What is Confirmation?
“Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life; Confirmation which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist which nourishes the disciple with Christ's Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ.”
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, article 1275)
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 is a two year process, typically starting in ninth grade, with the Sacrament being celebrated in the tenth grade. If you missed preparation for the Sacrament in ninth grade, you're still welcome to start Confirmation preparation as late as eleventh grade.
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.