Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.
Ordinarily, the sacrament of Confirmation is for Catholic children who have reached the age of 11 or older.
Confirmation registration will extend to March 1st. Please sign your child up as soon as you can.
Contact Michelle Fraser at 403-278-7556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
Please make sure you are signed up on the Confirmation 2021 Flocknote page to be kept up to date with program updates and changes.
We are excited to introduce the online course Chosen, the Confirmation Preparation Program the Diocese of Calgary will use for 2021. Once you are registered with Ascension’s online course, an outline of the required videos and lessons for the program will be sent to you.
Each week, Confirmation Candidates will watch a video, complete a journal entry or ‘challenge’, and read the stories in each chapter (all outlined in the program’s video lessons). Although the program is 24 lessons, at St. Bonaventure we ask that Candidates complete 11 of the lessons. (You are welcome to do more if you wish).
Each candidate is to complete 3 hours of service or volunteering, and each candidate will keep track on their Outreach Service Completion Form.
Once you have registered your child for Confirmation, they can begin their service. Please perform a new service for these activities (not previous volunteering);these should allow candidates to experience service in an area that challenges them, such as snow removal, assisting a neighbour or family member in any way, baking or cooking for those in need. The activities should be an opportunity for your child to experience corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Download information sheets on Spiritual Works of Mercy & Corporal Works of Mercy
We understand that volunteer opportunities are limited during the pandemic. Look for creative ways to help the candidates understand generosity & concern for those in need. We hope candidates learn about the needs of the community through the values of the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope, & Charity, &/or the 7 corporal works of mercy: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead. Volunteer experiences should in some way reflect those actions.
Candidates will have an opportunity to have Confession before Confirmation (we will have confession dates in Lent) but if the date does not work, please ensure your child goes to Confession before the Confirmation Mass. Our priests are very accommodating and appointments for confession can be booked with them.
Mass Journals can be completed by the candidates either by attending our weekend masses (please visit our website home page to signup for mass) or by livestreaming mass at home. For more information about live streamed masses around Calgary visit https://www.catholicyyc.ca/#livestream
The Confirmation dates planned are: Wednesday, April 21st at 6:30 pm, Saturday, April 24th at 11 am, Wednesday, April 28th at 6:30 pm and Saturday, May 1st at 11 am; any changes will be made known as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the Bishop will not be celebrating these masses; our priests will confirm all candidates at our parish this year.
Each candidate is asked to write a letter to the Bishop (see template below) expressing a desire to be Confirmed & what they experienced in their service projects. This letter is the final project to prepare for Confirmation & is a chance to summarize all that the candidate learned over the few months of preparation. Bishop McGrattan reads all the letters he receives.
Register with St. Bonaventure online here
by downloading, completing & returning registration form to the parish office
Purchase Ascension Press’ online course Chosen. Cost is $17.95 USD (the only fee for Confirmation)
Download & complete the following: