What is the Sacrament of Confirmation?
Confirmation is the Sacrament in which the Holy Spirit comes to the individual with the fullness of His gifts and fruits to enable the person to witness to Jesus Christ in word and deed as a committed Catholic Christian. It is a Sacrament of Initiation, along with Baptism and Holy Eucharist.
For those interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, please note the following:
Adults and teenagers desiring to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation must enroll in the Rites of Christian Initiation (RCIA) program. Please contact Sister Diane Marie, C.S.F.N., our Director of Religious Education, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-539-6080, opt 6.
Parents who desire that their children in Grade 7 or 8 receive Confirmation must enroll their daughters/sons in the Parish School or PREP and meet the following requirements:
- The student has completed all levels 3,4,5,6,7 prior to receiving Confirmation.
- The family is registered in the Parish.
- The family participates at Sunday Mass.
- The parent(s) and candidate MUST participate in the required Sacramental preparation activities. (All meetings, special events, retreats and practices).
For the Sacrament of Confirmation, each candidate (adult or child) must choose a personal sponsor. Sponsors must meet these eligibility requirements:
- I am at least sixteen (16) years of age.
- I have received the Sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist) in the Catholic Church.
- I am living and intend to live in conformity with the laws of the Catholic Church regarding marriage. For instance: If I am divorced and have remarried, my previous marriage has been annulled and I am remarried in the Catholic Church. If I am divorced and have not remarried, I am living the vocation of the single life in conformity with the Catholic Church.
- I am not cohabitating with someone outside the Sacrament of Marriage.
- I attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation and receive the sacraments of the church (Holy Eucharist and Penance) regularly.
- I understand and accept these responsibilities which I undertake and promise to pay special attention to the person to be baptized.
The sponsor is required to provide a signed eligibility form from his or her home parish. The form must also carry the Parish Seal.