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Updated: September 3, 2018

Important Dates for 9th grade Confirmation Candidates

Thursday, September 20   Mandatory Confirmation Seminar, 6:30 to 7:45 pm (Sponsor Interview and Summer Service Project paragraphs due)

Thursday, September 27   Mandatory Confirmation Seminar, 6:30 to 7:45 pm

Saturday, September 29    Mandatory Confirmation Retreat, begins with 8:30 am Mass (Lunch provided); ends by 1:00 pm

Monday, October 15           Mandatory Confirmation Rehearsal, 7:00 to 8:00 pm         for all candidates and sponsors (or stand-in if sponsor or proxy is unable to attend)                                                                                                                                            Tuesday, October 16           

Confirmation Mass at 7:00 pm

followed by Reception in Bishop Justs Hall                        

 *Important Note: Confirmandi and sponsors must arrive before 6:00 pm. Confirmation candidates will meet with Bishop Burbidge at 6:30 pm in Bishop Justs Hall. The Confirmation sponsors will meet in a separate room with the Master of Ceremonies.

 

 

Sacrament Preparation:

Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation occurs in the seventh and eighth grades, and students at St. Catherine are typically confirmed in the fall of the 9th grade year.

If your child has missed a sacrament, please contact us. We are happy to accommodate him or her, according to individual needs.  If one or both parents have not received a sacrament, or would like to learn more about the Catholic Faith, we are happy to help, also.

Confirmation:

Those students who will enter high school in the fall of 2018 and have completed their formal 7th and 8th grade catechesis will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on October 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of the Arlington Diocese will be the confirming prelate.

Required Confirmation Paperwork

 Required Confirmation paperwork due for all candidates:

  1. Confirmation Data Form
  2. Baptismal Certificate (if not baptized at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church)
  3. Sponsor Eligibility Form (signed by the sponsor’s pastor, with the seal of the sponsor’s parish)

Please also see “Requirements for Confirmation in the 7th Grade Year” and “Requirements for Confirmation in the 8th Grade Year”

 Requirements for Confirmation in the 7th Grade Year

  • Cumulative exam to be given at the end of both the 7th and 8th grade years. The 7th and 8th grade exams will be identical, but may alter from year to year. All students will take the exam at the end of both years. Seventh grade students should use their test results to form a study plan for the summer. Students who do not show mastery of material at the end of the 8th grade year will be asked to re-take the exam over the summer prior to the reception of the Sacrament in the fall of the 9th grade year.
  • A guide "Preparation for Confirmation" with catechism questions has been prepared by Bishop Burbidge's office and is available outside the Office of Religious Education and by clicking the link above. 
  • Summer service project with written summary statement (To be completed in the summers following the 7th and 8th grade years).
  • Attendance at the Mass of Confirmation (at the beginning of their 8th grade year), and hosting (with parent) the reception held immediately afterwards.

Requirements for Confirmation in the 8th Grade Year

  • Mastery of material (prior to Confirmation) on a cumulative exam to be given at the end of both the 7th and 8th grade years. The 7th and 8th grade exams will be identical, but may alter from year to year. All students will take the exam at the end of both years. Students who do not show mastery of material will be asked to re-take the exam over the summer prior to the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation.
  • A guide "Preparation for Confirmation" with catechism questions has been prepared by Bishop Burbidge's office and is available outside the Office of Religious Education and by clicking on the link above.
  • Summer service project with written summary statement (Both in the summers following the 7th and 8th grade years), due September 20, 2018.
  • Interview with Confirmation sponsor and report write-up, due September 20, 2018.
  • Scheduled individual interview with Father Pokorsky (Interviews will be scheduled beginning in early September of 2018, and will continue through the fall prior to Confirmation.)
  • Participation in Confirmation seminars: Thursdays, September 20 and Thursday, September 27, 6:30 to 7:45 pm.
  • Participation in Confirmation retreat: Saturday, September 29; 8:30 Mass; ends after lunch at 1:00 pm.
  • Attendance by confirmandi and sponsor (or someone taking the place of the sponsor) at a rehearsal prior to the Mass of Confirmation, Monday, October 15 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

CONFIRMATION EXAM:

The confirmation exam was given to all students in Monday night religious education classes on April 23, 2018 during class time and to all other 7th and 8th grade students at the beginning of the summer. 

EXAM RESULTS HAVE BEEN MAILED TO STUDENTS. PLEASE NOTIFY THE OFFICE OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED THESE RESULTS.

 

 

Sacramental Schedule

Mass Schedule:

Sunday:
8 am 10 am 12 Noon*
*Novus Ordo Latin Mass

Saturday: 8:30 am & 5:30 pm Vigil Mass

Weekdays: 8:30 am

Holydays (except Christmas):
8:30 am & 7 pm

Sacrament of Penance:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 7:45 am – 8:15 am
Saturday afternoon: 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Expanded schedule for Advent and Lent

24 Hour Eucharistic Adoration
Every Wednesday: 9 am through Thursday morning, 8:30 am
Every First Friday: 9 am through Saturday morning, 8:30 am

Contact Us

Pastor
Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky
Direct non-emergency cell: 703.638.8451 (Preferred)
No text messages please; contact the office for administrative questions.

Office Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm 
Closed on Federal Holidays

Saint Catherine of Siena Church
1020 Springvale Road
Great Falls, VA 22033
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Phone: 703.759.4350
Fax: 703.759.3753

 

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St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

1020 Springvale Rd., Great Falls, VA 22066

Parish Office: 703.759.4350
Fax: 703.759.3753
Religious Education: 703.759.3530
Siena Academy: 703.759.4129