The sacrament of Confirmation completes sacramental initiation into the life of the church. After Confirmation, the person is considered a fully initiated member of the Catholic Church, ready to participate fully in the sacramental, spiritual, mission, and service work of the church.
Children preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation must complete a minimum of two years of preparation.
The two years can begin in grade seven through grade eleven, with Confirmation in grade eight through grade twelve. If the two year Confirmation program cannot be completed by grade twelve, the person should participate in the adult program.
Children preparing for Confirmation are expected to:
- attend Mass weekly
- complete a series of projects about their own faith
- develop a report reflecting their church and community service
- participate in a full day retreat called Spirit Day
- and demonstrate a working understanding of the faith
In addition, children preparing for Confirmation may need to meet with a member of the parish clergy or other staff to discuss the child's preparation and readiness for the sacrament.
The Spirit Day retreat is held at Our Lady of Lourdes each year, usually in March.
Each person being confirmed must select a confirmation name. The confirmation name must be Christian in nature; that is, the name of a saint or a name that is derived from the name of a saint. The confirmation name is usually different from the person's given (baptismal) name, but using the given name is permitted.
Each person being confirmed must have a sponsor. It is desirable that the sponsor is one of the baptismal godparents, but this is not required.
The sponsor must be at least 16 years of age, a fully initiated practicing Catholic in good standing with the church. The sponsor must have received the sacraments of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation. If married, the sponsor must be married according to the laws of the Catholic Church. The sponsor is a person who exemplifies the faith and can share the faith with the person being confirmed. The sponsor can be either a man or a woman.
Each sponsor must submit a letter or certificate from his or her parish indicating that he or she is qualified as a sponsor. These sponsor certificates must be completed and on file in our office by February 1 of the year Confirmation is anticipated.