidates are encouraged to help care for the cats and play with them. This includes love, food, litter and transport to adoption fairs. Foster homes are also needed for short periods to give a Pet Smart kitty a break from living in the cage. It continues to be kitten time and your loving home would be a great refuge for these cats. Please email Alex at: [email protected] to learn more.
- Special Olympics is looking for volunteers for both their soccer and bocce training programs. They would appreciate volunteers of all ages especially high school students, however, 7th and 8th graders who are accompanied by a parent or responsible adult are always welcomed. Out bocce program in Woodbridge starts Thursday, Sept 5th at Enterprise Elementary School, 6 – 7 PM and Soccer is on Sundays and Wednesdays starting August 25th at 5 PM (Sunday) and 6:30 PM (Wednesday) at Benton Middle school. Please call Peggy at (703) 680-6661 or via email at: [email protected] to learn more.
- Habitat for Humanity is seeking help for a number of new home repair projects, please visit their website: https://habitatpwc.org/volunteer/ for additional information on how you can help. Be sure to review the information for helping if you are under 16 years of age.