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Confirmation

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace.

 

For by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed.

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1285

Frequently asked questions

How do I register?


The online registration and details for Confirmation can be found on the Online Form. You can submit payment online via St. Mary's ' Give Online' online payment portal.




Godparents


Each person must have at least one, but may have two godparents or sponsors, one male and one female. One godparent must be a practicing and believing Roman Catholic who has received the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation, be at least 16 years old, and if married, the marriage must be a valid Catholic marriage. It is through baptism that one enters the Church. Godparents or sponsors represent the Church community. Therefore, it is necessary that one godparent be an active member of the community. A baptized Christian may serve as a witness to the ceremony. Godparents may be represented by proxies if they unable to be present for the ceremony. Those serving as proxies must fulfill the same requirements as godparents. Catholics serving as godparents must contact their parish and obtain a sponsor letter or certificate. Please bring the letter or certificate to the Confirmation.




Preperation and Requirements


Students in the ninth and tenth grades attend the two-year Confirmation program. Candidates are to be enrolled in religious education classes the year prior to the year of sacramental reception as a norm. For more information, use the ' Contact Us' button above.





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