“And they were all filled with the holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.”

-Acts 2:4

 CONFIRMATION

“The effect of the sacrament of confirmation is the special outpouring of the Holy Spirit as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost.” (CCC 1302)
 
St. Basil the Great confirms candidates in the spring of 10th grade. The CHOSEN confirmation program is a 2 year program that begins in 9th grade. There will be an important parent meeting on May 19th, 2019 for all parents that will provide additional information on the program.

 CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

 
 
 
“A candidate for Confirmation who has attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in the state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament, and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs.”(CCC 1319)
Confirmation preparation is a time to grow in a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith and the sacrament of Confirmation. In order to aid parents in passing on the Catholic faith we recommend…
– weekly participation in Sunday mass
– weekly attendance to Life Teen
– attendance on at least 1 retreat
– attending all 12 CHOSEN sessions
 
To download the entire Confirmation 2021 handbook click HERE

IMPORTANT DATES

2019-2020
May 19th, 2019: Parent Meeting for Confirmation Class 2021
August 4th, 2019: Parent-Teen Session
September 8th, 2019: Chosen Session I
September 15th 2019: Life Teen Kickoff
October 20th, 2019: Chosen Session II
November 1st-3rd, 2019: Fall Retreat
December 8th, 2019: Chosen Session III
December 15th, 2019: Life Teen Christmas Party
January 19th, 2020: Chosen Session IV
January 26th, 2020: Life Nights resume
Feb. 28th – Mar. 1st, 2020: Spring Retreat
March 8th, 2020: Chosen Session V
April 19th, 2020: Chosen Session VI
May 31st, 2020: Life Teen Senior Night
  “Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who went down and prayed for them, that they might receive the holy Spirit, for it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
 
-Acts 8:14-17
All Chosen Sessions and all Life Nights will meet in the Parish Center from 6:30pm – 8:15pm.

STEP 1: APPLICATION

Due by July 31, 2019
 
If your teen will be a freshman in Fall 2019 and will be confirmed as a sophomore in the Spring 2021 please apply below. The cost of materials is $60. Be sure that you receive a confirmation email to verify that the form was completed. 
 
 
*You will need to upload an electronic copy of the candidates baptismal certificate in order to complete the form. You can upload a file from your computer OR use your phone to fill out the form and take a picture directly in the camera app.

 STEP 2: ESSAYS

DUE JULY 31, 2019
In order to better understand each candidate and their parents we ask that both parents and candidates submit a brief essay, around 500 words. This helps us to know a little bit about each candidate before their confirmation interview. You can access the essay form by clicking the links below. Essays are due by July 31, 2019.
 
CANDIDATE QUESTIONS
1. What role does faith play in your life right now?
2. How do you envision living out your faith in the future? (college, career, vocation etc.)
3. Do you want to get confirmed? Why or why not?
 
PARENT QUESTIONS
1. What steps have you taken to share the faith with your son/daughter?
2.What role do you envision faith playing in the life of your son/daughter, both now and into the future?
3. Do you want your son/daughter to be confirmed? Why or why not?

STEP 3: CONFIRMATION INTERVIEW

St. Basil is a large parish and CHOSEN is a large program. It can be difficult to address the needs and concerns of each candidate is such a large setting. In order to get to know each candidate, all candidates will go through two confirmation interviews. The first will take place the summer entering 9th grade and the second will take place the summer entering 10th grade. You can schedule a time to meet with Tim by clicking the link below. Interviews run June – August.
 
 

 STEP 4: ATTEND CHOSEN & LIFE TEEN

We ask that in order to prepare for Confirmation, candidates attend Life Teen every week as well as all CHOSEN Confirmation sessions. There are no make-up sessions for Life Teen or CHOSEN. There are however make-up materials online for the CHOSEN program. You will receive an email with instructions on how to access the materials following the first CHOSEN session on September 8th, 2019. If you need info on how to log in contact Tim Dollard. You can access the online CHOSEN materials by clicking the link below.
 
 

 STEP 5: SELECT A CONFIRMATION NAME & SPONSOR

CHOOSING A SPONSOR
A Sponsor for Confirmation should be:
  • A practicing, faith-filled Catholic already fully initiated into the faith. (Has received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation)
  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Can not be a parent of the candidate.
  • Able to form a relationship with the Candidate and willing to share his/her own experience of faith.
  • Willing to give the time to participate in the sacramental preparation process and to pray for the Candidate.
All confirmation sponsors must provide a sponsor certificate. 
This form will be provided by the sponsor’s home parish and will need to be signed by their parish priest and returned to Judy Paffilas at the Parish Office. This certificate confirms that they are a registered and participating member of the Christian community.
CHOOSING A CONFIRMATION NAME
When choosing your Confirmation name, keep the following in mind:
  • You may be confirmed in your Baptismal name. By keeping your Baptismal name, rather than choosing a new Confirmation name, it reaffirms your Baptismal name and strengthens the connection between the two sacraments.
  • If a new name is chosen, selecting a saint’s name is common practice. One should choose a saint they admire and wish to emulate in the Christian life.
If you would like to choose a new name check out the article below to help you get started.
 
Sponsors and Confirmation names do not have to be chosen until June of 2020. We encourage you and your teen to take time to discern their confirmation name and sponsor. When they are ready they can fill out the form below.
 
CONFIRMATION NAME & SPONSOR FORM
Due June 30, 2020