Confirmation

Confirmation Preparation For Adults

 

The Diocese of Corpus Christi, twice a year, invites Catholics who are at least 18 years old, have received Baptism, First Holy Communion, but have not been confirmed, to receive this sacrament at the Diocesan Confirmation Mass.  The candidate is to be prepared at the parish and attend the one day retreat offered through the diocese.

The sponsor of the candidate is to have received the sacraments of initiation, that is: baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation.  They are to be Catholics in good standing with the church and practicing their faith.

  • Candidates who are under 18 years old should be confirmed with their parish unless there are extenuating reasons for them to be included (final decision is made by the Bishop)
  • Candidates will need to pick a saint name.  The name of a saint that they would like to emulate.
  • Candidates who are in a cohabitating relationship need pastoral counseling and their confirmation must be delayed.
  • Individuals who are in irregular marriages, in a cohabitating relationship, or are not practicing Catholics cannot be sponsors.
  • Parents cannot be a sponsor.

Baptized Catholics who have not received their First Holy Communion are considered un-catechized Catholics and will need to go through RCIA to receive First Holy Communion and Confirmation at the Easter Vigil.  RCIA is for those baptized Catholics who never received religious education, for those baptized in another faith or have never been baptized and would like to become Catholic.

 

Confirmation Preparation for High School Teens

 

In the Diocese of Corpus Christi, preparation for Confirmation is a two-year process.  Reception of the sacrament usually takes place at the end of the tenth grade year, but is also open to 11th and 12th graders.  Preparation normally begins for students entering the ninth grade,

Confirmation I (first year of preparation)

Students from public schools preparing for Confirmation are to attend Lifeteen on Sunday nights after the 6pm Mass.  Confirmation candidates must attend all classes, with only three excused absences permissible with a note from the parents. 

Students who are enrolled in a Catholic High School may fulfill their first year of Confirmation preparation through their school’s theology classes.  However, they should be participating in our parish through regular Mass attendance and the LifeTeen program on Sunday nights at least twice a month.

Confirmation II (second year of preparation)

All candidates in their second year of preparation for Confirmation, including both Catholic and public school students, must attend preparation classes every week. 

Requirements for Confirmation II Candidates:

  1. Be prompt for all classes.  Only 3 excused absences are permitted with a note from a parent.  3 tardies equals one absence.
  2. Participate in the LifeTeen program.
  3. Participate in a Confirmation retreat sponsored by the parish or approved by the Director of Religious Education prior to receiving Confirmation.
  4. Complete 40 approved service hours, 20 community and 20 parish related.
  5. Choose a patron saint for a Confirmation name and write a report on that saint.
  6. A copy of the candidate’s baptismal certificate should be submitted to the Director of Religious Education or Youth Minister prior to receiving the sacrament.

The Religious Education Registration Form can be downloaded here.

Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation

Confirmation will take place in the spring.  The date is designated by the Bishop.

Every candidate must choose a Confirmation Sponsor.  The sponsor must have received Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist, and must be someone other than the child’s parent.  He or she must be a Catholic that regularly attends church and is in good standing with the Church.  Each sponsor will be asked to obtain a recommendation from his or her pastor verifying suitability for such a role.

 

What is Confirmation?

The Sacrament of Confirmation, like Baptism and Eucharist, is a sacrament of initiation.  By the sacrament of Confirmation, the one who is confirmed is bound more perfectly to the Church and enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.  It also offers the grace to give greater personal witness to Jesus.

At confirmation we receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit and confirm our baptismal promises. Greater awareness of the grace of the Holy Spirit is conferred through the anointing of chrism oil and the laying on of hands by the Bishop.

Confirmation perfects Baptismal grace; it is the sacrament which gives the Holy Spirit in order to root us more deeply in the divine filiation, incorporate us more firmly into Christ, strengthen our bond with the Church, associate us more closely with her mission, and help us bear witness to the Christian faith in words accompanied by deeds. (CCC 1316)

Through the Sacrament of Confirmation we renew our baptismal promises and commit to living a life of maturity in the Christian faith. As we read in the Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution of the Church) from the Second Vatican Council:

Bound more intimately to the Church by the sacrament of confirmation, [the baptized] are endowed by the Holy Spirit with special strength; hence they are more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith both by word and by deed as true witnesses of Christ. (no. 11)

Scriptural Foundation for Confirmation
In the Acts of the Apostles we read of the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. While baptism is the sacrament of new life, confirmation gives birth to that life. Baptism initiates us into the Church and names us as children of God, whereas confirmation calls us forth as God’s children and unites us more fully to the active messianic mission of Christ in the world.

After receiving the power of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles went out and confirmed others, showing confirmation to be an individual and separate sacrament: Peter and John at Samaria (Acts 8:5-6, 14-17) and Paul at Ephesus (Acts 19:5-6). Also the Holy Spirit came down on Jews and Gentiles alike in Caesarea, prior to their baptisms. Recognizing this as a confirmation by the Holy Spirit, Peter commanded that they be baptized (cf. Acts 10:47).

 

For on him the Father, God, has set his seal. (John 6:27)

 

 

 

 

 

High School Confirmation 

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