The Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Preparation for the Conferral of Confirmation is a two year process for all Catholics who have received the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. Ordinarily, this process begins in seventh grade and culminates at the end of eighth grade.
For teenagers entering at a later age, we offer a two year high school Confirmation program. Confirmation candidates over the age of 18 are invited to join our RCIA program
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.
Parents of Baptized children preparing to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion are asked to attend one meeting for reconciliation and two meetings of Holy Communion during the child’s second year of preparation. These meetings will take place during their faith formation year.
A sponsor is a Catholic who has received the sacraments of initiation, who will help the child to be baptized learn and live their faith for the remainder of the child and sponsors lives. This person should live their faith actively and vividly. Ideally, there are to be two Sponsors, (one of each gender), a godmother and sponsor; but there must minimally be one sponsor who is able to fulfill the canonical requirements of this sublime role.
Therefore, when choosing a sponsor friendship or someone who is well liked, should not be the number one characteristic that is looked for. Before picking a sponsor for Baptism, please ensure the sponsor candidate fulfils the following requirements and guidelines: