About the Sacrament of Confirmation
The Sacrament of Confirmation is the concluding sacrament of Initiation. The reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.
For “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (CCC, 1285).
The sacrament of confirmation can found in Bible passages such as Acts 8:14–17, 9:17, 19:6, and Hebrews 6:2, which speak of a laying on of hands for the purpose of bestowing the Holy Spirit. Hebrews 6:2 is especially important because it is a narrative account of how confirmation was given.
Confirmation Registration Form: (Download Form)
Preparation for the Reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation
All students preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation are required to attend two consecutive years of formal sacramental preparation. In their second year of preparation they will receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
Confirmation Parent/Student Meetings
Parents of children preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation are asked to attend two meetings of Confirmation during the child’s second year of preparation. These meetings will take place during their faith formation year.
Confirmation Sponsor Workshop
Confirmandi and their sponsor attend together a Confirmation workshop held at our parish in December. This workshop will help steer and deepen the relationship of the confirmandi and their sponsor with Jesus Christ and His Church.
All confirmandi attend a one day retreat on the second year of preparation. This is a day of fraternity in which the sacrament of Confirmation, elements of our catholic faith and catholic morality are discussed in various interactive ways. The day is also infused with fun activities and games.
Choosing a Sponsor
A sponsor is a Catholic who has received the sacraments of initiation, who will help the child to be confirmed learn and live their faith for the remainder of the child and sponsors lives. This person should live their faith actively and vividly. Therefore, when choosing a sponsor friendship or someone who is well liked, should not be the number one characteristic that is looked for. Its recommended that the baptismal sponsor is chosen as the confirmation sponsor, but not mandated.
Sponsor Requirements and Guidelines: Before picking a sponsor for Confirmation, please ensure the sponsor candidate fulfills all the following requirements and guidelines.. (Download Form)
Sponsor Information Form: Form which the sponsor fills out containing all their basic Information. (Download Form)
Sponsor Eligibility Certificate: A certificate or letter given to the sponsor from his/her Catholic parish. This states that they are a Catholic in good standing and are given the ok from the parish to be a sponsor.
Choosing a Saint Name for Confirmation
The custom of choosing a saint name is an ancient and powerful tradition. Choosing a Christian saint or biblical hero is a concrete reminder for the child and everyone else that God is calling that child, like his or her Christian namesake, to holiness and heaven. Throughout the scriptures we constantly see this notion of a name change after conversion or a specific mission is given, from Abraham in the Old Testament to the apostles in the New. A Christian name concretely indicates that there is, and is meant to be, a connection and continuity between natural and supernatural life, and between earthly and eternal life.