Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Elementary Faith Formation

  • When do classes start?
    • Classes begin the week of September 13, 2021
  • When do classes end?
    • Classes end the week of May 2, 2022
  • What are the Prayer & Information Sessions?
    • The Prayer & Information Sessions are an opportunity for parents to meet with Father Sam to gather useful information, learn about the resources and material being taught in class, and pray together.
  • How many Prayer & Information Sessions do I attend?
    • Parents attend two (2) Prayer & Information Sessions throughout the year. The dates for these sessions are highlighted in gold on the 2021-2022 calendar. If you children enrolled in different grades for the year, be sure to attend the first session and then all of the sessions relevant to your family’s circumstances!
      • For example, if you have a second grader preparing for First Holy Communion and a fourth grader, you attend the session for all parents and BOTH the First Communion session in December and the Grades 3-5 session in February
  • What time do the Prayer & Information Sessions take place?
    • Prayer & Information Sessions take place from 4:30pm-5:30pm each day they are scheduled. The location is TBD, based on Father Sam’s plans for the session.
  • What do I do if I cannot make a session?
    • We post the dates and times for these sessions well in advance so that you can plan accordingly! Because there are only two sessions for parents throughout the year, we ask that you make every effort to attend the scheduled sessions for your child, but understand that things happen. Email Shari as soon as possible to figure out what options are available.

Fall 2021 Confirmation

  • When is Confirmation scheduled for this fall?
    • Confirmations will take place at three ceremonies (10AM, 12noon, and 2PM) on Saturday, October 30, 2021.
  • When are all of our forms, documents, and fees due?
    • You must submit all of the following on or before Tuesday, August 31, 2021:
      • Ceremony Sign Up to reserve your time slot (via SignUp Genius)
      • Candidate & Sponsor Information (via Google Forms)
      • Copy of Baptismal Certificate (if marked ‘incomplete’ in your information email)
      • Confirmation Fee of $20
      • Sponsor Affirmation Form
  • What time do we need to arrive?
    • Every candidate and their family MUST be seated no less than 10 minutes prior to your scheduled start time. Late arrivals will forfeit their assigned pew and will be moved to a pew in the back of the church, so as to not disturb the celebration.
  • What is the Sponsor Affirmation Form, and where can we find it?
    • The Sponsor Affirmation Form is exactly what it sounds like! It affirms that the candidate’s sponsor meets all of the requirements to act as sponsor, and must be filled out truthfully by every sponsor.
    • You can download the Sponsor Affirmation Form here.
  • Is it safe to attend an indoor ceremony? Will Confirmations take place outside?
    • We have been celebrating Masses publicly at St. Pius X since June 2020 without any confirmed COVID-19 cases linked to Mass attendance (thank God!), and any COVID-19 protocols still in place at the time of Confirmation will be followed without exception. Because of this, Confirmations will not take place outside of the church.
  • Can we take a picture with the Bishop/Fr. Sam?
    • Yes! Please follow all instructions given for photos on the day of Confirmation.
    • We encourage you to use the parish grounds to take any additional photos you wish. This allows us time to prepare for the next Confirmation celebration and/or our Saturday Vigil Mass. Please be mindful of others when taking photos, and please do not enter the sanctuary without permission!
  • Can I take a picture of my child(ren) being confirmed?
    • You are welcome to take any photos you wish from your assigned seat! However, only myself or a professional photographer (based on availability) will be allowed to take pictures outside of the pews in order to ensure that the moment is captured, unobstructed, for each candidate.
  • Are seats assigned?
    • Yes. The candidate, sponsor, and family will have one pew reserved for them on the date of Confirmation. A seating chart will be emailed for reference the week of Confirmation.
  • Will the Eucharist be distributed?
    • Because Confirmation will take place within a Celebration of the Word of God, the Eucharist will not be distributed.

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