Confirmation for Children
Once the child has been baptized, the Parish takes on a heavier level of responsibility for the spiritual development of the child, even if the parent is negligent. Sacraments, after baptism, are not to be denied solely on the basis of the lack of parental cooperation. Naturally, for minor children, parental permission is required.
The other sacraments should be received as soon as is reasonable after the child has reached the "age of discretion," which may differ from child to child. (It is also assumed that there will be adequate catechesis according to the child's capacity, and that the sacrament is being requested.) The exception is that, for Confirmation, our diocese expects that children should receive the sacrament between the ages of 13 years and 15 years. A family may request the sacrament of Confirmation for the child - or the child himself or herself may request it, with the parent's permission - as long as the child will have reached the age of 13 years by the day of the celebration.
Children approaching Confirmation are expected to have already celebrated First Reconciliation and Eucharist.
The candidate is also to be, in the opinion of the pastor, "sufficiently disposed." The pastor, on a practical level, reaches that decision together with parent s and catechists. "Sufficiently disposed" means: For Confirmation, that the baptized child has a desire to be confirmed, and can approach the sacrament with faith and devotion.
Confirmation for Adults
If you are an adult over the age of 18, baptized in the Catholic Church, and wish to be confirmed, please contact Nancy Thomas, RCIA Director at 248-624-1371 ext. 306.
There are several opportunities for Adult Confirmation throughout the year. Each person will be prepared according to his or her own situation.
Specific Policies of St. William Parish for the Reception of Confirmation
For the catechetical programs preceding Confirmation, it is expected that the children normally are participating fully in a parish-run religious education program (either the day school or the after school program) for the one year prior to the sacramental year, as well as the sacramental year itself. Because of the participation in a formal program, the pastor will assume the candidate has the proper dispositions, and, after the process of immediate preparation (described below), will be able to approach the sacrament. THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES ARE NOT THE SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION, but, rather, is part of the ongoing faith-development and religious education of the youngster. These classes have their own scope and sequence within which all sacraments are presented each year, appropriate to the child's developmental level.
For families who are not participating in a formal parish program, children who are being home-schooled, and children who are not cooperating with the religious instruction or are absent too frequently, the pastor will make no assumptions about the proper dispositions and readiness of the candidate. Rather, the parents must prove to the pastor the child's proper disposition and readiness. This process of discernment is dependent most heavily upon the parents themselves, who are to give to the pastor written responses to certain questions and issues. The Office of Faith Formation will provide these questions ahead of time to the parent. There also MAY be a personal interview with the pastor.
The immediate sacramental preparation will take the form of several classes/workshops/retreat experiences (four for Confirmation), which will focus on spiritual growth and prayerful proximate preparation for the celebration, as well as provide some familiarity with the signs and symbols.
Registration for the Immediate Confirmation Preparation Sessions
Families involved in the formal religious education programs, whether day school or after school, can indicate their desire for their children to receive a sacrament at the time they register for the formal program. This registration takes place in the spring of the year.
Families not registered in a formal religious education program of the parish, who are preparing a child for Confirmation within the school year must contact the Office of Faith Formation by October 1st of that same year.