ICC Confirmation Preparation

 The goal of our program is to help prepare candidates to be receptive and responsive to the graces and challenges of the Sacrament of Confirmation. During the preparation year, candidates will learn that Confirmation, as one of the three Sacraments of Initiation, will deepen their relationship with Christ and His Church. Students become more aware of the presence and action of the Spirit and His gifts within them, thereby empowering them to live as Jesus did.  They discover ways to fulfill the specific responsibilities that are theirs as Catholics.


Beginning this fall we will transition into a two-year Confirmation program. Under past guidelines students have attended eight Sunday preparation classes during eighth grade. Students will now attend four classes in seventh grade, the remaining four in the eighth grade, while continuing with regular weekly PSR classes. Current eighth grade students will complete the entire preparation sequence this year, culminating in the celebration of the Sacrament this spring. This program change is being made to conform to the requirements set out by the Diocese of Cleveland. 

 Requirements during the Confirmation preparation year:

  • Mass attendance on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation​
    • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    • Wednesday, November 1, 2017 All Saints
    • Friday, December 8, 2017 Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin
    • Monday, December 25, 2017 Christmas
    • Wednesday, January 1, 2018 Solemnity of Mary
  • Attendance at regularly scheduled EDGE+ Wednesday classes
  • Seventh grade:
    • Parent Meeting ~ Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. Parent Meeting
    • Preparation Classes:
      • October 11, November 15, December 6, 2017 and January 24, 2018 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.
  • Eighth grade:
    • Parent/Student Meeting ~ Sunday, September 24, 2017, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
    • Choosing a Confirmation name
    • Preparation Classes:
      • October 1, October 22, November 12, December 3, 2017 and January 7, January 21, February 4, March 18, 2018 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Eighth grade Confirmation Retreat Day, Saturday, February 10, 2018 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Confirmation Rehearsal, Sunday, April 15, 2018 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

  • Parish and community service: ​​​​​Part of the necessary preparation for Confirmation is Christian service. This is meant to help the candidate reach beyond themselves, and to respond to the challenge of loving our neighbor as Jesus loves us. Please complete the Service hours form form for each act of service.
  • Choosing a sponsor: Sponsors are "spiritual parents who instruct spiritual children in Christian living." (St. John Chrysostom) A Sponsor should be a fully initiated and practicing Catholic, at least sixteen years of age, not bound by any canonical penalty, in a valid marriage if married, and not the father or mother of the candidate.​​
    • If sponsor is an ICC parishioner - Call the office at 440.428.5164 to request a certificate.
    • All others should contact their home parishes for a certificate.
    • Sponsor certificates are due September 27, 2017
    • Eighth grade candidates and their sponsors are required to attend rehearsal for Confirmation on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 

*The Celebration of Confirmation for the eighth grade students will be Saturday, May 5, 2018* 


"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. Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit." Acts 8:14-17

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