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SACRAMENTS

Confirmation

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 Lisa Ostendorf to obtain the required paperwork and to reserve a textbook lostendorf@stfrncis.org or 703-221-4044, ext. 277.

2017 Classes begin Tuesday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m. in the Br. Juniper room on the church side of campus.

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.

 

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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 (snoble@stfrncis.org) or at 703-221-4978.

Calendar & Important Dates

2016-2017 Confirmation Sacramental dates (PDF)

November 10, 2016

  • Confirmation application, contract and Baptismal certificate due to RE office

January 28 & 29, 2017

  • Bread for Life Service Event

March 19, 2017

  • Special Olympics Service Event

January 24, 2017 from 4-9pm (please note this is a Tuesday)

  • NET Retreat (candidates only)

February 5, 2017

  • Saint and Sponsor forms due

January 7, 2018

  • Service Hours and Essay forms due

February 4, 2018

  • Letter of Intent to Pastor due

Confirmation

  • May 6, 2017
Confirmation Meetings & Retreats

Year I (7th grade) – Confirmed spring 2018

Year I Mini Retreat with parent – during regularly scheduled RE session times on October 20th and 23rd.  St. Francis School and Homeschool parent meeting is October 20th from 6:30-7:45pm.  All meetings will be held in the gym.

Year I NET Retreat – candidates only – Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:30-9:30pm.  Drop off will be in the church and pick up from the parish center.

Mandatory Parish Service ProjectJanuary 28/29, 2017 – Bread for Life. Each candidate will choose one time slot to prepare bread for sale and sell the bread before and after mass.  Candidates will attend mass during their assigned time slot.

Mandatory Parish Service Project Sunday, March 19, 2017 2:00-5:00pm. Special Olympics basketball game.  Candidates will sign up for various slots to support the game and concession sale to support Special Olympics.  All candidates are required to attend the entire event.

Year II (8th grade) – Confirmed spring 2017

Year II Mini Retreat with sponsor – during regularly scheduled RE session times on October 27th and 30thSt. Francis School and Homeschool parent meeting is October 27th from 6:30-7:45pm.  All meetings will be held in the gym.

Year II NET Retreat – candidates only – Wednesday, January 25, 2017 4:30-9:30pm.  Drop off will be in the church and pick up from the parish center.

Mandatory Reconciliation for all Confirmation candidates – Saturday, April 1st – sessions at 11:30am and 1:00pm.

Confirmation Rehearsal and Confirmation – dates to be announced as soon as the Confirmation date is provided to us by the Bishop’s office.  Confirmation is expected to take place on one of the first three Saturdays in May.

Confirmation Hours & Opportunities

Here are a few organizations at the Parish where volunteers are needed:   Nursery during the 9:00 a.m. Mass.  Please contact Renee Shelley at r_shelley@verizon.net. Here are some organizations who are always in need of help.

  • The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) needs volunteers to sign up to tutor kids in grades K-3 in reading and math next school year.  Please call Coleen at (703) 369-5292 ext. 207 for more info.
  • Volunteer Prince William is looking for a volunteer available weekdays to deliver a small disaster preparedness display to Houses of Worship throughout the community on a monthly basis. The churches have requested the display to be delivered and picked up on specific dates.  This display is small and light and very easy!  Please email Bonnie at: bnahas@volunteerprincewilliam.org for more info.
  • 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.  Volunteers are needed to distribute very informative brochures to neighborhoods, senior living facilities, Houses of Worship and your friends and family.  This is a great way for your club, office, service organization and scouts to do something important on a beautiful September day.  Please email Bonnie at: bnahas@volunteerprincewilliam.org for all the specifics.
  • Birmingham Green senior living needs volunteers to help serve dinner from 5-7pm every night.  Sounds like great fun- this includes setting tables, rolling silverware, serving beverages and clearing tables.  Please call Zack at (703) 257-6252 to learn more.
  • Brain Injury Services has an ongoing need with their technology initiative.  This is includes helping their clients with setting up an iPhone, or Microsoft Office programs.  You don’t need to be a super techo just willing to help another be more independent with technology.  Please call Michelle at (703) 451-8881 ext. 232 to learn more.
  • 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. 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: volunteer@fancycats.org to learn more.
  • Special Olympics is looking for volunteers for both their soccer and bocce training programs.  Please call Peggy at (703) 680-6661 or via email at: areacoordinator@pwsova.org to learn more.
  • Habitat for Humanity is seeking help for a number of new home repair projects underway in Dale City and Manassas Park Please call Tiffanie at (703) 369-6708 to learn more.
  • The Prince William SPCA is looking for a volunteer to do their monthly newsletter. There is a planning committee to help.  Please complete a volunteer sign up form on their website at PWSPCA.org.
  • If you are looking for other opportunities, please don’t forget to call my wonderful team at Volunteer Prince William. Coleen can help you with the Retired and Senior Volunteer (RSVP) opportunities at (703) 369-5292 ext. 207, Shelley can help with any individual or group project and send you weekly updates if you’d like.  Shelley is at (703) 369-5292 ext. 201, and Bonnie can help you with opportunities available in Disaster Preparedness at (703) 369-5292 ext. 202.  Please visit our newly re-vamped website at www.volunteerprincewilliam.org.

For questions about Confirmation preparation, please contact Sheila Noble:

 

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