One of the most important missions of the Office of Faith Formation is to prepare teens to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
What is the Sacrament Confirmation?
The prophets of the Old Testament foretold that God’s Spirit would rest upon the Messiah to sustain his mission. Their prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus the Messiah was conceived by the Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit descended on Jesus on the occasion of his baptism by John. Jesus’ entire mission occurred in communion with the Spirit. Before he died, Jesus promised that the Spirit would be given to the Apostles and to the entire Church. After his death, he was raised by the Father in the power of the Spirit.
Confirmation deepens our baptismal life that calls us to be missionary witnesses of Jesus Christ in our families, neighborhoods, society, and the world. . . . We receive the message of faith in a deeper and more intensive manner with great emphasis given to the person of Jesus Christ, who asked the Father to give the Holy Spirit to the Church for building up the community in loving service.
~from the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
Who Can Receive Confirmation?
At Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Confirmation is celebrated during the high school years. The Sacrament is available to baptized Catholics who have already received the Eucharist and Reconciliation. Confirmation is the completion of Baptism and thereby, the final Sacrament of Initiation.
What Do I Do?
At Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the process of Confirmation preparation is a process comprised of a series of simple steps.
- Attend Mass regularly
- Attend a series of preparation mini-retreats
- Complete 20 hours of community service
With Confirmation, there is also the Catholic tradition of choosing a Saint to represent you at the Confirmation Mass. Each Confirmation Candidate is asked to choose a Saint to represent them and submit a brief written explanation of why they chose that Saint.
Also, each Confirmation Candidate must choose a sponsor for Confirmation.
To be a sponsor the individual must be:
- Catholic, in good standing with the Church
- At least 16 years old
- Fully initiated into the Catholic Church
- Not one of the parents
- Exceptions are made for children with special needs
Finally, in order to properly maintain Church records, we also need a copy of the Confirmation Candidate’s Baptismal Certificate. This can be obtained from the parish where baptism occurred.
To get started, contact the parish office as soon as possible!