St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Roman Catholic Church

Confirmation

CANDIDATES: The Candidates for Confirmation in the Spring of 2020 will come from Level eight of St. Camillus-St. Virgilius Religious Education Program as well as students from our parish who attend Catholic High Schools or other Catholic Academies.

DATE: We will request a date in Spring, 2020. Open Seating ALL are invited.

PROXIMATE PREPARATION PROGRAM:

The Diocese requires Family Sessions (Candidates must be accompanied by one parent or another adult) in preparation for Confirmation. These are required for ALL candidates for Confirmation.

Students from our Religious Education Program who wish to receive Confirmation at St. Camillus-St. Virgilius (as well as students from our parish who attend Catholic High Schools or other Catholic Academies) are required to attend ALL sessions. 

 The dates will be:

  • Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7 pm
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7 pm (Sponsor Form due)
  • Monday, October 14, 2019 ~ 8:45 pm - 2 pm - Confirmation Retreat Day (Columbus Day)
  • Sunday, October 27, 2019 ~ 11:30 am Mass at St. Camillus Church (Confirmation Investiture)
  • Thursday, November 14, 2020 at 7 pm (Confirmation Name Reflection due)
  • Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 7 pm (Fee & Internship Reflection Due & email letter to the Bishop to Sr. Maureen by Feb. 6)
  • TBD ~ Practice with Sponsors
  • TBD ~ Confirmation Mass

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 to the Bishop requesting Confirmation due by email to Sr. Maureen Ahlemeyer by February 6, 2020.

CONFIRMATION INTERVIEW: Candidate & Parent 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 2020.

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, 2020. 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. 

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. 

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 November 27, 2017.

CONFIRMATION INTERNSHIP: 

Each candidate will be asked to perform TEN (10) hours of Christian Service (Internship) between July 1, 2019 and February 6, 2020. Candidates will fulfill these hours in a group project (5 hours) – this includes ALL candidates completing the online TEEN VIRTUS PROGRAM - and individual service (5 hours). ALL Christian Service (Internship) must be PRE-APPROVED by either Father Richard or Sister Maureen. For Summer Christian Service (Internship) please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for PRE-APPROVAL from Fr. Richard and Sr. Maureen (include in email type of service, for who and when) and to receive a LOG which will be used to record hours completed during the summer. A guide for writing the reflection will be provided. The report is due February 6, 2020.

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 September 26, 2019 with a copy of the Sponsor's Confirmation Certificate.

CONFIRMATION INVESTITURE: Candidate and Sponsor are asked to attend Mass on October 27, 2019 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.