Sacrament Registration All families must register their candidate for Confirmation at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. The registration form is available here.
Sunday and Holy Day Mass Attendance The Mass and the Eucharist are the very center of our Catholic faith. The obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses is a responsibility for all Catholics. We expect all of our candidates to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses.
The schedule of Holy Days of Obligation for the next six months can be found on the yellow OLMC Information sheet.
Confirmation Session Attendance These sessions are mandatory preparation classes. They will take place on Sunday afternoons or evenings, according to the Confirmation Preparation Calendar. If you should need to miss a class, contact Patrick immediately, as all missed classes must be made up. If 4+ classes are missed, the candidate and parent will meet with the pastor and Patrick to discuss options for continuation in the sacramental preparation program.
Religious Education Enrollment and Attendance The Diocese of Richmond requires ALL candidates seeking Confirmation to be concurrently enrolled in a religious-education program during the year in which they prepare for the sacrament. Enrollment in a religious-education program is defined as one of the following:
1. Participation in Senior Youth Group at OLMC
2. Enrollment in a diocesan or private Catholic school (Peninsula Catholic High)
3. Participation in a home school-based Catholic religious-education program (approved by the pastor)
There is no requirement that a candidate had to be enrolled in formal religious education before beginning preparation for Confirmation.
Confirmation Fee There will be a confirmation fee of $60.00 for each candidate. This is to cover the cost of the Chosen Student Handbook and the Confirmation Retreat, as well as any additional materials needed during the year. If this is not possible, please contact Patrick to discuss other options.
Entrance Interview All candidates and their parents are required to participate in an entrance interview or “Confirmation Conversations” during the Inquiry Phase of the Confirmation process. The purpose of the interview is to determine whether the candidate should begin the preparation process of Confirmation. All interviews will take place in October. The form to schedule this interview can be found on the OLMC Confirmation website.
Baptismal Certificate Candidates must provide the original (to verify only) and a copy of their baptismal certificate during their entrance interview (even if a candidate was baptized at OLMC). If a candidate does not have their baptismal certificate, a copy must be obtained from the church at which he/she received the sacrament.
Rite of Recognition to the Call to Confirmation The purpose of this Liturgical ceremony is to enable the parish to pray with and for each candidate, and to enable the candidates to speak for themselves. This Rite will take place on November 8 at the 5:00pm Mass. Candidates are expected to be at OLMC at 4:30pm.
Confirmation Retreat ALL CANDIDATES must attend scheduled retreat! The retreat is mandatory and time should be saved immediately to guarantee participation. Work schedules, school activities, sports and SATs, etc can be adjusted with adequate notice. Start working now to clear your calendar for that date. The one-day retreat will take place Saturday, January 23 at St. Michael Hallfrom 9am until conclusion of the 5:00pm Vigil Mass (6:00pm). Parents are invited to attend the Vigil Mass with their teens. There will be a Parent Meeting on December 13 from 6:30pm-7:00pm to discuss the retreat and any needs the Confirmation Team may have.
If the candidate cannot attend the OLMC scheduled retreat, he/she is required to attend a Diocesan retreat. Please contact Patrick if the candidate cannot attend the OLMC retreat.
Sponsors Candidates must choose a sponsor who will be with them as they journey through the year. Each candidate must choose a sponsor by October 25. The Confirmation sponsor must be chosen in accordance with The Code of Canon Law (892 and 893). Parents cannot serve as sponsors for their own children. If a sponsor is not from OLMC, additional paperwork is needed. See the Sponsor Information Sheet for more information.
Confirmation Name It is encouraged that a candidate keeps his/her baptismal name for Confirmation. However, a candidate may choose the name of a saint he/she admires and would like to emulate with his/her life to be pronounced by the bishop in addition to his/her baptismal name. All candidates, even those who do not choose to add a saint’s name, are to turn in the Confirmation Name Sheet on November 8.
Letter of Intent Candidates are asked to write a letter to Fr. John David Ramsey, expressing their desire to be confirmed. This letter is due by March 20. More information is given on the blue Letter of Intent flyer in the Candidate folders.
Service Hours Although the Diocese of Richmond does not specific a service hour requirement, candidates should be involved with the life of the parish including leadership and ministry groups. Areas of help include, but are not limited to:
Altar Serve/Usher during Mass
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
Confirmation Practice A few days prior to Confirmation, candidates and sponsors are asked to be present at the Confirmation practice. This will ensure candidates and sponsors know their parts during the mass and that the Sacrament of Confirmation runs smoothly. This practice may be located at another parish, depending on the location of the actual Confirmation Liturgy.
Confirmation Liturgy The date and location of the Confirmation liturgy is determined by our Bishop. The liturgy generally takes place during the Easter season. As soon as the diocese provides us with the exact date and location, which we expect to receive in early October, we will share it with you. Candidates and Sponsors will be required to be present at the church one hour prior to the beginning of the Mass at which the candidates will receive Confirmation.