St. Bartholomew Parish
Sacrament of Confirmation Program
signaculum doni Spiritus Sancti"
(Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit)
Congratulations To Our Newly Confirmed Candidates
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From Deacon Gallo:
Schedule - 2012 - 2013
All Confirmation Classes will be held in St. Bartholomew Rectory Meeting Rooms 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.
CONFIRMATION DATE - Sunday May 5th, 2013 @ 3PM - Cathedral of SS Peter & Paul, Providence, RI
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. Cindy Pastore @ 942-8741
Confirmation II - Mr. Rick Denningham @ 463-6962
In the event of snow or stormy weather, please check the class Web Page:
or call Mr. Rick Denningham @ 463-6962; Mrs. Pastore @ 942-8741. DO NOT call the Rectory.
Confirmation I & II CANDIDATE Requirements
All Candidates must be at least in Grade Eight and have
received the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance & Holy Eucharist
Must clearly understand that the Sacrament of Confirmation perfects Baptismal Grace and is the completion of Christian Initiation which took place at Baptism.
Successfully complete class, Mass and Program attendance requirements as listed on the Program Schedule and pass a test on basic Catholic doctrine. More than THREE ABSENCES from Sunday morning class & Mass or other Program requirements will result in repeating the year, unless there is a serious medical or family reason approved by Deacon Gallo.
Modest dress when fulfilling program requirements is required at all times.
Candidates dressed immodestly will be sent home to change and return to class or marked absent. Examples of immodest attire: shorts, ripped/graffiti covered clothing, low cut pants or tops, slippers, shower shoes.
Because Candidates will be attending Holy Mass, outerwear should not contain the names of singers, sports figures, etc.
Submit a BAPTISM CERTIFICATE at the time of Registration, excluding those Baptized in our Parish. If this was not possible at Registration, the certificate must be given by SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14th, 2012 in order for the candidate to continue in the Sacramental program.
Take part in the Candidate Commitment Ceremony on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 2012. This ceremony tells the Parish community that you wish to be a candidate for Confirmation and will assume responsibility for your actions. (Confirmation I Candidates only)
Participate in a Parish Baptism Ceremony on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2nd, 2012. Each Candidate will be required to write-up their understanding of the ceremony. (Confirmation I Candidates only)
Attend Advent Reconciliation Service on TUESDAY, DECEMBER 11th, 2012.
Attend the Evening with Deacon Gallo on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7th, 2013 with both Parents & Sponsor.
Participate in the class visit to Morgan Health Center on Monday night, February 25th, 2013.
Complete 10 hours of Parish Community Service by SUNDAY, MARCH 17th, 2013 and remain after Mass for the Stations of the Cross on that date. (ALL Candidates)
Attend Lenten Reconciliation Service on TUESDAY, MARCH 19th, 2013.
Attend the Candidates Recollection Day on SUNDAY, APRIL 28th, 2013 with both Parents & Sponsor.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR CONFIRMATION II:
Submit a SPONSOR CERTIFICATE by SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 2012. Each Candidates Sponsor must obtain a Sponsor Certificate from his/her own Parish Priest (Church stamp is required) stating that he/she is a practicing Catholic who attends Sunday Mass faithfully, and, who - if married - is married in the Catholic Church.
Write a letter to the Bishop requesting reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. This letter will be written during a Confirmation class.
Attend the Confirmation Retreat at the Diocesan CYO Center on Dyer Ave. in Cranston, RI. on SATURDAY, APRIL 27th, 2013 - 10am-3pm.
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?
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.
FOR LIFE - Washington D.C.
The "40th Annual March For Life in Washington D.C. which will take place on M
This Pro-Life event brings together people of all ages from across our nation to show their support for all Human Life, from conception to natural death.
It is REQUIRED that the Candidate be accompanied by at least 1 Parent. Both Parents are strongly encouraged to join the Candidate on the trip.
Those Candidates who attend the March For Life will completely fulfill their Community Service requirement.
The trip will entail:
******** Motor Coach trip from Warwick to Washington DC.
******* "Mass For Life" at 7PM in the Basilica Church & overnight "Vigil For Life" in the Crypt Church. Special morning Mass celebrated in the Basilicas Blessed Sacrament Chapel for the Rhode Island group.
******* Breakfast, short Speaking program, National Pro-Life Organization Display.
******* Annual March For Life and return home.
There is a $65.00 fee for bus transportation. Candidates will be reimbursed upon returning from the trip. Candidates will also need spending money for meals.
Attending Parents will also be required to pay the $65.00 Bus fee.
If your child would like to attend, please fill out the Permission/Indemnity Agreement and return it to class, on 2.
If you have any questions, call Mr. Rick Denningham at 463-6962.
S - 5:00AM
Meet in front of St. Bartholomew Church where transportation will be provided to St. Williams Parish, Warwick. There we will board the 6:00AM buses for the trip to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Arrive in Washington at 4:00PM. Register & drop off Sleeping Bags in Basilica Crypt Chapel area. Go upstairs to main Basilica Church to get seats for 7:00PM Mass For Life.
This Mass will be televised on EWTN.
Following Mass an overnight vigil with Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament will take place in the Crypt Church. Confessions are available.
A special 6:00AM morning Mass will be celebrated for the Rhode Island group in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the Main Basilica.
Following Mass, we will have breakfast on Campus and board our bus to proceed to the Hyatt Regency Hotel Ballroom for a short program and assembly to the March For Life.
Return home immediately following the March. Arrive at front Church Steps at approx.12:30AM Midnight.
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Mass - Attire For Candidates and Sponsors:
Suit or Sport Jacket and Dress Pants (NO JEANS)
Dress Shirt and Tie
Dress Socks and Dress Shoes (NO SNEAKERS)
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.
---When fixing hair, your forehead must be uncovered for Anointing from the Bishop.
---Please use MODESTY in choosing your outfit.
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