Confirmation

‘...when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; for it had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

(Acts 8:14-17)

Just as our bodies and minds grow, our souls need to grow in the life of grace. As our bodies must grow from childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood, our souls must also grow. The Sacrament of Confirmation is the supernatural equivalent of the natural human growth process. Building on what was begun in Baptism and nourished by the Holy Eucharist, Confirmation completes the process of initiation into the Christian community and matures the soul for the work ahead. To learn more about the Sacrament of Confirmation, enjoy this video from our friends at the Sophia Institute for Teachers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lu3MoT_egFI

Confirmation means accepting responsibility for your faith and your destiny. The focus is on the Holy Spirit, who confirmed the apostles on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4) and gave them courage to practice their faith. The same Holy Spirit confirms Catholics during the Sacrament of Confirmation and gives them the same gifts and fruits.

If you are an adult who is seeking more information on how to become a member of the Catholic Church, or if you are a baptized Catholic who never received Confirmation, please refer The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA).

If your child is entering seventh grade or older, we would love to assist you in prepare them to make their faith their own. Below are some of the frequently asked questions to help you understand the process of having your child confirmed. If you have any further questions, please call the Parish Office at 905-945-2661.

FAQ

What is necessary for my child to receive Confirmation?

At a minimum, your child must:

• Be baptized in the Catholic Church, or another Christian denomination recognized by the Catholic Church. Basically, they must have been baptized with water and “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

• If your child is older than eighth grade, we may require completion of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children (RCIC).

• Have received the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation should have taken place along with First Holy Communion. If your child has not received one or both of these sacraments, contact the parish office.

Who can be my child’s sponsor for Confirmation?

Every person being confirmed must have a sponsor. To be a sponsor, you must:

• Be at least 16 years, or older

• Have received Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation

• Be an active practising Catholic and be registered at a Catholic parish

• Not be the parent of the one being confirmed