Confirmation Norms of
the Diocese of Raleigh
An In-Service for
Catechetical Leaders
and
Youth Ministers
Words of Pope Francis
Confirmation April 28, 2013
The Holy Spirit is truly
transforming us, and through
us he also wants t...
Sacraments of
Initiation
• Baptism
 Baptism initiates one into the
Paschal life and makes one part of
the Body of Christ
...
Confirmation
• RCIA as a lens for Confirmation
▫ Begins with evangelization
▫ Is the responsibility of the
community
▫ Cat...
Development of
Confirmation
• History
▫ Patristic Period (100-450)
 Baptism & Confirmation 2 sides of
same coin where Con...
Development of
Confirmation (con’t)
• History (con’t)
▫ 1910 St. Pius X
 Lowers the age of reason
 Encouraging frequent ...
Two Traditions
▫ Ancient Practice:
 Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy
Communion
▫ Current Practice:
 Baptism, Holy Communi...
Holy Spirit
▫ All formation should have an
explicit treatment of the Holy
Spirit
 as part of the Holy Trinity
 as a dist...
The Five Celebrations
of Confirmation in the
Roman Rite
• Celebration I: An unbaptized adult
or child of catechetical age
...
The Five Celebrations
of Confirmation in the
Roman Rite
• Celebration III: A baptized but
previously uncatechized Roman
Ca...
Celebrations in Other
Circumstances
• Confirmations celebrated in the
Eastern Rite Catholic and Eastern
Orthodox Churches ...
The Five Celebrations
of Confirmation in the
Roman Rite
• Celebration IV: A child of
catechetical age who has been
baptize...
Responsibility for
Formation
• Responsibility for formation
follows the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults
▫ The Commu...
Sponsors
• Not a parent
• 16 years of age
• Fully initiated (all sacraments of
initiation)
• Vocation:
▫ Single, living in...
Formation for
Confirmation
• Structure of the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults serves as a
guide
• Initial foci
▫ Ev...
Formation for
Confirmation
• Evangelization
• Metanoia: Conversion
• Kerygma: The Essentials of the
Faith
• Koinonia: Comm...
Adolescent Formation
• Time Frame
▫ Process is two years, with an
appropriate period of
formation in relation to the
actua...
Remote Formation
Remote formation/the first
year
 Academic year model
 Focus on the kerygma
 In parish, home, Catholic ...
Interview
• Between the end of the remote and
start of the proximate phase
• With the pastor/pastoral
administrator to det...
Proximate Formation
▫ Proximate Formation—second
year
 Models can vary (see 6.3.3b) with a
minimum of eight to ten weeks ...
Mystagogy
• Begins with the celebration of
Confirmation
• Involvement in the life of the
Church (participation in liturgic...
The Confirmation Name
• Retaining the baptismal name
underscores the relationship
between Baptism and Confirmation
▫ If th...
Record Keeping
• Church where Confirmation is
celebrated is responsible to record
and notify Church of Baptism
• Parish of...
Additional
Components
• Discussion on
“20 Questions”
• Retreat models
Questions
and Answers
Conclusion
The Holy Spirit
came down upon the disciples
and set their hearts on fire with
love:
May ...
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Confirmation Norms of the Diocese of Raleigh

  1. 1. Confirmation Norms of the Diocese of Raleigh An In-Service for Catechetical Leaders and Youth Ministers
  2. 2. Words of Pope Francis Confirmation April 28, 2013 The Holy Spirit is truly transforming us, and through us he also wants to transform the world in which we live. Let us open the doors to the Spirit, let ourselves be guided by him, and allow God’s constant help to make us new men and women, inspired by the love of God which the Holy Spirit bestows on us!
