St. Bartholomew Parish

Sacrament of Confirmation Program
Year 2

"Accipe signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti"
(Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit)

 

Information &Registration

Program Moderator
Deacon Robert Gallo

Instructors
Confirmation I:
Mrs. Hidalgo

Confirmation II:
Mr. Rick Denningham

Secretary & Teaching Assistant:
Miss Cindy Mancini

CCD Street address
St. Bartholomew Parish Sacrament of Confirmation Preparation Program
297 Laurel Hill Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02909-3897

Electronic mail address
stbartholomewparish@hotmail.com

Office phone
401-944-4466
Office FAX number
401-946-5866
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Holy Spirit,
Fill The Hearts Of Your Faithful,

And Kindle In Them The Fire Of Your Love.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION WITHIN OUR PARISH

........In confirmation, we are anointed with oil. And indeed, through the oil known as the 'holy Chrism' we are conformed, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to Christ, who is the only true 'anointed one' the Messiah, the Saint of God. The term 'confirmation' reminds us that this Sacrament involves growth from baptismal grace; it unites us more firmly with Christ; it completes our bond with the Church; it accords to us the special strength of the Holy Spirit in order to spread and to defend the faith, to confess the name of Christ and never to be ashamed of His Cross.

........For this reason it is important that all our children receive this Sacrament. We are all concerned about baptising them, but perhaps less so with regard to confirmation, and therefore they remain at a halfway point, and do not receive the Holy Spirit that gives us the strength to go forward in Christian life. Therefore, it is important to provide a good preparation for Confirmation, aiming to lead them towards personal adhesion to faith in Christ and to reawaken in them a sense of belonging to the Church.

........Confirmation, like every Sacrament, is not the work of men, but rather the work of God, Who takes care of our lives in order to mould us in the image of His Son, to make us able to love like Him. He infuses us with the Holy Spirit, whose action pervades the whole person and all of life, as is shown by the Seven Gifts that Tradition, in the light of the Sacred Scriptures, has always made clear: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel (Right Judgement), Knowledge, Fortitude (Courage), Piety (Reverence) and Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe in God's Presence). When we welcome the Holy Spirit into our hearts and allow it to act, Christ Himself is made present in us and takes form in our lives; through us, it will be He Who prays, forgives, brings hope and consolation, serves our brothers, is close to the needy and the abandoned, Who creates unity and sows peace.

Holy Father Pope Francis


From Program Moderator Deacon Robert Gallo:

Dear Parents,
........Here at St. Bartholomew’s we follow the Diocesan 2 year preparation program which will begin each year in October and run through April.
........Faithful weekend Mass attendance is required as preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, and is a must for a good Catholic.
........As is always the case in Religious Education, the full cooperation of every family is essential and will be greatly appreciated.
........As moderator of the program, I will always be available to answer any of your questions or concerns by contacting the Parish office.

Sincerely Yours in Christ,

Rev. Mr. Robert L. Gallo
Deacon Assistant
Moderator of Confirmation Sacramental Program


Confirmation II Schedule - 2014 - 2015
All Confirmation Classes will be held in St. Bartholomew Rectory Meeting Rooms.
Confirmation II meets on Sunday Mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 am, followed by the Recitation of the Holy Rosary and 11:30 am Mass in Church, unless otherwise noted.
2014
Tuesday, October 7th - Confirmation II - Registration & Orientation @ 7:30pm - Candidates & Parents/Guardians MUST attend.
Sunday, October 12th - Columbus Day Weekend - NO CLASS - (Mass Attendance Required on your own).
Sunday, October 19th - Class @ 10:00am
Sunday, October 26th - Class @ 10:00am
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Saturday, November 1st - “All Saints Day” - HOLY DAY of OBLIGATION (Mass Required on your own)
Sunday, November 2nd - Class @ 10:00am - CONF. II - SPONSOR CERTIFICATE DUE
Sunday, November 9th – Class @ 10:00am
Sunday, November 16th - Class @ 10:00am
Sunday, November 23rd - Class @ 10:00am
Sunday, November 30th - Thanksgiving Weekend - NO CLASS - (Mass Attendance Required on your own).
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Sunday, December 7th - Class @ 10:00am - MANDATORY BAPTISM WITNESS after Mass.
Monday, December 8th -“Immaculate Conception” - HOLY DAY of OBLIGATION (Mass Required on your own)
Sunday, December 14th - Class @ 10:00am - GAUDETE SUNDAY HOMELESS COLLECTION AT ALL MASSES
Tuesday Night, December 16th - MANDATORY “ADVENT” RECONCILIATION SERVICE - 6:50 PM in Church
Sunday, December 21st – Class @ 10:00am
Thursday, December 25th - CHRISTMAS - HOLY DAY of OBLIGATION (Mass Required on your own)
Sunday, December 28th – New Years Weekend – NO CLASS - (Mass Required on your own)

