Our Lady Queen of Peace & St. Thomas More
A Catholic Community, Alive in Christ

Confirmation

“Incorporated into the Church through Baptism, Catholics are more perfectly bound to the Church by the sacrament of Confirmation, and the Holy Spirit endows them with special strength so that they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith, both by word and by deed, as true witnesses of Christ.” —Vatican II Dogmatic Constitution on the Church #11

CONFIRMATION is a sacrament of initiation that is closely connected to baptism and Eucharist. It completes the sacrament of baptism, brings an increase and deepening of baptismal grace and more clearly shows forth the gifts of the Spirit received in baptism. At the same time, the celebration of confirmation leads us to Eucharist as the way to live out being a fully initiated Catholic.

Preparation
Preparation for Confirmation at OLQP/STM is a two-year process. It involves educational classes, individual reflection, service, prayer and faith sharing with other candidates, sponsors and parents. The aim of our preparation process is to help lead the young Catholic candidate toward a more intimate union with Christ and a deeper awarness of the Holy Spirit, gaining greater insight into the gifts we have received and how we can share those gifts with our community. The major themes of the preparation process are reflecting on our relationship with the trinity; the Sacraments of Initiation and sacramental understanding in general; The Holy Spirit (gifts & fruits of); & Discipleship and Catholic Social Teachings.

There needs to be READINESS on the part of the candidate to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. This is determined through an introductory interview between the candidate and the Confirmation Coordinator and discussion with the candidate’s family. Many ask, at what age is one ready to receive this sacrament? Reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is based on readiness (not age or grade level) of the individual in consultation with their family and parish community. Confirmation students begin preparation in 8th grade.

Sponsor
The role of the Sponsor is vital to the Confirmation Preparation Process. Each candidate is asked to choose a sponsor to journey with them as they prepare for Confirmation. As well as being an honor, being a sponsor is an active ministry. Sacramental sponsors are members of the Catholic community, who act as guides for those who are completing their entrance into the community of faith. Sponsors are called upon to share their faith with the candidate in order to encourage, support and nourish his/her faith journey. They are called upon to show that Christianity is not only a doctrine but a WAY OF LIFE. A Sponsor should be someone who is able to attend the Inscription Ceremony, 2 preparation sessions, the Confirmation ceremony at the Cathedral and the Celebration liturgy the weekend after Confirmation. A Sponsor should be someone with whom the candidate is comfortable speaking about their faith. A Sponsor must be at least 16 years old and a fully initiated Roman Catholic.

Parents
Parents may not be sponsors for their children. They have a particular and very important role as primary catechists of their children. Parents – YOU are your teen’s first teacher. You will be asked to help in your child’s Confirmation preparation by reinforcing the program requirements (journaling, meeting with sponsor, getting to class on time, etc.) & volunteering (classroom set up, snacks, meal help); One thing all of you will be expected to do is teach by example. Take the time to journey with your child during their sacramental preparation: Ask them about their classes, research their confirmation saint with them, participate in Lenten & Easter parish activities together, make it a habit to attend weekly mass as a family!

Questions?

For more information, please contact Jodi Miller: jmiller@dor.org