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Confirmed in a Faithful Community

A Senior High Confirmation Program, Third Edition

This traditional Confirmation program includes 23 90-minute sessions.

The third edition of Confirmed in a Faithful Community includes major revisions and updates, and it carries with it the firm conviction that Confirmation preparation for adolescents can be theologically sound, developmentally appropriate, and pedagogically exciting.

As a senior high Confirmation process grounded in the vision of initiation established by the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the goals of this program are to guide the parish toward an effective celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation and to help Confirmation candidates do the following:

  • embrace their baptismal call and experience a deeper initiation into a welcoming Church community.
  • grow in knowledge of the person, mission, and message of Jesus.
  • understand the nature of the Church and appreciate the role of the Sacraments in the Church's life and their own lives.
  • recognize the activity of the Holy Spirit in their lives and in the life of the Church.
  • understand the rite of Confirmation and prepare to celebrate it in a meaningful way.

All theological content presented in Confirmed in a Faithful Community resources is drawn from the Candidate's Handbook (© 2006), which the Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Additional references from the sacred Scriptures and highlights from the Catechism help to underscore significant aspects of the teaching.

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Confirmed in a Faithful Community, Candidate's Handbook

By Thomas Zanzig and Maura Thompson Hagarty


To make the experience of the process of preparation for Confirmation more enjoyable, fruitful, and memorable for young people, this candidate's handbook includes summaries and insights, journal-writing exercises, resources for personal and group prayer, Catholic Connections, Heart Links—poems, readings, and short stories—and much more!

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Confirmed in a Faithful Community, Sponsor's Guide

By Thomas Zanzig


This sponsor's guide is designed to ensure that the sponsor's experience will be a positive one. It includes a discussion about the sponsor's role in the Confirmation process, an overview of the process of preparation, and practical ideas for relating to and understanding the candidate.

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Confirmed in a Faithful Community, Catechist's Guide

By Thomas Zanzig, Tony Tamberino, Therese Brown and Maureen P. Provencher


The catechist's guide is the heart and soul of the Confirmed in a Faithful Community Confirmation preparation process. Utilizing solid doctrinal content, active learning strategies, and creative prayer services, lesson plans for 23 sessions include checklists of materials and preparations, background for the catechist, and a complete description of the session.

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Confirmed in a Faithful Community, Coordinator's Manual

By Thomas Zanzig, Laurie Delgatto-Whitten and Maureen P. Provencher


This coordinator's manual provides practical guidance for carrying out a one-year or two-year process of preparation for the celebration of Confirmation. The manual includes a planning procedure for developing a process uniquely suited to your parish, a discussion of the practical concerns that confront a coordinator, a suggested outlines for orientation sessions for parents or guardians and sponsors, two optional retreats, resources for parish involvement, and more.

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