2015
Thursday, January 1st -“Mary, Mother of God” - HOLY DAY of OBLIGATION (Mass Required on your own)
Sunday, January 4th - Class @ 10:00am
Sunday, January 11th - Class @ 10:00am
Sunday, January 18th – Martin Luther King Day Weekend - NO CLASS - (Mass Attendance Required on your own).
Sunday, January 25th - Class @ 10:00am
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Sunday, February 1st - Class @ 10:00am - LETTER TO THE BISHOP DUE
Thursday, February 5th - MANDATORY Evening with Deacon Gallo - 6:50 pm in Church;
Candidates, Parents & Sponsors MUST attend.
Sunday, February 8th - Class @ 10:00am
Sunday, February 15th - Presidents Day Weekend - NO CLASS - (Mass Attendance Required on your own).
Wednesday Night, February 18th - MANDATORY ASH WEDNESDAY MASS - 6:50 PM in Church.
Sunday, February 22nd - Class @ 10:00am
Monday Night, February 23rd - MANDATORY MORGAN HEALTH CENTER ELDERLY VISIT, 6-7 PM.
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Sunday, March 1st - Class @ 10:00am
Sunday, March 8th - Class @ 10:00am
Sunday, March 15th - Class @ 10:00am - LAETARE SUNDAY PRO-LIFE COLLECTION AT ALL MASSES
Sunday, March 22nd - Class @ 10:00am - 10 COMM. SER. HRS. DUE -MANDATORY “Stations of The Cross” after Mass
Tuesday Night, March 24th - MANDATORY “LENT” RECONCILIATION SERVICE - 6:50 PM in Church
Palm Sunday, March 31st - NO CLASS - (Mass Attendance Required on your own).
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Holy Thursday Night, April 2nd – 6:50PM MASS ATTENDANCE REQUIRED
Good Friday Night, April 3rd – ATTENDANCE REQUIRED - Candidates Choose 1 of 3 Services Offered.
EASTER SUNDAY, April 5th - NO CLASS - (Mass Required on your own).
Sunday, April 12th - Class @ 10:00am
Sunday, April 19th - Class @ 10:00am - Confirmation Test Review
Sunday, April 26th - Class @ 10:00am - Final Class, CONFIRMATION TEST
- Lunch & 2:00PM MANDATORY RECOLLECTION SERVICE

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CONFIRMATION DATE - To be announced - Cathedral of SS Peter & Paul, Providence, RI
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In the event that a class will be missed (only 3 allowed per year) call your Instructor before 9:00AM - DO NOT call the Rectory.
Confirmation I - Mrs. Hidalgo
Confirmation II - Mr. Rick Denningham @ 463-6962

In the event of snow or stormy weather, please check the class Web Page:
http://www.rc.net/providence/stbartholomew/confirma.html
or call Mr. Rick Denningham @ 463-6962; . DO NOT call the Rectory.


Sponsor Certificates:
One of the wonderful privileges of being a practicing Roman Catholic and belonging to a parish as a worshiping member of a "Faith Community" is the ability to represent the Catholic Church at the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Sponsor certificates, therefore, are given only to practicing Catholics by the pastor of the Church where they attend Mass each Sunday. Your parish priests do not have the authority to award these certificates to persons who do not worship here, or to persons whose parents or grandparents worship here. Having been baptized at Saint Bartholomew Church or having attended school here does not make you a parishioner or a member of the "Faith Community" of this parish. Remember that being a "Sponsor" at a Sacrament makes you a proper representative of the Catholic Church. If you do not go to Mass or practice your Catholic faith, the role of representative would be inappropriate for you. How could you ever represent a group in which you no longer participate?

Confirmation SPONSOR Requirements
Sponsors at Confirmation represent the believing Christian Community. Thus it is required that they be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Church, who have themselves received the Sacraments of Initiation, which are Baptism, Holy Eucharist and Confirmation and have reached the age of 16.

If they are married, they must have been validly married in the Church. The Code of Canon Law states they must lead... .“a life in harmony with faith and the role to be undertaken.. .and will help the baptized to lead a Christian life in harmony with Baptism, and to fulfill faithfully the obligations connected with it.”

Remember that being a "Sponsor" at a Sacrament makes you a proper representative of the Catholic Church. If someone does not go to Mass or practice their Catholic faith, the role of representative would be inappropriate for them. How could someone ever represent a group in which they no longer participate? Candidates can avoid hurting the feelings of family and friends by not choosing a person who cannot fulfill these basic requirements for a godparent or sponsor.

CONFIRMATION II CANDIDATES:
Sponsor Certificate must be submitted to your teacher at your first class in November.

CONFIRMATION I CANDIDATES:
It is never too early to begin the process of choosing your Sponsor.
You may choose only 1 Sponsor.
You may wish to consider one of your Baptismal Godparents or another family member or family friend when deciding.
Use the above guidelines and talk with your parents.


Confirmation Mass - Attire For Candidates and Sponsors:

Men
Suit or Sport Jacket and Dress Pants (NO JEANS)
Dress Shirt and Tie
Dress Socks and Dress Shoes (NO SNEAKERS)

Women
Dress, Dress Skirt and Blouse, Pant Suit or Dress Pants and Blouse
Dress or Skirt MUST be KNEE LENGTH OR LONGER
Chest, Back and Shoulders MUST be covered.
Dress Shoes

---When fixing hair, your forehead must be uncovered for Anointing from the Bishop.
---Please use MODESTY in choosing your outfit.


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