  3. 3. Sacraments of Initiation • Baptism  Baptism initiates one into the Paschal life and makes one part of the Body of Christ  It pardons sin and its punishment  It bestows the dignity of being a child of God • Confirmation  Strengthens and seals this immersion and incorporation by the grace of the Holy Spirit • Holy Eucharist  Nourishes the baptized so they may mature in faith and be strengthened for their mission as People of God
  4. 4. Confirmation • RCIA as a lens for Confirmation ▫ Begins with evangelization ▫ Is the responsibility of the community ▫ Catechesis leads to the sacramental celebration ▫ Mystagogy follows the sacramental celebration
  5. 5. Development of Confirmation • History ▫ Patristic Period (100-450)  Baptism & Confirmation 2 sides of same coin where Confirmation immediately follows Baptism  Holy Eucharist sustained the initiated & strengthened the gifts received in Baptism & Confirmation ▫ Scholastic Period (1100-1500)  More linear understanding & Sacraments seen as sequential  Since infant Baptism the norm, bishop could no longer confirm everyone due to large numbers  Growing theological distinction between Baptism & Confirmation  Holy Eucharist still third sacrament
  6. 6. Development of Confirmation (con’t) • History (con’t) ▫ 1910 St. Pius X  Lowers the age of reason  Encouraging frequent Communion as integral part of Mass  Confirmation becomes 3rd sacrament ▫ Vatican II (1965)  Wide range of pastoral circumstances with those not baptized as infants  RCIA restores the order for these
  7. 7. Two Traditions ▫ Ancient Practice:  Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion ▫ Current Practice:  Baptism, Holy Communion, Confirmation
  8. 8. Holy Spirit ▫ All formation should have an explicit treatment of the Holy Spirit  as part of the Holy Trinity  as a distinct person within the Trinity  as the Holy Spirit relates to the baptized Christian and the Body of Christ  Areas of importance regarding the Holy Spirit  Scripture  Tradition
  9. 9. The Five Celebrations of Confirmation in the Roman Rite • Celebration I: An unbaptized adult or child of catechetical age ▫ Follow the RCIA/RCIA adapted for children • Celebration II: A baptized but previously uncatechized adult or child baptized in a separated ecclesial community  Prepare for profession of faith, Confirmation and Holy Communion  Celebrate the Rite of Reception within Mass from the RCIA
  10. 10. The Five Celebrations of Confirmation in the Roman Rite • Celebration III: A baptized but previously uncatechized Roman Catholic adult or child of catechetical age ▫ Prepare for Confirmation and Holy Communion with age-appropriate formation • Celebration V: A Roman Catholic adult who has been baptized in infancy and has received Holy Communion ▫ Prepare for Confirmation with appropriate formation of flexible duration ▫ The minister of Confirmation is the Bishop
  11. 11. Celebrations in Other Circumstances • Confirmations celebrated in the Eastern Rite Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches are valid • Special needs—formation as to the capability of the candidate • Danger of death requires no formal formation
  12. 12. The Five Celebrations of Confirmation in the Roman Rite • Celebration IV: A child of catechetical age who has been baptized in infancy as a Roman Catholic and has previously received Holy Eucharist ▫ the one on which we are focusing ▫ 13 is the minimum age for those preparing only for this sacrament ▫ As the ordinary norm for this Diocese, reception of this group is between the ages of 14-16
  13. 13. Responsibility for Formation • Responsibility for formation follows the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults ▫ The Community of Faith ▫ Sponsor ▫ Parents/Grandparents ▫ Bishop ▫ Pastors ▫ Catechists ▫ Candidate
  14. 14. Sponsors • Not a parent • 16 years of age • Fully initiated (all sacraments of initiation) • Vocation: ▫ Single, living in compliance with the teachings of the Church ▫ Married, in a valid Catholic marriage
  15. 15. Formation for Confirmation • Structure of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults serves as a guide • Initial foci ▫ Evangelization ▫ Conversion ▫ Personal relationship with the Holy Trinity and a church community ▫ Personal and communal spiritual life ▫ Discipleship • Challenges of contemporary life • Liturgical catechesis
  16. 16. Formation for Confirmation • Evangelization • Metanoia: Conversion • Kerygma: The Essentials of the Faith • Koinonia: Community • Leitourgia: Liturgy and Prayer • Diakonia: Discipleship
  17. 17. Adolescent Formation • Time Frame ▫ Process is two years, with an appropriate period of formation in relation to the actual date of the sacramental celebration  fall/spring ▫ Two separated periods of formation Year 2Year 1 Mystagogy
  18. 18. Remote Formation Remote formation/the first year  Academic year model  Focus on the kerygma  In parish, home, Catholic school, or home school setting using approved materials  “20 questions”—basic truths of faith  Retreat—to develop relationship with God and community Year 1
  19. 19. Interview • Between the end of the remote and start of the proximate phase • With the pastor/pastoral administrator to determine readiness and desire for Confirmation Postponement of the Sacrament • No one should be forced to receive a sacrament • Candidates should understand Confirmation and its effects on their life of the Church • Confirmation is required to be a godparent/sponsor and for marriage
  20. 20. Proximate Formation ▫ Proximate Formation—second year  Models can vary (see 6.3.3b) with a minimum of eight to ten weeks prior to the celebration of the sacrament  Focus on liturgical catechesis and the rights and responsibilities connected to Confirmation  All candidates meet together for formation except for extenuating circumstances  Day of Reflection—with opportunity for Reconciliation Year 2
  21. 21. Mystagogy • Begins with the celebration of Confirmation • Involvement in the life of the Church (participation in liturgical ministries, parish activities, social outreach, and faith formation) • On-going formation in discipleship • Prayer and personal relationship with Jesus Christ Mystagogy
  22. 22. The Confirmation Name • Retaining the baptismal name underscores the relationship between Baptism and Confirmation ▫ If the candidate’s name is not Christian in origin, a saint’s name is ordinarily chosen • An additional Confirmation name (of a saint) is an approved custom even if the baptismal name is Christian • Of particular importance is familiarity with the life and witness of the saint
  23. 23. Record Keeping • Church where Confirmation is celebrated is responsible to record and notify Church of Baptism • Parish of candidate should also record information for the yearly status animarum report
  24. 24. Additional Components • Discussion on “20 Questions” • Retreat models
  25. 25. Questions and Answers Conclusion The Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples and set their hearts on fire with love: May he bless you, keep you one in faith and love and bring you to the joy of God’s kingdom… Rite of Confirmation 58

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