When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. (Act 2:1-5)
Confirmation is one of the Sacraments of initiation into the Church, together with Baptism and Eucharist. The Bishop completes or confirms the Grace of Baptism by a special outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which seal or “confirm” the baptized in union with Christ and equip them for active participation in the worship and apostolic life of the Church. (CCC 1285)
The understanding of Confirmation comes from reviewing the rituals of Baptism.
Choosing a sponsor:
Since a sponsor will support the candidates in their preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation, choosing a sponsor is an important choice. They should select someone whose Catholic faith they admire, who is willing and able to become personally involved in their preparation, and who will model a strong Catholic life for them. A sponsor can make an enormous difference in the preparation of a candidate for the Sacrament of Confirmation. It is important, therefore, that the candidates are encouraged to choose sponsors who are well suited to the role and who will be integral to the preparation process.
A Sponsor should:
Be Baptized and confirmed Catholic.
Be at least sixteen years of age.
Be one male and/or one female, although one Sponsor is sufficient.
Have a personal faith and prayer life centered in the Eucharist.
You can watch these videos with your children:
Note: these videos are from the US where candidates are sometimes asked to choose a new name for their Confirmation. We do not have this practice in our parish.
If you are looking for some good faith-builder videos to watch as a family, there is an excellent trilogy on FORMED.org that talks about the power and love of Jesus and the early life of the Church: “The Witnesses Trilogy“. If you haven’t signed up on Formed yet, please register as a member of Saint Joseph Grande Prairie.
Registrations for 2021 are now closed.
If your child attends a Catholic school but you haven’t registered him/her, please watch the following video for our Parent Sacramental Forum and contact Beatriz at SJC-Sacraments@gpcsd.ca or call 780-532-2351, ext. 228.
Our Diocese makes the following recommendations:
Children in our Catholic schools are normally prepared for Confirmation and celebrate the sacrament in grade 6, or at about age 11.
Children who do not attend a Catholic school are prepared at St Joseph Church in the Parish-Based Program. Parents are required to attend the 6 sessions with their child. We advocate that parents are the first teachers of the faith.
Confirmation celebrations will take place in June 2021.
For more information, contact Beatriz at SJC-Sacraments@gpcsd.ca or call 780-532-2351, ext. 228.