Not having a Catholic background, I quote from the website of St. Johns Catholic Church regarding confirmation: Parish & Community Service Being a Christian, a Catholic, and a disciple of Christ calls us to live our lives according to the example and instructions Jesus himself gave us. This is our mission as Church, and it's a BIG responsibility! One of the most important lessons Jesus taught us was that we must be willing to be a servant to all people in His name. This means that we must actually DO something to be a disciple of Christ! By doing parish and community service, we demonstrate a willingness to show Christian responsibility to our mission. At St. John's, we require that all Candidates have two (2) "experiences of service". This means that the Candidates should participate in some type of parish or community service twice. We do not require a specific number of hours! An experience of service might be helping at Share-A-Lunch or a nursing home one time. If the Candidate is already serving as an altar attendant, Eucharistic minister, or in some other position frequently, they only need to do one (1) other experience of service. Often during their service experiences, Candidates realize that they are already doing Jesus' work. However, some Candidates find that they are missing opportunities to answer Jesus' call to serve. Parents, sponsors, mentors, catechists, and other candidates can then encourage and inspire them to continue finding ways to actively do Jesus' work through parish and community service after they are confirmed.