The preparation of Confirmation candidates will be done through a process of formation which includes instruction, guided reflection, participation in small groups and service to the faith community. The formation process will begin in September and conclude tentatively in April or May. Candidates preparing for the Rite of Confirmation (R.O.C.) will be expected to work with individual sponsors, small group mentors, confirmation coordinator, as well as various parish ministers.
Sacraments: Teens must have been baptized, have received communion and celebrated their first reconciliation. Teens who have not completed this will enter RCIA(C) which will be explained to you during the registration process.
Faith Practice: Teens must be currently practicing the Catholic faith, specifically, gathering with the parish community for Sunday Worship.
Primary Religious Education: Candidates will have completed primary religious education (Pre-K to 8th or 9th depending on the teen's age) with a thorough understanding of the Catholic faith, which has been provided through: Parish Religious Education, Catholic Schooling, Parish approved Home-Schooling, or a combination of the above.
A Catholic, of high school age, who is registered at another parish, wanting to prepare for and receive Confirmation at St. Mark must have written approval from his/her pastor. Any exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the Pastor of St. Mark, in consultation with the High School Confirmation Coordinator and the Director of Religious Education.
Click here for the R.O.C. (Rite of Confirmation) Packet for the 2016 Confirmation year. If you have had a child in the program in the past, please read this packet carefully. The program has been set up differently this year.
Candidates are required to chose a Confirmation sponsor in order to be confirmed. Candidates must have their Sponsor fill out this form and return it to Brad Horn at St. Mark's front office by October 9th. Sponsor requirements are found in the R.O.C. Packet above.
As explained in the R.O.C. Packet, each teen can pick a saint for their Confirmation name and write a one-page report on that saint. Some teens would rather not write a paper so we have this alternative page they can complete. Click here to look at the Coat of Arms they can complete instead.