Many young people and sometimes, even their parents think of the Sacrament of Confirmation as a graduation ceremony. The reality is, Confirmation is not the end, it is only the beginning of a life committed to Christ and His Church.
Let us look at what the Church teaches us about the Sacrament. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that “Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds.” (CCC 1316)
“Every baptized person not yet confirmed can and should receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Since Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist form a unity, it follows that “the faithful are obliged to receive this sacrament at the appropriate time,” for without Confirmation and Eucharist, Baptism is certainly valid and efficacious, but Christian initiation remains incomplete.” (CCC 1306)
Young people who have not yet been confirmed should enter the parish LIFE Religious Education Program and adults who have never received the Sacrament can enter the R.C.I.A. program. More information about the preparation process is available through the Religious Education office.
Confirmation Program Requirements
The Confirmation Program is a two-year program for high scho0l age youth that invites young people to consider preparing for full initiation into the Christian community. It enables a young person to make a choice to say “yes” to promises made for him/her at Baptism by parents and sponsors and to articulate a belief in Jesus Christ as expressed in the Catholic faith tradition.
To complete the program, all candidates are expected to participate at Sunday Mass regularly, participate in the LIFE sessions and attend all Sacramental Preparation sessions (Catholic school students attend these sessions beginning in their second year of Sacramental Preparation).
Additionally, all first and second year candidates are to be present at the special meetings listed on the schedule. Catholic High School students are required to fulfill these obligations as well.
NOTE: Numersous absences may result in a student having to repeat the semester before continuing in the program.
Retreat: During each year time is set aside for Confirmation candidates to reflect on how they are integrating their faith with their
Mission: Participation on “Parish Mission”
Service: Candidates are expected to complete 30 hours of volunteer service during the two-year period.
Reconciliation: Participation in parish Lenten Penitential Service.
Interviews: Approximately one month preceding the celebration of the sacrement, candidates are asked to look at how they have fulfilled
their commitment and if they feel they have fulfilled the program requirements and are ready to receive the Sacrament of
To attend the Parent/Candidate orientation (see LIFE registration for date) – both parent and Confirmation candidate
To support the candidate in prayer and offer living witness of Christ’s love by my example.
To come regularly to celebrate and give thanks with my parish Faith Community at weekend Mass, and fully participate with my family in the LIFE process.
To support the candidate in the commitment that he/she has made to the program by ensuring and enabling their full participation and attendance.
To assist my child in discerning a sponsor to share in their child’s faith journey.