Sacrament of Confirmation
In Baptism, people are incorporated into Christ and become part of God’s people. This first Sacrament makes us a “new creation through water and the Holy Spirit” (Cf. Christian Initiation, Introduction, no. 2).
By the signing at Confirmation they are strengthened in the image of the Lord and are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. This renewed gift of the Holy Spirit at Confirmation endows the candidates “with special strength” (Cf. Lumen Gentium, no. 11) to speak the Gospel and bear witness for Christ in the world. This coming of the Holy Spirit “conforms believers more fully to Christ and strengthens them so that they may bear witness to Christ for the building up of His Body in faith and love.” (Cf. RC, no. 2)
Confirmation brings to fullness that life in the Holy Spirit into which God’s sons and daughters were first initiated at Baptism.
Who are candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation?
1. The baptized, who if they have the gift of reason, must be in the state of grace, properly instructed and are able to renew their baptismal promises. Candidates who have developmental disability must receive instruction according to their capacity and with the support of their family.
2. Adults may receive their preparation for Confirmation through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (also known as RCIA). See RCIA. Adults are encouraged to receive this sacrament before being admitted to the Sacrament of Marriage.
What does the preparation entail?
1. The proximate preparation for Confirmation is a two-year process, beginning in the Fall of the eighth grade. Each year should include 25 hours of classroom instruction, as well as retreat and service.
2. The proximate preparation approximates the period of catechumenate in the RCIA process. This period provides opportunity to the candidates
– to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Gospel message,
– to acquire an integral and systematic catechesis,
– t0 deepen their relationship with the Christian community,
– to exercise the Christian apostolate,
– and to participate in the prayer life of the community.
What are the prerequisites for sponsors?
1. The sponsor/godparent should be a fully initiated Catholic (having received Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) who leads a life of faith, is not bound by any canonical penalty, and is not the father or mother of the one to be confirmed.
2. To take on the function of sponsor, a person must have the aptitude and intention of fulfilling this function and must have completed the sixteenth year of age, unless the pastor or minister has granted an exception for a just cause. (Cf. CIC, c. 874, §1, 2°).
To register, fill out the following form and return to Nancy Kolb in our Faith Formation Office: