Confirmation Spring 2018
"And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of Truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it. But you know it, because it remains with you, and will be in you," John 14:16-17.
Preparation for Confirmation is a two-year program beginning in the seventh grade. Eighth-graders who were not enrolled in a seventh grade class will need to test into the eighth grade class. Please contact James Blankenship at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more on testing into eighth grade.
The requirements for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation include satisfactory class attendance, meeting attendance, retreat participation, successful completion of the Confirmation interview and preparatory materials, and completion of twenty hours of service. These requirements will aid each candidate to receive the Holy Spirit with openness, docility, and enthusiasm.
"O Infinite Love, I love Thee; do Thou confirm and increase my love!"
2017 Confirmation Portraits are available for viewing and purchase:
For the 10am Confirmation, click here
For the 2pm Confirmation, click here
Requirement Due Dates
Student Commitment Form – October 18
Sponsor Information Form – November 15
Sponsor Eligibility Form – March 1
NOTE: If your Confirmation sponsor is a registered member of Saint Francis de Sales, and meets the qualifications of a sponsor, you will need to fill out the Sponsor Eligibility Form, bring it to the Parish Office and present it to Father Escalante, and sign it in his presence. Ineligible people will not be approved to be a sponsor.
All sponsors from other parishes need to fill out our form, present it to their pastor, and have it signed and returned to the RE office.
Discipleship Hours – April 1
Letter to Bishop – April 1
Weekly Prayer Journal – Last Day of CCD class
$55 Confirmation Fee - March 1
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 8TH GRADE CONFIRMATION
Mandatory Fall Parent Meeting
Candidate/Sponsor Potluck Supper - Our Lady of Victory Hall
Confirmation Retreat (Mandatory for students, choose one retreat to attend)
Mandatory Spring Parent Meeting
THE CELEBRATION OF CONFIRMATION
Confirmation Rehearsal - Saturday, April 13
5pm - Sunday Classes and RCIT
7pm Mass - Monday and Wednesday classes
The Sacrament of Confirmation - Saturday, April 14
10am Mass - Sunday Classes and RCIT
2pm Mass - Monday and Wednesday classes
Candidate and sponsor are to be in the St. Francis Parish Hall 30 minutes before their Mass time. Candidate is to have their robe on upon arrival.
Receptions will be held for the newly Confirmed and their guests following the Confirmation in the Parish Hall.
A Group photo will be taken of the new Confirmed and Bishop Burbidge and Father Escalante immediately after Confirmation. After that their will be an opportunity for the families to have their portrait taken with the Bishop and Father Escalante as well.
All candidates and their sponsor must attend their scheduled rehearsal. If for some reason your sponsor cannot be there, please have someone else come to stand in for them.
Candidate and sponsor are to go directly to the St. Francis Parish Hall for rehearsal.
The dress code for Confirmation is as follows:
The candidates will wear a Confirmation robe, boys in red, girls in white.
Guys wear dress slacks or khakis, collared shirts, and a tie, and dress shoes. No sneakers or flip flops. A jacket should not be worn under the robe.
Girls wear a skirt, dress or dress pants.NO LOW CUT, STRAPLESS, OR SPAGHETTI STRAPS OR MINI SKIRTS. Closed toe shoes are preferable, but opened toe dress shoes are allowed. No sandals or flip flops.
37730 St. Francis Court
Purcellville, VA 20132
In case of emergency 540-338-6440
Parish Office 540-338-6381
Office Hours - M-F 8:30am-4:30pm
(office closed 12noon - 1:15pm daily)
Religious Ed. Office 540-338-4497
RE Office Hours - M-Th 10:30am-4:30pm