This overview is for those young people who do not attend a Catholic school where confirmation preparation is part of the curriculum. Confirmation preparation is a two-year process, generally occurring during the 7th and 8th grade school years. Included in the process is instruction, service, fellowship, food, and worship. St. Gerald also believes that the parents of our young people must have an experience similar to what their children receive. Thus, there are parental requirements that are part of the child's preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
7th-8th Grade Requirements:
- Attend the Wednesday evening sessions (missing a session can be excused for illness only). Sessions begin promptly at 5:45 p.m. with dinner. Dinner is part of the confirmation preparation and is not optional. If you have food allergies, contact the church office and we will strive to accommodate you. If you prefer, you can bring your own food.
- Turn in all assignments on time (a one-week grace period for a late assignment is given once. All other assignments must be turned in on time).
- Attend Alpha (two Alphas will be offered, one in the fall and one in the spring).
- Make sure that you do the parent interview with your child in a timely manner so that all of his or her assignments can be turned in on time.
All Fall Sessions are held in the St. Gerald school gym beginning with food at 5:45 p.m.
The following dates are for parents (Alpha) and 7-8 graders (Confirmation Prep.):
Sept. 14, 21, 28
Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
Oct. 28-29 (Alpha Retreat for parents and students)
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30
Spring Sessions for 7-8 graders (Confirmation Prep.) are held in the Fellowship Hall at 96th and Q beginning with food at 5:45 p.m.
Feb. 1, 8, 15
March 1, 8, 15, 22
April 5 (Celebration)
Confirmation Rehearsal: April 22, 9:30 AM at the Church, 96th & Q
Confirmation Mass: April 22, 5:00 PM and April 23, 11:30 AM
If you are a parent of one of these students and you were unable to attend Alpha in the fall, another Alpha will be offered in the spring. Please check with the church office for details. Attending an Alpha is required if you want your child to be confirmed. If you have already attended Alpha, you need not attend it again but can simply let Deacon George know the place and dates where you attended. The ideal is that both parents attend Alpha. However, we understand that one adult may need to stay home with younger children. So, we only require that one parent attend Alpha. However, whoever begins Alpha must complete it. Parents cannot rotate between who attends Alpha and who stays home.
Confirmation Registration - Grades 7 & 8
The annual tuition is $120 per family. This is a per family fee (not per child) and covers families with children in grades K-8 (includes those in Confirmation prep).
WE MUST HAVE A COPY OF THE BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE ON FILE FOR EACH STUDENT
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If you prefer to pay by check, please mail or drop off payment to the parish business office:
St. Gerald Catholic Church
7859 Lakeview St., Ralston, NE 68127
My Confirmation Saint
The name of the saint the Confirmation candidate has chosen. This is due March 15, 2023. It must be submitted on time.
Confirmation Parent Report
We’re asking parents and candidates to have intentional conversations throughout this year of preparation. The discussion questions are found with the candidate's verification forms. The candidate must turn in the completed verification form and you must fill out this report on the three sessions. Remember that these reports must be in on time. No late reports will be accepted.
Confirmation Service Reflection Report
You were given a printed copy of this report and can turn it in on the due date. However, you can turn it in here instead. This report must be submitted on time whether it is done here or via the print copy.
Confirmation Sponsor Report
The Confirmation sponsor reports on the three sessions they have with the candidate. Remember that these reports must be in on time. No late reports will be accepted.
Template for Confirmation Letter to the Archbishop