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Confirmation Saint Name and Essay
As a candidate for the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation, you have two options concerning the choice of Confirmation name.
Option 1: Choose your present, baptismal name (your first name or middle name only if it is a Saint name). This shows the sacrament’s connection with the other sacraments of initiation into the Catholic Church: Baptism and First Eucharist. Choosing your Baptismal name demonstrates that you feel there has been a continual growth in your faith and that you now wish to make this formal through Confirmation.
Option 2: Choose a saint’s name that symbolizes a new beginning in your faith life and a connection to that particular saint. If you feel that you have not been particularly strong in your faith and are now making a renewed commitment to your faith, the taking of a new name symbolizes this commitment. This new name would be used after your present middle name and before your family name.
All Confirmation Candidates will write an Essay about their chosen Saint Name.
The Saint Name Essay must be typed, single-spaced and at least one full page in length.
Include in your essay:
1. Explain why you are choosing this particular Saint and the connection you feel.
2. Describe the life of the Saint and why he/she was canonized a Saint.
3. Include interesting facts and important information you learned during your research.
(For example: Virtues or attributes of the Saint, Patron Saint)
It is important to invest time in discovering a Saint who demonstrated qualities during his/her
life that you admire and would like to emulate in your own life. The saint should represent
the direction you feel your faith life is taking or a strength or attribute you feel you need.
Bring your Saint Name Essay to Shelly Wilson during your
regular Confirmation Class on or before Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
(If you wish to E-mail your essay to firstname.lastname@example.org please make sure you receive
a response from Shelly acknowledging receipt of your essay.)
Saint Name Essay is due: Wednesday, December 9, 2015