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Confirmation

Just as our bodies and minds grow, Catholics believe that our souls need to grow in the life of grace. Just as the human body must grow in childhood, adolescence, and then adulthood; the human soul needs to grow into maturity. The Sacrament of Confirmation is the supernatural equivalent of the growth process on the natural level. It builds on what was begun in Baptism and what was nourished in the Holy Eucharist. It completes the process of initiation into the Christian community, and it matures the soul for the work ahead.

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, please refer The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), please contact the parish office.

 If you are a baptized Catholic who never received Confirmation, please contact the parish office.

If your child is approaching seventh grade, or is a little older; we want to continue to assist you in raising your child in the faith and 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.

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, please contact the parish office.

When does the instruction of children take place?

The instructions for Confirmation for children in seventh grade typically takes place during the second week of March and lasts for 6 weeks. The Diocesan Bishop usually sets the date for a spring confirmation outside the usual Mass schedule.

Please click here to learn about the Sacrament of Confirmation as it relates to COVID-19.

When does Confirmation take place?

The Diocesan Bishop usually sets the date for a spring confirmation outside the usual Mass schedule.

Please click here to learn about the Sacrament of Confirmation as it relates to COVID-19.

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

Text content provided in-part or in-whole by St. Michael’s Basilica, Archdiocese of Toronto.

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