St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Roman Catholic Church

Confirmation

CANDIDATES: The Candidates for Confirmation in the Spring of 2017 will come from the eighth grade of St. Camillus School and Level eight of St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Religious Education Program.

DATE: We will request a date in Spring, 2017. Open Seating ALL are invited.

PROXIMATE PREPARATION PROGRAM: The Diocese requires Family Sessions (Candidate & Parent/Guardian) in preparation for Confirmation. These are required for all candidates who will receive Confirmation in the parish of St. Camillus-St. Virgilius. Students from St. Camillus Catholic Academy and our Religious Education Program are required to attend these sessions. The dates will be:

  • Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7 pm
  • Monday, November 7, 2016 at 7 pm (Sponsor Form due)
  • Sunday, November 20, 2016 11:30 am Mass at St. Camillus Church (Confirmation Investiture)
  • Monday, February 6, 2017 at 7 pm (Fee & Saint Reflection Due)
  • Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7 pm (Internship Reflection Due)

PRACTICE: There will be ONE Evening PRACTICE for CANDIDATES & SPONSORS – Date will be announced when we know the date of Confirmation. Practices for ALL CANDIDATES ONLY may be arranged, if needed.

CONFIRMATION LETTER: Candidates will be asked to write a letter requesting Confirmation.

CONFIRMATION INTERVIEW: candidate Interviews will be arranged.

CONFIRMATION DRESS: Since St. Camillus-St. Virgilius will use ROBES for all candidates, there are no regulations concerning clothes that will be worn underneath the robe with the following exceptions:
NO jeans, denim pants, NO colors or designs that may show through the robe. Boys must wear a Dress shirt and tie. Socks MUST BE WORN. NO make-up and jewelry. NO sneakers, work boots, sandals, high-heels. Measurements for the robes will take place in Spring 2017.

RELIGIOUS ARTICLES:
Chiarelli’s Religious Goods 1014 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040   516-233-2994

PHOTOGRAPHS: Flash photographs are NOT allowed during the Mass. You may NOT leave your seat during the Mass. After Mass, the Bishop will be available for pictures.

VIDEOS: People with videos [without lights] will be allowed to stay in seats on the side. They cannot move around during Mass.

CONFIRMATION FEE: $65.00 per Candidate. Envelopes will be distributed at the Parents’ Meeting and can be returned in the Sunday Collection at either St. Camillus or St. Virgilius Church before February 6, 2017. Please write the CANDIDATES NAME on the envelope and write “CONFIRMATION DONATION”. Please make check out to St. Camillus-St Virgilius Church.

CLASS ATTENDANCE: Attendance at CCD classes is mandatory. When a student reaches THREE (3) absences, Father Richard will decide if he/she will not be allowed to be confirmed this spring. It is the parents’ responsibility to insure that the student attends class. Work is NOT an acceptable excuse for missing class. Classes are held outside of school hours so that the classes do not interfere with school. Therefore school has no right to interfere with classes -- some special exceptions may be allowed. Students who attend St. Camillus Academy receive regular Religion Classes as part of the school day. Therefore they do NOT have to attend CCD.

MASS ATTENDANCE: Attendance at Sunday Mass at St. Camillus or St. Virgilius is mandatory. Attendance is taken. If a pattern of not attending Mass is evident, the student will not be allowed to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this spring. Students in the St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Religious Education Program must regularly attend St. Camillus or St. Virgilius Church in order to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Parish. Students who attend St. Camillus Catholic Academy and who attend Sunday Mass at their home parish may select to receive Confirmation at St. Camillus-St. Virgilius or their home parish. They must complete a Permission Form and return it to Father Richard by September 30, 2016.


CONFIRMATION NAME: BISHOP DIMARZIO HAS ESTABLISHED THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINE FOR CONFIRMATION NAMES, ALL CONFIRMATION NAMES CHOSEN BY CONFIRMANDI MUST CONFORM TO THIS GUIDELINE.

In choosing a Confirmation name, confirmandi should adopt a saint’s name, a beatified person’s name, or a name that has an obvious or direct connection to the Christian faith (e.g. the name of a theological virtue, a Biblical name from the Old and New Testament). Approved adaptations and derivatives of a saint’s name are acceptable. Any name that is contrary to the Christian faith or any name that does not have an obvious or direct connection to the Christian faith may not be used as a Confirmation name. To assist the confirmandi in choosing a saint’s name, the name of every canonized saint of the universal Church (together with a brief biography of each saint) is available at  www.catholic.org. The Confirmation name must be approved by the PASTOR and sent to
the BISHOP who has FINAL APPROVAL at least TWO WEEKS before the date of Confirmation.
Each candidate is to write a one-side essay indicating the name which is being chosen and the reason for its selection. A brief background of the life of the saint or the event must be written. This essay is due by February 6, 2017.

CONFIRMATION INTERNSHIP: Each candidate will be required to perform Christian Service and to write a one-side reflection on the experience. The reflection should show how the service enabled the candidate to put-into-practice the teachings of Jesus in the Gospel. The internship should cover 10 hours; and may include different experiences, such as

  • 1) Altar Server;
  • 2) Choir;
  • 3) Usher and Greeter at Sunday Mass;
  • 4) Soup Kitchen or Hospital Volunteer;
  • 6) Mini Basketball on Saturday;
  • 7) Girl Scouts;
  • 8) Library.

Other experiences must be pre-approved. A guide for writing the reflection will be provided. The report is due March 6, 2017.

CONFIRMATION SPONSOR: Each candidate may select ONE (1) sponsor for Confirmation. The Sponsor should be present for the Mass of Confirmation; but may be represented by a proxy – with the prior approval of Father Richard. The following are the requirements:

  • Either Male or Female
  • 16 years of age or older (Pastor can give permission for younger.)
  • A Roman Catholic who has received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Communion
  • Practicing Catholic:
    • Attends Sunday Mass regularly
    • If married, the sponsor MUST BE married in the Roman Catholic Church
  • Parents can NOT act as Sponsors for their own children.
  • One of the Godparents from Baptism may serve as the Sponsor
  • The Sponsor Form must be returned by November 7, 2016

CONFIRMATION INVESTITURE: Candidate and Sponsor are asked to attend Mass on November 20, 2016 at 11:30 am at St. Camillus.

DRESS CODE FOR SPONSORS: Bishop DiMarzio has established the following REQUIREMENTS for those wearing street clothes for Confirmation. There are NO OPTIONS or DEVIATIONS from the BISHOP’S REQUIREMENTS ALLOWED.

WOMEN: Dresses with long or short sleeves. NO sleeveless dresses or tank tops; NO off-the-shoulders dresses are permitted. The dress must be a reasonable length -- NO shorter than 2 inches above the knee. No backless dresses and the dress MUST have a proper neckline. Pants outfits are permitted. NO jeans or denim pants. NO tight fitting slacks. NO shorts. Dress shoes must be worn with stockings. NO sneakers, sport shoes or sandals.

MEN: Dress shirt (solid color) and tie. NO black shirt and black tie combination. Suits and suit coats -- sports jacket are optional. Sweaters are permitted. Dress Pants, NO jeans or denim pants. NO tight fitting pants. NO shorts. Dress shoes and socks, NO sneakers, sport shoes or sandals.