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 Confirmation

​Confirmation brings to completion the grace received through baptism. By this sacrament the baptized are more perfectly bound to the church and are enriched by the strength of the Holy Spirit. This gift conforms believers more fully to Christ and strengthens them to bear witness to Christ for the building up of his body in faith and love.

 Preparation

​In the Latin Rite Church, only baptized persons who have reached the age of reason are confirmed. Preparation for Confirmation comes through parish catechesis and faith formation, or through the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) if the person is a baptized non-Catholic.

 Sponsors & Qualifications

  • ​There is normally one sponsor for the sacrament of confirmation. 
  • It is recommended that a baptismal godparent exercise the role of confirmation sponsor. 
  • A non-Catholic may not serve as a sponsor for the sacrament of confirmation. 
  • It is discouraged that a spouse serve as confirmation sponsor.
  • Our diocese continues the practice of requiring proof of eligibility for sponsorship (in accord with the qualifications above) from the parish in which the sponsor is registered.
  • Is to be designated by the candidate, by the parents or guardians, or the pastor. 
  • Have the qualifications and intention of performing the role of sponsor. 
  • Be at least 16 years old. 
  • Be a fully initiated Catholic (received baptism, confirmation and Eucharist). 
  • Lead a life in harmony with the faith and role of a sponsor (i.e., be a member of a parish, attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days, not be in an irregular marriage, etc.). 
  • Not be bound by a canonical penalty. 
  • Not be the father or mother of the one to be confirmed. 
  • Our diocese continues the practice of requiring proof of eligibility for sponsorship (in accord with the qualifications above) from the parish in which the sponsor is registered.