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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2020-2021 Confirmation Information

Student who are 15 years of age (as of April 2021) and older are eligible to register for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  

Preparation for Confirmation will be during High School Faith Formation on Wednesdays, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 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, Feb. 10, 2021 by 9pm)
BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATE
All candidates must fill out the form below. 
 
Each student being Confirmed needs to fill out Baptismal Certificate Form below.   If the Confirmation Candidate was not baptized here at Good Shepherd, you must obtain the Baptismal Certificate from the parish where he/she was baptized and upload it when you fill out the form below.   All candidates please fill out link below. 

CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT BAPTISMAL FORM
Choosing Your Sponsor (Due: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 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.      - Johnny Philp

SUBMIT YOUR SPONSOR information ONLINE HERE
Confirmation Name (Due: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 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:
Letter to Father Mike (Due: Wednesday,  May 5, 2021)
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
  • End of April/ Beginning of May. 
    More details to come. (TBD)
    Dress Code (Due: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 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 Gollihar at
    • Boys, email your photo to Johnny Philp at

    Confirmation Mass

    TBD