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.
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.
Preparation classes in our parish will start on May 1st. Parents will receive more information once their child is registered.
Parents will be asked to attend an information zoom meeting on Monday, April 25, 2022, at 7 pm. The link to the meeting will be emailed the day of the meeting.
Depending on the school your child attends, celebrations will happen at 7 pm, here at the church.
May 30, 2022: Holy Cross and St. Catherine
May 31, 2022: Mother Teresa, St. Clement and St. Kateri
June 13, 2022: St. Gerard
June 14, 2022: Parish- based
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. Godparents can also be chosen as Confirmation sponsors. This is a great opportunity for them to be engaged in the child’s faith journey.
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.
Registrations are now closed. Please come back in the fall or contact Beatriz at SJC-Sacraments@gpcsd.ca or call 780-532-2351, ext. 228.