Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are called the sacraments of initiation. Through these sacraments we become members of the Catholic Church, a community of Spirit-filled people who have been saved by Christ and who witness Christ’s love in the world.
Confirmation is one part of the journey that begins with Baptism and continues through a lifetime of participating in the celebration of the Eucharist. Through the sacrament, the candidates are enriched by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, are bound more perfectly to the Church, and are strengthened in faith. They are enabled to witness more courageously to Christ and to spread and defend the faith.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation is done during 7th and 8th grade with reception of the Sacrament in 8th grade for students in our school and Parish School of Religion. Our students attend monthly gatherings and an annual retreat in addition to their weekly religious education to prepare them to be sealed with the Holy Spirit.
The Role of Those to Be Confirmed
The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives us direction on how to properly dispose ourselves to receive the sacrament: a candidate who has “attained the age of reason must profess the faith, be in a state of grace, have the intention of receiving the sacrament and be prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ, both within the ecclesial community and in temporal affairs.” (CCC 1319)
The Role of Sponsor
Each candidate, with the help of his/her parents, is responsible for choosing a sponsor.
Sponsors take on a lifelong commitment to help their candidates fulfill the obligations of this sacrament. During the time of preparation, the sponsors are expected to take an active role and meet with their candidates on a regular basis.
For more information email, Mark Woodard, Director of Religious Education at [email protected] or call (205) 991-5488 x247.