My question is this:
Will I be “missing out” if I don’t get confirmed at Easter vigil?
NOW, here is the “backstory”:
According to the article How to Become a Catholic, as a candidate, I should not be confirmed at Easter. However, the parish RCIA program lumps candidates and catechumens together and Easter is the next “slot” at which confirmation is being made available.
To confuse things a little bit…this parish RCIA program is pretty “light” in its teaching and I have found this to be quite frustrating–I am really not learning anything. The sister who runs the program (a very sweet woman) apparently used to be a kindergarten teacher…no wonder I feel like I’m in kindergarten! Last night the teaching was on Eucharist and the monsignor gave the presentation. He said he didn’t want to talk about transubstantiation and how it was different than transignification because he didn’t want to get too into things! What?! :mad:
Another example–last week’s class we had a guest speaker/priest who passed out excellent handouts with quotes from the CCC. He held up the CCC book and mentioned it. Later on in the Q&A, one of the students asked “Hey, what was that book you held up before?” Now, I do not fault the student for not knowing the CCC – IMO it is the responsibility of the RCIA instructors to teach us this information and ensure we’re not ignorant of such basic things. (And, at dismissal this past Sunday, someone asked “what is cycle C?” Again–not his fault–the program should go over this stuff!)
Thankfully, I have recently found another RCIA program that is much more “meaty” in its teaching. It is offered by a sub-ministry of the Holy Cross fathers, called Family Theater Productions (FTP for short). It’s in Hollywood, and it’s an outreach to the Hollywood community. I myself do not work in “the industry” but they said I am welcome to be in the class. I gather that it is a bit unusual in that it is not sponsored by a parish. I am supplementing my learning by going to the FTP RCIA class in addition to the one at the parish. (Because I am not learning anything of note at the parish RCIA program – it really is that basic. I know they mean well, but it is just sad.) The FTP RCIA class is really meaty–we have reading assignments to do each week from the CCC as well as other books we’re assigned to read, and the people who teach the class (so far anyway, I’ve attended two classes) are amazing. Dynamic speakers, and knowledgeable.
The FTP RCIA program said that they will be doing the confirmation rites at a parish which they have used for such purposes in the past, at Pentecost, not at Easter vigil, because the LA Archdiocese wants candidates to be separated from catechumens. However, because I just joined their program, the lead catechist said she wants to make sure that I’ve been given enough proper instruction before I get confirmed and would work with me privately if need be to make up for the classes I’ve missed–so if I am not ready by Pentecost, she thinks I could enter the church sometime in the summer.
My question is this – I seem to have a choice of when to do the rites, either at Easter with the parish RCIA program (if I can stand to remain in it despite the utterly inadequate teaching) or later, either at Pentecost or in the summer through the FTP RCIA. EITHER WAY, I plan to continue with the FTP RCIA program through its completion because I feel it is the only place where I am actually learning.
I am just worried – want my confirmation to be special and meaningful and I don’t want to “mess up” my confirmation by doing it at the “wrong” time.