The sacrament of Confirmation will be offered to the 8th graders of St. Edward’s school. This sacrament is the culmination of the Sacraments of Initiation. Along with Baptism and Communion, these three sacraments bring the individual into the adult life of the faith.
The students of St. Edward’s School are following a very good curriculum which will prepare them to receive this sacrament. Those in the PREP program will be following, and reviewing the same curriculum in the Confirmation/Rite of Christian Initiation for Children.
At the beginning of the second semester, those PREP students who are specifically preparing for Confirmation will be gathered into a class taught by the Associate Pastor during the regular PREP time.
Baptism, the Eucharist, and the Sacrament of Confirmation constitute the “sacrament of Christian Initiation.” Confirmation “seals” the completion of initiation into the Church and provides all the Gifts of the Holy Spirit which brings the student into the adult life of the parish through participation and ministry. “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 obligated to spread and defend the faith by word and deed” (CCC 1285)
In Confirmation, Catholics renew their baptismal commitment personally and become more intimately bound to the community. The Catholic is anointed, sealed with the Spirit, and strengthened in faith to be a witness to Christ and to share his mission
Requirements for Confirmation
To be confirmed, one must
- Be a baptized person who has not been confirmed
- Be suitably instructed, properly disposed, and able to renew the baptismal promises.
- Present a certificate of Baptism, if the sacrament was received in another parish
- Choose a name that is traditionally Christian. (It is preferred that they keep their baptismal name instead of choosing an additional name.)
- Write a letter to the bishop or pastor indicating readiness and desire to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
To be a sponsor Confirmation candidate, one must
- Be designated by the candidate, by the candidate’s parents (or legal guardian), or in their absence by the pastor or minister, and must have the intention of being a sponsor. The sponsor may be male or female.
- Be the baptismal sponsor, if possible.
- Be at least 16 years or age
- Be a Catholic who has been confirmed and practices the faith.