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Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation
February 21, 2018
Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama
St. Matthew Catholic Church

At Holy Infant, our preparation stresses that the individual begins to acknowledge a personal commitment to a spiritual journey that will last a lifetime. Catechesis encourages this commitment by deepening each individual's understanding of the sacrament through formation sessions, by encouraging personal witness through social justice activity, participation in the parish's liturgical life, and by helping to enrich each candidate’s prayer life through retreats and other prayer experiences. Diocesan and Holy Infant requirements are fulfilled in a two-year preparation process which begins in high school. Candidates for Confirmation must be baptized and able to renew baptismal promises.

 It is preferred that the sponsor chosen for Confirmation be the same as the baptismal godparent.  If this is not possible, the sponsor must fulfill all the requirements mentioned of godparents. For other requirements and additional information, see Sponsors - Roles and Responsibilities. Adults who wish to serve in this ministry by volunteering to be a catechist or sponsor may contact the Faith Development office for more information.

Confirmation for Teens

The Diocese of Raleigh requires a two year formation process to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, usually beginning in ninth grade. The first year is called the Remote Preparation Year.  The second year is comprised of further remote preparation followed by proximate formation for the sacrament.  The preparation process concludes with a mystagogical catechesis after the celebration of the sacrament.  If you missed preparation for the Sacrament in ninth grade, you're still welcome to start Confirmation preparation as late as eleventh grade.  For information regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation and the preparation process, please contact Brian Lee at 919-973-0012.

Confirmation for Adults

Baptized Catholic adults who have not celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation are asked to contact the Faith Development office for more information about sacrament preparation and full initiation.