Confirmation

The word “Confirmation” then reminds us that this Sacrament brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace: it unites us more firmly to Christ, it renders our bond with the Church more perfect, and it gives us a special strength of the Holy Spirit to spread and defend the faith, ... to confess the name of Christ boldly, and never to be ashamed of his Cross (cf.Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1303).  --Pope Francis


CONFIRMATION DRESS CODE

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2022-2023 Confirmation Information

Students who are 15 years of age (as of April 2023), or entering the 9th Grade as of Fall 2022 and older are eligible to register for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  

Preparation for Confirmation will be during High School Faith Formation on Wednesdays, from 6:00-8:30pm an additional fee of $45 will be added for Confirmation students.

You must register for both High School Faith Formation and Confirmation.

If you have any questions regarding the Confirmation program, please contact the parish office at 817-421-1387. 

Volunteer Opportunities
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We highly encourage each student to volunteer within their church community and their city’s community multiple times before they are confirmed.  In order to volunteer at Good Shepherd, your student must be current with their Safe Environment training. 

Click here to sign up for Safe Environment Teen training.

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATE CHECKLIST

       Detailed information:
Baptismal Certificate (Due: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022 by 9pm)
BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE

Please click on the link below to upload a copy of your student’s Baptismal Certificate.  If your student was baptized at Good Shepherd Catholic Community, please click on the link to inform us.  No upload is necessary if your student was baptized at GSCC.  Please note, your student must have also received the sacrament of First Communion/Reconciliation in order to receive the sacrament of Confirmation.    

In the event that you need to request a new original Baptismal Certificate from your student’s parish of Baptism, please include notations (First Communion/Reconciliation dates).  The new certificate can be mailed to Good Shepherd (Attn: Katie Downey – Confirmation) at 1000 Tinker Rd. Colleyville, Texas 76034 OR the parish of Baptism can issue the certificate to the parent for submission to GSCC.  Please note that Good Shepherd must keep this certificate on file for our parish records and it will not be returned to you.

SUBMIT YOUR baptism certificate  information ONLINE HERE
Choosing Your Sponsor (Due: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 by 9pm)
CHOOSING YOUR SPONSOR

Your sponsor is a huge part of this incredible process. They should be someone that beautifully represents the Catholic faith to you, and someone that you would like to model your life after.

Requirements for a sponsor:

  • Sponsors must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Sponsors must be practicing Catholics in full communion with the Catholic Church (must have received all sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist).
  • Your Godparent may be your sponsor.
  • Your parents cannot be your sponsor; however, they can stand in place of your sponsor in the event that your sponsor cannot attend the Confirmation Mass.
  • If your sponsor does not attend Good Shepherd, please have them download and complete this form.  You can upload the form when you submit your sponsor information below.   

If you have any questions about selecting a sponsor, please email me. I will happily help you pick someone that will aid you in this process.      - Nathan Karls

SUBMIT YOUR SPONSOR information ONLINE HERE
Confirmation Name (Due: Wednesday, February 8, 2023 by 9pm)
CHOOSING YOUR CONFIRMATION NAME

What an incredible part of Church history—changing your name to show the world your conversion of heart. We see it all throughout scripture:

ABRAM   ABRAHAM

“No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.” -Genesis 17:5

JACOB  ISRAEL

“Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans have overcome.” -Genesis 32:28

SIMON  PETER

“And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas (which is translated to Peter)” –John 1:42

“Changing” your name shows a conversion of heart, and radiates God’s goodness to the entire world. Throughout scripture, when someone was assigned a new name, it signaled a growth in Christian maturity to the world—choose a name of a Saint that has helped you grow in that Christian Maturity.
Students should complete this form and turn it into your leader by March 21st, 2018.

SUBMIT YOUR CONFIRMATION NAME ONLINE HERE

Confirmation Class

This time is especially critical for students preparing for Confirmation. These sessions will be strictly focused on material relating specifically to Confirmation. They will contain powerful teachings, dynamic group discussion, dinner/fellowship, and more!

Should students be absent for any reason, the class will need to be made up by watching the video from the class, and answering the make-up questions and essay prompt that will be sent to those who miss the class. Please reach out to Katie Downey at if your student will not be able to attend a class.”

Dates:
Fall Track Session:
  • September 28th

  • October 5th

  • October 12th

  • November 2nd

  • November 9th

  • November 30th

  • December 7th

    Spring Track Session:

  • January 25th

  • February 1st

  • February 8th

  • March 1st

  • March 8th

  • March 22nd

  • March 29th 

Letter to Father Mike (Due: Friday, March 31, 2023 by 9pm)
In the days of the early Church, it was often customary to approach the leader of that community, and formally request the Sacrament that you had been preparing for.  We approach Confirmation here at Good Shepherd the exact same way.  Towards the end of your preparation, we would like you to write a letter to our pastor, Fr. Michael Higgins, TOR, and formally request the Sacrament of Confirmation.  This can be a one page letter, illustrating to Fr. Mike what you have experienced during this time of preparation, and why you think you are prepared to receive it.  You could include ways your faith has grown, ways the Holy Spirit has worked through you, and how you plan to live out the Sacrament in your life.  The letter should be one page (single space), free of grammatical errors, and something you’d be proud to show your parents.  Any questions, please contact Katie Downey, at  .
Interviews
  • Initial Interview 

    - Confirmation Initial Interviews will be held after scheduling time with a youth minister or catechist; which will take place mid August through the end of September.  Following registration initial interview signups will be provided per email.  The initial interviews are for the students only.   The Initial Interview is meant to communicate expectations and assess the student's personal faith life before receiving the gift of Confirmation. If you have questions, please contact Katie Downey.  

  • Final Interview

    - Confirmation Final Interviews are April 19th or May 26th, 8pm- 9 pm, 15 minute increments per students. Students, Sponsors, and Parents should be in attendance. The Final Interview is to talk about how the student grew in their faith life and if they are ready to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Dress Code (Due: Friday, March 24, 2023 by 9pm)

Each student is expected to be dressed in full "Sunday best." The dress code will be covered in more specifics at the Confirmation Classes in the Spring, as well as emailed out to all the parents. Students must submit a photo of themselves wearing their Confirmation outfit by 10:00 PM, on Wednesday April 1st.

  • Girls, email your photo to Kayla Banning at
  • Boys, email your photo to Nathan Karls at

Confirmation Mass

Our Confirmation Mass for our 2023 Confirmandi has been determined by The Most Reverend Bishop Olson in 2023.  The Mass will be Thursday, May 18 at 6:00pm